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Asbestosis and your right to compensation

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    2016

Asbestosis is a disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. When these fibers are present in the air and workers inhale them over time, their lungs can become damaged, resulting in scarring and shortness of breath. Some people have only mild asbestosis symptoms, but others may have a severe case that makes it very hard to breathe and live a normal life.

Symptoms of this chronic lung disease can suddenly occur years after the exposure, making it sometimes difficult to identify where and when the exposure occurred. In today's workplaces, it's unlikely for anyone to be exposed to asbestos in high enough quantities to cause this disease. Most cases involve people who were exposed before the 1970s, when the government finally regulated the use of the mineral product.

North Carolina's hazard prevention program explained

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    2016

As a worker, you want to make sure you're safe at work. Most of the time, the best way to stay safe is to stay vigilant and to report anything that doesn't seem right or safe. Whether it's cracks in the floor or odd-smelling machinery, reporting potential hazards can help you and others stay safe on the job. If you're hurt, workers' compensation will cover your expenses, but that wouldn't have to happen if you were kept safe to begin with.

When you see a problem on the job, it's your responsibility to report it and to fix it if it's possible to do so. Your employer needs to make sure the hazard is corrected. If he doesn't, then he's putting his employees at risk and could end up causing a workplace accident.

2 workers hurt in highway accident in North Carolina

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  • May
    2016

When someone you love is hurt at work or killed in a workplace accident, workers' compensation benefits should kick in to help you and your family recover the financial losses you face. From lost wages to covering funeral and medical costs, this coverage should help you during this difficult time.

If your loved one was hurt in a situation like this, know that workers' compensation is still a possibility for you. According to an April 20 report, a car accident took place at the Interstate-440 East and Capital Boulevard interchange that resulted in the injury of two workers.

Employers may be required to provide you with insurance coverage

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In North Carolina, all employers are required to provide workers' compensation to their employees if they employ three or more employees. Businesses including limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, and corporations all have this requirement.

There are some exceptions for certain employers. For instance, if you are a railway worker, your employer will not have to carry workers' compensation insurance. Domestic servants and freelancers are not covered by workers' compensation, and farm laborers working for a person with fewer than 10 full-time employees won't be covered. There are other exceptions as well.

The most common work incidents and how to avoid them

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There are many workplace accidents that can be avoided, so employees can stay safe. For instance, did you know that violent acts in the workplace lead to many injuries, but they can be prevented with something as simple as violence training and communication channels to report abuse or problems in the workplace?

Another very serious problem is the strain repetitive motions put on the body. In places like factories, workers may perform the same movements time and again for many hours. By providing ergonomic support, encouraging proper rest, and giving breaks, employers can reduce the impact of these injuries.

What are some important facts about workers' compensation?

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    2016

If you get hurt at work, your employer has several responsibilities to you. Your employer may have to help you file your workers' compensation claim, could have to help you recover lost wages, or may have to give you other accommodations.

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Toxins in the workplace: How you can stay safe

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    2016

If you're exposed to toxins in the workplace, you could suffer serious health problems. Every day, many people within the U.S. are exposed to hazardous chemicals when they're on the job. If you're exposed, you may be entitled to workers' compensation and medical care, so you can get the treatments you need and make up lost wages while you're unable to work. These toxins shouldn't be present without you knowing that you're in a position where you could potentially be exposed and harmed.

Under the law, you have a right to work in an environment that is safe and free of unnecessary hazards. If hazardous chemicals or toxins are present in your workplace, then your employer must tell you about these toxins and inform you about what to do if you are exposed. The information about the toxins comes on a data sheet called the Material Safety Data Sheet, and it's required to be provided in every workplace with these toxins.

What is asbestosis, and when does it appear in the body?

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Asbestos is a well-known word to many; it's a building material that has been linked to types of cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has determined that if you're exposed to asbestos fibers, you could suffer from cancer or asbestosis as a result. Because of this, no worker should be exposed without his or her knowledge, and it's required that all exposures be as limited as possible.

Asbestosis doesn't typically appear until 10 to 40 years following exposure. That can make it hard to recognize initially, but there are some symptoms. They include:

What are your rights as an employee in the workplace?

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    2016

As an employee, you can protect yourself from unsafe working conditions. Your employer is obligated to giving you a safe workplace. If your workplace is home to an unsafe environment, then you can report the workplace to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for review. In some cases, you can also refuse to go to work when the hazards are particularly dangerous to your health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal statute that makes it clear that employers have to keep your workplace free of dangerous health and safety issues that could lead to death, injuries, or illnesses. OSHA protects workers like yourself from one-time injuries, recognized hazards, and illnesses caused by unsafe conditions.

Depression from the workplace? You can file a claim

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  • March
    2016

Workplace illnesses can include mental health concerns that may be attributed to the workplace and your work environment. For instance, a traumatic event in the workplace could result in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or ongoing anxiety. Harassment can cause concerns and also affect your mental health. Of course, many other things can as well.

Depression costs around $200 million in lost workdays each year, and that results in losses of around $17 to $44 billion. The rates of depression do vary by occupation and industry, with workers age 55 or older reporting that they have some kind of mental health concern at a rate of around 20 percent.

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