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January 2014 Archives

Workers' compensation program helps reduce worker deaths in N.C.


Increasing awareness about worker safety and health is making a difference in the number of workplace deaths not only in North Carolina, but across the country as well. Safety regulations and federal and state workers' compensation insurance programs are going a long way in improving worker safety. The number of North Carolinian workers who died on the job decreased from 53 to 38 from 2011 to 2012, and last year saw 23 deaths in the state.

OSHA trying to change silica exposure limits to reduce illnesses


In some professions, exposure to toxic and hazardous materials is part and parcel of the job, but when the exposure is at levels high enough to cause workplace diseases, steps need to be taken to protect workers. North Carolina residents may be aware that silica is one type of hazardous material that causes an incurable lung disease and workers in mining, oil and gas and sand blasting are routinely exposed to it. While only some industrial workers are exposed to dangerous levels of silica, millions of workers across the country come into contact with the hazardous material. These individuals must be protected.

Efforts to improve worker safety in 2014


Since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created in 1970, workplace deaths have dropped consistently. However, their efforts are not enough, according to a recent report from the agency's Inspector General, as the agency is only reaching a fraction of the more than eight million workplaces under its purview.

How to avoid workplace injuries in snowy conditions


Winter brings with it many activities, such as sledding, snow fighting and ice-skating. However, these fun-filled activities come with equally risky activities, such as driving on icy roads and walking across icy parking lots. Not many North Carolina residents take slip and fall injuries seriously, but every year thousands get hurt on the job in this manner, causing thousands in lost days and millions in lost wages and productivity.

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