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Economic Ramifications of a "Full Duty Release to Return to Work"

In North Carolina, treating doctors often release an injured worker to return to work "full duty, no restrictions" before the worker has returned to full function of the injured body parts.  Lack of function of an injured body part, often referred to as an "impairment," can make returning to work without restrictions quite difficult. 

Reporting North Carolina workplace injuries may lower fatalities

North Carolina employers and employees may benefit from reporting minor workplace accidents. A study conducted by the Rand Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace suggests reporting may reduce overall workplace fatalities. The study also found states reporting more workplace accidents had lower workplace fatalities than those states reporting fewer minor accidents.

North Carolina workers: beware of heat-related illnesses

As summer approaches, more and more North Carolina workers will be working in extremely hot conditions. Unfortunately, when it comes to occupational disease, employers may not grasp how dangerous heat exposure is.

DOT increases safety at North Carolina highway construction site

North Carolina officials are increasing safety measures at a multi-million dollar construction site in Moore County. Charlotte residents may be aware of the project which will widen about seven miles of the highway. It began late last year and is expected to continue until mid-2014.

North Carolina agency increasing workers comp claim enforcement

The chairwoman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission said recently that the commission has formulated plans to deal with evidence that employers in the state are not insuring tens of thousands of employees under workers' compensation regulations. In addition, the commission found that workers sustaining injuries on the job were not compensated for their medical expenses or lost wages. As a result, workers ended up with permanent disabilities and were surviving on welfare.

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