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OSHA follows up on accident report involving a fatal injury

In 2008, an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found six instances of violations at a company, which were supposedly not unusual and were reportedly corrected. However, a worker was recently killed according to the accident report from the company. While this tragic incident did not occur at a North Carolina company, such accidents are not limited to any one location.

The worker who was killed was employed at a concrete plant. The 59-year-old man was on the ground as a concrete culvert -- weighing more than a ton -- was being lifted up into the air. Somehow, the heavy object shifted, and it crashed down on the man beneath it. He suffered massive crush injuries.

Investigators have determined that the man's death was a result of an industrial mishap. However, OSHA officials will be conducting a follow-up inspection to ensure that the required safety protocols were in place and were being adhered to at the time of the fatal accident. The company has expressed sorrow for the loss of the man's life but has refrained from further public statements.

Federal officials from the local OSHA department were reportedly on site within a day of the accident report. The man's family will most likely qualify to receive death benefits from that state's workers' compensation program. North Carolina employees likewise have access to their state's benefit program in the event that they suffer a work-related injury or illness. Those workers who encounter problems when attempting to file a claim, or who have questions concerning the proper procedures, may consult local resources for more information regarding the claims process.

Source: argusleader.com, "OSHA to investigate death of Sioux Falls worker", Mark Walker, July 22, 2014

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