WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — In a devastating incident that unfolded on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 6:36 p.m., Carolina Franks, a 26-year-old employee at ZIPS Car Wash located at 1 Gill Road in Buncombe County, lost her life after becoming trapped in the car wash equipment. The Weaverville Police Chief, Ron Davis, confirmed the tragic news on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Emergency Response and Investigation Underway
Upon receiving a distress call reporting a traumatic injury at the car wash, officers, fire department crews, and Buncombe County EMS rushed to the scene. They discovered Franks, a resident of Buncombe County, entangled in the equipment. Despite the immediate efforts made by the first responders, Franks was pronounced dead at the scene.
Inquiry Led by Occupational Safety and Health Authorities
The North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has been notified and has investigated this tragic incident. OSHA will thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding Franks’ death, ensuring that any potential safety violations or lapses are identified and addressed.
A Look into Carolina Franks’ Life
As the community mourns the untimely loss of Carolina Franks, it is important to remember the life she lived. Born and raised in Buncombe County, Franks was a dedicated and hardworking individual who took pride in her job at ZIPS Car Wash. Friends and family will remember her as a warm-hearted person who always had a smile on her face.
Importance of Occupational Safety
This tragic incident is a poignant reminder of the importance of maintaining a safe work environment. Employers must remain vigilant in implementing and enforcing safety protocols to prevent similar accidents in the future. Additionally, employees must be aware of their rights and report any potential hazards to the appropriate authorities.
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