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

  • 24
  • August
    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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  • August
    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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  • July
    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.

What can you do about unsafe working conditions?

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  • July
    2016

If you go to work and discover that the floors are slick with water, the roofing on the facility is falling or collapsing, or other hazards are present, you'd expect your employer to take action. If he or she doesn't and ignores the problems, then you could be at risk of an injury. If you are injured because of these known hazards, then you're in a position to file a claim for workers' compensation and potentially to claim against your employer directly.

Unsafe working conditions put you at risk when you shouldn't be. Under federal and state law, your employer has to provide you with a safe workplace. If your employer isn't doing that, you have every right to report him or her to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which can then look into the work environment and make sure your employer is compliant.

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.

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