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North Carolina companies awarded for workplace safety

The North Carolina Labor Commissioner recently applauded the health and safety efforts of several North Carolina companies. According to the Commissioner, Cherie Berry, injury and illness rates have been on a downward trend for over 15 years. She noted that for the last reporting period, the injury and illness rate had decreased by 2.7 per 100 full-time workers in North Carolina. She also noted the rate was the lowest in the history of the state.

The Commissioner further noted, however, that a workplace injury and illness rate of zero would be better and that to achieve that goal, those involved would need to work a little harder and a little smarter. In recent months, there has been some attention paid to the North Carolina Department of Labor's injury and illness reporting process. The Commissioner further noted the importance of safety and health education and training and working with companies on those issues.

Companies received different awards, including gold and silver awards. The gold award was based on the days away from work, job transfer or restriction rate and was awarded to those companies that fell at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for their industry. The silver award is based on the days away from work rate and companies with an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the rate for their industry received a silver award.

Workplace safety is an important concern for most of us. Each workplace accident, workplace injury or workplace illness represents a worker substantially impacted and a family that has also been substantially impacted. In recognition of the significant impact, workplace injuries and illness can have on the lives, and futures, of workers and their families, different legal options and protections may be available to help workers cope with the specific physical, financial and emotional challenges they face following a workplace injury.

Source: The Dispatch, "NC Labor Commissioner recognizes companies for safety," Sharon Myers, June 5, 2015

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