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Negligence of the employer can result in citations, fines

As many North Carolina readers may be aware, Wal-mart is one of the top employers in the U.S. Recently, the company was fined $190,000 by the federal OSHA for workplace safety violations found at one store located outside our state. While there are no reports of injuries as a result of these violations, negligence of the employer may have dire consequences for workers. In this case, Wal-mart is making changes to improve employee safety at nearly 2,600 Wal-mart and Sam's Club stores nationwide.

Worker's family could receive workers' compensation benefits

Everyone is horrified by the news of the death of a coworker. They sympathize with surviving family members and provide their condolences. However, few people consider the realities of life without a family member beyond the emotional devastation. Fortunately, states such as North Carolina require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits for their employees in case they are injured or killed while they are completing their job responsibilities. The family of a deceased man will likely qualify for such benefits after a tragic accident took the life of their loved one.

No violations in North Carolina accident that injured worker

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.

Seriousness of injured worker injuries is measured by study

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.

Workers' compensation benefits payable for work-related death

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.

North Carolina heat could lead to workers' compensation benefits

As summer continues to reign over the country, it is important for workers everywhere to understand the risks of working out in extreme heat. A heat-related illness can occur very quickly, and if a person does not recognize the signs of becoming overheated, the results can be fatal. It is important for employers to ensure that their workers are taking necessary precautions in order to stay healthy and hydrated while working in high temperatures. If employers become lax in their precautions, they could be faced with paying workers' compensation benefits.

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