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Posts tagged "Workers' Compensation"

Study finds reduced health among workers in dead-end jobs

Many variables influence job satisfaction in North Carolina. While pay is certainly a big factor, and a new study concludes that issues like schedule flexibility, job security and opportunity for advancement also influence the physical/mental health of workers.

Oil and gas extraction workers, miners prone to hearing loss

North Carolina miners and oil and gas extraction operators are at serious risk of hearing loss, based on a new study. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, was conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Taft Laboratory in Ohio.

Ninth Circuit rules in favor of OSHA in toxic exposure case

According to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, North Carolina employers must determine before work starts whether employees could need respiratory equipment. The ruling was handed down in a case involving workers who said that air quality was poor while performing welds on a ship's voids. As a result of the poor air quality, workers for Seward Ship's Drydock Inc. filed a complaint with OSHA.

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.