As the country is covered by relentless snow storms, and children are kept home from schools one snow day after another, not every North Carolina worker may have the luxury of sipping warm coffee at home in front of a fire. Many have to go into work, and their work is even more necessary because of the snowstorm;their jobs facilitate others when it is snowing, such as clearing snow from the road, removing damaged power lines or fallen trees.
When the economy plummeted, many young people were forced to join the workforce, either as an alternative to studying or accompanying their studies as a way to pay for their schooling. Even though the economy is improving right now, many young people still make up a significant part of the workforce. In fact, there were around 18.1 million workers in the workforce younger than 24 years of age in 2013. This translates to 13 percent of the workforce.
As readers of the Charlotte NC Workers' Compensation Blog may have read last week, a construction accident in North Carolina recently injured three workers, one of whom sustained an injury to the arm. A workplace injury requires medical attention to heal and with medical care comes medical bills that may be very high. Additionally, especially in the construction business, an injury to an arm or a leg means taking time off from work during a period of unexpected medical expenses.
Along with development comes construction and improvement of cities, roadways, buildings and facilities. This is what was taking place at a camp operated by a ministry in North Carolina where a recent construction workers' accident took place that ended up injuring three people.
When working in the agricultural sector, it is possible for workers to come into contact with pesticides in places they least expect to find them. For example, some pesticides may drift from nearby applications to places where they weren't applied. It is important for North Carolina workers to take measures to avoid exposure to toxic material such as pesticides. It is also an employer's duty to train them on the way to do so.
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.
On December 31, 2014, the NC Court of Appeals filed its decision in Clark v. Summit Contractors Group, Inc., COA14-698. This 3-0 decision was written by Judge Robert C. Hunter. The case involved a statute of limitations question. Mr. Clark was injured in NC, but his employer filed the claim under Florida jurisdiction. Mr. Clark hired the Bollinger Law Firm a little more than two years after the injury to pursue a claim under NC law. Mr. Clark had received workers' comp benefits under Florida law, and was still getting medical care from Florida. NC law provides that an injured worker must file his claim in NC within 2 years of his accident, or within two years of his last receipt of "medical compensation" when no other compensation has been paid under the NC Workers' Compensation Act. Here, Mr. Clark's claim was filed more than two years after the accident, but well within the two years of the last medical compensation paid in the Florida case. The Industrial Commission, in a dismissal order written by Chairman Andrew Heath, ruled that his claim was not timely filed. Bob appealed. The Court of Appeals agreed with Bob's arguments and overturned the Full Commission decision.
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 North Carolina residents go to work, they expect their employers have created a work environment devoid of most occupational hazards and that there will be limited exposure to toxic material. However, this is not always the case and North Carolina employees often become susceptible to workplace illnesses, as discussed in the post on this blog last week. When this happens, they want someone who not only understands what they are going through but also helps them receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.
When North Carolina residents are injured, they go to a hospital to receive medical treatment-hospitals are places associated with recovery. Therefore, people may be surprised to hear that hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work in the country.