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Greensboro Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Woman misclassified as independent contrator seeks benefits

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  • April
    2017

Many people work as independent contractors, and in their cases, they often do not have a right to workers' compensation when they're hurt on the job. For independent contractors, the fact is that a personal injury claim may be the only option for getting compensated.

Sometimes, people are misclassified as independent contractors, and that makes it more likely for them to go without the workers' compensation they deserve. That's what happened in this case.

What are some facts about North Carolina's workers' compensation?

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  • April
    2017

When it comes to your health, you want to know that if you get hurt at work, it's covered by your employer. North Carolina's workers' compensation laws help protect you by making sure employers have workers' compensation insurance unless they are exempt.

How long do you have to report an injury on the job?

Companies: Using genetic information against employees is illegal

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  • April
    2017

Genetics have changed many things about how we grow. You now can find out if you have debilitating diseases before they strike, and you can see if you're predisposed to problems like cancer or other diseases or disorders. This is beneficial in a medical light, but should employers be able to see those results?

Could you face discrimination based on your genetic predisposition for a disease? You could. That's why a bill that has been presented is being questioned. The bill allows employers to offer a discount to employees who participate in a workplace wellness program, and that could save the worker and his or her family over $1,500 a year.

What kind of hazards lead to amputations?

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  • April
    2017

No one who goes to work should ever have to worry about an amputation due to a workplace accident, but they do occur. Amputations are debilitating and considered to be one of the most severe workplace injuries. They can occur in a number of fields due to a variety of causes. Most often, these injuries are caused by meat grinders, drill presses, grinders, sheers, conveyors and unguarded or poorly safeguarded mechanical equipment.

Workers can be exposed to the risk of amputation when preparing a machine for maintenance, when clearing out jams or when cleaning machinery. Of course, many other risk factors exist as well.

Business faces fines after failing to report flash fire

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  • March
    2017

Whenever a workplace accident takes place, it's up to your employer to report it to the proper authorities. Not doing so is against the law, and it can end up leading to fines. Your employer needs to report the incident so that your workplace can be investigated and made safer if necessary.

In this case, an employer failed to report an incident that occurred, or at least, that is what it looks like happened. North Carolina's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has said it is investigating a restaurant in the South End following a fire that resulted in severe injuries to an employee. Investigators from the state reported that they didn't even know the fire had occurred until the news reached out to them for a comment, which is unusual. Typically, businesses need to report injuries and incidents like this one after they occur. Federal law requires employers to report employee hospitalizations within 24 hours.

1 killed in a fatal fall at North Carolina work site

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  • March
    2017

Construction accidents impact people on the job, at home and around the site. Whether a worker fell or was electrocuted, that individual has suffered an injury that was likely preventable. Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe. Failing to do so can lead to official investigations, fines and penalties. On top of that, the worker who was injured is entitled to workers' compensation, so he or she can focus on recovering while receiving medical and financial benefits.

In this case, a construction worker was killed in a fall in Asheboro, according to a report from March 23. The news states that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to investigate the incident.

Silicosis: The lung disease lurking at work

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  • March
    2017

One lung disease you may have been exposed to if you work with sand or quartz is known as silicosis. This disease affects workers who have been exposed to silica dust in the workplace. Usually, it's those who work in glass manufacturing, foundries or mining that have the highest rates of exposure to silica.

There are three kinds of silicosis you could be faced with. These include chronic, accelerated and acute. There is unfortunately no cure for this disease once it has developed, but there are preventative measures that can be taken to prevent workers from developing it in the first place.

What are workers' compensation benefits?

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  • March
    2017

You've been working for several years in the same position. You suddenly realize that your repetitive motions each day have begun to cause pain and strain on your back. Now, you need to see a doctor. Fortunately, you should be covered by workers' compensation.

What are workers' compensation benefits?

What hazards are teens exposed to at work?

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  • March
    2017

Teens want to get into the workforce for a number of reasons, and it's important that they begin to understand the value of hard work. It's also very important that parents and guardians discuss safety in the workplace with their teens, so they know what they should expect from their employers. Teens may be exposed to any number of hazards in the workplace, but an employer with safety set as a priority will not allow hazards to put others at risk. Proper training will be provided, and any unnecessary risks are eliminated as soon as possible.

Aren't younger workers at a higher risk of injury due to their inexperience?

These tips can help employers foster a mentally healthy workplace

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  • February
    2017

Mental health protections in the workplace help keep the environment positive for everyone. There are a few ways you can help keep moral up around the office or on the job. For example, using inclusive language is a good way to help people speak out about their concerns, worries, joys and other feelings. It's a good idea to foster an environment in which employees can talk about post-traumatic stress, work stress, anxiety and other issues.

A great workplace has plenty of time for a good work/life balance. That means that employees work a full-time shift that still gives them enough time to rest, recuperate and recover. Large workloads might help get the job done faster, but it's strenuous to have a single employee do all of that work. Workplaces that consider using more employees on the same task tend to reduce stress across the board.

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