November 30, 2013

OSHA Working with Agriculture Community to Promote Safety Education


As the harvest season continues it is important to focus on safety in the agriculture industry.

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Our Greenville worker's compensation lawyers are knowledgeable about the inherent hazards of working in the agriculture industry and devoted to educating farm workers about safety.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration the agriculture industry account for approximately 475 deaths in the year 2012. The fatality rate in the agriculture sector was 21.2 deaths for every 100,000 workers.

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November 27, 2013

Child Protective Services Workers in Harms Way


According to a recent report Child Protective Services workers are regularly placed in danger while working.

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Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers are aware that Child Protective Services workers are often placed in stressful, tense situations. The primary concern is whether there are sufficient protections and policies for keeping these workers safe.

Child Protective Services workers have extremely high turnover rates in part because of inadequate and fragmented policies for safety.

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November 25, 2013

Asbestos Dangers a Hidden Threat for Carolina Workers


According to a fact sheet from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Asbestos is the name given to a category of naturally occurring minerals that can cause serious disease in many organs, including the lungs.

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Our worker's compensation lawyers in Spartanburg want all workers to know that serious illnesses may not appear immediately and problems could appear years after the exposure.

Asbestosis may cause buildup of a scar-like tissue inside the lungs that causes a loss of lung function. This condition can progress to severe disability and eventually cause death. Unfortunately, fibers of asbestos that cause these health risks are far to small to be seen with the naked eye.

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November 22, 2013

Workplace Injuries a Common Threat in Carolinas


A recent preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that there are 3.2 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full time workers (FTE).

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Our workers' compensation lawyers in Greenville know understanding the risks can better protect employees from injury.

According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, a total of 4,383 workers died from injuries that occurred in the workplace in 2012. This is a preliminary number and the final 2012 data will be available in the late Spring of 2014.

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November 19, 2013

Workers at Risk of Hearing Loss in Carolinas


According to research fromPurdueexponent.org, there are more ways to prevent hearing loss.

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Our Asheville worker's compensation lawyers are devoted to informing the public that working in loud environments can severely damage hearing, with lasting consequences.

The study is important for anyone who works in a loud environment, such as on a construction site or in a factory. Loud concerts can also result in substantial hearing damage.

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November 17, 2013

Poisonous Fumes - Exposure to Dangerous Substanes in North Carolina Workplace


A Fox Carolina News Report states that a teacher and 14 students were taken to the hospital after inhaling an odor at school.

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Our Anderson worker's compensation lawyers know that there are many dangers in the workplace but breathable risks and exposure to harmful substances are among the most often overlooked.

According to the news article a teacher and 14 students became ill after inhaling an unknown odor while in the school building. The odor affected individuals concentrated in one particular classroom.

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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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