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November 2012 Archives

Frenzied Thanksgiving sales can lead to workplace injury

As doors opened to welcome the throngs of early shoppers taking advantage of the bargains on Black Friday and stores were concerned about displays, prices, customers, sales, security, worker safety may have been the last thing on many North Carolina employers' minds. However, as the death of a Walmart worker in 2008 demonstrated, not controlling a frenzied crowd can result in unfortunate incidents. In such situations, workers' compensation can become incredibly important to those injured on the job.

NCDOT worker dies in motor vehicle accident

Often, car accidents may take place when drivers fail to pay attention to changing road conditions or to reduce speed in construction zones. To counter such motor vehicle accidents, North Carolina recently expanded its "Move Over Law," which requires drivers to either slow down or move over one lane when passing a halted emergency vehicle, to include roadside utility and transportation crews.

Reducing Medical Costs in Workers' Compensation Cases

Here is an interesting column by Karen Garloch of the Charlotte Observer about reducing medical treatment costs in general, but especially in back pain cases.  One of the most common things we see in the workers' comp world is a back injury, especially in the lumbar or lower back.  This column discusses the efficacy of MRI scans and of conservative treatment for back pain related to disk degeneration.   Prominent local spine surgeon Craig Brigham is quoted as well. 

Workplace injuries in North Carolina hospital fire

Workplace safety regulation enforcement saves millions in employer's bottom line each year. By reducing workplace injuries, workers' compensation costs are lowered. However, these regulations can also save the lives of those present at the time of a workplace accident.

Will Governor McCrory support extreme Workers' Compensation changes?

Pat McCrory of Charlotte was elected NC Governor last week, and one question as we transition to his administration is this:  What will be done to the NC Workers' Compensation Act during his tenure?  

Workplace injuries and death in silos remains steady

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.

NC "business climate" ranks highest in the USA for 2012

Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has been criticizing the administration of Governor Perdue and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, and claiming that McCrory, as Governor, will improve NC for businesses.  But it looks like NC has done just fine under the Democratic Governor in that arena.  Check out this article from the Triangle Business Journal: 

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