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Employee killed during excavation in North Carolina

As an employee who works on the highway and roadways, it's important that you're kept safe from multiple potentially deadly risks. Normally, you wear bright, identifying vests, you mark the road with cones, and drivers are made aware of the construction site well in advance. Sometimes, drivers don't pay attention, though, and that puts your life at risk when you've only been doing your job.

Other times, it's equipment defects or working with untrained workers that puts you at risk. Even you, yourself, may not be as educated as you should be to work with heavy equipment. Whatever the reason is for the accident, if you're hurt at work or if you lose a loved one to an accident, you have a right to file a claim.

According to one news report from March 10, a worker from Eden was involved in a construction accident while on the highway that should never have happened. The story reports that the man, only 28, was killed at around 11 a.m. when the counterweight of an excavator struck him.

The report has indicated that the man walked into the excavator's swing radius, according to information from the State Department of Health. The company he worked for, Tetra Tech Construction, is now the center of an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will aim to find out if the man was properly trained and why the accident took place. If OSHA finds that violations have occurred, the company could face fines and other penalties. For now, the death simply has to be investigated, since it took place during the business's operations.

Source: North Carolina News, "Worker killed in NC highway construction accident," March 10, 2016

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