NC Worker Struck By 2,000-Pound Breaker

Every day, workers from North and South Carolina wake up and head into dangerous conditions. Construction workers face the possibility of scaffolding accidents, falls, and collapse. Oil industry and mining workers face the risk of entrapment and explosion. Fishermen work with sharp tools and dangerous equipment. Electricians are always at risk of fire, explosion, or electrocution. Despite these risks, workers do what they need to do to get the job done and provide for their families.

In a tragic accident, a worker suffered severe injuries at a Duke Energy Station after a 2,000-pound piece of equipment fell on him. Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys are experienced in on-the-job accidents and are dedicated to helping families collect the compensation they need and deserve. We are also committed to raising awareness about worksite safety to protect North Carolina workers and to prevent future injury and accidental death.

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According to reports, emergency crews were called to the scene at the Duke Energy Substation. A recording of the 911 call indicated that a 2,000 pound piece of equipment fell and seriously injured the worker who was struck in the back of the neck. The emergency helicopter landed at an area elementary school to make the quickest and most effective medical evacuation. The fire chief reported that the terrain of the surrounding area and the nearby power lines made it difficult to land the helicopter onsite.

The employee worked for Substation Concrete Services, a subcontractor for Duke Energy. Subcontractors are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in the event of an accident. In this case, the worker and his family can collect financial coverage for lost wages and medical expenses. Third-party claims against liable individuals and entities may also make it possible for injured workers to seek and collect additional coverage.

Industrial workers responsible for handling heavy machinery are often the most vulnerable. While protective gear, training, and safety devices can help prevent accidents, there is always the possibility of collapse, or other malfunction. In this case, the equipment reportedly hit the worker in the back and neck area but did not pin him down. He could have suffered severe head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other permanent damage.

In any case involving workplace injury or accident, victims and families should consult with an independent advocate who can review the facts of the case, identify the cause of the accident and pursue any necessary claims, including workers’ compensation benefits or personal injury claims. In addition to medical costs and lost wages, victims may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, long-term care needs, lost future wages, disability and additional costs arising from the accident.

The injured worker in Burke County was rushed to an area hospital. Even though he suffered severe injuries, firefighters involved with the rescue reported that he was still able to talk. The accident is still under investigation and it is not clear what caused the accident. Duke Energy officials will not report what kind of work was being performed at the time of the accident.

If you or someone you love was injured on the job, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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