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Workers' Compensation Archives

Fall protection and trench safety top priorities for OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to focus on fall protection and trench safety. These two categories represent important issues for construction workers in North Carolina and elsewhere because falls and trench collapses cause severe injuries that can often be fatal.

The hazards of misusing forklifts for lifting people

North Carolina employees who believe there are hazards in their workplaces or that practices in their workplaces violate OSHA standards can contact the agency and make a confidential report. For example, warehouse workers should not use forklifts and pallets to be lifted to high shelves. One worker was killed when he slipped from a pallet being used in this way and fell 7 feet to a concrete floor. The man was hospitalized and later died.

Water pipe repair method could cause chemical exposure

Workers in North Carolina who deal with pipe repair may be concerned about potential threats to their health after a study revealed the potential for chemical exposure on the job. One of the most common procedures used to repair plastic water and sewer pipes, cured-in-place pipe repair, can emit plumes of organic compounds and vapors when cured with steam.

Composting operations safety tips could prevent injuries

North Carolina composting operations employees may be aware that the Solid Waste Association of North America has released safety tips to help prevent injuries. According to the organization, composting operations often involve a number of hazards due to the use of heavy machinery, physical labor and a dynamic work environment.