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Workplace Accidents Archives

Ranking Charlotte's riskiest jobs

When you walk, bike, ride the bus or drive around Charlotte, you see people doing a wide variety of jobs with varying degrees of risk involved. From crane operators to taxi cab drivers to office workers to retail clerks and beyond, the dangers of workplace accidents and injuries shifts from job to job.

Somber anniversary of a North Carolina worker tragedy

A few days ago, we here in North Carolina saw the passing of a terrible anniversary: on September 3 it was 26 years to the day since a deadly fire at a Hamlet factory. Twenty-five workers died in the blaze at the chicken processing plant and another 40 were injured.

Workplace accidents: Where unsafe conditions meet unsafe acts

H.W. Heinrich was an American pioneer in the field of industrial safety. The principles he laid out in his groundbreaking 1931 book "Industrial Accident Prevention: A Scientific Approach" are still discussed and in use today.

Easing injured workers back into their jobs

Employers are always eager to save money, but many are missing out on opportunities to do so, experts say. Employers who give injured workers light duties to help ease them back into their jobs after injuries can find their related costs reduced. They can save in workers' compensation expenses and training, while keeping their workforce productive.

The issue of intentionality in workplace accidents

Workers' compensation is that insurance that deals with North Carolina work-related injuries in a no-fault context. The idea is that, once a workers' compensation claim is made and resolved, the employee cannot allege the employer is to blame for what happened. This is what "exclusive remedy" means.

Telecommuting and workers’ compensation

Telecommuting is an industry term for “work from home.” Companies began experimenting with telecommuting as the Internet matured and enabled workers to access their work files from home. It was believed that telecommuting would be the future, companies could be composed of people from all over the world who collaborated on projects. The reality is a little more complicated, including, who is liable for your injuries if you telecommute. This post will go over the basics of workers’ compensation and its intersection with at-home injuries.

North Carolina workplace fatalities reached a six-year high

The North Carolina Department of Labor reports that there were 48 work-related fatalities in the state in 2016. This preliminary data shows an uptick in fatal accidents compared to last year and the highest total since 2011. 

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