The number is large and startling: 150. That's how many North Carolina workers lost their lives while on the job in the state in 2015.
Employers are always eager to save money, but many are missing out on opportunities to do so, experts say. Employers who give injured workers light duties to help ease them back into their jobs after injuries can find their related costs reduced. They can save in workers' compensation expenses and training, while keeping their workforce productive.
Workers' compensation is that insurance that deals with North Carolina work-related injuries in a no-fault context. The idea is that, once a workers' compensation claim is made and resolved, the employee cannot allege the employer is to blame for what happened. This is what "exclusive remedy" means.
Telecommuting is an industry term for “work from home.” Companies began experimenting with telecommuting as the Internet matured and enabled workers to access their work files from home. It was believed that telecommuting would be the future, companies could be composed of people from all over the world who collaborated on projects. The reality is a little more complicated, including, who is liable for your injuries if you telecommute. This post will go over the basics of workers’ compensation and its intersection with at-home injuries.
The North Carolina Department of Labor reports that there were 48 work-related fatalities in the state in 2016. This preliminary data shows an uptick in fatal accidents compared to last year and the highest total since 2011.
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.
A report by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows a decline in occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2015, a trend that has continued for the past 13 years. This doesn't mean, however, that employers should ease up on safety initiatives. The approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses is still significantly high.
Every October, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a report on the top 10 most frequently cited violations for the fiscal year. This list is compiled as a result of about 32,000 federal OSHA workplace inspections.
For one worker, it started out as a normal day at Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. When he reported to work, he could not have known he would become involved in the mishap that would ultimately end his life.
You don't have to work in construction or as an emergency responder to be exposed to dangerous workplace conditions. In fact, many people work with certain equipment every day that could put their health and safety in danger; they just may not realize it.