It is every employer's duty to create a safe working environment for their employees. When they neglect their duty, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites them for their violations and often levies fines against them. In addition to this, injured workers or their family members can file a workers' compensation claim to recover compensation to cover their medical expenses or replace wages lost by taking time off from work to recuperate.
North Carolina residents and chicken lovers may be surprised to hear people across the country eat more than 50 pounds of chicken every year. However, they may be even more surprised to hear that workers processing chicken for the biggest poultry companies in the in the country are highly susceptible to workplace diseases including repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and lung diseases.
North Carolina requires most employers to purchase workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of its employees. When the employers fail to do so, an employee injured on the job may have a very hard time getting the benefits he or she deserves. However, a recent report found that the state agency that is supposed to make sure employers are buying the insurance is not doing enough to enforce the law.
North Carolina employers must create a safe working environment for their workers. When they don't, employee's have the right to file a workers' compensation claim for injuries they sustained on the job.
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.
Two workers were injured on the job last week when a generator exploded at a gas pipeline construction site in Gaston County, North Carolina. The early morning explosion was reportedly the result of propane vapors that leaked into a trailer on the site. When the generator was turned on, it caused a flash explosion.
Fortunately, very few workers are killed on the job in NC every year.