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Truck driver suffers serious injuries in construction accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has safety guidelines and regulations for almost every job. For that reason, most on-the-job injuries are preventable. The agency has launched a formal investigation into a construction accident in North Carolina to determine what caused one worker to be sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

An NC Department of Labor spokesperson says the incident occurred in Wilmington on a recent Wednesday morning. Reportedly, construction workers at a project at which culverts are being replaced were in the process of loading four drainage pipes onto a truck. For reasons yet to be determined, one of the massive pipes rolled off the flatbed truck. The 50-foot pipe struck the truck driver who was an employee of a different company.

Workers' compensation need may arise after unexpected work events

An unexpected accident could happen to anyone at anytime, including North Carolina residents. The outcomes of such an event could vary depending on the circumstances, and the personal impacts could also range. For instance, if a person is injured in a car accident, he or she may face different challenges than a worker injured in a construction accident. One benefit that the individual in the latter scenario may see is the potential for workers' compensation.

One man in another state may be hoping to gain this type of benefit after recently being injured on the job. Reports stated that the man was working as part of a construction crew as they attempted to change a road sign on an expressway at around 9 a.m. While working on their duties, the sign fell.

Injuries from a construction accident could warrant compensation

Materials, machinery and other equipment are often necessary to carry out construction-related tasks. Though many workers may not give a second thought to the equipment they use to complete their duties, it is not unusual for employees to face serious risks due to the type of materials used. Unfortunately, a construction accident could easily occur due to a malfunction or other unexpected event.

North Carolina residents may be interested in such an incident that recently took place in another state. Reports indicated that metal beams were being used as building materials on the construction site when one of the beams fell. The beam apparently came lose from the cable that was holding it, and it was noted that the cable possibly snapped. As a result, the beam fell about 20 feet and landed on a worker below.

Leaf blowers, other equipment could cause workplace illness

Many people appreciate a well-manicured lawn or other attractive landscaping. Though the look of trimmed grass and shaped hedges may be aesthetically pleasing, achieving this look often means that North Carolina workers in the landscaping industry have to work in various conditions. Additionally, they may also face hazards that could potentially lead to workplace illness.

One man in another state faced health issues due to exposure to exhaust emitted from a gas-powered leaf blower he used during his landscaping duties. The man was apparently in the industry for five years before having to give up his first job due to experiencing migraine headaches nearly every day. He later took a position with a landscaping company that used electric machines, and the headaches subsided.

Fear of being injured on the job not invalid in North Carolina

Many North Carolina residents go to work expecting their days to be like any other. Unfortunately, some individuals may find themselves involved in unexpected incidents that lead to their suffering serious injuries. Being injured on the job can be a devastating experience, and some workers may not know where to turn after such an event.

One man in another state may be feeling such confusion after being involved in a serious work-related incident. Reports stated that the man works for the Department of Public Works for the city in which the accident took place, and he was putting brush into the bed of his work vehicle when he was struck by a car. The accident took place just before 8:30 a.m.

How do I know if my injury is covered by workers' compensation?

If you're working as an employee -- not a contractor -- for a company in Charlotte, and you suffer an injury on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits to pay for your medical care and time spent unable to work.

However, your employer's workers' compensation insurer might not approve a claim for benefits in all cases. As such, it's important to know what your rights are -- so you can decide whether it's worth it to challenge a denial of benefits.

After work-related injury, workers' comp may provide assistance

Dealing with injuries in any capacity can often prove difficult. When a North Carolina resident suffers injuries while on the job, the situation may prove even more complicated to address. Various steps may be needed if the individual hopes to obtain workers' compensation, but the process often seems worth the effort as the benefits offer financial assistance after a work-related injury.

One man in another state may be looking into the workers' comp application process after a recent accident. Reports stated that the man was working as part of a crew installing sewer lines when he stepped out of a retaining wall. The trench was reported as being 35 feet deep, and it began to collapse around the man. Two other workers were able to pull the man back to safety. It was noted that the man did not become trapped.

Industrial accidents may cause catastrophic injuries

When an accident takes place on the job, the outcomes can range in severity. Some incidents may cause damage to materials or property without harming people, and other events could cause employees to suffer considerable injuries. Industrial accidents have a high potential for resulting in injuries, and unfortunately, some workers may never be the same after such an incident.

North Carolina workers may be interested in such an event that recently took place in another state. Reports indicated that an individual working for UPS suffered a severe injury in an on-the-job accident. Apparently, the man was working at a customer center when his arm became caught in a conveyor belt. The incident resulted in the man's arm being severed from his body.

On-the-job accidents may present need for workers' compensation

Many North Carolina workers may have to carry out duties in confined spaces or face exposure to potentially toxic materials. Though safety precautions are often in place to lessen the likelihood of worker injuries, oversights could easily result in an on-the-job accident. These events may have the potential for serious outcomes, and in many cases, injured parties or surviving families may need workers' compensation.

Multiple individuals in another state may be gaining more information on such benefits after a recent incident. Reports stated that the workplace accident took place at a power plant while workers were attempting to carry out maintenance duties. Apparently, they were in a confined space working on a pipe. Though the pipe was presumably supposed to be free of hazardous gas while the men were working, hydrogen sulfide gas was released into the space.

North Carolina worker injured in construction accident fall

Serious injuries could befall anyone while on the job. Unfortunately, some professions -- such as construction work -- place workers at a higher risk of injury. When a construction accident takes place, it is important that any individuals who may have been injured receive proper medical attention as soon as possible. After care has been administered, injured workers may find themselves considering the financial implications.

One North Carolina worker may be hoping to easily recover from injuries as well as deal with any financial repercussions after a recent accident. Reports stated that the individual was a construction worker and was apparently working on a building when the accident occurred. Details on the incident were not given, but it was reported that the worker fell approximately 29 feet off of the building.

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