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October 2016 Archives

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.

Teen driving fatalities are on the rise - what can be done?

Much effort has been made in the past decade to help teen drivers stay safe on U.S. roads, and our nation has seen a decline in teen driver fatalities. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) however, reports that drivers who are 15 to 20 years old are still 1.6 times more likely than others to be involved in a fatal crash. In fact, fatalities among teen drivers were up 10 percent in 2015, the first uptick since 2009, and higher than the 7.2 percent increase in overall fatalities.

In North Carolina, your arm is worth nearly $221,000

Workers' compensation benefits vary greatly from state to state. In North Carolina, for example, the average maximum payout for losing an arm while on the job is $220,880. In Nevada, meanwhile, the same condition earns an average of $859,624, while in Alabama victims receive an average payout of only $48,840.

What steps do I take to report a workers' compensation claim?

You've been injured in a workplace accident. Do you know how to ensure your medical treatment and missed wages are covered? In North Carolina, there are certain steps you need to take right away to be eligible for workers' compensation from your employer.

Road to Zero coalition aims to end traffic fatalities in 30 years

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new coalition to tackle the increasing number of fatal traffic accidents on America's roads. The Road to Zero coalition, made up of the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Safety Council, have one goal: Achieve zero traffic deaths in the United States within the next 30 years.

How to qualify for SSDI when you have fibromyalgia

Those who have fibromyalgia are all too familiar with the symptoms, including widespread chronic pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, overwhelming fatigue, sleep problems and difficulty with memory or concentration. They also know all too well how these symptoms can interfere with employment.

Know what to do after an automobile accident?

Automobile accidents can happen to anyone. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and 4.4 million were seriously injured in 2015. These statistics don't account for injuries that didn't require medical attention or property damage.

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