North Carolina construction workers whose jobs require them to work in a trench or an excavation site could face a variety of hazards. A lack of oxygen could lead to asphyxiation while inhaling toxic fumes could lead to illness. Without proper protection, workers may also be vulnerable to a cave-in. Therefore, it is important for employers to have a system in place that protects workers or reduces the odds that an accident may take place.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are cited by the Bureau of Labor statistics to be the cause of over 30 of work-related injuries and illnesses in 2014. That translates to an incidence rate of 33.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, which is down from 35.8 the year before. Nursing assistants and laborers were the workers that suffered the most from MSDs along with stock, freight and material movers.
While many professions can be risky for North Carolina workers, mining is viewed as one of the most hazardous industries throughout the nation. Safety standards are developed and monitored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency that was first created in 1978. During that year, 242 miners died on the job. Statistics for 2015 demonstrate a significant reduction in the number of mining deaths since that inaugural year of MSHA oversight.
When a worker is injured on the job, their employer is usually concerned with how long it will take their employee to return to work. The loss of an employee and the management of a workers' compensation claim can be significant expenses for an employer. Although an employer may want an injured worker to return to the job quickly, the worker may have severe injuries that need time to heal.
If you are injured on the job, you may be afraid to file a workers' compensation claim to recover benefits for the injury, fearing that you will lose your job. Although this is understandable, it an unacceptable excuse to not exercise your right to workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina.