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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.

OSHA aiming to reduce the amount of nursing injuries

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, more workplace injuries happen in the health care realm than in any other industry. This has caused the agency to extend its National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities. OSHA may investigate residential care facilities and hospitals in North Carolina and other states to address the large number of nurses who get hurt while on the job.

Animal and insect injuries suffered by workers

During the summer, many North Carolina employees may be expected to work outdoors. There are certain hazards that are fairly common to those who do so, including heat stroke and dehydration. A risk that is often not discussed, however, is animal and insect injuries.

New standard issued for construction and confined spaces

Construction workers in North Carolina may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its final rule regarding confined spaces in construction sites on May 4. The rule will be effective as of Aug. 3.

Workplace heat-related illnesses potentially deadly

Many individuals in North Carolina work in hot conditions, either outside during the hot season or inside buildings without cooling or ventilation. Every year, thousands of workers get sick due to heat-related workplace illnesses. In 2012, more than 30 deaths were attributed to workplace heat-related illnesses.

Construction site accident in North Carolina kills 3

A crowd gathered at Shaw University's Thomas J. Boyd Chapel on March 27 in downtown Raleigh to remember three men who worked as construction workers at the Charter Square project on Fayetteville Street. The three men died in a scaffolding accident on March 23 when the scaffolding collapsed at about 11 a.m.

McDonald's employees complain about unfair treatment

North Carolina residents may be interested in a new survey from the Fast Food Workplace Safety released in March. It says that 79 percent of fast food workers have been burned at least once in the past year. At McDonald's, the fries are cooked in oil that is as hot as 335 degrees, and the hamburger oven is covered in hot grease. Recently, a group of 28 McDonald's workers filed a complaint with OSHA claiming that they received serious injuries due to being burned while on the job.

Workers' compensation for federal employees

Employers are required to provide insurance coverage for their employees that covers workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. The Federal Employees' Compensation Act provides benefits to civilians who work for the federal government, and this act offers civilian federal employees in North Carolina benefits when suffering an on the job injury.

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