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Workers' Memorial Day honored in North Carolina

Workplace safety is often showcased. With the recent passage of Workers' Memorial Day, many workers, officials and workplace safety advocates alike have been focused on creating safer working environments for workers and achieving fewer workplace accidents. On Workers' Memorial Day, both workers and workplace safety advocates marched in North Carolina's capital to honor the day and make calls for change.

Workers' compensation death benefits may be available to family

It is an unfortunate reality that workplace accidents may not only result in serious injuries but could result in death as well. Workers' compensation claims made could be based on an injury or illness a worker has suffered, but they could also be made by surviving family members who lost a loved one in a workplace accident or illness.

Workplace fatality numbers may not be complete in North Carolina

Although it was reported last year that the number of workplace fatalities had declined in North Carolina, it is possible that not all workplace deaths are accounted for in North Carolina's Department of Labor (DOL) numbers. In fact, according to a newspaper investigation, eighty worker deaths may not have been accounted for. Among those killed and possibly not accounted for were farmers, mechanics, janitors, roofers and painters killed by a workplace hazard. The investigation alleges that some workers die each year in North Carolina in workplace accidents but because of debates over state laws, their deaths are not investigated and, in turn, are not reported.

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.

How Asheville employers can help workers protect themselves

In various Asheville industries, on-the-job accidents and injuries can be physically, financially and emotionally costly to employees. Due to the costs associated with workers' compensation, workplace accidents can also be costly for employers. Due to the significant costs associated with a workplace accident, it is important for both employers and employees to be familiar with ways to achieve workplace safety.

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