Pair of North Carolina work accidents mar week in Eastern Carolina

A Edenton, North Carolina work accident has claimed a life for the second time in a week in Eastern Carolina, Channel 7 reported.

Edenton police say they were called to the Peanut Plant shortly before noon Thursday, where they found the 25-year-old employee dead of an apparent work-related accident. Authorities say the preliminary investigation revealed that a safety harness worn by the employee became entangled in machinery. The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the fatality.

Seabrook is a peanut processing plant that does dry roasting, peanut extracts and peanut butter.

On Monday, a fatal Beaufort County work accident occurred when a dump truck backed over a worker at a bridge construction site.

WITN News reported the accident happened on Highway 99 where construction crews are building a new bridge over the Pungo Creek. A 57-year-old paving company employee was killed. The preliminary investigation indicates the backup alarms on the truck were working properly.

It was the fourth highway construction accident of the year in Eastern Carolina, which has included a crane accident in Pitt COunty, a fall of the Manns Harbor Bridge in Dare County and the death of a flagger on I-40 in Duplin County.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident or work accident in North Carolina, contact the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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