A scaffolding collapse resulted in the death of three workers on Monday in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. According to officials, the incident happened at a construction project for a new high-rise building in the city.
In addition to the three deaths, one person was sent to the hospital with injuries, but the severity of those injuries has not been revealed.
According to the district chief of Wake County Emergency Medical Services, the three workers suffered fatal injuries after a section of scaffolding fell away from the glass and steel high-rise. The scaffolding fell into a parking area below. All four of the individuals involved in the tragedy were working on the construction of building. At this time, authorities have not confirmed or released the names of the individuals involved.
A spokesperson for North Carolina's State Department of Labor said that the agency is currently investigating the incident. At this time, a large area surrounding the site of the accident has been cordoned off.
Scaffolding Company Declines to Comment
As of last reports, a number of men wearing clothing marked Associated Scaffolding were at the accident scene speaking with an official. At this time, Associated Scaffolding has not issued any public comments relating to the incident and a female voice that answered the company's office phone also declined to comment.
The state Department of Labor reports that construction accidents result in the vast majority of on-the-job fatalities in North Carolina. A total of 19 workplace deaths occurred in 2014 alone.
Pursuing Workers' Compensation Claims
In many situations where a workplace accident results in the death of a construction worker, families of the construction accident victim may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits relating to the loss of their loved one. Those benefits might include money for lost family income, money to pay for end of life expenses and other kinds of benefits.
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