Jay Gervasi, P.A.
Contact us for a Free consultation
Local 336-790-0157  Toll Free 866-792-9182

Greensboro Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Preventing musculoskeletal injuries before they can occur

  • 25
  • August
    2015

Musculoskeletal disorders occur in a variety of work settings. These disorders often affect nerves and tendons as well as muscles. Body areas that are subject to MSDs include the lower back, the upper extremities and the neck. Much of the focus on workplace injuries usually revolves around catastrophic traumas like amputations or head injuries but MSDs are responsible for a great many lost workdays. Naturally, this has a negative effect on the North Carolina workforce and can trickle down to affect the growth of the state's many industries as well.

Those who have already suffered MSDs in the workplace can usually count on workers' compensation to help them get through the healing process, which often means missing work. Alternatively, a workers' comp attorney can also help victims of MSDs find additional resources to ease them through the rough patches. However, for those who remain uninjured despite the risks of MSDs, prevention is the best medicine.

Chicken processing company deemed outrageously dangerous

  • 20
  • August
    2015

Workplace safety issues can arise in all kinds of industries, even those the public depends on to prepare sources of food. It seems that a major chicken processing company is one of the latest food processing facilities to feel the power and wrath of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Case Farms Processing Inc. is currently facing $861,500 in penalties for workplace safety violations. The processor has also been put on OSHA's "Severe Violator Enforcement Program," which might prove to be worse than the fine as the company absorbs a major hit to its reputation.

OSHA's announcement about Case Farms was made on Aug. 13, when the administration stated it had cited the processor for the following:

Beryllium may finally be limited, after 40 years

  • 14
  • August
    2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration first started working to limit the amount of exposure that workers can have to beryllium in 1974. Not much has happened in the ensuing 40 years. However, OSHA is finally going to propose a new limit that would drastically reduce the amount of the mineral that workers can be around.

Beryllium is a metal that is often used in industrial settings. The new proposal would cut the exposure allowances down to about 10 percent of what they are right now.

Workers' compensation and the independent contractor

  • 04
  • August
    2015

Citizens all over the country are switching from traditional forms of employment to careers as independent contractors. The advantages to making this switch are numerous and include setting your own hours, choosing where you will work and setting your own fees. Despite the many attractive benefits of becoming an independent contractor, one major issue often remains unaddressed: What happens when workers are injured on the job and does workers' compensation cover these injuries? The answer is not simple and is dependent on several factors.

If you are an independent contractor working in North Carolina, you should know that those who employ you are not automatically free from providing you with workers ' compensation. Should a work-related injury occur, the state's courts will examine the facts related to the incident to determine whether you will be considered an employee and therefore eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

What steps should I take following a work-related injury?

  • 30
  • July
    2015

If you have experienced a work-related injury in North Carolina, your life can undergo dramatic changes very quickly. Many work accident victims find themselves suffering anxiety over numerous issues including the severity of the injury, loss of wages and the possibility of permanent disability.

Workers' compensation benefits can be a great comfort to injured workers, but it is important to follow the proper steps after the injury occurs. Doing so will ensure your claim has a greater chance of approval, making it easier for you to concentrate on your recovery.

Confined spaces: Keeping safe in small, tight spots

  • 22
  • July
    2015

Working in confined spaces is very hard; some people struggle with claustrophobia, and others may be okay with the space but still want to know that it's safe to be inside. Because workers who are in confined spaces are at risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided facts about confined spaces and new construction standards to make them safer for those working inside.

What is a confined space? The OSHA has stated that a confined space is an area that is large enough to fit a worker inside, has a limited entry or exit point, and is not designed to have continuous occupancy. For example, a well could be considered a confined space.

How workers' compensation and a third party lawsuit work together

  • 15
  • July
    2015

Most of the time, receiving workers' compensation means you have no need to pursue a personal injury claim. However, there are occasions when injured North Carolina workers can pursue both options. Workers' compensation provides injured workers with benefits while also protecting the employer, but sometimes a third party might have contributed to workplace injuries. When this occurs, the injured party may be able to seek relief from both sources.

Here are some situations in which an injured employee may be able to pursue a personal injury suit.

Scaffolding accident injures 2 North Carolina workers

  • 06
  • July
    2015

A project to replace the lighting in the gymnasium at the New Hanover County High School went awry last week when the scaffolding malfunctioned. News reports indicate two electricians fell during the project, resulting in injuries to both of the men. Rick Holliday, the deputy superintendent, indicated he received a call regarding the accident in the morning hours of Wednesday, July 1.

Holliday went on to report that the project had been ongoing the entire week with the work being conducted by two school maintenance workers. He reported that the work was finished at the time of the accident but workers were moving some of the gym banners so the new lighting would not be obstructed. While the workers were moving the banners, the scaffolding reportedly malfunctioned causing the two employees to fall.

How safe is my North Carolina industrial workplace?

  • 30
  • June
    2015

Like other places across America, the state of North Carolina takes workplace safety quite seriously. However, despite any government-sponsored laws or guidelines, not all workplaces provide a safe working environment. It is a great idea to ask questions in order to develop an understanding of how safe a work location really is, but you can also learn by paying attention to how things are done at your place of work.

Working in industrial settings carries a little more risk than working in an office or a retail setting. However, the risk is very minimal when the proper safety procedures are firmly in place. If you are new to industrial employment, here are just a few things to look for in determining if your workplace is safe.

What are the risks of working around asbestos?

  • 22
  • June
    2015

For decades, it has been widely-known that asbestos can cause life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Asbestos is made up of minerals that can be used in several industries. The danger occurs when asbestos is disturbed or degrades and tiny particles are released into the atmosphere. Before this knowledge became widespread, many people suffered or perished due to asbestos exposure in the workplace as well as in buildings or homes containing asbestos.

Fortunately, these illnesses and deaths have taught employers and organizations like Occupational Safety and Health Administration many lessons about the substance. It is now possible to work around asbestos if absolutely necessary by following strict safety guidelines at all times. However, it is still important to understand fully the hazards associated with this dangerous material before performing any work with or near asbestos.

Jay Gervasi, P.A.
910 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Map and Directions

Local: 336-790-0157
Toll Free: 866-792-9182
Fax: 336-574-2541

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.