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Workers' Compensation Archives

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.

New wearable tech could improve workplace safety

Workers across North Carolina are probably aware of the risks they face on the job site, including slip, trip and fall hazards. Many incidents are unforeseeable, which is why workers' compensation claims are costing employers in the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year. However, a new device from an Iowa-based software company could help improve workplace safety as well as streamline workers' compensation procedures.

The rise of e-commerce raises warehouse safety questions

Many consumers in North Carolina and around the country avoid retail malls and choose to do most of their shopping online, and the resulting rise of e-commerce and companies like Amazon has led to a noticeable surge in warehouse and fulfillment jobs. This has concerned workplace safety advocates because warehouse workers are more likely to be killed or injured while on the job than workers in other sectors, and e-commerce companies have a reputation for placing great pressure on their employees to work quickly.

The role of training in preventing construction fall injuries

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country. In fact, federal figures estimate that falls account for one-third of construction fatalities. Safety advocates say that training and education are key to preventing construction-related falls.

How noise impacts health

Those who work in North Carolina may be harming their health by working in a noisy environment. According to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, there is a link between noise and high cholesterol and blood pressure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 41 million workers are exposed to excess noise while on the job.