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Auto mechanics: 3 common injuries to know about

As a car mechanic, you know your job is important. You fix vehicles to keep people on the road so they can work and go to school. In addition to being valuable to your community, your job is also dangerous. In fact, 91 mechanics died at work in 2015.

You encounter various workplace hazards as an automotive technician. Here is a list of some frequent injuries that plague mechanics who repair and maintain automobiles.

The grave consequences of asbestos exposure

As a North Carolina worker, you may inhale microscopic asbestos fibers on a daily basis without even realizing it. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in numerous industrial and consumer products. Its superior insulating properties and its resistance to fire and flame make it a favorite component of construction materials, but it also is in brake pads and other automotive and consumer products.

The problem with asbestos is that it deteriorates over time and also becomes easily disturbed by such things as saws, drills, sanders, screw drivers and other common tools. Unlike most minerals, when asbestos breaks down, it does not become normal dust that a dust mask will prevent you from inhaling. Instead, it turns into microscopic fibers that disperse over a wide area at the slightest air current. Once in your lungs and elsewhere in your body, these fibers build up over time, oftentimes resulting in mesothelioma, an incurable malignant cancer.

What to do when your employer denies your workers' comp claim

Many employers will want to get out of paying an employee's medical bills in a workers' comp case. This matter becomes even more complicated in North Carolina where lawmakers recently shifted the burden of proof to fall more on the employee's side than the employer's. 

There are many reasons why an employer will deny a workers' comp claim. Some of the most common include believing the employee did not experience a serious injury or seeing the employee not having to take time off work to recover. There are numerous other reasons why your claim received a denial, but the most important thing for you to do right away is to contact your employer's workers' comp insurance provider. You may also need to get in touch with an experienced attorney if the matter seems more complicated than you anticipated. 

Which North Carolina jobs are the most dangerous?

As a North Carolina worker, you expect to work in a safe workplace. You certainly do not expect to die from an on-the-job injury. Sadly, however, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that North Carolina workplaces are more dangerous today than they were a decade ago.

In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, 174 North Carolina workers sustained a fatal work injury. This was the highest number of workplace fatalities recorded in the past decade, and the fourth year in a row that their numbers increased. From a 10-year low of 109 on-the-job fatalities in 2013, the number climbed to 137 in 2014, 150 in 2015, and topped out at 174 in 2016.

Top reasons that police officers need workers' compensation

Policing is a dangerous job in many ways, but many of these dangers receive little or no attention in the face of much more obvious risks. In fact, these hidden dangers often turn out to be the reasons that police officers need workers' compensation.

Here is a look at a few of the obvious and not-so-obvious reasons a police officer might need workers' compensation.

I got a work-related injury but was not at work – now what?

You learned all about workers’ compensation insurance when your co-worker tripped on a computer cord in your office and sprained her knee. Since this accident happened when she was at work, she received workers’ compensation to treat her injury. However, sometimes you perform work duties off the clock or away from the office. If you got into an accident in these circumstances, would North Carolina workers’ compensation cover you?

The answer depends on whether you were truly in the middle of a job-related activity when the incident occurred. The following points can help illustrate an applicable workers’ compensation situation when you are off the clock or away from your workplace.

Can a verbally abusive co-worker ruin your health?

We all have encountered that one person who is just unbearable to work with. Whether they are rude, gossipy or mean, abusive co-workers can make you dread coming in to work. There is no argument that being in a toxic work environment can make North Carolina employees stressed and anxious. Working in these conditions may affect your health emotionally and physically.

As you may already know, many adults do not grow out of the high school bully mentality. What defines a verbally or emotionally abusive co-worker? The following points can shed some light on the common abusive situations you might encounter:

  • Rather than build up employees with positive reinforcement, your boss insults, demeans and even shouts at you and your co-workers.
  • A few people working in your office enjoy gossiping and spreading rumors about others.
  • Your co-worker is a bully and attempts to sabotage your work to make you look bad or to make himself or herself look better.

A guide to overexertion injuries at work

Working too hard may cause injuries. Physical overexertion at the workplace is a serious problem. Whether the nature of your work is intensely physical or you work long hours, you may be at risk of strains, sprains and musculoskeletal issues. 

Thankfully, most workplace overexertion injuries are preventable. If you want to reduce your risk of getting an injury while working, here is some important information about overexerting yourself. 

Does your job increase your risk of cancer?

Nowadays, virtually every job in America poses at least some degree of risk, but the precise risks and dangers you face at work will vary considerably based on your industry, role and so on. While you may not work in a field that places you at considerable risk for, say, a car accident or a ladder fall, a job that exposes you to certain cancer-causing substances or behaviors can be just as deadly.

Just what types of jobs enhance your risk of developing workplace cancer?

What are America’s most dangerous jobs?

Virtually every type of profession carries with it at least some degree of risk, but in some fields, those risks are far more prevalent than in others. If you work in particular industries, such as, say, trucking or construction, you may have a better idea about the types of on-the-job dangers you face than you might if you spend most of your time in an office setting.

Office workers, too, face unique workplace hazards, but those in office or administrative roles are not the employees facing the most substantial levels of risk.

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