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Is wearable technology likely to help in workplaces?

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  • June
    2016

If you could wear a single device and reduce your risk of injuries on the job, would you do it? That could be a question employers have for employees in the future, as new technology comes to light.

Could a wearable device reduce the number of accidents in the workplace? The use of these devices to reduce injuries to staff members is an idea that is gaining traction. With 6,300 people dying around the world every day from occupational accidents or workplace diseases, it's no surprise that any technology that can help is embraced.

Workers' compensation or a wrongful death claim: The differences

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  • June
    2016

Losing a loved one is difficult no matter when it happens, but if it's a result of an injury that takes place at work, then you could be in a situation where you need to file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits. Is that all you can do, though? Or, will you need to file a wrongful death claim instead?

In most situations, employees are unable to sue their employers for injuries that take place at work. This is because they are covered by workers' compensation. If the injury happens due to no misconduct or negligence and is a result of an accident or personal error, then workers' compensation is usually how you'll reach out for compensation.

Common workplace injuries and illnesses in North Carolina

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  • June
    2016

Getting hurt at work is a common concern, but there are a few injuries that stand out. Some types of injuries are more likely to happen than others, like overexertion or sprains.

Overexertion is a concern among workers, and is one of the top 10 most common occupational illnesses. It's been reported that 27 out of 10,000 workplace injuries and illnesses are caused by overexertion. Strain-related conditions are much more common when positions demand many hours of work, like in cases where nurses spend 12 or more hours working shifts at a hospital or when nursing care facilities have overnight and double-shift workers. Overexertion is more commonly a result of lifting more than you can handle, with more than 13 out of 27 cases reported being a result of lifting too much.

Worker killed when electrocuted on boom truck

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  • June
    2016

When you work on electrical lines or in other dangerous circumstances, you have to be careful not to be hurt. There are typically processes in place that help prevent injuries, but not all accidents can be avoided. If you are hurt and survive an incident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation; if you're killed, it's your family who should be entitled to benefits.

Take for instance this case of an employee who was killed when he was fatally electrocuted in Anson County. This accident took place when the boom truck the man was on hit the power line. The worker had been holding a hook used to remove mats when the boom came into contact with the electrical wire and led to the worker's electrocution.

What are some quick facts about workers' compensation?

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  • June
    2016

North Carolina has specific workers' compensation laws to make sure you're covered as an employee. Here are some commonly asked questions that you may want the answers to.

As a truck driver, is my company required to provide workers' compensation insurance?

The safety of workers: In the hands of drivers in North Carolina

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  • May
    2016

If every day you went to work the safety of your coworkers and yourself was in the hands of drivers, you'd be very certain that drivers were aware of the laws around construction zones and would make sure those laws were enforced. Unfortunately, there is only so much manpower on the roads, and some drivers don't consider the consequences of their actions.

That's why the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation has focused on delivering a message of safety to the public; road workers are present on the highways more and more during the spring and summer, and that could mean more accidents, injuries and fatalities. He's hoping that won't be the case if drivers are simply more aware of the laws and how to keep these workers safe.

Asbestosis and your right to compensation

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  • May
    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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  • May
    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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  • April
    2016

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.

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