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These tips can help employers foster a mentally healthy workplace

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  • February
    2017

Mental health protections in the workplace help keep the environment positive for everyone. There are a few ways you can help keep moral up around the office or on the job. For example, using inclusive language is a good way to help people speak out about their concerns, worries, joys and other feelings. It's a good idea to foster an environment in which employees can talk about post-traumatic stress, work stress, anxiety and other issues.

A great workplace has plenty of time for a good work/life balance. That means that employees work a full-time shift that still gives them enough time to rest, recuperate and recover. Large workloads might help get the job done faster, but it's strenuous to have a single employee do all of that work. Workplaces that consider using more employees on the same task tend to reduce stress across the board.

What are some common reasons for workplace accidents?

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  • February
    2017

There are a number of reasons why people get hurt on the job. Sometimes, people take shortcuts and skip over safety protocols to get a job done. Taking shortcuts leads to accidents that could be life-threatening or deadly.

Other times, people don't keep up on cleanliness in the workplace. Items aren't put away correctly, safety equipment isn't available and the general maintenance of the building isn't maintained. Although it can be a hassle to follow all the steps for putting away machinery or cleaning up a facility, it's worth it to avoid the injuries not doing so could cause.

You should have the right to seek out workers' compensation

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  • February
    2017

Many people aren't sure if they're covered by workers' compensation, especially if they've never had to use it in the past. When you are an employee and get hurt at work, there should not be a question over whether your employer has to cover you with workers' compensation. However, one catch is that any injury you want to claim for has to occur while you're on the job.

The purpose of workers' compensation isn't just to support your financial needs when you go to a hospital or need medical treatments. Workers' compensation benefits also cover lost wages after a certain number of days have passed. This benefit system provides you with a portion of your missing income.

Firefighters face more dangers than just burns

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  • January
    2017

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. They work directly with hazards that they expect to see in the workplace every day. They aim to save lives and to reduce damage to structures; they perform tasks of all types, from home inspections for fire safety to rescuing families from burning homes.

A July 2013 release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that around 31 firefighters were killed each year between 2009 and 2013. Another 14,700 suffered from injuries and illnesses each year, all caused by their jobs.

Work-related stress: Get the workers' compensation you need

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  • January
    2017

Stress affects everyone from time to time, but when it becomes an everyday occurrence and affects your work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. If the stress has resulted in permanent impairment, like post-traumatic stress disorder, then you may be able to seek out the compensation you need to support yourself.

You'll need to show that the stress you suffered from was primarily related to work. Most people face some stress in their lives. What you should be able to show is a single trauma or ongoing concern that has led to your injuries.

Mining deaths drop in the U.S. in 2016

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  • January
    2017

If you've ever worked in the mining industry, you know that it can be dangerous. Collapses, while uncommon, still cause serious injuries to those in mines, and they could even lose their lives if they can't get help.

Fortunately, some new data has been released in 2017. It reports that the number of U.S. mining deaths dropped in 2016, bringing it to an all-time low. Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor's division of Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that 26 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2016, down from 29 in 2015.

Are workplace accidents prominent in North Carolina?

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  • January
    2017

In 2015, there were over 74,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in North Carolina's private industry. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that was 2.6 workers per 100 full-time workers, a relatively high rate, though lower than the national rate of 3 per 100.

Workplace injuries can typically be avoided with good safety procedures, but they still take place throughout the state.The sectors of industry with the most injuries and illnesses were trade, transportation, manufacturing and utilities. Interestingly, out of the 74,100 cases, a little over half were severe or severe enough to cause missed days from work, transfers to different jobs or positions or restrictions. A total of 38,300 cases were considered to be of severe natures.

You can seek compensation for these common workplace accidents

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  • January
    2017

There are many kinds of workplace accidents that take place in various situations, so it's important that you're always looking for ways to maintain your safety in your work environment. Some of the most common injuries that take place include repetitive motion injuries, machine entanglements and motor vehicle accidents.

With repetitive motion injuries, people suffer injuries because of doing the same thing over and over again. For example, if you work in a factory on a conveyor line, you may have to perform the same movement 50 to 100 times per minute. This rapid, identical movement can wear down your joints, tendons and other parts of your body, leading to an injury from the strain the motion puts on your body.

Severe violator list just 1 solution for dangerous businesses

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  • December
    2016

Willful workplace violations. Those are words that no family wants to hear after the death of a loved one. They mean that the employer knew that there were violations of safety regulations and did nothing about them. These violations could be as simple as not guarding machinery to not providing safety gear to workers at a construction site.

With so many businesses in the United States, it's not surprising that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn't have enough agents to go to every business to check that it is following safety regulations. What it is doing is finding the businesses that are violating its regulations most often and taking a stand against them. The federal safety agency and its state counterparts have 1,850 or fewer inspectors who have to monitor 8 million workplaces.

Will my trip-and-fall claim be covered by workers' compensation?

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  • December
    2016

An employer could argue that a slip-and-fall accident shouldn't be something he should be held liable for if the employee was behaving negligently or if there was no negligence on the part of the employer. For example, if you trip and fall over your own two feet, is that the business owner's fault simply because you were at work?

In most workers' compensation situations, if you slip, trip or fall, you can seek medical treatment and know that the Workers' Compensation Commission will approve your claim so long as it took place at work. However, there are times when your claim could be denied even though there is no precedent to do so.

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