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OSHA tries to limit silica exposure, reduce workplace diseases

When it comes to exposure to toxic materials, statistics demonstrate clear dangers involved with silica dust and workplace diseases and illnesses caused by it. Of the two million workers exposed to silica yearly, around 200 die annually because of silicosis while more than 7,000 people contract the disease every year.

How employers can improve workers' compensation programs

The workers' compensation system exists to protect workers in case they suffer injuries on the job. A successful claim grants the injured worker workers' compensation benefits that can be utilized to cover medical treatment for the injury and also replace lost wages. However, it is possible that the very workers' compensation system that is supposed to protect workers may be harming them.

More healthcare workers hurt on the job than other professionals

Even though North Carolina residents may hear a lot about construction worker injuries, they may not be aware that healthcare workers reported more than 150,000 workplace injuries than construction workers. In fact, healthcare workers outnumber construction workers two to one. The Public Citizen, highlighting the fact that more healthcare workers are hurt on the job than any other worker, outlined these statistics in a recent report.

Does lower injury rate mean fewer injured workers?

Worker safety should be a top priority for employers across the country, including in North Carolina. As such, when the number of workplace injuries recorded by the federal government saw a decline of around 31 percent over the last 10 years, safety advocates and workers should have rejoiced. However, there is growing support for the contention that the number of workplace injuries reported has declined because of employer retaliation.

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