Posted on February 1st, 2013
According to the state Labor Department, 3 counties – Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Wake – had the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities; however, 75 out of the 100 counties in North Carolina had zero work related deaths last year. This is a 30% decrease from the death rate of the previous year.
The decrease in the number of on-the-job fatalities in North Carolina can be attributed to the implementation of industry guidelines and training programs, headed by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Division Director Allen McNeely, that focuses on the state’s most hazardous industries.
McNeely said efforts to educate workers and lower the rate of accidents caused by being struck by vehicles and equipment will be a long term commitment by the state.
Suffering through a workplace injury or losing a loved one in a workplace-related accident can have lasting consequences. Learn about your legal options and obtaining compensation if you are going through such a situation by calling a workers’ compensation lawyer of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.
Posted on July 6th, 2012
A worker for O.C. Lugo Company, Inc., a chemical distribution company located just outside of Pittsburgh, has lost some of his fingers in a blast that occurred while he was mixing red phosphorous, a chemical that is normally known to be stable.
Firefighters and chemists are unsure exactly what caused the explosion.
Another worker at the company complained of ringing in his ears after inhaling the resulting fumes. The company evacuated the building until it was sure the situation was safe and under control.
Exposure to toxic chemicals can have many harmful effects. If you were exposed to toxic chemicals on the job, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC ,at 919-851-3311.
Posted on June 12th, 2012
NASCAR group HP Racing, now known as Phil Parsons Racing, has been fined by the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) for not providing workers’ compensation to its employees.
The state of North Carolina requires employers with three or more employees to provide workers’ compensation coverage. The NCIC determined that the NASCAR team was not providing coverage to its employees between February 2011 and October 2011.
In addition to the fine levied by the NCIC, the team must pay for the medical costs and wages of an employee who suffered work-related injuries during that time. The company is also being investigated for workers’ compensation fraud for its actions during that time period.
If you have been hurt on the job and are being denied the workers’ compensation you need, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.
Posted on May 7th, 2012
When a person frequently works odd shifts, such as an early morning shift directly after a late night shift, this work schedule can deprive them of the sleep they need to be safe on the job. Additionally, sleep deprivation may cause a drop in productivity.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has conducted a study that shows nearly 30% of American workers do not get the amount of sleep they need. This figure has risen from about 24% in the 1980s. NIOSH recommends employers allow their workers at least ten hours in between shifts.
Sleeping for fewer than six hours a night can cause health problems. However, many people work irregular shifts, which wreaks havoc on their sleep schedule. Not getting enough sleep can lead to numerous hazards including a decline in mental function and an increased risk of injury.
If you work unusual hours and have been hurt on the job because of it, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311 for a case consultation.
Posted on July 12th, 2011
Last month, the North Carolina Department of Labor fined Sysco Guest Supply in Concord, North Carolina $12,550 for workplace safety violations that led to the death of an employee.
The accident occurred in late March when a 47-year old warehouse supervisor fell from a storage rack at the company’s facility. The worker attempted to stabilize himself on a pallet of paper napkins before falling 19-feet.
Investigations into the company began in April after the fatal fall accident. The company was cited with four serious workplace safety violations.
Violations included working on racks without proper fall protection, riding on the forks of a forklift, leaving a lifted forklift unattended, and failure to evaluate fork lift operators every three years.
Posted on March 22nd, 2011
Sonoco Recycling in Salisbury was recently fined $11,900 by the North Carolina Department of Labor for failing to properly train a temporary full-time employee that was killed in a tragic workplace accident. In addition, investigators determined that the company failed to properly maintain forklifts at the facility.
State officials began investigating the company after 40-year old supervisor Maurice Alexander was killed from being crushed by an 800-pound stack of cardboard at Sonoco in August. The safety violations were categorized as being of a serious nature.
A report from the DOL states, “training did not consist of a combination of formal instruction, practical training and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.” Furthermore, the report notes that forklifts were not examined daily or adequately repaired.
Posted on March 16th, 2011
The North Carolina Department of Labor recently issued several fines to the High Point Fire Department concerning safety violations at the department. Total fines came out to $81,300.
Investigators determined that the fire department had committed 16 violations against North Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Act. Investigations into the department began in September 2010 because fire fighters at High Point issued complaints.
The safety violations concern deficiencies in fire fighter training and poor equipment maintenance. None of the violations found by investigators were willful safety violations. Officials from High Point will meet with the city and the Department of Labor to discuss how to best resolve their issues.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of substandard workplace safety, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 to talk with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys.
Posted on March 9th, 2011
A new workers’ compensation bill will soon be introduced to the North Carolina General Assembly that would cut some workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers. In addition, the bill proposes that the cost of workers’ compensation insurance be shifted from employers to taxpayers.
Furthermore, if approved, the bill could possibly cut workers’ compensation benefits off to people who have received them for 9.5 years. This would include those with permanent disabilities, are paralyzed, and those who will never be able to work again.
In North Carolina, public opinion reveals that voters do not support workers’ compensation reform or limiting benefits to injured or disabled workers. In a poll of North Carolina residents, 66 percent said that they did not approve of a 9.5 year limit to workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 today, if you have been injured in the workplace and would like to speak with a lawyer about receiving the benefits you deserve.
Posted on February 8th, 2011
In December, the state’s “move-over” law, that was previously only applied to emergency vehicles, was expanded to include utility crews. The law requires drivers to move their vehicles into the lane farthest away from a stopped emergency vehicle or utility vehicle.
In regards to the law change, one utility worker/supervisor, Brian Hunt, stated, “It was a great day for us utility workers…Over the number of years, the more traffic that’s comes to the area, the more danger it’s put our employees in.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Labor, 48 people were killed while on the job in 2010.
If you or someone you love has been injured while on the job and suffered temporary disability, contact the Raleigh temporary disability lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 to set up an appointment to discuss temporary disability appeals.
Posted on February 3rd, 2011
This week, the North Carolina Department of Labor announced that they are accepting applications from businesses in North Carolina for workplace safety awards. In order for a business to qualify for a safety award, they must have no fatalities at the site they are using on their application. In addition, businesses must have an injury and illness rate at least 50 percent lower than the average rate in their industry.
“A safety award shows employees and the community that you are committed to safe work environment. A good safety record is something to be proud of, and businesses deserve to be recognized for their efforts,” stated the Department of Labor’s Commissioner, Cherie Berry.
If you or someone you love has been injured or become ill because of unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 to learn more about your rights.