Unfortunately, construction sites are often the scenes for serious work-related accidents. Falls, equipment malfunctions, safety violations and a variety of other factors can all contribute to injury-causing incidents. It is also not unusual for a construction accident to have fatal outcomes, and in such cases, surviving family may need financial assistance in order to handle the repercussions.
It was recently reported that a fatal construction accident took place in North Carolina. Apparently, a man was working on bridge construction on U.S. Highway 64. He was taking apart a screed -- a leveled layer of cement -- when part of the screed fell off the railing. This incident apparently also caused the worker to fall. It was unclear how far the man fell.
The accident resulted in the man suffering fatal injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation regarding the construction company for which the man worked. This incident was apparently not the first fatal event that involved construction workers for the same company. The investigation will likely take months to complete, and more information may be available at a later time.
The family of the man killed in this North Carolina construction accident are undoubtedly heartbroken over their sudden loss. The incident may cause them financial struggles and other issues due to losing the income the man provided. Because the fatality resulted from a work-related accident, the family is likely entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. Speaking with an experienced attorney regarding survivors' benefits may help the family understand their options for seeking financial assistance.
Source: wxii12.com, "Construction worker dies from fall in Asheboro", DaVonte McKenith, March 21, 2017