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December 2014 Archives

Scaffolding accidents pose a real danger to construction workers

Scaffolds are present on many construction sites and present a danger for construction workers who work on them along with heavy machinery and building materials. Unfortunately, the nature of harm resulting from scaffolding falls can include both serious injuries and death.

North Carolina employees at risk of workplace car accidents

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those traveling for work and driving work vehicles are at risk of injuring themselves in car accidents. The CDC states that the average cost of one of these accidents to an employer is approximately $74,000 and that liability insurance adds to the operating costs of a business.

Common workplace injuries

Staying safe on the job is important for workers in North Carolina. Unsafe workplace conditions can lead to injuries that require expensive hospital treatments and lengthy recovery times. A worker who suffers an injury while on the job may be entitled to a workers' compensation claim that may pay for the entirety of their medical expenses.

Agriculture industry often dangerous for workers

Most North Carolina farm workers are probably aware that working on a farm or in the agriculture industry can be dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionranks agriculture as one of the most dangerous industries to be employed in. Not only are fatality and injury rates high, many of the workers at risk are individuals under the age of 20.

Facts about work-related illnesses and injuries for 2013

Employees in North Carolina may be surprised to learn that there were approximately three million work-related injuries and illnesses that transpired in private industries throughout the U.S. in 2013. That means that for every 100 employees working full-time, there were 3.3 incidents of on-the-job illnesses or injuries reported, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued on Dec. 4.

North Carolina sanitation worker dies after being hit by car

A 59-year-old Winston-Salem man has died from injuries suffered in a work-related accident that occurred on Nov. 19. The man was struck by an SUV driven by a woman at approximately 10:30 a.m., and he died on the morning of Nov. 25. Reports indicate that the woman informed authorities that although she observed the garbage truck, she did not notice the worker until it was too late to stop.

The World Health Organization takes action against asbestos

In North Carolina and around the country, people may be surprised to learn that the World Health Organization estimates that roughly 125 million people around the world are exposed to asbestos while at work. Despite being banned in the United States, this dangerous chemical lingers in many commercial and even residential buildings. The material has been used in all types of building from homes to government centers, and it can be found in floor tiles, insulation, gaskets and even automotive brake pads.

5 steps to insure safety at the construction site

Construction workers in North Carolina and throughout the country are important to the nation's economy. Because many operate dangerous machinery and work in hard-to-reach places, the risk of accidents is great. In fact, about 150,000 construction accidents occur annually, with 824 construction-related deaths taking place in 2013, according to a recent report.

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