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.
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.