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Workers' compensation can help man injured by glass at work

In an instant, an employee on a job site in North Carolina may end up temporarily incapacitated. Particularly in the construction industry, the machinery -- along with tools and materials -- can pose major hazards but are also a requirement to get the job done. A work accident may occur if a worker loses his or her balance or focus on the task at hand. In such an instance, the individual may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina.

One man recently was working at a home improvement business in another state. The employee, reportedly 25 years old, ended up being struck by about a dozen sections of glass. The glass sections weighed about 75 pounds each.

The employee was found with the glass covering him. He was unconscious, and there were no witnesses to the work accident. The man suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration along with city officials are investigating the accident at the business, which also fabricates shower enclosures.

Workers' compensation insurance benefits can help the injured man to cover his lost wages and make it possible to get and pay for the medical help that he needs. Employees can get usually benefits even if their own negligence contributed to the accident. The benefit to employers is that they are normally protected from being sued by their workers for these types of workplace accidents. North Carolina workers who are injured or become ill on the job site have the right to pursue the benefits they need and may be entitled to after an emotionally and physically traumatic accident.

Source: syracuse.com, "Upstate NY worker injured when 900 pounds of tempered glass fall on him", , April 3, 2014

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