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.
Here is a thought-provoking editorial on this topic from labor advocate Joe Atkins, published in "Facing South."
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation is underway regarding a tragic manufacturing accident in North Carolina that resulted in the death of a 35-year-old worker. Detectives with a county sheriff's office have ruled it an accident and OSHA is investigating whether anything could have been done to prevent the incident. Such investigations are standard after industrial accidents have taken place, particularly those that result in workplace injuries or deaths.
North Carolina is one of the dozen states whose cave-in related fatalities are lower than the national average. Nationally the number of workers hurt on the job in the excavation industry is high. Therefore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration usually compels companies in this profession to undergo special training to ensure worker safety.
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.
On August 19, 2012, the Observer ran this article about North Carolina workers who get hurt at work, and are then denied benefits because their employer fraudulently misclassified them as "independent contractors." If your employer is telling you when and where to work, and how to do the job, then you are probably an employee and not an independent contractor. Call us here at the Bollinger Law Firm if you are concerned about your employer committing misclassification fraud. We can help you. Here is the article:
A workplace accident in Raleigh, North Carolina, resulted in the death of a 63-year-old maintenance worker earlier this month. The Army medic had been trimming grass at for the National Park Service for the last three summers.
North Carolina employers and employees may benefit from reporting minor workplace accidents. A study conducted by the Rand Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace suggests reporting may reduce overall workplace fatalities. The study also found states reporting more workplace accidents had lower workplace fatalities than those states reporting fewer minor accidents.
Fortunately, very few workers are killed on the job in NC every year.