Sometimes workers do not want to report injuries because they are afraid of getting fired or laid off. They may be nervous about asking for workers' compensation benefits for the same reason.
North Carolina requires most employers to purchase workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of its employees. When the employers fail to do so, an employee injured on the job may have a very hard time getting the benefits he or she deserves. However, a recent report found that the state agency that is supposed to make sure employers are buying the insurance is not doing enough to enforce the law.
North Carolina residents may not be aware that labor regulations do not apply to children working for their parents or relatives due to the assumption that parents will take special care of their children. And as workplace injuries, workplace accidents and work-related deaths fell across the country, preventable deaths continued by becoming trapped in silos and grain bins.
One lawsuit regarding a workplace injury can lead to hundreds more. For example, when players suffering from head injuries brought action against the N.F.L., it began with just a handful of players raising their voice and that number has increased to 2,200. Workers have a right to bring attention to their injury, whether they are hurt on the job as an office employee, football player or even a hockey player.
The health epidemic of the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization, is stress. Stress costs American businesses around $300 billion a year. Nearly 30 percent of all disability claims in the workplace stem from behavioral disability claims, and the associated costs are up more than 300 percent in the last 10 years. More than 70 percent of visits to family physicians revolve around stress-related illnesses, doctors surmise.
North Carolina construction workers who are concerned about construction workplace accidents may have heard about the fall accident that took place at a jobsite in New Hampshire earlier this month. A 53-year-old subcontractor hired for a hotel expansion project sustained fatal injuries when he fell on the job.
North Carolina employers and employees alike may be keeping their eyes on proposed legislation in other states that would limit employer liability in regard to workplace injuries. Employees in Missouri, where a current bill is on the table, consider the reforms to favor employers by restricting workers' rights to file civil lawsuits after a workplace injury.
North Carolina workers who have been hurt on the job may at times require surgery to recover from their workplace injury. A recent study that analyzed medical costs in various states between the years of 2003 and 2009 may shed light on why some states offer less expensive medical procedures than others.
Employers and employees alike in North Carolina may be interested in the findings of a federal investigation in Baltimore into a process known as sand-blasting. Sand-blasting is a process whereby residue such as paint and rust are cleaned from the exterior of ships and storage tanks among other surfaces. Discarded remains from the production of copper and burning of coal, known as slag, are the main components used to sand-blast on shipyards.
In North Carolina, workers' compensation is available to any covered worker who is injured on-the-job regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Any injury within the purview of employment makes the worker eligible to file a workers' compensation claim.