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Workers' compensation might help man injured in construction

The workplace is full of unknowns in North Carolina, especially when a person is working at a generally hazardous work site. An employee never knows when one mistake might cost him the ability to work for an extended period of time, in which case workers' compensation insurance benefits can come in handy. He or she also doesn't know how serious a work-related injury may end up being and how much recovery time will be required. One person in a different state recently suffered critical injuries while on the job, and his employer has been fined in light of this.

The injury took place at a company that does home construction. Health and safety administration officials fined the company more than $27,000 following the incident. In addition to this particular accident taking place, the company was found to have been voluntarily exposing employees to problems such as fall hazards.

Specifically, workers were found to have been at risk of falling about 10 feet, as the business did not have rails on its stairs. The business also did not provide guardrails or other protection from falls. In addition, the company reportedly did not fix the problem even though company officials were aware of the issue.

The company furthermore failed to keep working areas free of debris from construction, according to government officials. When someone is injured on a work site in North Carolina, he or she has the right to pursue the maximum amount of workers' compensation insurance benefits available in his or her case. These benefits are instrumental in helping an injured worker to get the medical treatments he or she needs while being able to support himself or herself financially.

Source: Idaho Statesman, "S. Idaho company fined after worker injured", , May 8, 2014

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