A man who has been described by his loved ones as kind and caring will no longer be around to support them after he suffered a tragic accident. The man has died from work-related injuries when he somehow became entrapped in industrial equipment. The terrible accident did not happen in North Carolina, but a devastating work injury could occur in almost any workplace.
The fatal incident took place on the overnight shift. According to family members, the man had worked at the plant for approximately five years and was purportedly experienced with all of the equipment. He was attempting to make repairs to a section of the machinery that churns cement.
According to a spokesman from the fire department that responded to the scene, the man was positioned on a belt that fed material into the mixer and he somehow wound up inside the machinery. He suffered crush-type injuries that unfortunately were not survivable. The worker leaves behind a spouse and three small children.
As is normal whenever there have been work-related injuries, OSHA has been involved with the investigation into what may have led to this tragic accident; however, the agency may take up to 26 weeks to finalize their report. OHSA has reported that there is no record of prior violations with this company. The widow of this worker may receive a death benefits package from the workers' compensation insurance program. North Carolina employees have a similar program available to them as well, in the event they suffer an injury or illness on the job and are unable to work. Whenever an employee has suffered such a work-related injury, they may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits to help cover medical and other relevant expenses.
Source: fox6now.com, "Fatal accident: Greenfield man loses life in concrete mixing tower", Brandon Cruz, May 22, 2014