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Risk of work accident rising with inadequate OSHA funding

When a person goes to work, neither they nor their families expect them to come home with a missing digit or a back sprain. However, no workplace in North Carolina, even in today's modern world, is accident-proof. A recent article explains that the risk of injury in a work accident may actually be increasing in light of the United States' current political and financial issues.

According to a new study, the government organization that is responsible for ensuring the safety of America's workplaces is actually lacking in funding. With budget debates looming and another round of automatic budget cuts eminent, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization may not be able keep track of business' efforts to comply with federal safety regulations as effectively. This is especially true as the workplace's size today is twice as large as it was three decades ago.

In fact, only one OSHA inspector is available to investigate every 4,000-plus workplaces. In addition, less funding for the association could mean that workers are not kept up-to-date with training. This could negatively impact how emergency hazards are dealt with.

Companies in North Carolina are required to buy insurance that provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job. The benefit is two-fold; it allows an employee who has been injured in a work accident to receive benefits no matter whose fault the incident is, and employers are protected against being sued by employees. However, it is within the rights of employees to seek legal guidance so that they obtain the appropriate insurance benefits and medical treatments to which they are entitled.

Source: safety.blr.com, Report predicts job safety could be a casualty of budget battles, No author, Sept. 9, 2013

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