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June 2015 Archives

What are my rights as a North Carolina worker?


It is important for North Carolina workers to understand that they have the right to a safe workplace. To ensure that workers are protected in their workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act) was passed to prevent workers from being seriously injured or killed while on the job. Under the OSHA Act, employers must provide a safe workplace that is free from known dangers. When a worker is concerned about hazards in their workplace, or that an employer is not properly following health and safety standards, the worker can file a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

North Carolina companies awarded for workplace safety


The North Carolina Labor Commissioner recently applauded the health and safety efforts of several North Carolina companies. According to the Commissioner, Cherie Berry, injury and illness rates have been on a downward trend for over 15 years. She noted that for the last reporting period, the injury and illness rate had decreased by 2.7 per 100 full-time workers in North Carolina. She also noted the rate was the lowest in the history of the state.

Ways to protect construction workers from falls


There are a number of ways to protect construction workers from serious accidents and injuries. Construction worker fall accidents are a significant cause of serious construction worker accidents and injuries. Two types of falls that are common on construction job sites include scaffolding falls and ladder falls from which workers can be better protected.

North Carolina factor accident claims life of worker


An accident that occurred in a North Carolina factory located less than two hours southeast of the Asheville area recently claimed the life of a worker. A metal plant worker was killed when he was struck by a tool that was believed to have been kicked out by heavy machinery. The company for which the man worked supplies metal parts to the automotive and electronic industries. State and local authorities, including the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health division, are investigating the accident. The worker was operating a sheet metal press machine when a tool placed on it kicked out and came to rest in the right side of the worker's chest.