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Prescription painkillers and workers' compensation

Prescription drug abuse and addiction may be covered by workers' compensation plans in North Carolina and around the country. A recent report issued by the National Safety Council show that over 25 percent of workers' compensation costs are for prescription pain medication, also known as opiods. The report points to cases in which an employer was sued because opiods were used to treat workplace injuries. These painkillers have a high potential for abuse because they are highly addictive, and an overdose can cause death. In many cases, workers' compensation plans have been required to provide compensation for the subsequent injury or death due to opiod addiction and abuse.

Protecting iron workers in North Carolina

Although falls are among the most common type of accident among iron workers, fall protection violations are also rather common. However, by following a safety protection plan, it can be easier to spot problems and fix them before someone gets hurt. In fact, recognizing the hazard is the first of five steps in preventing falls on a North Carolina work site. Sometimes, it may be possible to complete a task in a different and safer manner.

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