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Edenton Man Dies In Peanut Factory Worker Accident


Posted on Nov 19, 2010

According to the North Carolina News & Observer, an Edenton man died in an industrial accident at a peanut plant. The fatal worker accident took place on Thursday, November 11, 2010, just before noon. Edenton Police responded to the accident, which they said happened at the Seabrook Ingredients. While the man, 25-year-old Steven Phelps, was seriously injured in the work accident itself, he died of his injuries by the time emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Sources say that the man was killed when his safety harness became caught in a piece of machinery. According to the work accident victim’s mother, her son had been working at the peanut factory for roughly a month at the time of the accident. In addition, she said that she was not angry with her son’s employer, as that is what he would have wanted. It is unclear if she will file an NC workers’ compensation claim in the wake of his death.

Seabrook Ingredients produces a number of peanut-related products, including dry roasted peanuts, peanut oils, and peanut butter.

The North Carolina Department of Labor will investigate the on-the-job accident. This is the second fatal worker accident to occur in eastern North Carolina this week. Last week, a construction worker was killed in Beaufort County when a truck backed over the man as he made repairs to a bridge. These two deaths also come just days after a new report revealed that North Carolina has some of the lowest worker injury and death rates in the country. Some question the validity of the report.

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