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Workers' Compensation Archives

Can you be fired for filing a workers' compensation claim?

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.

Rise in aged workers may impact job safety

North Carolina and other states are experiencing surges in the number of older workers employed in many jobs, and this change will impact some aspects of occupational safety. Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections reveal that around 25 percent of all U.S. workers are projected to be no less than 55-years-old by the year 2022. Statisticians say that this is due to numerous factors, including the fact that baby boomers are staying in their jobs longer and that today's 401(k) retirement plans are more heavily impacted by market fluctuations.

Protecting health care employees from workplace chemicals

Health care employees in North Carolina and across the United States are thoroughly trained on how to avoid exposure to bloodborne pathogens while at work. However, these workers face many other hazardous chemicals at hospitals and other health care facilities every day. It is essential for health care industry employers to identify these chemicals and put plans in place to keep employees safe.

Safety around electricity on the job

When people in North Carolina have jobs that require them to work around electricity, it is important for them to understand the potential hazards so they can avoid serious injury or even death. While the damage from electrical shock will depend on the length of exposure time as well as the current strength, all electrical shocks pose a significant risk.

HAVS risk and using power tools at work

North Carolina workers who are exposed to hand-arm vibrations from using power tools on their jobs have a significant risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS. Out of 2 million workers whose jobs involve the regular use of power tools, an estimated 1 million will develop this syndrome.

Protecting against warehouse accidents

As North Carolina owners of warehouses or distribution centers know, workplace accidents may result in injuries to employees and fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Using appropriate safety techniques and training methods to protect workers creates a better work environment and reduces accidents.

Opt-out clauses leave workers in some states with fewer benefits

In North Carolina, most employers are still required to provide employees with access to workers' compensation benefits, but that is not the case in two other states, and more could be following their lead. Both Oklahoma and Texas offer employers "opt-out" clauses in which companies are allowed to replace workers' compensation with their own plans. Proponents of opting-out say that they are able to offer benefits to workers more quickly and at less cost, but case studies of several injured workers tell a different story.

24-hour work shifts double the risk of EMS worker injuries

When an emergency worker responds to a call in North Carolina, he or she might have been on duty for nearly 24 hours. Shifts of this length are common among emergency services employees, and a study published in a peer-reviewed journal found that longer shifts correlated with an increase in injuries and illnesses among workers.

Increased mining inspections after worker fatalities

North Carolina mining companies may be affected by a series of fatalities that occurred in the industry recently. A fatal injury to an 18-year-old quarry worker from Virginia was one of three mining-related deaths throughout the nation on Aug. 3. At least five deaths have occurred in the last month in the industry, adding to the concern over these latest incidents. Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration have expressed major concerns about the number of deaths, noting that there are plans to increase education at work locations.

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