Failure to Train Employees can Lead to a High Risk of Injury in North Carolina Work Accidents

Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte note the Safety Education Section of the North Carolina Industrial Commission may be helpful to employees and employers concerned about workplace safety. Their goal is to offer knowledgeable, practical instruction in workers’ compensation and accident prevention in order to reduce North Carolina work accidents.

Programs offered by the Safety Education Section provide instruction in workers’ compensation concepts and safety that are intended to raise awareness of workplace safety.

Accident Prevention Certificate Awareness Program (APCAP)

This is a training program focused on decreasing workers’ compensation cost and claims. Raising awareness of safety issues as they relate to accident prevention is discussed. The program audience should be plant and facility employees, safety and health managers and employees, individuals new to the field, maintenance staff and experienced safety & health professionals looking to increase their awareness. The 30-hour basic program covers some of the following topics: Walking/Working Surfaces, Fall Protection & Ladder Safety, Electrical Safety & Lockout/Tagout, Personal Protective Equipment, Machine Guarding & Hand Tool Safety, 4-Hour Defensive Driving Class with Operation Lifesaver, Bloodborne Pathogens, Job Safety Analysis, Safety Attitudes, Hearing Conservation, Lifting & Back Safety, Respiratory Protection and Forklift Safety. An advanced program follows the basic one which goes into more depth on the above topics.

Individual courses are also available for job specific situations or hazards:

-Bloodborne Pathogens, Chlorine Safety, Confined Space, Cumulative Trauma Disorders.
-Electrical Safety, Eye Safety, Fall Protection, Fire Safety, Flagger Certification.
-Hand Safety, Hazcom Safety, Job Safety Analysis, Lifting Safety, Lockout/Tagout.
-Respirator Fit Testing, Respiratory Protection Safety, Safety Attitude.
-Slips, Trips and Falls, Welding, Cutting, and Brazing Safety, Work Zone Traffic Control.

To see upcoming course offerings view the Commissions online safety training calendar.

Most industries require some training in order to perform job responsibilities in a safe and productive manner. Employers have a responsibility to keep their workers safe no matter what the industry and should always provide training and protective equipment to their employees.

We applaud any education that will decrease work place injuries and death, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that 16 workers a day die in the U.S. from work-related injuries and nearly 134 die from work-related diseases. Each day almost 9,000 workers head to the emergency room for treatment of a work place injury and about 200 of these injured workers are admitted to the hospital. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 129 North Carolina workers died on the job in 2009 and 73 workers died in South Carolina.

If you or a loved one has been in a Carolina work accident or needs assistance with a workers’ compensation or disability claim, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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