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Crane Accident Fatal for Worker Building Bridge in Rodanthe, NC

On Monday, August 23, a tragic accident on the construction site for the new Pamlico Sound bridge in Rodanthe left one worker dead after he was pinned under a crane.

Authorities with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office say that emergency responders rushed to the scene around 1 PM on Monday. Steven “Bull” Bailey, who worked for project contractor Flatiron Construction, was found pinned under a crane. Sadly, he died from his injuries.

Bailey, who was on the board of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, leaves behind a wife and three children. Mac Gray, an assistant chief at the department, set up a GoFundMe to assist the family.

“He was part of our family,” said Gray. He also added that Bailey had been with the department for ten years, and firefighters had given him the nickname of “Bull.”

The construction site was shut down until Friday to investigate the accident. Authorities say they are still trying to determine the cause.

Sadly, construction accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2018, there were 1,008 construction deaths nationally in the private sector alone, an increase over 2017.

Often these accidents happen because companies or individuals fail to take appropriate safety precautions. These can range from ensuring everyone wears a hard hat, to diligently following procedures for operating dangerous heavy machinery, such as a crane. Failing to properly maintain equipment can also lead to serious injury or death.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss. 

Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at, and we will make the appropriate adjustments.

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