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Workers' Compensation claims rise in North Carolina

North Carolina employers and employees alike may not be aware that companies within the state with three or more employees must carry workers' compensation insurance. Those companies that fail to comply with this rule may face severe penalties, including a fine of up to $100 a day and, if a worker gets hurt on the job in the meantime, the worker's treatment cost is added to the fine. According to the executive secretary of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, enforcement of these rules is strict because uninsured workers do not have any other recourse, forcing them to turn to public assistance or pay out of their own pocket.

Workplace injuries and fatalities decline in North Carolina

"Hi honey, I'm home!" can perhaps be the most important words a spouse can say to their significant others-it implies the person is home from work, safe and sound with little to no injury on the job. Even though some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, such as construction workers compared to office workers, the hazards that face workers daily in the office are many as some illnesses take time to manifest. It is an employer's duty to create a safe working environment for their workers, but there are instances when the employer fails in their duty and workers sustain a workplace injury.

Employee injured after an explosion at a North Carolina lab

Although there are certain jobs that are inherently dangerous, there are also some career paths that hold very little to any risks to employees. Even when this is the case, if proper safety measures are not upheld, an employee is not properly trained or an employer fails to safeguard their employees, even the safest jobs could endure a workplace accident.

Employers encouraged to reduce workplace accidents

Employers hire workers of all ages, and it is their responsibility to make their workplace equally safe for employers in their mid-twenties and mid-fifties. Even though many people in North Carolina may think that younger workers bring with them energy and technological skill that older workers may not possess, that is not always the case. Older workers bring many advantages to companies as well. Not only do they usually have a lot more institutional knowledge, but they are also much more cautious on the job, which may end up resulting in less workplace injuries. Another reason they may avoid getting hurt on the job is because they are more likely to follow rules and regulations and less likely to goof around at work.

North Carolina must reduce farmer workplace injuries, fatalities

Across the country, people love their food, whether they are vegetarian or meat eaters. However, North Carolina residents may not give a lot of thought to how the food on their plants was harvested, planted or grown. This is why they may not know that the last week of March is the National Farmers Awareness Week. It is time to appreciate the work farmers do to get food to tables across the country and also raise awareness about the risks involved in their industry.

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