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June 2012 Archives

Tips to prevent slip and fall accidents in North Carolina

North Carolina employees may not be aware that slip and fall accidents are the third largest cause of workplace injuries in the country. The U.S. Department of Labor claimed workplace accidents of this nature cost around $28,000. In addition, slip and fall accidents lead to 104 million wasted workdays, or around $36 billion in lost wages annually.

Pat McCrory wants to reform NC workers' compensation some more

Pat McCrory is running for Governor of NC, and he commented in Asheville this past weekend that we need more workers' comp reform in NC.  Now, we just got a big work comp reform last summer, which became law on June 24, 2011.  That reform was pushed by the Republicans on behalf of the business community and insurance companies.  It reduced the duration of wage loss benefits for the most seriously injured workers, and did some other things, but the business and insurance lobbyists did not get everything they wanted, so McCrory wants to do more for them if he gets elected.   If you work for a living in NC, keep his work comp reform plan in mind when you go to vote in November.  

Workplace safety a concern after North Carolina worker's death

Workplace injuries are sometimes inevitable due to the dangers of a particular job. Fortunately, the workers' compensation system in North Carolina is designed with this reality in mind. However, efforts are made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help avoid workplace accidents that can lead to injury or death. Although workers' compensation benefits are helpful to those who are injured, most would agree that preventing the accident in the first place should be a priority.

Why North Carolina employers should keep workspaces clean

When North Carolina workers think about workplace illnesses, exposure to toxic material or asbestos may cross their minds. They may not be aware that dangers lurk in their unsanitary office space, too. From dirty sink faucets to vending machine buttons, there are chances these may also lead to a serious workplace disease.

Two North Carolina poultry workers develop rare skin condition

Those who work in the poultry processing industry here in North Carolina may be at risk of developing repetitive stress injuries, according to a recent study. The Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, discovered a connection between poultry workers and a rare skin condition called pachydermodactyly, which is characterized by persistently swollen knuckles.

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