North Carolina Work Fatalities on the Rise

According to the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), there were close to 25 workers killed on the job in North Carolina during the 2013 Fiscal Year (through May of 2013).
To no surprise, the number one industry for these fatalities was the construction industry. Our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers understand construction workers face some of the most dangerous hazards. They’re faced with falls, motor-vehicle accidents, struck by, electrocution and excavation accidents. There are many other health risks on these job sites, including noise, solvents, asbestos and more.

Preventing Falls:

-Before starting, make sure that each worker has the materials they need to complete the job safely. This especially includes safety equipment. Be sure to include the cost of this safety equipment when estimating job costs.

-Make sure that everyone is properly trained on all equipment. Employees must be trained in hazard recognition and in the care and safe use ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment they’ll be using on the job.

Crane Safety:

-Make sure these devices are only operated by trained personnel.

-Never exceed the load chart capacity while making lifts.

-Make sure that everyone is following manufacturer’s instructions during operation.

-Be sure that all equipment is inspected before use.

-Make sure that cranes are always used on smooth and flat surfaces.

Motor Vehicle Safety:

-Be aware that vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.

-Make sure that workers are not using their cell phones or text messaging devices behind the wheel.

-Every employer whose workers drive on the job should have a comprehensive motor vehicle safety program. The program should provide clear policies, promote safe driving, and ensure that vehicles are maintained in a safe condition.

-Never allow drivers to exceed the Hours-of-Service Regulations.

Electrocution Safety:

-Always use the proper tools for every job.

-Make sure that equipment is isolated from energy sources.

-Make sure that every conductor and circuit is tested before operation.

-Wear protective clothing and equipment and use insulated tools in areas where there are possible electrical hazards.

-Make sure that all conductors and circuits are de-energized before beginning work.

Excavation Safety:

-Remember that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards in place that require that trenches be inspected each and every day and even as conditions change. They must be inspected by a competent person before a worker enters to ensure elimination of excavation hazards.

-Make sure that ladders, ramps, steps or other safe means of exit are available to workers who are working in trench excavations of 4 feet or more.

If you have been injured on the job, it’s critical for you to go after the compensation for the injuries and damages that you deserve. Workers’ compensation provides for payment of medical expenses, including hospital and rehabilitation services, medication and travel. In some instances, you may also be entitled to future medical expenses and lost wages.

If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related injury, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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