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July 2014 Archives

North Carolina offers extensive training on workplace safety

North Carolina has been rated by some experts as one of the top three states for workplace safety. The labor commissioner of the state has speculated that some of the remarkably low workplace injury rates stem from training and initiatives provided by the Department of Labor as well as cooperation and compliance from the business community.

Construction work accident results in 2 injuries and 1 death

A day on the job can end up being a person’s last for a while if the individual is suddenly hurt while performing a work-related task in North Carolina. Three individuals in another state were recently hurt on the job in a construction-related work accident. The incident happened on a Monday morning.

New federal rules affect North Carolina utility workers

According to reports, the Obama Administration is addressing a common safety hazard through new rules that restrict electric utility workers from free climbing transmission towers. Most workers in jobs that require climbing must wear safety harnesses, but several electric utility companies allow free climbing. As an example, cellular tower workers have been required to use harnesses since the 1990s. It is not uncommon for utility workers to reach heights of 180 feet or more using step bolts.

Work accident at farm property leads to employee's injuries

Although people in the workforce in North Carolina may be trained on safety procedures and careful operation of equipment, mistakes happen. Sometimes these mistakes can lead to major injuries that force a worker to quit working for an extended period. One mistake recently led to a man’s being injured on a job site. In this out-of-state work accident scenario, the man was laboring on a farm property.

Work accident at chemical plant sends 1 to hospital

A chemical company in North Carolina can be a dangerous place to work due to the materials employees handle on a regular basis. Even though workers may try to take the proper steps to prevent accidents, unavoidable incidents may cause serious injuries. A chemical work accident in a different state recently led one man to suffer serious injuries.

Work accident at gas plant leads to head injuries for man

Being involved in a sudden accident at one’s workplace can be disconcerting in North Carolina, as the accident may result in painful injuries and the need for costly medical attention. When family members hear that their loved one has been hospitalized due to a work accident, they may also be worried about the employee’s safety and health, in addition to worrying about the financial cost of the accident. One man and his family recently found themselves in this predicament after the man was injured at a gas plant in another state.

Are these professions worth the risk for North Carolina workers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 3.2 fatal workplace injuries happened for every 100,000 people in the population. In total, 4,628 workers were fatally injured on the job, which is consistent with the yearly average of 4,500 to 6,500 fatal injuries each year. With that in mind, let's take a look at five risky professions to see how they compare to these numbers.

Work accident involving bursting pipe leads to injuries

People in North Carolina typically don't go to work each day with the expectation that they will be injured. Rather, they generally take extra precautions to prevent injuries, including wearing protective clothing and regularly getting training on how to properly use job-related equipment. Still, even the best safety training programs can't always prevent some unanticipated accidents. One work accident recently took place in another state, causing one worker to be injured.

Truck injures construction worker on North Carolina highway

Authorities report that a truck accident on Interstate 85 in Randolph County injured a construction worker. The June 26 incident reportedly happened nearby the exit ramp of Finch Farm Road by mile marker 108. According to reports, a construction truck backed up and mistakenly drove over a 25-year-old construction worker as the man was repairing a guard rail. A medical helicopter transported the injured worker to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. However, it was reported that the worker was conscious and alert when he was in the hospital emergency room.