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January 2015 Archives

Understanding scaffolding fall dangers for workers

Scaffolds on construction sites can be dangerous to construction workers for a number of reasons. Construction workers may share scaffolding space with building materials and heavy equipment, creating a precarious working environment. Additionally, scaffolding space can be small which makes the risk of falls from the limited area of a scaffold a greater risk. Improperly constructed scaffolds can result in serious injuries or death in some circumstances as well.

Sanitation worker injured in accident

A sanitation employee in North Carolina was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Nov. 19. The 59-year-old worker was employed by Winston-Salem. The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Darwick road in Winston-Salem. The woman driving the SUV claims she saw the sanitation truck but did not see the employee in time to avoid the collision. The investigation is still ongoing, but the driver of the SUV has not been charged with any crimes.

Different options may be available to injured workers

Following a workplace accident, there may be different options for injured workers to consider to receive compensation for damages and to help them focus on recovery from the harm they have suffered. Workers' compensation is one option that may help with the damages they suffer following a workplace accident. Depending upon the circumstances, a personal injury claim for damages may also be possible.

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.

New OSHA reporting rules for North Carolina organizations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidelines that are part of an effort to prevent future injuries from occurring by improving data, which is expected to help identify trends and common workplace hazards. Previous to the update, employers only had to report hospitalizations and fatalities that involved three or more workers. Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA is requiring that all employers report work-related hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours and fatalities within eight hours of the employer being informed of the incident.

How can workers' compensation help me?

Workers injured on the job in North Carolina may wonder what options are available to help them and their families during what may be a difficult road ahead. Although additional resources may be available depending on the circumstances, one common option to assist workers harmed on the job is workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation insurance is insurance carrier by employers for the benefit of employees harmed on-the-job.

The risks of occupational skin diseases

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that more than 13 million employees are at risk of suffering a range of occupational illnesses and injuries because of exposure to chemicals. It is important for North Carolina workers in certain industries to be aware of their risk of exposure. Employees who are at the highest risk of skin exposure-related injury or illness are those who work in the health care, cosmetology, food service and agriculture industries. Other industries with a high risk include construction, painting, mechanics, cleaning and printing.

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