Hazards exist in all work environments, and although some are unique to the particular industry, others are more general, and they threaten the safety and health of all -- from construction sites to offices. Employers in all sectors in North Carolina are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, and for carrying workers' compensation insurance to provide injured workers with financial assistance. The risks to which office workers are exposed must not be ignored.
Safety authorities in North Carolina have launched an investigation into a recent construction accident that occurred at the site of a building project of an apartment complex in North Raleigh. Two workers were injured, and one life was lost in an incident of which few details are known. Workers' compensation claims will likely be filed for financial assistance with unanticipated expenses.
It is the impression of many people in North Carolina that office environments are mostly free of injury risks. This is a misconception because a large number of workers' compensation claims involve office workers' injuries each year. Many of the typical injuries suffered in office environments could have long-term health consequences.
Construction workers and their families in certain areas in North Carolina have reason to be concerned about the safety on work sites. Although the state-regulated workers' compensation is here to have the backs of injured workers, the possibility of losing a loved one in an on-the-job accident is real. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited four companies in Charlotte for safety violations that led to several fatalities since 2017.
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.