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Work accident risk higher in certain industries

When employed in certain fields, North Carolina workers face a higher risk of work-related accidents and injuries. Despite the inherently high-risk nature of certain jobs, employers have the responsibility to make safety a priority and eliminate unnecessary risks to employees. With an intentional effort, it is possible to reduce the chances that an individual is injured in a work accident.

The industries with the highest chance of accidents and higher rates of safety concerns include health services, mining, construction and manufacturing. From accidental needle sticks to toxic exposure, people who are employed in these jobs face a higher chance of suffering a serious injury or missing work due to a work injury or job-related illness. Unfortunately, negligence contributes to a large number of otherwise preventable workplace accidents. 

When a person is injured at work or is diagnosed with an illness that is related to toxic exposure at work, he or she has the right to recovery through workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are not contingent on the nature of a person's job, but they are granted to all workers who need medical treatment or missed time away from the job after an accident. Benefits include medical care, compensation for rehabilitation needs and recovery of lost wages up to a certain amount.

It can sometimes be difficult for a North Carolina worker to secure workers' compensation benefits. In these cases, it is necessary to seek the support of a legal professional experienced in these insurance claims. After a work accident, an individual would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of his or her case.

Source:, "4 High-risk Industries with Workplace Safety Concerns", Mila Payton, Sept. 28, 2016

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