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North Carolina companies must provide workers' compensation

Any workplace can pose safety hazards, with some sites carrying more risks than others. Even in the most dangerous workplaces, including wood manufacturing facilities, people expect to return home every night because they are willing to take precautions to safeguard themselves against a myriad of dangers. However, when an accident does happen in the workplace, workers' compensation in North Carolina can help to cover lost wages and medical expenses. A recent article highlights what managers in the most dangerous places to work should be doing in order to minimize accidents that can lead to injury or even death.

Experts say that manufacturers of wood and pallet have some of the most dangerous work sites and definitely need to have safety policies in place for employees. Before beginning a safety program, a company needs to garner employee support. Managers also need to demonstrate that they have a vested interest in their employees' safety by working to pinpoint potential hazards and responding immediately when near-misses or accidents happen.

Employers also must promote their safety programs on an ongoing basis in order to maintain safe workplaces. Regular safety meetings that address scenarios at the job site are helpful. In addition, companies should enforce zero-tolerance companies for lockout/tagout violations.

North Carolina companies are usually required to purchase insurance that offers benefits to employees who are injured in the workplace, no matter how many measures they take to secure their worksites. Workers' compensation allows an injured employee to receive benefits no matter who was at fault for the incident. In addition, it typically prevents employers from being sued by employees. However, employees have the right to seek legal guidance so that they receive the correct insurance benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: Pallet Enterprise, Safety Takes Leadership, Time, DeAnna Stephens Baker, Oct. 1, 2013

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