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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.

What you should know about musculoskeletal conditions

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  • December
    2016

Workplace injuries cost employers money and cause employees to suffer. Fortunately, some injuries can be reduced or eliminated with the use of ergonomics in the workplace.

Americans spend around 2,000 hours a year at work, so workplaces need to be a safe, ergonomic location. The hours spent at computers or on a factory line add up, and those repetitive motions take a toll on your back, arms, neck and eyes.

Man killed in tragic creek accident at construction site

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  • December
    2016

Construction workers are exposed to hazards almost every day. They often perform tasks that are dangerous, such as building bridges at a height or wading into cool or frigid waters to do repairs. When safety protocols are followed, there should be no accidents. If a loved one is hurt because someone fails to do so, then that's a major concern.

Workers and their families can generally seek workers' compensation after an accident results in injuries or a death. The benefits help cover expenses that were unexpected, and it's something this person's family might consider. A construction worker in Fayetteville passed away after an accident in which the machinery he was working on tipped over, forcing him into a nearby creek. The man's body was discovered around 2:00 p.m., on Nov. 29, according to local news sources.

Your employer should work to protect employees from harm

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  • November
    2016

The most common occupational illnesses in the U.S. include falls, musculoskeletal injuries and those from overexertion. Fractures, lacerations and other work-related injuries are also common.

It's your employer's responsibility to make sure as few accidents happen as possible. This can be achieved by providing important information on safety requirements to workers as well as making sure they are properly trained to do their jobs.

How workers' compensation benefits are calculated

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  • November
    2016

Accidents happen, and if you've suffered an injury while working in North Carolina, you may be eligible for lost wage compensation. This compensation is provided to you when you have missed over seven days of work due to an injury that took place on the job. This payment isn't due to you until you miss at least seven days of work, and those days won't be paid to you unless you end up with a disability that exceeds 21 days. In that case, the payment for those days will be added to the second benefits check.

If you are going to be receiving financial compensation from workers' compensation for lost wages, you need to understand how it's calculated. The income you will receive is calculated at two-thirds of your average weekly wage. The maximum you can receive each week is $978 based on the 2017 maximum recently approved by the government.

Injured in a coal mining accident? You deserve compensation

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  • November
    2016

Coal mining accidents can impact the lives of many people all at once. When a mine collapses or a shaft closes, it can block off the workers inside and make it hard for them to get help, food or water. For those who are injured, it's near impossible to get the medical care they need, leading to more serious injuries due to the wait time.

Coal mining accidents happen for a number of reasons including methane explosions, coal stockpile collapses or falls. Burns, coal miner's silicosis or pneumoconiosis are also possible injuries workers could suffer form. Each of these accidents or injuries can be hard on a person and could lead to disabilities or death.

Workplace safety must be a priority in all workplaces

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  • November
    2016

It should be obvious that a company should not profit at the expense of its workers' health. Workplace safety is incredibly important, and when regulations and safety procedures are not followed, the workplace becomes very dangerous for the people who are employed there. A Nov. 4 report covers this important topic, which should be at the heart of all workplaces.

When a worker is injured, it costs the company more than just an insurance premium. The worker may not be able to come back to work, which means lost hours and wasted money on training. The best way to prevent these kinds of expenses from getting out of control is to have a good workplace safety plan. One of the most effective ways to reduce costs is simply not to have costs related to injuries at all; that means taking steps to prevent injuries of all kinds in the workplace.

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