Posts tagged "workers' compensation"

Logging workers face hazardous conditions daily

There are many different things that can happen when a person is at work. Accidents of all sorts are possible. For people who work in the logging industry, there are very unique risks. Many of these injuries are catastrophic. In fact, some are fatal. Logging has a very high rate of fatalities that plague the industry.

Does your worksite value workers' safety?

If you work on a construction site, you know that dangers are present around every corner. In fact, thousands of workers suffer construction site injuries each year, often due to insufficient safety precautions or inconsistent application of safety practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors workplace safety concerns and maintains records of the worksite areas most commonly cited for safety violations.

When your North Carolina workers' compensation claim gets denied

You've worked reliably for your employer for years. You have paid into both workers' compensation and health insurance pools. You show up for work, try your hardest and then come back to do it again the next day. Hopefully, you've felt like your employer appreciated your efforts. 

Labor-saving machinery on farms can put workers in danger

When people think of farms, tractors are usually one of the first images that come to mind … after lovable animals and red barns. Modern farm equipment is ubiquitous on commercial farms. Big machines get used to break up the soil, plant crops, spray pesticides, apply fertilizer and later harvest the crops. These machines may save a lot of physical labor, but they also pose great risk to workers. 

Did you fall off a ladder at a construction site?

When using a stepladder, there might be a tiny corner of unpainted ceiling that you're reaching for, and it's tempting to put your foot on the very last step. However, the words "This is not a step" are there for a reason.

What does workers' compensation cover in North Carolina?

North Carolina has thriving industrial and agricultural businesses. As a result, workers may face increased risk of injury on the job. There are many ways for North Carolina workers to incur injuries while working, from repetitive stress experienced by those working at poultry processing plants to commercial truck accidents where the driver is injured. Thankfully, workers' compensation insurance protects victims against losing their source of income or acquiring staggering medical debt.

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.

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.

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