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Workers' Compensation Archives

OSHA's area offices to enforce trench and excavation safety

Between 2011 and 2016, OSHA recorded 130 fatalities during trenching and excavation operations. Nearly half of those deaths occurred between 2015 and 2016 alone. This has prompted OSHA to revise the National Emphasis Program regarding trenching and excavation so that safety standards for this field can be enforced better. North Carolina residents who work in construction will want to know what the revisions entail.

Using past data to protect workers

OSHA generally considers events that result in worker injuries or illnesses to be "incidents" as opposed to accidents. This is because many injuries or illnesses to North Carolina workers or others are predictable even if they aren't expected. Employers who keep good records of how workers were injured or got sick in the past may be able to use that information to keep them safe in the future.

Tips to help companies create safety programs

In 2016, there were an estimated 10,700 nonfatal employee injuries among highway workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ideally, North Carolina construction companies will have a safety plan to reduce the number of accidents that occur. This includes working with employees to mitigate as many risks as possible while on the job. Managers can convince workers to follow a plan by making safe decisions at the job site.

Asbestos remains massive source of worker disease and death

Although asbestos, a mineral that strengthens building materials and makes them heat resistant, has long been recognized as a threat to workers' health in North Carolina and nationwide, a new study indicated that its dangers have been underestimated. The report from the International Commission of Occupational Health more than doubled the number of deaths previously attributed to asbestos exposure. The new estimates placed the number of asbestos-related deaths in the United States for 2016 at 39,275 people.

Time ranks the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Time Magazine has recently come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, so residents of North Carolina may be interested. Despite training, the use of high-tech equipment and other efforts to keep their workplace safe, companies still see an alarming number of injuries and fatalities.

Record temps raise risk of worker heat stroke

The summer of 2018 has been a scorcher, with North Carolina experiencing temperatures in the high 90s. Working outdoors in such conditions can be very dangerous. In fact, a new study says that workers can suffer fatal heat stroke when the outside temperature is only in the high 80s.

Staying safe in hot work environments

Summers in North Carolina can get hot, which is a particular problem for people who have to work outdoors or in hot indoor environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of how heat affects the human body and how employers can protect workers from the negative effects of working in extreme heat.

New safety devices could help electrical workers

Electrical workers in North Carolina can face serious and unique safety threats while on the job. While electrical workers are vulnerable to all of the accident and injury risks of other installation workers, especially when dealing with buildings under construction or outdoor installation, securing an electrically safe workplace is a particular concern.