December 2016 Archives

Safety considerations for an aging workforce

There are many reasons that North Carolina workers might continue to hold a job into their 60s and 70s. Longer life expectancy and financial pressures are among possible explanations for rising rates of aged individuals working later in life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is recording increasing numbers of workers at or over the age of 55, and the trend is projected to continue to the point of nearly one-fourth of the workforce in 2024 being part of this age group.

The biggest risks for young farm workers

A lot of young people get their first jobs working on farms. It's a very hands-on occupation, something you can learn as you go, and an industry in which labor is always a necessity. As they learn, though, these young workers face some serious hazards. According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, the following are some of the biggest risks:

Examining the risks North Carolina truck drivers face

Truck drivers get sick or injured at work at a rate higher than most other professions. In 2015, there were 307.5 incidents of injury or illness at work for every 10,000 workers in that industry. However, the injury rate actually fell when compared to 2014 when the incident was 365.5 per 10,000 truckers. Despite this drop in injuries, workers took a median of 20 days off in 2015, which was an increase from 2014.

Are you a misclassified employee?

If you are doing the work of a full-time employee, one might assume you are a full-time employee. Unfortunately, this is not so. Many companies massage the rules to keep many of their employees in low-benefit positions while squeezing all the productivity out of them that they can.

Report discusses the potential of self-driving trucks

If autonomous truck technology becomes widely adopted, North Carolina truck drivers could take care of non-driving related tasks while they are traveling down the highways. That was one of the findings in a report from the American Transportation Research Institute. In its report, the ATRI discussed the potential of autonomous vehicle technology and explained the roadblocks that must be overcome before self-driving trucks can become a reality.

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