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Common workplace accidents occurring in the construction industry

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  • September
    2016

Many construction sites in North Carolina are dangerous places. This is why personal protective equipment like hard hats and safety glasses exist. However, even with the proper use of safety equipment, workplace accidents can and do occur. It is safe to say that most construction companies strive to keep their workers safe, but unforeseen safety hazards may still be present. This blog post will examine some of the most common workplace accidents that could lead to serious injury. Hopefully, this information will help reduce injuries by keeping workers and supervisors aware of the dangers.

Falling is one of the most frequent workplace accidents in the construction industry. Working at elevated heights puts workers at particular risk for this kind of accident. Using safety equipment and avoiding complacency can reduce falling accidents.

Prevent amputations and seek compensation when you're injured

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    2016

Amputations caused by workplace accidents impact the victim in more ways than one. If the body part can't be reattached, the victim must suffer with the loss of fingers, toes, hands or other body parts. Nerve damage can result, leaving the victim in pain or struggling to deal with unusual sensations. Some people may be permanently disfigured and unable to work, while others have to find new ways to enjoy the things they liked to do in the past.

Workers should be protected against operational hazards in the workplace. Machines in particular should have guards in place at all times. There are several kinds, including fixed, adjustable, self-adjusting and interlocked guards, which should prevent amputation injuries if they're being used correctly.

What you should know about working with toxins in the workplace

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    2016

Toxic exposure can lead to a number of serious injuries and illnesses. Workplaces with toxic substances present should have safety features in place to prevent exposure. Despite this, workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous items at work every day; some are injured by the exposure and live a life with disabilities or chronic health conditions due to those injuries.

You have a right to know which chemicals and toxins are present in your workplace, so you can take steps to protect yourself and your coworkers. When chemicals are present, you should have access to a Material Safety Data Sheet, which gives you information on how to handle the materials and provides information on first aid after exposure, how to store and dispose the substances and what kinds of protective equipment you need to wear when handling them.

Repetitive motion injuries and your protection under law

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  • August
    2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is designed to keep workers safe when they're on the job. Employers must meet safety standards and report injuries or fatalities on the job. Workers who suffer repetitive motion injuries may be covered by the act.

Are you covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

Why it's important to talk about mental health in the workplace

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    2016

Workplace illnesses are not uncommon, which is why it's so important for employers to talk about the potential illnesses workers may be suffering from. One thing that is often overlooked is the prevalence of mental illness in the workplace. Stress, genetic factors and other issues lead to these illnesses.

Employees may not want to talk about mental illness with their bosses for fear of losing their jobs or having their relationships damaged. The problem is that if the illnesses aren't talked about, then mental health illnesses can go untreated or undiagnosed. It's a fact that around 85 percent of all employees with mental health illnesses are not treated or diagnosed, putting them at risk in the workplace.

Man dies in workplace accident

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  • August
    2016

Workplace accidents can happen on any job site, but can be particularly injurious or fatal when large mobile machinery is involved. A Charlotte man died tragically Sunday, August 7, after being run over by a piece of industrial equipment.

The 46-year-old man was moving tractor-trailers around a north Charlotte loading dock at Howell Motor Freight. He was using a piece of equipment known as a yard-hopper — the cab of a tractor-trailer used specifically for shuffling tractor-trailers. He apparently exited the vehicle momentarily for unknown reasons when the yard-hopper began to move and struck him. Emergency personnel declared him dead on the scene.

What are the main causes of workplace accidents?

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    2016

The seven most common causes of workplace accidents include being overconfident, taking shortcuts, failing to perform cleaning and housekeeping duties, neglecting safety procedures, being distracted, starting a task before fully understanding what is required, and being underprepared.

These can combine in a workplace to create a dangerous workzone where people get hurt constantly; it's more likely that just one or two of those causes will be present, though. For instance, distractions can be common in workplaces where cellphones or other activities are allowed. Someone looking at a cellphone may not recognize that his shirt is caught in a machine or that he didn't turn off the breaker for an electrical unit that's being worked on.

Truck driver severely burned, passes away after serious crash

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  • July
    2016

Getting hurt on the job is a serious concern for families and workers alike. If a worker is killed while on the job, it's the family left with unanswered questions and claims to file for compensation. Fortunately, workers' compensation generally takes care of families by providing death benefits. If your family needs help filing a claim or needs to seek a private claim against the employer if workers' compensation isn't available, your attorney can help.

This man's family may be in a position like yours is today. He passed away after being involved in a big rig crash on Interstate 95. The man had been driving at around 6:15 p.m., when he lost control of his vehicle. Witnesses said the big rig had suddenly slowed before running off the road.

Stressed at work? You might have a case

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  • July
    2016

If you're struggling with a mental illness, you know that you need as much help as someone with a physical ailment. Mental illnesses can cause real symptoms, like headaches, stomachaches, aches and pains and others.

If you've ever been stressed at work, you might be able to get your mental health evaluations and treatment covered by workers' compensation. There is a trick to this, though, because as anyone knows, all workplaces are somewhat stressful. The point that you have to prove is that your stress resulted in a permanent impairment, that you were stressed primarily because of work, and that the stress was above a normal level for the position in which you worked.

Electrical injuries: You can be compensated

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    2016

Electrical injuries hurt and scar the body in many ways that may not be apparent initially. When the electrical current passes through the body, it can cause skin burns, damage to the internal organs and cardiac arrhythmias. Much of the human body requires electric pulses to function normally, so electrical injuries can disrupt those functions and result in an emergency situation.

There are around 30,000 or more nonfatal shock injuries each year in the United States. Burn units take in around 5 percent of their admissions as electrical burn patients.

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