When a work accident results in injury or death, state or federal investigators usually step in to determine if there were any safety violations. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials in its North Carolina Division wrapped up an investigation recently while an injured worker recovers from a well-drilling accident that occurred in July. The investigation did not turn up any violations.
For what it may be worth, a recent study reviewed data from the 2011 United States Department of Labor Statistics. This study reviews the data for North Carolina and all other states, and identifies the most dangerous industries by location. The determination is based on the rates of injuries that are serious enough to require an actual job switch or major change or restriction of responsibilities. The study thus pinpoints where a worker might have the better chance of becoming an injured worker with a more serious work injury.
A crush injury at work can be caused by faulty machinery or operator error. It may be important to know which one because if it's faulty machinery there may be a third-party tort claim against the machine's manufacturer for compensation over and above workers' compensation. In the reported case, which occurred in a state other than North Carolina, what's clear at this time is that workers' compensation benefits are payable to the family of a deceased worker killed in a workplace accident.
Any worker that has become seriously ill or injured on the job has hopefully experienced workers' compensation benefits in action. Not having to worry too much about medical expenses or pay while temporarily off a job can certainly help put an employee's mind at ease. However, one recent study has analyzed numerous states, including North Carolina, and determined that workers' compensation benefits often paid much more for medical procedures than what is actually necessary.