North Carolina winters can increase the risks outdoor workers face. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers that the primary cause for industrial injuries nationwide is fall hazards. This danger is underscored by the number of workers' compensation claims that follow slips, trips and falls across the country every year. The chances of workers falling are significantly higher during the months when workers must negotiate icy and snow-covered walking surfaces.
Along with many other hazards brought about by hurricanes and floods, North Carolina workers who are involved in cleanup work after floods will face many dangers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says knowledge of potential hazards, appropriate personal protective equipment and safe work practices could minimize risks. The agency further asserts that no one without proper training, experience and the correct equipment should be involved in cleanup and recovery activities. However, many workers' compensation benefits will likely be filed in the aftermath of the floods.
A North Carolina food plant employee lost his life in an industrial accident on a recent Tuesday. The records of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate 11 incidents of safety violations were identified at this facility during the past five years. Reportedly, the deceased worker was a mechanic who had been working for Smithfield Foods for about 10 years whose family will likely be eligible for workers' compensation survivor's benefits.
Safety authorities who travel nationwide to assess workplace safety say they come across the same basic safety hazards and violations in all the different industries they visit in North Carolina and elsewhere. The same will likely reflect in an analysis of workers' compensation claims that are filed by injured workers. Reportedly, negligent housekeeping causes many injuries, mostly because spills and clutter are not cleaned up promptly, causing many falls from slips and trips.
Although some injured workers in North Carolina might have been able to return to work soon after their accident, your situation is different. With injuries that cause serious and long-term health consequences, you need more than a few days off to recover. Temporary disability through workers' compensation can help you bridge the gap between paychecks as you take the time you need to focus on your health and well-being.
The number of workers killed on the job in North Carolina nearly doubled last year compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released by the state Department of Labor on Thursday. Forty-four people died in work-related accidents last year, up from 23 in 2013. It was the highest number of workers deaths since 2011, when 53 died, according to the Labor Department.
The insurance company is required to pay an injured worker every seven days. We hear from our clients frequently that this is not the case. Additionally, when checks are late being received, bills go out late which adds to late fees, etc. Do not let the insurance company get away with sending your payments late.
Benefit Increase for workers compensation recipients: