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Leaf blowers, other equipment could cause workplace illness

Many people appreciate a well-manicured lawn or other attractive landscaping. Though the look of trimmed grass and shaped hedges may be aesthetically pleasing, achieving this look often means that North Carolina workers in the landscaping industry have to work in various conditions. Additionally, they may also face hazards that could potentially lead to workplace illness.

Flight attendants exposed to health hazards created by toxic air

Being a flight attendant certainly has its perks. After all, visiting every corner of the globe is in your job description. However, the life of a flight attendant isn't always as glamourous as it's cracked up to be.

Training to prevent workplace illnesses relating to pesticides


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.

Workers' compensation benefits can cover workplace illness costs


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.

High rate of workplace illnesses in hospitals


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.

Workplace illnesses can qualify for worker compensation claims


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?

North Carolina children get sick working in tobacco fields


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.

Paid sick leave may help workers recover from workplace illness


North Carolina residents may not be aware that about 40 percent of the nation's private sector workforce does not have any paid sick leave. Illnesses can develop at work for a variety of reasons, some of which can be related to the job. This means that ill workers continue to come to work and even end up leaving sick children at home because they cannot afford to take the day off and lose their wages. The reality of the sick leave and workplace illness situation is that workers who do not get sick pay are usually low wage workers and already struggling to make ends meet.

Heat-related workplace illnesses cause worker deaths


When the snow started melting and the sun started shining, North Carolina residents may have taken their picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the warm weather. However, as the temperatures continue to soar and humidity increases, the heat loses its charm, especially for outdoor workers. According to statistics gathered about workplace illnesses associated with heat, thousands of people become ill because of the heat and and around 60 of the 658 people who die annually from heat exposure are outdoor workers.

Research finds high exposure to silica at fracking sites

Workplace safety experts at a fracking site first noticed all the dust surrounding the every aspect of the site. Many North Carolina employers and employees alike may be aware that exposure to silica dust could cause some of the most dangerous workplace illnesses, such as lung disease and even cancer. These dangers have traditionally been linked to mining, construction and manufacturing jobs, but recent research shows that workers in other fields, such as fracking, may be becoming exposed to this toxic material.

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