October 25, 2013

Five Workers Trapped in North Carolina Grain Silo

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration plans to investigate a farm after five workers were trapped in corn silos for almost five hours.


Our Greensboro worker's compensation lawyers know these tragedies are avoidable when the proper safety precautions are taken. Tragically, however, they continue to claim far too many lives.

According to an article on WAVY.com, five workers were trapped inside a corn silo for nearly five hours.

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October 22, 2013

Violence Remains Common Cause of North Carolina Work Injuriesnt problem

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Workplace homicides are a troubling source of workplace fatalities.


Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers are devoted to raising awareness about workplace violence.
In 2012, Robbers or other assailants accounted for 33 percent of workplace homicides in which a firearm was involved. While, workers accounted for 13 percent of workplace homicides involving a shooting.

Workplace violence has received increased levels of attention from mental health experts, the public, and law enforcement professionals. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation many acts can fall under the umbrella of workplace violence.

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October 18, 2013

OSHA Reveals Most Common Cause of Work-Safety Violations in the Carolinas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released its top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations.


For yet another year, fall protection is on top of the list by a decent margin. OurGreensboro worker's compensation lawyers are committed to workplace safety.

The top 10 list in its entirety:

1. Fall Protection - 8,241 Violations
2. Hazard Communication - 6,156 Violations
3. Scaffolding - 5,423 Violations
4. Respiratory Protection - 3,829 Violations
5. Electrical, Wiring Methods - 3,452 Violations
6. Powered Industrial Trucks - 3,3,40 Violations
7. Ladders - 3,311 Violations
8. Lockout/Tagout - 3,254 Violations
9. Electrical, General Requirements - 2,745 Violations
10. Machine Guarding - 2,701 Violations

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October 15, 2013

Greensboro Work Accidents - Hang Up the Phone

According to ithe National Safety Council (NSC), Employers are responsible for ensuring their employees adhere to applicable federal agency regulations.


Employers should also ensure that employees follow all state and municipal laws. However, our Greensboro worker's compensation lawyers know following the letter of the law is not always enough

In addition to following federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations the National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation that all commercial drivers should be completely banned from using portable electronic devices.

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October 12, 2013

Safety Training Key to Avoiding Work Accidents in North Carolina

Despite the recent shutdown of the federal government, employment in the public sector continue to expand.

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According to the Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration a new safety and health certificate program has just been launched for public sector employees.

Our Greensboro worker's compensation lawyers have published many posts on this blog about the many inherent dangers of the workplace.

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October 10, 2013

Marine in Georgetown South Carolina Cited for OSHA Violations

This blog keeps readers up to date on many aspects of employee safety and worker's compensation requirements.

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According to a recent news release from the Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration a South Carolina Marine was cited for 32 safety and health violations with a proposed fine of more than $59,000.

All businesses should adhere to the regulations laid out by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to ensure that workers remain safe in the workplace. Our Spartanburg worker's compensation lawyers are committed to informing the public about dangerous working conditions and ways to remain safe in the work environment.

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October 8, 2013

Equipment Accident Leads to Factory Worker Death

According to a Fox Carolina news report, a North Carolina man died after his picker lift collided with another piece of equipment in the plant.

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Our Charlotte worker's compensation attorneys are committed to raising awareness about the common causes of workplace fatalities.

According to the Fox Carolina news report the 24-year-old male worker fell 30 feet to his death around 8:50 pm. The accident involved a collision of two pieces of equipment.

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October 7, 2013

Contact with Object or Equipment Causes Substantial Workplace Fatalities

According to a Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal injuries as the result of equipment accidents have increased since the last report.

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Workers who were fatally injured after being struck by equipment or falling objects increased between the year 2011 and the year 2012. In North Carolina work accidents, fatalities resulting from falling objects and contact with equipment were the third leading cause of workplace related deaths in 2012.

The industry most often affected by object and equipment related injuries is the forestry and logging industry. However, many other industries were significant sources of these types of accidents.

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October 4, 2013

Workplace violence is a Significant Source of Fatal Injury

Workplace violence is a significant source of job-related fatalities. A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics again found that a number of workers die each year as the result of violence.

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Workplace violence can involve employees or visitors and can range from threats to homicide. The most common type of workplace violence involves firearms. The violent incidents that result in fatalities could be homicides, suicides, or a combination of the two.

Workplace violence can be a basis for worker's compensation claims in South Carolina and elsewhere.

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October 1, 2013

Fatal Transportation Injuries are Primary Cause of Workplace Fatalities

Transportation incidents on the job are frequently the cause of workplace fatalities in North Carolina, and elsewhere.

According to 2012 fatal work accident statistics just released by the U.S. Department of Labor, the number one cause of death for workers on the job is transportation related injuries.

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Forty percent of all fatal workplace injuries resulted from transportation incidents. These incidents can involve motorized land vehicles on the roadways but can also result from accidents that occur off the roadways, such as tractor or forklift accidents. Fatal transportation related injuries may also occur when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle.

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September 30, 2013

NC Worker Struck By 2,000-Pound Breaker

Every day, workers from North and South Carolina wake up and head into dangerous conditions. Construction workers face the possibility of scaffolding accidents, falls, and collapse. Oil industry and mining workers face the risk of entrapment and explosion. Fishermen work with sharp tools and dangerous equipment. Electricians are always at risk of fire, explosion, or electrocution. Despite these risks, workers do what they need to do to get the job done and provide for their families.

