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Recycling company under investigation after worker injured

Employers, regardless of business type, have a duty to their employees to provide safe working environments, protective gear and equipment -- if needed -- and safety training. Unfortunately, some employers in North Carolina and elsewhere fail to meet all of the federal safety standards. In another state, one company is under investigation again, following an accident that left an employee injured.

WMSDs may be covered under workers' compensation benefits

Strain and sprains are common injuries among construction workers in North Carolina and elsewhere. These injuries, known as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), can affect muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Such injuries can be expensive to treat and may result in an employee needing to take extended time away from work. Thankfully, WMSDs may be covered by workers' compensation benefits.

Can my employer fire me for filing a workers' comp claim?

You were hurt on the job, the medical bills are higher than you ever dreamed, and you're going file a workers' compensation claim. You believe you have a claim because of the nature of your injury, where it occurred, and your rights as a worker in North Carolina. You need that compensation, not just to pay your medical bills, but to help make ends meet while you're out.

Changes in falls protections meant to prevent workplace accidents

Falls while on-the-job result in numerous injuries and deaths every year in North Carolina and across the country. To help prevent such workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has just updated its falls protections rules. The organization believes that the changes imposed will not only prevent at least 29 fatalities a year, but thousands of injuries as well.

Toxic exposure to asbestos can cause cancer

Asbestos is a product that is used in a variety of things, such as building materials, plastics and vinyl products -- among numerous others. While it is not used as much as it used to be, due to the known health risks of inhaling this material, it is used enough that certain people may find themselves exposed to it quite frequently. Exposure over long periods of time can negatively effect one's health, even causing a fatal form of cancer. Those in North Carolina who have experienced a toxic exposure to asbestos while on the job and have become ill as a result may be able to apply for workers' compensation benefits.

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