When you suffer an on-the-job injury at your Charlotte workplace, the first thing on your mind is getting medical attention to ease the pain and to begin the healing process. A new study shows injured workers spend more time recuperating from their injuries when they receive long-term opioid prescriptions.
Over the past several decades, the percentage of women in the paid workforce has steadily increased. With increased participation comes the risk of sustaining workplace injuries that require medical care, time off from the job to recuperate and workers' compensation benefits. A recent study points out that women who suffer depression, anxiety and fatigue are significantly more likely to sustain injuries while on the job.
The North Carolina Department of Labor recently released some mixed news about workplace safety. In the 2017 fiscal year, workplace deaths declined dramatically in Charlotte and across the rest of the state. Though the drop is welcome, if even one person loses their life while working, that's one too many.
Just about everyone is busy as Christmas approaches. Busy shopping, putting up decorations, baking cookies, wrapping gifts and so on. It's a busy time of year in Charlotte and around the world, that's for sure.
Poultry production is North Carolina's leading agricultural industry, accounting for more than $34 billion and 100,000 jobs statewide. In fact, neighboring Union County is the second leading poultry-producing county in the state, surpassed only by Duplin.
Poultry processing is one of North Carolina agriculture's growing segments, bringing in to our state billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. When the Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says occupational injuries and illnesses are down in the poultry sector, it's good news for us.
Since the dawn of time, humans have developed ever more sophisticated technology with which to fight. From sticks and stones to clubs, guns, tanks, ships, jets and more, humans have always pushed to develop more protective defenses and more lethal weapons.
Early this year, the Charlotte Business Journal listed the top 10 fastest growing jobs in North Carolina. Five of the 10 were in the health care industry. While health care workers care for others, they are often at risk of contracting illness or sustaining a workplace injury in the course of their demanding jobs.
There are few workers more valued and important than the nurses who care for patients at Charlotte hospitals. Their work is not always appreciated, however. Far too often, nurses are subjected to workplace violence that results in injuries.
There is something to be said -- quietly -- for understatement. Our world is so often filled with hyperbole and excess that we sometimes forget how effective restraint and moderation can be in debate.