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Work safety remains unanswered concern for many North Carolinians

The U.S. government estimates that more than 4,000 U.S. workers die each year while performing work-related duties. Factor in potential work-related illnesses and diseases, and the number of U.S. worker deaths climbs to a staggering 49,000 annually. These numbers, and recent horrific workplace accidents, have raised concern among many safety advocates, politicians and American workers who question whether state and federal government are doing enough to promote and enforce workplace safety. 

Americans recently witnessed the explosion of a large fertilizer plant located in a small Texas town. That explosions resulted in 15 people loosing their lives. In the wake of this disaster, the family members of those killed are left to wonder what went wrong and employees accross the country who work in similar plants are left to worry if a their workplace will meet the same fate.   

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal governmental agency tasked with enforcing workplace safety standards. There are currently roughly 2,000 OSHA inspectors who are tasked with the job of traveling the country to inspect an estimated 7 million workplaces. Given these numbers, it stands to reason that many dangerous working conditions and workplace hazards go unreported.

As a result, workers throughout North Carolina and other states pay the ultimate price. A work accident can result in work-related injuries that severely impact an individual's health, physical wellbeing and quality of life. Individuals who have sustained injuries while on the job have rights and would be wise to discuss their case with a legal professional who handles workers' compensation matters.

Source: Mint Press News, "3 Months After Texas Fertilizer Explosion, Workplace Safety Still Ignored," Martin Michaels, July 24, 2013

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