There are many ways a worker could be injured while working. Each day workers throughout the state of North Carolina find themselves facing that reality. Some are hurt due to repetitive stress injuries. Others are injured due to falls. In occupations where large pieces of machinery are involved, workers may find themselves caught or parts of their bodies crushed. In still other situations, individuals are hurt when an object falls upon them.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration released its 2012 review of mining accidents a few days ago, and it looks as if the agency's renewed focus on safety has paid off. Just one shy of 2009's record low number of mine workers killed on the job, 36 miners died last year in coal, metal and nonmetal mines. One of those deaths was here in North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.