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Construction, transportation lead state in workplace fatalities

Accidents can happen in any kind of workplace, but some kinds of workplaces are more hazardous than others. A worker can suffer a broken arm after tripping and falling at an office building, but tripping and falling at a construction site can easily lead to much worse injuries. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deadliest industries in North Carolina are private construction, transportation and warehousing.

Dealing with the disruption caused by an on-the-job injury

Most people in North Carolina who get up and leave for work in the morning expect to return to the same place they left: home, safe and sound. However, there are many people who face daily danger on the jobsites they visit. Some workers are aware of the dangers they face and attempt to take the proper precautions. Others, like office workers, don't think of their work environments as being unsafe. Unfortunately, across the spectrum, injuries can occur on-the-job and can disrupt life in a major way.

What is a herniated disc?

A person's backbone is made up of several smaller bones called vertebrae, all of which surround the spinal cord, which is arguably the most important nerve in the body. To prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other, there are softer tissues between the vertebrae called discs. These discs work a lot like the brake pads on one's car in that they prevent the wear and tear of two hard substances grating against each other. A herniated disc is a common type of back injury that probably affects many people in the Charlotte area.

The costliest types of work-related accidents

There are many ways workers in Charlotte can get hurt while on the job. However, statistics show that there are some common causes of workplace injury accidents. While an insurance carrier compiled these statistics, the information comes from a variety of sources, including the federal government and a think tank. According to these statistics, the primary source of workers' compensation and related costs involve accidents with lifting or otherwise moving objects. These claims cost over $13 billion a year.

What is OSHA's role in a workers' compensation claims?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a government agency in charge of keeping workers in North Carolina and other parts of the country safe. To do so, it implements and polices a number of safety regulations. Failing to abide by these regulations can result in fines to an employer.

Can I get both Social Security and workers' compensation?

This blog has discussed what injured or ill Charlotte, North Carolina, workers can do if they find themselves disabled and, as a result, are unable to return to their line of work. One option they have is to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

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