The Obama administration continues to cross things off its last-minute to-do list. One of the latest examples is that it agreed to pay $2.2 billion over 5 years to Marine veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune here in North Carolina. The reason is that they were exposed to dangerous amounts of contaminated drinking water if they were on base for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. The VA estimates that there were 900,000 service members who could have been exposed during the time period.
Industrial accidents are a serious risk for construction workers who face potential injury on the job practically every day. An injured worker could suffer problems in the aftermath that lead to serious medical expenses and significant rehabilitation treatment, not to mention pain and suffering. A traumatic brain, neck or back injury, paralysis, broken bones and concussions are all possible outcomes.
Less than two weeks ago, a young man from North Carolina was killed in a tragic workplace accident. Although the incident took place in a neighboring state, it clearly highlights how important it is that companies adhere to federal safety standards.