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January 2013 Archives

Widow responds to husband's fatal accident at Catawba plant

The widow of a contract worker killed on the job last week has leveled some harsh allegations at the company that runs the plant. In a press conference, the woman and her attorney said the incident was mishandled from the moment her husband died.

OSHA nails pasta manufacturer for hazardous workplace

With an increase in legal savvy among workers there has also come an increase in workplace safety and regulations. However, sometimes companies fail to adhere to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) recommendations and guidelines, or find it difficult to keep up with those regulations.

North Carolina sees decline in workplace fatalities for 2012

Good news just surfaced for those working in high-risk industries in North Carolina. According to the state Department of Labor, North Carolina once again cracked the top ten in safest states in which to work in the United States for 2012. Even better, the state dropped its workplace-related fatality total by 34 percent from 53 deaths in 2011 to 35 during 2012.

Healthcare at top of the list for dangerous workplace industries

Getting injured on the job or suffering an illness due to a work environment is never a pleasant experience. Those who have been through the difficulties that surround a workplace injury realize that it can sometimes be a long road to recovery.

Landfill accident's initial ruling thrown out

At the ripe young age of 24, most think they are invincible and look at life and the future as full of endless possibility. For one young North Carolina man, those possibilities ended when he was involved in an accident at a landfill where he was working as a temporary employee back in 2010.

Safety net needed for N.C. workers with uninsured bosses

In December, a nine-member Legislative Services Commission was entrusted with launching a study on North Carolina's workers' compensation benefit laws. Depending on the outcome, the state could be looking at either minor or major changes to the current benefits, wages, and tax policies surrounding the benefits.

Navy veteran happy to be able to reach out and touch someone

Sometimes you have to take some risks in life and hope that those risks pay off in the end. Such was the case for one doctor who tried an experimental procedure that he had only heard about (not read about or attempted prior), when he reattached a Navy veteran's arm after seven hours of it being detached.

USDA suggests risky increase in poultry industry line speed

Anybody working in a factory that operates in a streamlined system knows that efficiency and safety are important calculations that affect the company's bottom line. Sometimes however, it is difficult to increase the two at the same rate and North Carolina companies must not sacrifice safety for the sake of efficiency. The problem with the poultry industry is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking those companies and line workers to do just that.

Military exercises off of the NC coast result in tragic accident

The USS Carter Hall was off of the coast of North Carolina conducting training exercises recently when a 19-year old Seaman fell off of the deck. The training exercises were to train the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group for active duties. The Navy is investigating what caused the sailor to fatally fall into the ship's wall deck.

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