Most North Carolina residents go to their jobs expecting to go through a normal workday and come home safe and sound. However, due to the nature of the job, or the workplace conditions, some employees find themselves facing a workplace injury, whether it is sustained suddenly or develops over time. It is an employer's duty to create a safe working environment for its employees, but preventing back injuries remains one of the greatest workplace safety challenges employers face.
Obtaining and maintaining employment is important for the residents in North Carolina and elsewhere in the nation. While numerous jobs pose little if any risks, some workers are employed in positions that are inherently dangerous. Despite the efforts to implement safety measures such as specialized training and safety equipment, these risky jobs, such as industrial jobs, could cause on-the-job injuries for employees.
When it comes to their jobs, all workers across the country hope that their workplace is safe and devoid of any risks. If there are risks present, then the workers could potentially suffer workplace injuries. Some jobs however, due to their very nature, are more dangerous than others and there are higher chances of sustaining a workplace injury during the course of work. North Carolina workers may have noticed that the inherent risks to poultry workers were highlighted earlier this year as workers were under pressure to work faster. However, due to consistent effort by the poultry industry, workplace injuries in the poultry sector have decreased significantly.
There are many steps North Carolina employers can take to avoid workplace injuries. One of the most important steps is training employees how to deal with the hazards of the specific job. This, in addition to providing a safe workplace, can help reduce accidents year round in the work environment. But there are some occupations that see a surge in hiring during specific seasons and it is important to provide these seasonal workers with the requisite training to deal with the risks inherent in their job in a short span of time.
As employers begin decorating their shops and slash prices to attract holiday shoppers, there is another group of people they should be catering to as well-their employees. With all the ice and snow that comes with the winter months, the instances of slip and fall accidents increases-according to two leading workers' compensation carriers, these type of accidents accounted for almost one third of all workers' compensation claims that led to losing time from work. This represented a doubling of such claims in 2013-14 compared to the previous year.
While no one in North Carolina expects to be injured at work, it can happen to just about anyone. The following is for general purposes only and not legal advice. In general, it is important to know what steps you should take if you are hurt on the job.
If you are hurt on the job, or have contracted an occupational disease, you should be aware that you only have 30 days to report the accident in writing to your employer-this means either 30 days from the accident or, in the case of occupational diseases as discussed in the last post on the Workers' Compensation blog, 30 days from the first manifestation of an ongoing condition. Not many North Carolina residents may be aware of this requirement, which is why seeking the help of experienced counsel at our law firm may be in their best interests.
No matter what industry an employee is in, workers in North Carolina expect that certain steps will be made to protect their health and safety in the workplace. Their job is their livelihood, and if they suffer an injury in a work accident, their ability to maintain a job could be compromised. Workplace injuries could leave an employee in serious pain, cause them to endure medical issues and leave them with financial hardships. In these matters, workers' compensation could be greatly beneficial.
Summer is here and as North Carolina residents rejoice in the shining sun and warmer temperatures, they may not notice the construction workers or landscaping workers hard at work in the blistering sun; they may not even know about the risk heat poses to these employees working in labor-intensive jobs.
There are many costs of doing business in North Carolina: operating costs, advertising costs and insurance costs. However, a workplace injury caused by an employer's negligence should never be included in the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, according to some workers' advocacy groups, that is precisely what some employers consider safety penalties levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).