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.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina workers in the entertainment industry can face serious threats to their health and well-being due to on-the-job accidents. Falls, electrical problems and other hazards can be dangers for workers on movie sets, in theater spaces and in other entertainment venues. Because of the danger of such accidents and injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is renewing an alliance with two major industry groups in order to reduce the number and prevalence of workplace injuries.
North Carolina workers who are tasked with using a gas detector generally use one with a pump on it. It is thought that the detectors are slower and less reliable without one. While this may be more myth than fact, a pump may make it safer to check the air for toxic or combustible substances. This is because air can be drawn into the detector and analyzed from a safer location.
North Carolina employees who work in construction or other industries that requires them to be around large trucks may be aware of the dangers. For example, workers are often at risk for being struck by heavy vehicles that are backing up. In many cases, these often fatal accidents can happen when the driver of the vehicle is unaware that there is a worker in harm's way.
Throughout the winter months, workers in North Carolina and across the country who do their jobs primarily outdoors may be at risk for several injuries related to low temperatures. Experts suggests tips for employers that can help keep their employees safe.
According to the National Safety Council, a near-miss is an unplanned event that had the potential for causing an injury, illness, or damage, but did not do so. While it always a relief when no harm comes from a near-miss, North Carolina workers and employers are well-served by taking steps to prevent them. In fact, it may be a good idea to have a system in place in which employees can report near-misses. This may help an employer create ways to solve problems before they result in lost money or productive.
Many North Carolina workers have experienced the changes that have taken place in the job market over the past few years. Due to the rise of rideshare apps and other freelance-based businesses, an increasing number of individuals are joining the gig economy. The term "gig economy" is a catchall term used to describe getting paid by the job rather than through an hourly wage or yearly salary.