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Two workers hurt in construction site accident

In Mecklenburg, there are many jobs that could be considered dangerous. One of the more treacherous but necessary jobs involves construction. In spite of all the safety precautions that reputable construction companies take, a work accident can happen at any time without warning. When a construction site accident occurs, those who have been hurt and their families need to understand that the injured person should be eligible for workers' compensation.

Who is responsible for temporary injured workers?

Usually, when a North Carolina employee is injured on the job, they can file a workers' compensation claim to recover costs associated with their injury, including medical bills and lost wages. A workers' compensation claim is usually available for full-time workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in charge of ensuring safe workplace conditions for all employees, so when a work accident takes place, the agency also sends inspectors to investigate the accident and hold the employer accountable if necessary. This is usually the case when a full-time worker gets hurt on the job. But what happens when a temporary worker is injured?

Paid sick leave may help workers recover from workplace illness

North Carolina residents may not be aware that about 40 percent of the nation's private sector workforce does not have any paid sick leave. Illnesses can develop at work for a variety of reasons, some of which can be related to the job. This means that ill workers continue to come to work and even end up leaving sick children at home because they cannot afford to take the day off and lose their wages. The reality of the sick leave and workplace illness situation is that workers who do not get sick pay are usually low wage workers and already struggling to make ends meet.

Worker safety essential in North Carolina's severe weather

North Carolina residents may think the worst of the storms are over, as winter is now finally giving way to spring. However, the most dangerous weather in North Carolina often begins at this time, as tornadoes, flash flooding and severe thunderstorms are just coming to the mountains now. Different parts of North Carolina are going to face different weather challenges, with the west threatened more by thunderstorms than by tornadoes.

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