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July 2015 Archives

What are different options and benefits for injured workers?


Workers who have suffered an on-the-job injury or illness may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. Benefits include both medical expenses and lost wages. A little over 10 years ago, workers' compensation covered over 125 million workers and total workers' compensation benefit payments equaled $53.4 billion. Depending on the circumstances, different types of disability benefits, including temporary total disability or permanent disability benefits, may be available to an injured worker.

North Carolina worker killed in industrial accident


A recent industrial accident a couple of hours east of the Asheville area resulted in the death of one worker. The man was operating a cherry picker in the downtown area at the time of his death. Although officials noted that the worker did not fall, he was pronounced dead at the scene, which was the site of a building that was under renovations. The accident was classified as an accidental workplace death. The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the industrial accident.

Construction workers may suffer traumatic brain injuries


Accidents on construction sites can lead to traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, which can impact an injured construction worker for the rest of their life. TBIs can range from mild to severe, and the most common type is a concussion. While hardhats are important safety equipment for construction workers, they do not always prevent accidents that result in TBI. In addition, inferior or damaged hardhats may not provide adequate protection for workers.

How workplace health and safety laws protect workers


Workplace health and safety laws are in place to help prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses. Workplace health and safety laws include both federal and state laws, and federal laws are primary when there is an overlap or a conflict between the laws. The Occupational Health and Safety Act is the main law concerning workplace safety. In general, the OSH Act applies to private employers who engage in interstate commerce.

The basics of North Carolina workers' compensation


Workers injured on the job in North Carolina, and their families, may wonder what benefits they are afforded from workers' compensation. In North Carolina, the benefits a worker is eligible for depends on the worker's disability. In general, there are a number of different types of benefits that may be available to an injured worker, depending on the specific circumstances of the worker's individual situation.