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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.

A recent two-day training session in Wilmington illustrates the North Carolina approach to accident prevention in the workplace. Industry representatives, safety advocates and concerned members of the business community came together for a symposium about current regulations and best practices. A variety of classes were presented, including classes on CPR, dealing with animal infestations in the workplace and techniques for dealing with a workplace shooting incident.

All participants in the training program received a certificate and 10 continuing education credits. The focus of the classes was on the prevention of workplace accidents. An authority from the Wilmington Safety School asserted that as many as 98 percent of all accidents at work can be prevented. The labor commissioner pointed out that the workplace accident rate stood at 2.9 for every 100 workers. This is the lowest that the rate has ever been, and the classes may be of assistance in bringing it even lower. Attendance of the classes has steadily increased since the beginning of the recession.

Although the workplace accident rate may be reduced substantially through training and preparation, in the event that an injury does occur due to a mishap at work, the injured worker will have the right to compensation as they heal. When an accident occurs at work through the contributory fault of a third party, the worker may choose to file suit against the others involved in addition to their workers' compensation claim. The assistance of an attorney may be of use to those who wish to pursue legal redress, whether the case goes to trial or is settled out of court.

Source: Time Warner Cable Enterprises, "Training Keeps NC Among Nation's Top 3 for Workplace Safety ", Breanna Walden, July 25, 2014

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