January 2016 Archives

Worker safety on trenching and excavation jobs

An understanding of the workers' compensation process in North Carolina can be particularly important to those who work with excavation companies. Cave-ins are among the serious dangers in this type of job, and workers' compensation provides for medical intervention and compensation for lost wages in serious injury cases. However, OSHA guidelines are designed to help companies in this field to minimize safety risks through a combination of preventive strategies. Attention to site conditions is one of the most important safety factors for excavation jobs.

Mining fatalities on the decline in 2015

While many North Carolina professions are dangerous, mining can be one of the most hazardous jobs. However, the Mining Safety and Health Administration provides oversight of the industry to ensure that conditions are as safe as possible. Established in 1978, the agency's influence has resulted in a consistent downward trend in mining fatalities. In fact, the 2015 statistics represent a decrease of 88 percent in mining deaths since the agency's inception.

Dealing with workplace injuries and workers' compensation

The way that a workplace injury is handled in the first 24 hours after it occurs is critical. There are some practices that North Carolina employers could implement to reduce the number of workers' compensation claims and to manage the cost of those filed.

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