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Know what steps to take if injured at work


Suffering an injury at work can be an overwhelming experience, making it of the utmost importance to understand what steps to take following such an incident. It is important that the employee promptly seeks medical treatment for the injury and reports the injury to the worker's employer. In some circumstances a health care provider may be present at the job site and employees can follow instructions of employers if the employee should report to a different health care provider when one is not present at the job site.

Workplace injury and illness hazards may exist in office settings


The dangers of workplace injuries are not only limited to construction sites or manufacturing plants. Offices can pose workplace injury dangers for workers as well. It can be helpful in any office, or other workplace setting, to ensure that employers and employees understand the prevention strategy that is in place to prevent workplace injuries.

New OSHA rules for employers go into effect with the New Year


New workplace injury reporting requirement enforced by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) took effect at the beginning of the year. Employers must now notify OSHA when a worker incurs a work-related hospitalization, loss of an eye, amputation or is killed in a workplace accident. The new reporting rules require employers to notify OSHA of a workplace fatality within eight hours of its occurrence and work-related amputations, hospitalizations and eye losses within 24 hours of their occurrence.

Options for North Carolina workers with herniated cervical discs

A herniated cervical disc occurs when there is a crack in the disc that pads the vertebrae of the spine. Vertebrae provide a protective shield for the delicate spinal cord, keeping it safe from damage. The nerves of the spinal cord travel throughout the rest of the body to facilitate the neural impulses that allow the brain to control the body. Any pressure or damage to these nerves may lead to pain and tingling sensations.

Back injuries and North Carolina workers' compensation claims

North Carolina workers and employers alike have good cause to assess personal and workplace habits as they relate to the risk of strain in the lower back. For workers, a pulled muscle or damage to tendons and ligaments is extremely painful, and it places them at increased risk of future back injury. For North Carolina employers, the financial cost is steep, with lower-back injuries representing more sick days than the cold. In fact, workers' compensation reportedly pays out an estimated $11 billion annually for lower-back issues. Study results reported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health can provide focus on ways to reduce the risk.

Steam boiler burns North Carolina man at mill

While working on a steam boiler with another employee during the afternoon of Aug. 5, a North Carolina man suffered burns to his thumb and arm, including his elbow. The workplace injury occurred in Catawba at the Resolute Forest Products mill. The man was reportedly wearing protective gear and used a safety shower to rinse himself off after being burned. He still required medical attention and was taken to a nearby hospital in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina plant closes following worker's death

A 54-year-old man who worked at a lumber mill near Greenville sustained serious injuries on Aug. 4, resulting in his death. The mill where he worked was closed for more than 24 hours following the incident in order to facilitate an investigation. A team from the company was reportedly cooperating with Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause of the accident. Both the company and OSHA are pursuing separate investigations into the matter. The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor said that the closure of the plant was a company decision and not a product of any action taken by state agencies.

Worker files lawsuit after suffering fall from ladder

Fall accidents are amongst some of the most common and serious of all workplace accidents. Individuals employed as construction workers, contractors and painters are often prone to sustaining fall injuries as assigned work duties often require such workers to employ the use of scaffolding and ladders. In cases where employees are not properly trained and employers do not provide necessary safety equipment, serious workplace fall accidents can result.

Worker files lawsuit after suffering fall from ladder

Fall accidents are amongst some of the most common and serious of all workplace accidents. Individuals employed as construction workers, contractors and painters are often prone to sustaining fall injuries as assigned work duties often require such workers to employ the use of scaffolding and ladders. In cases where employees are not properly trained and employers do not provide necessary safety equipment, serious workplace fall accidents can result.

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