Farming is a vital part of American life. Anything that can be done to help reduce the reports of another injured worker would benefit the farming business in all states, including North Carolina. Many states are working with OSHA to prevent farming accidents, especially in the grain industry.
The grain related industry seems to have a history of high number of worker deaths and injuries. The nature of the job itself is dangerous, with any number of potential accidents waiting to happen in a moment. OHSA is trying to combat these tragedies by putting in place an inspection program that will ensure worker safety.
The expectation of doing these inspections is that the grain industry operators will be more likely to have all of the proscribed safety measures in place. States that have taken part in the OSHA program have seen a dramatic drop in injured worker incidences. The half dozen major causes of death and serious injury that are inherent in this job can be almost eliminated if employers implement the proper safety mandates according to OSHA.
OSHA is to be commended for its commitment to ensuring worker safety. Most industries have safety measures that are meant to protect against having an employee become an injured worker, or worse a workplace fatality. However accidents will continue to happen regardless of safety measures. Any worker of any industry in North Carolina that has become a victim of a workplace accident is typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Any employee that is hurt on the job and feels they need assistance obtaining benefits can seek help from skilled professionals that are knowledgeable concerning this crucial state-regulated insurance program.
Source: echopress.com, “Grain industry hazards lead to deaths, injuries each year,” June 30, 2013