Richard Thomas Yoost was a resident of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He worked at the Lowes Home Improvement store on South Boulevard in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to authorities, Mr. Yoost sustained fatal head injuries Saturday, June 11, 2001 when he was struck by a garage door.
Lowe's Officials indicated this is the first fatal work accident at the South Boulevard location. They also confirmed no other workers were injured.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and the North Carolina Department of Labor (OSHA) continue to investigate the matter. OSHA will conduct a mandatory investigation and report due to the fatality.
This incident is a horrible reminder that every workplace has the potential for accidents, some of which can inflict even fatal injuries. Thousands of Carolinians are injured every year in our state while simply attempting to earn a living for their families. This scenario is a primary reason I have continually warned Charlotteans about recent legislative proposals.
Workers' compensation law is an extremely difficult area of the law for injured employees to understand. Employers and their insurance companies have no legal obligation to treat their injured employees fairly nor tell you the truth regarding the law. Therefore, it is very important to promptly speak with a knowledgeable Charlotte workers' compensation lawyer immediately after you are injured to obtain a free consultation.