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Employee suffers burns in workplace accident

In certain occupations, employees in North Carolina and other areas of the country often receive extensive education in the importance of wearing protective gear as they complete their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, even when these safety standards are closely followed, an employee could still be injured in a workplace accident as a result of other factors in the work environment. Often, these accidents result in serious injury

In fact, a man in another state was recently flown to the hospital following an incident at a truck repair operation. An emergency call was made one afternoon on a day in September. Reports indicate that the victim was operating an arc welder near a truck fuel cell which reportedly came loose and exploded.

Street sweeper suffers fatal workplace injuries

There are many known safety risks in a variety of different workplaces. However, many people in North Carolina may overlook the multiple different hazards that those who work with large pieces of machinery might face. Unfortunately, a streetsweeper in another state recently suffered fatal workplace injuries.

The man was reportedly discovered one Thursday morning in early September. According to reports, a construction worker discovered a man pinned by a sweet sweeper at approximately 4:30 a.m. Police and other rescue workers were called to the scene.

Work accident kills 2, injures 3

There are many unknown factors in a North Carolina workplace. Often despite workers' best efforts, accidents still happen. Unfortunately, investigators in another state are working to determine how and if a recent work accident that killed two people could have been prevented.

The incident happened one night in late August. According to reports, the men were conducting maintenance in a confined pit at Bruce Mansfield Power Plant. Reports indicate that in the course of completing their work, they removed part of a pipe containing hydrogen sulfide gas. Two men, employers of Enerfab Corp., died as a result of the incident.

Saw safety tips to keep your hands safe at work

If you're a carpenter, you need to use a variety of saws at work, so you'll want to do everything you can to keep your hands safe. Saw injuries are common among those who work with wood and saws on a daily basis.

You or some of your coworkers could already be missing some finger tips as a result of a tragic saw accident. In order to stay safe and prevent another such accident, there are a few safety tips you'll want to keep in mind.

Ganly & Ramer is successful in Court of Appeals

Ball v. Bayada Home Health 

Ms. Ball was a CNA/home-health who began working earning $8.00 per hour and worked sporadic, part-time, PRN earning $3,215 in 79 days. In February 2011 she transferred to the Hendersonville office, working with a specific client which increased her pay rate to $10 per hour for at least 40 hours per week.

State trooper injured in work accident

Interstates in North Carolina and across the country are vital to ensuring that goods and people are able to efficiently move among states. However, it is often necessary to perform road maintenance to ensure all motorists can do so safely. Unfortunately, construction sites can be hazards if drivers fail to heed warning signs, placing the lives of those who are working in jeopardy. For example, a trooper in another state was recently injured in a work accident.

The incident involved a stretch of interstate where the Department of Transportation was conducting a pavement project. The trooper was present to help implement safety measures. Unfortunately, a car rear-ended the trooper's vehicle.

Construction worker dies in roof collapse

When most people in North Carolina think of dangerous professions, firefighters and police officers are often the first that come to mind. However, construction workers often face a significant amount of risk in their work environment due to the possibility of collapsing structures or falling objects, for example. Unfortunately, a construction worker in another state recently lost his life in a work-related accident.

The incident happened on a day in mid-August. Reports indicate that the approximately 50-year-old victim was working at the site of a warehouse that was being demolished. Unfortunately, he was struck by a portion of concrete roof. Although officials say the building was being demolished in sections, they were unsure if the section in which the man was killed was meant to fall at that time.

Officials investigate fatal work accident

The vast majority of employers in North Carolina and other areas of the country are committed to protecting the safety of their employees. Unfortunately, some people must perform tasks that are dangerous, potentially putting their lives as risk. Even when all safety precautions are followed, a work accident can still occur. Officials in another state are still investigating the cause of a recent accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened on a day in early August. According to reports, the 45-year-old victim was working with a front end loader used to transport pallets to be chopped. Unfortunately, officials claim he may have been using ether while trying to mount a tire onto it, and an explosion occurred. Ether can be used to quickly fill a tire but has several potential risks, including an explosion if too much gas is used.

Workers' compensation in the event of North Carolina heat stress

During the summer months, employers and officials all around the country are concerned about protecting workers from heat stress. Unfortunately, a person in North Carolina who is overexposed to heat can ultimately experience serious heat-related illnesses. While people who fall victim to the heat may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits, officials nationwide are issuing tips on avoiding it.

One state has recently issued a statement regarding how to best protect workers from illnesses related to the heat, but these tips apply to all employees who work outside during the summer. Agricultural workers, those who work in roofing and construction workers may be the most at risk for such an illness. Overexposure could result in fainting, heat exhaustion, cramps and nausea. In some cases, workers may experience a potentially fatal condition called heat stroke.

Don't fall off the ladder while you climb the corporate one

Construction workers use ladders every day. They're familiar with how to use these vital pieces of equipment safely. They also know that their lives and their livelihoods depend on not getting hurt due to carelessness when going up and down a ladder.

Office workers are different. They rarely use a ladder, and sometimes they'll stand on chairs -- which is risky and ill-advised.

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