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.
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.
Workers' compensation is provided for through both federal and state programs and may be able to help workers who are injured or ill in a variety of ways. Family members may also be able to receive help from workers' compensation programs. In general, workers' compensation is a disability compensation program for workers. While Workers' Compensation is a federal program, states also have workers' compensation programs for non-federal workers who work for private employers. In general, workers who have been injured on the job, or who have suffered an occupational disease, can recover disability compensation through benefits that fall into different categories.
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.