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North Carolina workers' compensation helps injured, ill workers

Some people might dread the idea of having to go to work another day, but subconsciously, they are happy to be healthy and able to work and make a living for themselves and their families. When the opportunity to keep working is taken away due to a work injury or illness, workers' compensation can be helpful for making up the lost income as well as for paying for associated medical expenses. Companies in North Carolina can take several steps to prevent workplace accidents that may lead to serious injuries and stress for employees that have to miss valuable time at work in order to focus on their recovery.

Companies can inspire workplace safety by disseminating a survey that allows employees to identify safety issues that bother them the most. This allows employees to be involved in the process of ensuring safety in the workplace, thus fostering a company-wide focus on safety planning. In addition, employees can benefit from discussing safety matters at staff meetings.

Supervisors also may find it helpful to regularly walk through the facility grounds and pinpoint areas that could use improvement in the area of safety. Handling accident investigations in a timely fashion and taking corrective action is also wise. Furthermore, companies may benefit from being willing to close down an operation that is deemed unsafe for workers.

Although many North Carolina companies want their premises to be safer, some never really take appropriate action in order to make this happen. As a result, employees get injured and have to miss work. Most companies are required to buy insurance that offers workers' compensation benefits to workers who are injured in work-related accidents or fall ill on the job. Workers who suffer injuries in incidents related to the job can legally pursue the proper amount of insurance benefits through this state regulated program.

Source: safety.blr.com, 7 tips for boosting safety performance in 2014, No author, Dec. 31, 2013

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