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Last Friday, a worker was killed on a worksite in Rutherford County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 11:45 a.m. at a Sisk Grading Site. Apparently, the worker, Blake Luckadoo, was somehow thrown from a machine he was running. Very few details have been released, but we do know that a fellow employee found Luckadoo, unresponsive. Luckadoo was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

Daniel Road Grading Site

The grading site was off Daniel Road in Forest City. Workers in the 14-person company, Sisk Grading, were pretty shaken up after the deadly incident. Luckadoo had worked for the company for almost 10 years. There’s no word on how this terrible incident could have happened, and it is likely under investigation with authorities.

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On Monday, a huge gas leak injured at least three workers in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the gas leak happened at a distribution center. Apparently, work crews were performing routine maintenance on a 27-inch main distribution line when it burst. Gas was reportedly shooting more than 100 feet in the air. Three workers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Emergency responders were swiftly on the scene pouring a foam blanket over the area. Thankfully, they were able to prevent the further danger of a possible explosion. Anderson County citizens within a half mile of the leak were asked to take shelter in place while first responders contained the situation.

The Dangers of Gas Leaks and Explosions

Gas leaks and explosions can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal for victims. Severe burn injuries are often associated with gas explosions. The volatile gas can quickly ignite and explode. Deadly explosions can even happen in conditions when very little gasoline is involved. Not much information has been released on how the 27-inch gas main burst. The incident may still be under investigation. Anytime a gas main breaks, especially one that shoots gas 100 feet in the air, there is a potential for devastating and catastrophic injuries. Thankfully, first responders were able to contain the leak before an explosion happened.

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workers-rights.jpgYesterday, two state Senators filed a new legislative bill that is designed to take away some very important rights to the working citizens of North Carolina. The new bill adversely changes the existing worker’s compensation laws. Worker’s compensation is the body of law that sets out the rules that apply when someone is injured on the job.

Worker’s compensation benefits only cover lost wages and medical bills. The injured worker is not compensated for pain and suffering, mental or emotional anguish and other damages. In other words, the worker’s right to recover is quite limited under worker’s compensation. When someone is hurt on the job, worker’s compensation is usually the worker’s only remedy under the law. You cannot sue your employer even if your employer recklessly caused you to get hurt.

In some instances, when someone is injured on the job, there is a third person or entity that actually caused the on-the-job injury. For example, if a construction worker is hauling a load of lumber from a lumber company to a job site, and some third person runs a red light, crashes into him, and injures him, then the worker would receive worker’s compensation benefits because he was injured on-the-job, but the third person (the at-fault driver) would also be liable to the injured worker.

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