Many positive steps have been taken in improving worker safety for workers across the country. However, North Carolina residents earning below the median wage of $11.19 an hour know a different reality -- their lower wage makes them more vulnerable to financial problems after a workplace injury.
When North Carolina residents think of farm workers, they may think of farmers spending long idyllic days in the open air and rolling hills. However, the reality of the situation is that a farmer's life has become very mechanized. Farm workers are surrounded by complicated machinery that they may not be able to operate properly. In fact, agriculture work has been ranked as the most dangerous industry in the country.
The General Assembly is attempting to make it harder for dishonest Employers to commit workers' compensation fraud by failing to get and keep workers' comp insurance. This legislation will make it easier to catch them before someone gets hurt.
The flaws in North Carolina's workers' compensation program have been pointed out many times in the news over the past year, starting from the shocking discovery that more than 30,000 employers who were required to carry workers' compensation for their employees did not do so, to a report last August that many North Carolina businesses are cutting costs by skimping on insuring their workers.