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Workers' Compensation Archives

Improving workers' safety with floor markings

Most warehouses, factories and other commercial buildings in North Carolina can benefit from having more floor markings. Floor tape in particular, especially reflective and fluorescent material, is affordable as well as versatile. Its use can extend beyond flooring to the walls, pipes, tools and equipment. The following are just some of the ways that floor marking can improve safety in the workplace.

Fatigue a factor in many workplace injuries

For many people, modern-day life in North Carolina and throughout the country is characterized by the nonstop demands of a 24/7 world. Everything is seemingly always available. Nothing ever shuts down, and neither do people. The result of this continuing type of lifestyle is reflected in fewer hours per night of sleep, which very quickly translates into fatigue. Chronic fatigue, in turn, is not simply a personal issue but one that can impact how a person performs, or, perhaps more accurately, does not perform his or her job.

Hearing protectors for workers with hearing loss

Employers in North Carolina may be aware that OSHA has no specific guidelines for how to protect employees with some level of hearing loss. OSHA does recommend, however, that such employees be fitted with the appropriate hearing protectors: devices that enhance audibility by reducing sounds of certain frequencies.

Safe + Sound Week 2019 raises awareness of workplace hazards

Employers throughout North Carolina, regardless of the industry they are in, should know that OSHA has designated August 12 to 18 as Safe + Sound Week. This is a nationwide safety event held every year in the effort to raise awareness of workplace safety and help employers find systematic ways to identify and eliminate hazards.

GAO report highlights safety issues at DOD construction sites

Construction workers have very dangerous jobs, but construction sites in North Carolina and around the country have become safer in recent years thanks to stricter regulations, advances in safety equipment and steps taken by developers to reduce workplace accidents and injuries. However, a study published recently by the Government Accountability Office suggests that construction workers hired by companies that win Department of Defense contracts may not be receiving the benefits of these developments.

Fatigued workers are the focus of 2019 National Safety Month

The National Safety Council has designated every June as National Safety Month, and for June 2019, the special focus has been on workplace fatigue. This is a growing problem in North Carolina and across the U.S. with 13% of workplace injuries being attributable to it. In one study, 43% of Americans admitted to sometimes being too tired to do their job safely.

Workplace injuries due to some common safety failures

Workplace safety is a concern in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Although there can be an accident in any kind of job, there are types of occupations in which the danger is higher. Combining that with the propensity of some industries to commit violations, workers can be in jeopardy.

Improving dock safety reduces accidents, injuries

Loading and unloading semitrailers in manufacturing plants, distribution centers and warehouses is fast-paced work that can quickly lead to injuries. Loading docks, where the center of receiving and unloading takes place, can be one of the most dangerous places to work in a facility. This is due to both the arduous nature of the work and the machinery that is used to assist in the tasks. Taking safety measures can help prevent needless injuries from occurring.

Preventing electrical accidents at work

Workplace safety is a top priority for OSHA. It created the NFPA 70E standard several years ago to ensure that workers in North Carolina and throughout the country are safe from electrical hazards. Ideally, companies will see the standard as a set of guidelines that can be followed to their benefit. By keeping electrical hazards to a minimum, businesses will have fewer injuries that reduce productivity and cost them money.

The top causes of serious workplace injuries

According to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, a serious injury is any incident that causes a person to miss five or more days of work. These injuries in North Carolina and other states are categorized and ranked to find out which incidents are causing the biggest problems for employers and employees. The leading cause in all types of industries was overexertion involving outside sources, which costs the economy more than $13 billion every year.