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North Carolina man dies on the job in grain silo

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to follow up on a worker death that occurred at Baucom Services in Monroe. The agency will investigate the death of a 36-year-old man who suffocated after falling into a grain bin.

The company's owner reportedly told a local news station that the death was a freak accident. The deceased had been working for the company for roughly four years and performed general labor at the shop.

Authorities received a call for help on Jan. 10 at approximately 11:37 a.m. A lieutenant from the Union County sheriff's department said that the victim's co-workers were unable to rescue the man who was working inside a silo.

Because even employers with good safety records might still experience worker injury or death, they are required by law to maintain workers' compensation insurance. A worker does not need to prove any negligence on the employer's part to make a workers' compensation claim.

However, after a workplace accident, the injured worker or his or her surviving family might find the process of making a claim difficult. Sometimes an attorney can help people obtain their benefits. There are occasionally situations in which a negligent third party that was not the employer is to blame for the injury or death as well. An attorney may then advise that a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the third party is appropriate in addition to a workers' compensation claim on the employer's insurance. Due to the potential complexities, review of a case by an attorney may bring additional compensation to the worker.

Source: WSOC-TV, "Authorities identify man who fell into grain bin, suffocated," Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2015

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