In a tragic accident, a worker suffered severe injuries at a Duke Energy Station after a 2,000-pound piece of equipment fell on him. Our Asheville workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in on-the-job accidents and are dedicated to helping families collect the compensation they need and deserve. We are also committed to raising awareness about worksite safety to protect North Carolina workers and to prevent future injury and accidental death.


According to reports, emergency crews were called to the scene at the Duke Energy Substation. A recording of the 911 call indicated that a 2,000 pound piece of equipment fell and seriously injured the worker who was struck in the back of the neck. The emergency helicopter landed at an area elementary school to make the quickest and most effective medical evacuation. The fire chief reported that the terrain of the surrounding area and the nearby power lines made it difficult to land the helicopter onsite.

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September 28, 2013

New Report on Nation's Fatal Work Accident Rates

Fatal accidents, toxic exposure, and occupational disease continue to threaten the nation's workers. A new report has assessed a total of 4,383 fatal work accidents that occurred in 2012. The 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries is critical in understanding the present situation of worker health and safety as well as giving future direction to legislators, public health agencies, and employers. Workers in North and South Carolina should also be aware of the particular risks and hazards faced by our communities.


Work fatalities may be caused by failed equipment, improper training, workplace hazards, heavy machinery, and other dangerous conditions. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is charged with creating regulations to protect worker safety, a number of hazards continue to plague America's workforce. Our Asheville workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to encourage workplace safety. We are also dedicated to helping victims and their families collect full compensation in the event of an accident.

Despite the significant risk of accidents in the U.S., 2012 number is the second lowest total since the report was first conducted in 1992. This means that the rate of fatality for U.S. workers was 3.2 per 100,000 down from the rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011. Even though the overall number of injuries is on the decline, there are other industries that have seen a rise in fatalities, including the private construction industry. Fatal work injuries rose from 738 in 2011 to 775 in 2012.

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September 26, 2013

North Carolina Child Farmworkers at Risk

Labor laws are intended to protect workers from harsh or dangerous conditions and to ensure that workers' have rights to protect their safety and welfare. Despite the known dangers of farm work, children throughout North Carolina continue face grave dangers, long hours and unsafe work conditions. Many of these children are not given the same protections due to loopholes in labor law.

Though Gov. Pat McCrory has set aside "Farm Health and Safety Week" in North Carolina, there are a number of hazards faced by child farmworkers that must be addressed by legislators. The governor acknowledges that the young workers are at a significant risk of injury. Our Spartanburg workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping all workers protect their rights and recover financial support for lost wages and medical costs related to an accident or illness. We are dedicated to protecting workers' rights throughout the region and stay abreast of labor issues impacting North Carolina residents and communities.


Recent reports indicate that some workers, as young as 12, begin working 10 hour days as farmworkers. Their job duties may include planting seeds, pulling tops of tobacco plants and harvesting new crops. Many child farmworkers have reported rashes and other skin problems related to chemical exposure. In addition to surface exposure, children are also at risk because their bodies are still in development. Long-term exposure or effects of chemical exposure may lead to cancers, reproductive health issues and neurological problems.

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September 23, 2013

Health Risks for Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers

In the event of a national emergency or catastrophe, crews may be sent from around the region or the world to help with clean-up and restoration. A recent report indicates that workers who tended to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have suffered a high-risk exposure that has increased their risk of liver cancer, leukemia and other terminal conditions.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine, there are dangerous health repercussions for the workers involved in the clean-up after the Gulf oil spill. Our Spartanburg workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in handling claims on behalf of injured workers and their families. We are vested in helping workers collect the compensation they are entitled to after a work-related accident or when diagnosed with an occupationally related disease.


After the BP oil spill, chemicals were used to break up the crude oil which have proven to be hazardous to workers. There are now more than 170,000 people who worked on clean-up and could suffer from toxic exposure. In addition to the chemical dispersants, workers were also exposed to benzene, contained in the oil, which is a high-risk carcinogen.

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September 20, 2013

Two South Carolina Workers Burned in Tank Explosion

Some of the most dangerous jobs involve using, storing or transporting potentially combustible or hazardous materials. Individuals who are involved in the transport and storage of gasoline can face significant risks of injury or wrongful death. In a tragic accident earlier this month, two South Carolina workers suffered extreme burns after an explosion at a Mobil gas station. The case raises critical questions about out-of-state injuries, workers' compensation and worker injury benefits in the event of disability.

Workers' compensation claims can be complicated and require timely documentation, reporting, and professional medical treatment. Even if you are injured out of state, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you were performing work-related duties at the time of injury. Our Charleston workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in helping injured workers and their families collect rightful financial coverage after an accident. We understand the very devastating circumstances faced by burn victims and will take every necessary step to help with personal and monetary recovery.


According to reports, two workers from South Carolina were relining an underground storage tank with fiberglass at a Mobil gas station in New Hampshire at the time of the explosion. The men were working underground in an attempt to repair the siding of the storage tank when the explosion occurred. The accident is still under investigation and the cause of the explosion has not been identified.The local fire chief suggested that a light was broken and dropped inside of the tank, igniting the combustible materials.

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