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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. 

Workplace injuries and illness continued to decline in 2015

A report by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows a decline in occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2015, a trend that has continued for the past 13 years. This doesn't mean, however, that employers should ease up on safety initiatives. The approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses is still significantly high.

OSHA releases the top 10 workplace health and safety citations

Every October, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a report on the top 10 most frequently cited violations for the fiscal year. This list is compiled as a result of about 32,000 federal OSHA workplace inspections.

When employers willfully make their equipment unsafe

For one worker, it started out as a normal day at Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. When he reported to work, he could not have known he would become involved in the mishap that would ultimately end his life.

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