Wake County

State worker dies of injuries from lift accident

A state worker who was hurt when an aerial lift toppled at the State Archives building on Monday has died, officials said Wednesday.

Chris Mears, spokesman for the state Department of Administration, said Robert “Hal” Rue had died Tuesday night at WakeMed Raleigh hospital, where he was rushed after the one-man lift fell over onto a sidewalk outside the building.

Rue, 62, of Willow Spring, was an electrician with the department’s Facility Management Division.

Rue and another man were working on the Archives’ exterior lighting, officials said Monday. He suffered a severe head injury, Mears said, but it wasn’t clear if the lift hit him in the head or if the machine knocked him down and he struck his head on the ground or some other object.

Rue graduated from Cary High School in 1971 and became a certified electrician. He had worked for the facility division since September 2005, Mears said.

Rue planned to retire in August and move with his wife, Marlene, to a home they were building in Belhaven, according to his obituary.

“All employees of the N.C. Department of Administration are saddened to hear of Hal Rue’s death,” Secretary of Administration Bill Daughtridge said in a statement. “He was a strong, dedicated and sincere man. Our deepest sympathies go out to his widow and family during this time. We ask folks to join us by keeping the Rue family in their thoughts and prayers.”

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