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September 2015 Archives

North Carolina fines companies in fatal scaffolding fall


Three companies have been fined by the North Carolina Department of Labor in relation to a scaffolding accident that claimed the lives of three workers. One of the companies was cited for violations that were noted as willful and serious. Three of the four violations that one of the companies was cited for were described as willful and serious and resulted in a $151,900 fine. Each of the other two companies is facing a $4,200 fine for violations that were noted as serious.

Options are available to injured construction workers


The construction industry is a consistently dangerous industry for workers, and the construction industry is one of the most dangerous in North Carolina. Throughout the state, thousands of construction workers are injured on job sites each year. A number of different types of serious injuries can be suffered by construction workers, including serious head and back injuries.

Options are available to protect workers after on-the-job injury


Many disabilities that Americans suffer results from injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace. Workers' compensation programs, through the states, offer medical and wage benefits, as well as others in some circumstances, to injured workers. Injured workers, however, who suffer from long-term disability may also be able to receive Social Security disability benefits.

What are the most common types of construction accidents?


The construction industry presents dangers for workers on a daily basis. Workers can suffer a number of different types of injuries, or even fatalities, in construction accidents. The most common types of injuries for construction workers to suffer on a construction site include slips and falls such as on unsafe, uneven or slippery surfaces; falls in areas such as stairwells that do not have guardrails; falls from step ladders; falls from roofs, especially in circumstances when no fall protection is provided; and scaffolding falls, especially if scaffolding does not comply with regulations.

Woman dies while working at Goodyear plant


The loss of any worker in a fatal workplace accident is a devastating occurrence. A woman who worked for Goodyear recently died in a workplace accident at the plant where she worked. The Goodyear plant where the woman worked is several hours northeast of the Asheville area. The 56-year old victim was a windup operator and roll changer at Goodyear and had worked for Goodyear for 15 years. She died during a recent accident at the Goodyear plant which is being investigated by regulatory authorities. Goodyear released a statement that the accident was reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and that they are cooperating with the investigation into the factory accident.