It makes perfect sense that people who have trouble seeing well are more likely to experience accidental injuries than individuals with good eyesight. The results of a recent study show there is a similar connection to the likelihood of accidental injuries for people who have trouble hearing.
No one understands the dangers of Charlotte construction work than the men and women who are out there wearing hardhats every day. They understand that one false move can result in serious injuries to themselves, co-workers or members of the public.
When you walk or drive around Charlotte, you see a wide and varied business community ranging from convenience stores to high-end restaurants, from manufacturing facilities to grocers, shoe stores, offices and many more. Each business is staffed, and each of those employees is, to one degree or another, at risk of being injured on the job.
Experts say that they expect North Carolina's economy will to continue to grow over the next year. When the state's economy is healthy, the state's construction industry is usually healthy as well.
They only come out at night: the sanitation crews at slaughterhouses. They descend on the factory floors with a "nightly storm of high-pressure hoses, chemical vapors, blood, grease, and frantic deadlines, all swirling in clouds of steam around pulsing belts, blades, and blenders," Bloomberg reports.
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.
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.
According to federal government statistics, there are about 3 million non-fatal work injuries per year. Of those, more than half of the hurt workers required time away from their jobs to recuperate.
Many of our Charlotte readers know that one of the proudest moments a parent has is when their child gets their first job. Whether it's a part-time job at a car wash or restaurant or office, it can be a big part of the transition from teen to adult.
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.