Some occupations carry a higher risk of injury or death than others. Along with police officers and firefighters, those who work in the construction industry face many dangers on the job, including those who repair and replace roofing. These individuals constantly work at heights and under conditions that can easily lead to a serious injury. Sadly, one roof worker in North Carolina lost his life after falling from a roof near the coast.
Details of the accident
On July 27, a 36-year-old man was repairing the roof of the Morehead City Library near Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. The worker was a member of A-D’s Metal Roofing Company, which had a contract to repair the rood. The report did not specify what caused the man to fall, but he plunged from the top to the ground below.
The man was transported to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries sometime later. The library closed following the accident, and the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health received a report of the incident. They are investigating the matter, which could take several months to complete.
The workers’ compensation system exists to help workers who have been injured on the job. The system also provides death benefits to surviving spouses and children of workers killed on the job to help cover medical expenses, final costs and lost income. The surviving family of this worker will need to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina to gain a full understanding of the options for obtaining the benefits they deserve.