Workplace safety is something that the government of North Carolina and many employers in this state go to considerable lengths to emphasize, and for good reason, Every year, no matter how careful businesses and industries try to be, a certain number of workers will die on the job.
News accounts about workplace accidents, whether they happen in North Carolina or elsewhere, often refer to investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These accounts can lead some who are unfamiliar with how OSHA works to conclude this government agency only gets involved after an accident takes place, and that its main function is to punish employers with fines.
Workplace accidents can happen when you might least expect them. This is what recently happened to one worker at a plant in North Carolina. One minute, he was doing his job and, a short time later, a flash fire broke out in the plant involving flammable chemicals. The worker died in the hospital while being treated for the serious injuries he suffered from this fire.
In a developing story that has as many twists and turns as a Hollywood movie plot, the movie industry is investigating the death of one of their own. A young woman working on a production crew was recently killed when a train rode down the tracks where they were shooting. Now local investigators and national agencies like OSHA and the NTSB are looking into the work accident and whether it could have been prevented.