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1 North Carolina worker killed, 2 others injured

One construction worker was killed and two others were injured by a car accident that occurred in Morganton on Sept. 19. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 near Highway 18. The three workers were paving the roadway within a construction work zone when they were struck by a westbound Ford pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old man.

Early morning wreck kills highway construction worker

North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that one construction worker was killed and two others were injured after being struck by a driver along Interstate 40 on Sept. 19. According to NCHP, alcohol and speed did not appear to have been factors in the fatal accident. The 37-year-old driver who struck the three workers reportedly passed several field sobriety tests.

Guidelines for reporting workplace fatalities become stricter

New regulations for reporting workplace injuries and deaths were announced on Sept. 11 but won't take effect until the new year. Current regulations allow businesses to keep quiet about severe injuries or fatalities unless three or more people are involved. The changes will mean that employers must report deaths and serious injuries to OSHA quickly even if they include only one or two workers, which is something that North Carolina workers might be glad to hear.

Protections for federal employees under OSHA

North Carolina residents who are employees of the federal government may want to familiarize themselves with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rules. Although federal employees are required to protect themselves by complying with health and safety policies and procedures, certain workplace hazards may be unavoidable, especially if an employer puts its employees in the line of danger unnecessarily. In the fiscal year of 2004, 165,000 federal employees were injured or fell ill as a result of a workplace accident or injury, and workers' compensation costs for federal employees reached over $2.3 billion over the same period.

Understanding construction injuries

Construction jobs can be some of the most perilous for North Carolina workers, and it is important to know how to deal with an injury. Although safety regulations and programs are in place to limit risks for construction employees, accidents are still frequent in this part of the workforce. While avoiding an incident through safe practices on the job is preferable, dealing promptly with an injury can be important for minimizing the impact. As treatment and workers' compensation benefits are sought in connection with a workplace injury, an individual may wonder about liability related to such an issue.

Understanding workers' compensation

While many North Carolina workers understand that workers' compensation coverage carried by an employer is in place to address on-the-job incidents, they may not be sure of how to take advantage of these benefits if something goes wrong. It is important to have an understanding of the steps for going through proper channels to obtain benefits. This begins with a report of an injury to one's supervisor right away. Benefits are not obligatory until the incident has been reported and a claim has been made. After reporting an injury, a worker should ask to see a physician and ask for a workers' compensation claim form, which should be completed and returned promptly.

Work accident involving saw leads to employee injury

Operating machinery or tools on the job can be dangerous if the equipment malfunctions or is not used correctly. When a person in North Carolina is injured as a result of this type of accident, he or she may feel unsettled about being able to recover and get back to the job site quickly. Unfortunately, one man in another state was recently injured in a construction site work accident.

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