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Workers in North Carolina have health and safety protections

It is important for workers to be familiar with workplace health and safety requirements and their rights associated with them. The Compliance Bureau of the North Carolina Department of Labor conducts around 5,500 inspections of North Carolina businesses each year to ensure that applicable workplace health and safety standards are complied with.

Complaints from workers and workplace-related accidents and fatalities are investigated by the bureau. The bureau also randomly selects North Carolina companies to inspect and in addition to conducting inspections, also conducts follow-up inspections of companies that were previously cited for health and safety violations. Inspections are conducted without employer advance knowledge or warning. Under North Carolina law, the bureau has the right to enter any workplace. The bureau has additional duties and responsibilities as well.

Workers have the right to file Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) complaints and participate in OSH inspection activities and not be discriminated against for engaging in complaint and inspection activities. Although there are health and safety requirements and procedures in place, workers can encounter dangers in the workplace that can cause them harm.

Because of the serious impact that workplace accidents and workplace injuries can have on the lives of workers, different options are available to help them when they have been injured and suffered harm. It is important for workers to be familiar with the different options that may be available to them, including workers' compensation and personal injury claims, so they know what is best for them and their families when they have suffered a workplace injury.

Source: North Carolina Department of Labor, "Compliance Bureau," Accessed Oct. 13, 2015

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