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North Carolina workplace harms said to decline in recent years

During 2013, the most recent year for available statistics, more than 71,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in North Carolina by employers in private industries. As high as that sounds, that actually represented a decline from the number of workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2012. The incidence rate was 2.7 workplace injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers. North Carolina was included among 12 states that reported an incidence rate lower than the national rate of 3.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.

Fatal North Carolina industrial accident kills worker

Workers who have suffered harm in a workplace accident have options to consider. If the accident is fatal, the worker's family members may have options. Recently, a fatal industrial accident occurred in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Division is conducting an ongoing investigation into the fatal accident. The 55-year-old worker was killed while working at a scrap metal company. The victim was pinned underneath a container and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pursuing workers' compensation appeals in North Carolina

It is a reasonable expectation when a North Carolina worker has suffered an injury or illness on the job that the employer's worker's compensation insurance will help and protect them. Unfortunately, while workers oftentimes should be taken care of through the workers' compensation process, claims are often denied. In some cases the denial can be reversed on appeal, however.

Is vocational rehabilitation available to injured workers?

In North Carolina, both employers and employees can engage vocational rehabilitation services in the context of a workers' compensation claim. Following a workplace injury or illness, if the employee has not returned to work or has returned to work and is earning less than seventy-five percent of the employee's average weekly wages while receiving benefits for partial incapacity, the employee is able to request vocational rehabilitation services which can include education and retraining.

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