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1 worker dies, another injured after tragic job-related accident

Construction work can be a dangerous occupation; electrical work can be equally hazardous. When the two are combined, the potential for a job-related accident may be unavoidable. These tragic events are not limited to any one area, and most likely, these types of accidents have occurred in North Carolina.

There was recently a report of two men suffering serious injuries when they were engaged in setting up transmission lines in a mid-western state. It is unclear how the accident occurred, but the two men reportedly suffered shock injuries. Both of the men were transported by medical helicopters to separate medical centers that were best equipped to treat trauma injuries.

Some time after being transported, one of the men died from his injuries. The second man is reportedly receiving care in the burn unit of a local facility. His current medical condition is unknown. Officials from the local OSHA department as well as the county sheriff's department are investigating the cause of the fatal accident.

It might be expected that the surviving family of the deceased worker will qualify for death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance fund. Moreover, the injured worker will also most likely qualify for the monetary benefits that are meant to provide financial assistance whenever a worker is injured in a job-related accident. North Carolina employees are also covered by this insurance program, which can help to ease anxiety about meeting current expenses that, in turn, allow those who are hurt to concentrate on their physical recovery. Workers who have difficulties filing a qualifying claim have resources that may assist them in receiving the benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: startribune.com, "1 worker killed, another injured in Minnesota transmission line construction accident", , July 28, 2014

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