Although training and safety protocols should prevent them, workplace injuries can still be a problem for some employees in the metropolitan Charlotte area. From minor bumps and cuts to major injuries that require surgery and other therapeutic treatments, workplace injuries cost companies and their employees both time and money. Another issue, however, can also force workers to stay away from their jobs and recover from employment-related harm.
When working in the agricultural sector, it is possible for workers to come into contact with pesticides in places they least expect to find them. For example, some pesticides may drift from nearby applications to places where they weren't applied. It is important for North Carolina workers to take measures to avoid exposure to toxic material such as pesticides. It is also an employer's duty to train them on the way to do so.
When North Carolina residents go to work, they expect their employers have created a work environment devoid of most occupational hazards and that there will be limited exposure to toxic material. However, this is not always the case and North Carolina employees often become susceptible to workplace illnesses, as discussed in the post on this blog last week. When this happens, they want someone who not only understands what they are going through but also helps them receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.
When North Carolina residents are injured, they go to a hospital to receive medical treatment-hospitals are places associated with recovery. Therefore, people may be surprised to hear that hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work in the country.
People in North Carolina who might have faced exposure to toxic material at work may wonder whether or not they are beginning to show signs of various diseases such as mesothelioma. The symptoms of lung disease can be confusing at first, but it's important to understand these symptoms.
There is likely no human alive today who can boast of never having been sick. Some illnesses, such as the common cold, take people out of the workplace for a day or two at the most. Other illnesses, however, can leave a person unable to work for weeks, if not months, which can force him or her to rely on the Family and Medical Leave Act. But what happens when the illness was caused by something the worker was exposed to while on the job and what happens if the illness lasts years or is permanent in nature?
Many North Carolina residents would agree that children belong in fields playing, not in tobacco fields working as farmers. However, there are a number of children, often under the age of 16, working 12-hour shifts on tobacco fields. This work leaves them exposed to toxic materials and at risk of developing serious workplace diseases.
North Carolina is one of four states that grows nearly all of the tobacco produced in the United States each year. In order to successfully harvest the crop, farm hands must cut each individual tobacco plant which are planted close together and grow quite tall. While this doesn't seem dangerous, it actually has been the source of serious workplace illnesses for North Carolina workers -- in particular, for child farm hands.
North Carolina workers may have heard of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration but may not be familiar with the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Tasked with monitoring mine safety, they try to prevent injuries and workplace disease resulting from mining. With much of the easy to reach coal in the country depleted, miners now have to cut into more rock to get to the remaining coal seams. This means there is potentially more exposure to toxic material that can cause lung diseases, including black lung.
Most people in North Carolina enjoy their work and take pride in what they do, but they should not have to get hurt on the job or contract an illness in connection with their work. Much work has gone into ensuring the number of people who die in a work-related accident decreases, but in recent years progress has stalled and the number of people dying on the job across the country remains high. In fact, more than 4,600 died on the job and another 50,000 died from occupational diseases in 2012.