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Worker killed in job-related accident in North Carolina

Workers who have been on the job for a number of years are most likely well versed in safety protocols and best work practices. However, even the most experienced employee can be injured in a job-related accident. One such man recently suffered a fatal accident at a lumber mill in North Carolina.

The 54-year-old man had worked at the lumber mill for over seven years before he suffered the accident. According to the report, emergency workers were requested at the Weyerhaeuser facility shortly after 10 o'clock in the morning on a recent Monday. They reported that the man was killed when a forklift somehow overturned on top of him.

The North Carolina office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as officials from the plant, are working to determine how this fatal accident may have occurred. The workplace was closed after the accident. A company spokesperson issued a brief statement expressing condolences to the man's survivors but declined any further comments.

The factory employs 184 workers, and there was no information concerning a history of others being harmed in any previous job-related accident. While OSHA completes its investigation, a thorough inspection of all other machinery will likely be conducted. North Carolina workers do have a workers' compensation program, and the surviving family of the man who died will likely qualify for and receive death benefits from this insurance program. Any employee who suffers a workplace injury or accident may be able to file a claim in order to obtain monetary assistance for the time that they are unable to return to work. Any worker who encounters difficulty with the claims process can request information in order to file a successful claim.

Source: wnct.com, "Weyerhaeuser plant near Ayden closed after fatal accident - Greenville, NC", , Aug. 4, 2014

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