In North Carolina and elsewhere, construction workers incur a great deal of risk each time they show up on the job site. Construction work is perennially one of the most dangerous professions in the United States, and workers can suffer a host of serious injuries, including fatal ones, when working around heavy machinery, at heights and around falling objects. One construction worker in the state sadly lost his life in a recent accident at a job site.
Just after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, emergency crews responded to a construction accident in Nash County. The site is a future interchange for I-95 crews are working on to provide access for Sunset Avenue in Rocky Mount. Reportedly, crews were hammering in support pylons for the overpass.
Without warning, an object, unidentified, dropped from one of the pylons and struck the individual on the head. He was taken to a local medical center, where he was declared dead. The accident is being investigated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and other agencies.
Right to death benefits
All employers in North Carolina who have more than three employees are required to obtain workers’ compensation insurance and offer benefits to injured workers. As part of the package, surviving family of workers killed on the job can file to receive death benefits to help with final expenses, living costs, loss of wages and more. Those adversely affected by this horrible tragedy should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for assistance in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.