November 14, 2013

Young Workers Susceptible to injuries in the Carolinas


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young workers are at risk for serious injury in the workplace.

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Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers know that the economic reality is many young people must work to help their families make ends meet, and still others are just entering the workforce to provide for themselves.

Our attorneys are aware that young workers under the age of 24 represent a significant part of the workforce but are sometimes less educated about proper safety procedures.

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November 12, 2013

Eye Injuries and North Carolina Work Accidents


Eye injuries are responsible for partial loss of vision and partial blindness throughout the United States, according to a report by Optometry Times.

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Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers are fully aware of how terrible an eye injury can be and are committed to discussing ways to prevent eye injuries from occurring.

In the United States over 2.5 million eye injuries occur annually. These injuries lead to approximately 50,000 people losing all or part of their vision on a yearly basis.

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November 8, 2013

Social Workers Face Dangers on the Job


Common dangerous industries for workers include construction, fishing, and farming. Recent attention has been brought to healthcare workers and other social service employees who face dangerous conditions in the workplace. A new study indicates that employees Child Protective Services are often in tense and stressful situations that could place them in harm's way.

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Any employee who is injured while performing work related duties is entitled to employment benefits. Workers who are injured by violent crimes and assault may also pursue compensation. Our Asheville workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in handling claims on behalf of injured workers. We are also dedicated to raising awareness surrounding workplace safety.

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November 6, 2013

NC Work Site Safety for Small Businesses


Workplace safety is important for small business owners as well as employees. Whether you are a shop owner, restaurant owner, or managing a company, it is important to keep in mind your obligations and potential liabilities as an employer. OSHA has provided a number of tips for employers to ensure workplace safety. Employees of small businesses should also be aware of potential dangers lurking in the workplace.

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Employers are responsible for establishing a safe and healthy working environment. Workers must also pay attention to risks to prevent injuries. Our Charlotte workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to providing strategic counsel and support to protect workers and promote workplace safety. We are also committed to helping small businesses throughout the community maintain safe working environments.

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November 3, 2013

Guns in the Workplace: More Security or Hazard?


With gun law issues becoming an increasingly divisive topic nationwide, a new issue has cropped up for many employers. Should employees be allowed to bring their guns to work? For gun rights advocates, allowing guns in the workplace can make a safer workplace and helps employees protect themselves against assault or assailants. For others, guns in the workplace could be seen as posing an additional threat or risk.

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Workplace safety is the responsibility of all employers, even if the injury involves violent crimes or assault. Employers are also responsible for the security of workers. Our Asheville workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in representing victims of workplace injury. We are also dedicated to worker security and safety and remain abreast of the current issues that impact the modern workforce. Whether in business offices, factories, farms, or other industries, our legal team is committed to raising awareness to prevent injuries and fatalities on the job.

New laws that allow gun owners to bring their weapons to work has created a tension between gun-rights advocates and other labor law professionals. Human resources departments may also not know where to stand in deciding whether individual rights should trump internal security issues. Some gun-rights advocates argue that allowing guns can create a safer work environment.

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November 1, 2013

Lessons Learned from Ag Safety Week in North Carolina


According to an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) news release, the agriculture sector accounted for 475 deaths during 2012.

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Our Greensboro worker's compensation lawyers know how dangerous working in agriculture can be. The dangers are real but there are preventative measures that can make a significant difference.

OSHA reveals that the agriculture sector had a fatality rate of 21.2 full-time workers per 100,000 workers. In addition, there were 48,300 injuries recorded in 2011 - the last year for which finalized statistics are available.

There are more than 2 million individuals employed in the agricultural industry in the United States.


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October 29, 2013

Why NC Workers Fail to Report Workplace Hazards


Workers of all ages and in all fields have their own individual reasons for failing to report workplace injuries. As Safety and Health Magazine explains: a sense of powerlessness may lead to employees not reporting safety concerns to their supervisor.

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Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers are dedicated to informing the public of the dangers of workplace hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as other workplace safety programs share the message that workers have a right to be safe in the workplace and employees should always speak up about unsafe conditions. However, recent research indicates that construction workers and young works fail to speak up about safety hazards in the workplace. The reasons for non-reporting vary greatly but research suggests the solution lies with the supervisor.

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October 27, 2013

Eliminating Violence in the Workplace benefits Employees and Employers


A recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine outlines 7 important steps to keeping your workplace safe in the event of an emergency.

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Our Winston-Salem worker's compensation attorneys understand most instances of workplace violence occur because of a lack or proper planning and/or inadequate security.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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