Untrained Seasonal Employees at Risk of Work Injuries in Charlotte, Elsewhere

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent nationwide, the lowest it has been in roughly 2.5 years. Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers know that the hiring of seasonal workers in November probably had a lot to do with the economic improvement, but it could be a small sign that things are looking up for the American public overall.
An economic recovery can lead to workers changing jobs or employers hiring new employees so it is important to remember training and preventative safety measures to reduce the number of work accidents in Greensboro, Asheville, Winston-Salem or elsewhere in the state. It is up to the employer or business owner to make sure each employee, seasonal or otherwise, is treated fairly and kept safe while performing their job duties.

We recently posted on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog that Black Friday sales events can be a danger to untrained employees. Seasonal and full-time workers are at considerable risk of a trampling or other work-related injury while working security, parking attendant jobs or sales registers at overcrowded sales events.

The U.S. Department of Labor continues to be concerned about the number of fatal work injuries occurring on the clock. In 2010, there were more than 4,500 fatal occupational injuries nationwide. North Carolina reported 134 worker deaths, an increase from the previous year.

Incidents related to fire and explosions at work were increased significantly in the number of deaths reported from 113 in 2009 to 187 last year. Fires and explosions can occur in just about any work environment when combustible dust ignites or safety precautions are not taken to prevent electrical fires.

Homicidal incidents are another type of fatal work injury that most industries should be concerned with as there were over 500 cases reported in 2010. Female workers reported 13 percent more homicidal incidents in 2010 when compared to reported incidents in 2009. Healthcare workers, retail workers, convenience store workers and police officers are a few of the workers that face considerable danger and may experience a fatal homicidal incident at work if they go unprotected by a business owner or employment agency.

Transportation incidents were the leading cause of death for North Carolina workers in 2010. There were a total of 43 work fatalities related to transportation incidents in North Carolina and 1,766 deaths nationwide. Sadly, 40 percent of fatal work injuries nationwide in 2010 were related to transportation incidents.

Employees hired on a short-term or long-term basis must be formally trained to reduce the number of fatal incidents related to fires and explosions, transportation, homicides or other work-related tragedies. Employers who fail to train workers can and should be held accountable for their negligence.

Receiving workers’ compensation benefits for injuries and filing a disability claim can be a complicated and lengthy process, but the work accident and personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices P.A. can help guide you and give you sound advice. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free appointment with an experienced work injury attorney to discuss your case today.

Additional Resources:
Jobless Rate Nears Three-Year Low, by Ben Casselman and Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal.

More Blog Entries:
Annual Report Reveals Numerous Investigations into Workplace Safety at North Carolina Businesses and Job Sites, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, November 26, 2011.

North Carolina Reports One of Lowest Work Accident Rates Nationwide, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, November 25, 2011.

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