Construction industry leads North Carolina 2014 workplace fatalities

The North Carolina Department of Labor reported that work-related deaths in the state increased in the year 2014 as compared with the number recorded in 2013.

with the construction industry listing 19 fatalities, which were 12 people higher than 2013 tallies. The OSH Division’s Education, Training and Technical Assistance Bureau said that they will be increasing education and training especially to address “struck-by” and falls–two of the most common incidents on construction sites. A PSA is also being developed to shed light on this problem.

The manufacturing industry placed second in the highest number of work-related deaths with nine people dying, a total of five more from 2013’s record.

Since construction accidents are so dangerous, employers must go above and beyond to maintain a safe work environment. If you were injured in your place of work in Raleigh, our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC are committed to ensuring that you get your compensation. Call our offices today at 910-488-1600.


Company responsible for fatal Fort Bragg trench collapse cited

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Tekton Construction Co., in Fort Bragg, North Carolina trench collapse, according to wral.com.

In a statement released on Wednesday, January 7, OSHA has cited Tekton to for three violations: not providing cave-in protection; not providing hard hats; and for failing to train workers to identify dangerous situations on site. This is in connection with the death of 22-year-old Clyde Nettles, Jr., who died on July 24, 2014 after being buried under several thousand pounds of sand after a trench collapsed on him at Ammunition Supply Point.

Investigators at the labor agency have also stated that Tekton should be placed under its severe violator enforcement program for “demonstrating indifference to its OSHA Act obligations of providing a safe and healthful workplace for its employees.” Tekton faces $123,000 in total fines. It has 15 days upon receipt of the citation to comply with a request for conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the citations.

Employers have a duty to provide a comfortable and safe working environment for its employees. Should you become injured in a workplace accident in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina contact our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC for a free evaluation of your case. Call us at 919-851-3311 today.