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Worker falls to his death at paper mill

A man in Louisiana died on March 2 after he fell while working at a paper mill. The fatal workplace accident happened near Campti at the International Paper-Red River Mill. The 911 Communications Center for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office received a call about the accident at about 11:39 a.m.

When the company reported the accident, the caller said that medical attention was needed. Natchitoches EMS paramedics were sent to the scene along with deputies from the NPSO Patrol Division. When they arrived at the paper mill, the 42-year-old worker was found to have sustained fatal injuries. He was declared dead at the scene.

The day that the accident happened, deputies reported that they thought the deceased man had fallen after a harness he was wearing got caught in some machinery. There were no reports about what the man was doing at the paper mill prior to his fall or whether any other workers were injured in the workplace accident. According to reports, officials from International Paper launched an investigation into the cause of the man's death.

When a fatal accident like this occurs at a job site, investigators may look into whether or not there were any safety violations that contributed to the worker's death. If there were, the employer could be charged and fined by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Regardless of whether or not negligence was involved in a worker's death, the deceased worker's family members may be entitled to claim death benefits through workers' compensation insurance. These benefits may help replace part of the deceased worker's wages and cover funeral and burial expenses for the family.

Source: ArkLaTexhomepage.com, "Natchitoches Parish International Paper fatal accident," Lynn Vance, March 2, 2015

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