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Worker killed in North Carolina community college bridge collapse

A 42-year-old man is dead following the collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh on Nov. 13. Four other workers were seriously injured in the accident.

Officials said the center span of the 200-foot long bridge, which was meant to connect a new library with classroom buildings, collapsed at approximately 10:15 a.m. as workers poured cement. The bridge and workers plummeted approximately 40 feet to the ground. Several witnesses said that the decedent was crushed under a portion of the bridge's wooden frame.

Four other men were taken to WakeMed for treatment of back, neck and leg injuries. Three of the men required surgery. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident.

Wake Tech broke ground on the bridge last spring, and the project was scheduled for completion next summer. The general contractor for the site is Skanska USA, but the injured men worked for a Raleigh-based subcontractor, Central Concrete. The company has had one safety violation over its 18 years in business.

Employees who are injured in a workplace accident may wish to enlist the help of a lawyer to file a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation benefits could help reimburse a portion of an employee's medical expenses and lost wages while he or she recovers from his or her injuries. If someone is killed in a workplace accident, his or her surviving family members might be eligible to file a workers' compensation claim to obtain death benefits.

Source: WRAL.com, "One dead, four hurt in bridge collapse on Wake Tech campus," Nov. 14, 2014

Source: abc NEWS, "1 worker dies when NC pedestrian bridge collapses", November 13, 2014

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