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Work-related deaths still high despite continued efforts

Most people in North Carolina enjoy their work and take pride in what they do, but they should not have to get hurt on the job or contract an illness in connection with their work. Much work has gone into ensuring the number of people who die in a work-related accident decreases, but in recent years progress has stalled and the number of people dying on the job across the country remains high. In fact, more than 4,600 died on the job and another 50,000 died from occupational diseases in 2012.

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.

OSHA trying to change silica exposure limits to reduce illnesses

In some professions, exposure to toxic and hazardous materials is part and parcel of the job, but when the exposure is at levels high enough to cause workplace diseases, steps need to be taken to protect workers. North Carolina residents may be aware that silica is one type of hazardous material that causes an incurable lung disease and workers in mining, oil and gas and sand blasting are routinely exposed to it. While only some industrial workers are exposed to dangerous levels of silica, millions of workers across the country come into contact with the hazardous material. These individuals must be protected.

North Carolina workplace illnesses on the decline

North Carolina workers will be happy to know that their state is one of the eight states to see a decline in workplace injuries and illnesses in the last year. In fact, with a rate of 2.9 incidents for every 100 workers, it is one of the 15 states with a workplace injury rate lower than the national average of 3.4. The trend coincides with the national trend of lower workplace accidents.

OSHA tries to limit silica exposure, reduce workplace diseases

When it comes to exposure to toxic materials, statistics demonstrate clear dangers involved with silica dust and workplace diseases and illnesses caused by it. Of the two million workers exposed to silica yearly, around 200 die annually because of silicosis while more than 7,000 people contract the disease every year.

Heat-related workplace illnesses cause worker deaths

When the snow started melting and the sun started shining, North Carolina residents may have taken their picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the warm weather. However, as the temperatures continue to soar and humidity increases, the heat loses its charm, especially for outdoor workers. According to statistics gathered about workplace illnesses associated with heat, thousands of people become ill because of the heat and and around 60 of the 658 people who die annually from heat exposure are outdoor workers.

Research finds high exposure to silica at fracking sites

Workplace safety experts at a fracking site first noticed all the dust surrounding the every aspect of the site. Many North Carolina employers and employees alike may be aware that exposure to silica dust could cause some of the most dangerous workplace illnesses, such as lung disease and even cancer. These dangers have traditionally been linked to mining, construction and manufacturing jobs, but recent research shows that workers in other fields, such as fracking, may be becoming exposed to this toxic material.

Poultry workers at high risk of workplace diseases

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.

Workplace illnesses range from flu to bad hair dye jobs

As the weather changes, the possibility of calling in sick at work increases because of flu season. However, workplace illnesses account for only two-thirds of sick days in the office. North Carolina employees may be surprised to hear the rest of the reasons, ranging from absurd to unbelievable, such as a toe stuck in the faucet or hair turning orange in a home dye job.

Representing Oneself in NC Workers' Compensation cases

An injured worker is entitled to represent himself in court or in a workers' comp claim in North Carolina.  Is it a good idea? 

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