North Carolina Investigates Raleigh Construction Firm After Worker’s Hospitalization in Wolfspeed Accident
The N.C. Department of Labor has initiated an investigation into a Raleigh construction firm following an accident involving an employee at the headquarters of Wolfspeed, a semiconductor producer in the Triangle area. The injured worker, employed by Southern Industrial Constructors Inc., was hospitalized as a result of the incident. The specific details of the accident and the employee’s condition have not been disclosed. Wolfspeed itself is not included in the state inspection.
Southern Industrial Constructors Inc. is a Raleigh-based company known for providing comprehensive industrial construction and plant maintenance services in the Southeast. The company has not released any information regarding the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.
The North Carolina Department of Labor will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter, a process that typically takes several months to complete. More details about the incident will be disclosed once the investigation concludes.
Construction is consistently considered one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, with a high number of workplace accidents and fatalities. According to the labor department’s data, the construction sector accounted for the most workplace fatalities in North Carolina during the fiscal years of 2021, 2022, and the current year, with 56 out of 197 workplace deaths occurring in this industry.
Furthermore, an open investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently underway for a separate incident involving Southern Industrial Constructors Inc. The incident, classified as a fatality/catastrophe, occurred on April 14 outside Columbia, South Carolina.
Southern Industrial Constructors Inc. was acquired by EMCOR Group, a publicly-traded construction company headquartered in Connecticut, in 2012.