Recently neighbors to a powder coating services company were shocked to learn about the hazardous waste contained at the business. The waste was uncovered during an inspection conducted by state officials that was prompted by an anonymous tip. Among other things, a liquid described as corrosive was seen seeping into the ground.
The tragic school shooting that occurred last December was the latest in a series of violent events to take place in American schools. No matter which side of the gun debate you find yourself on, every parent in North Carolina and across the country agrees that something must be done to keep our children safe.
While caring for, and in some cases, saving the lives of the patients for whom they are caring for, health care providers throughout the nation, including North Carolina, face hazards other types of workers can't even imagine. One such group of individuals is those who provide cancer drugs to patients. Not surprisingly chemotherapy drugs can lead to health issues to those who are not patients but are exposed to the drugs on a regular basis. Among other things these issues include fertility problems and rashes.
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.
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.
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.
It is never a good omen when the people charged with your care for treating your injuries get injured on their way to responding to your crisis. However, this occurs often enough in hospitals where response time is critical and sometimes means life or death. If injured on the way to responding though, lives may be put in jeopardy.