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 June 7th, 2012
Narcotic painkillers (opioids) are one of the fastest-growing expenses for workplace insurers, costing them $1.4 billion annually. In addition to these financial consequences, opioids can have dangerous repercussions on workers’ health as well.
The prescription of these painkillers is becoming a major problem as identified by a 2008 study by the California Workers Compensation Institute. Researchers found that workers who take strong painkillers such as opioids during their recovery take longer to recover than those who take weaker drugs or those who do not take painkillers at all.
In addition to potentially delaying a person’s recovery after an injury, high doses of opioids can lead to dependence, addiction, and general drowsiness.
If you are hurt on the job, it is important that you understand the facts of workers’ compensation. If your claim has been denied, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.
Posted on May 22nd, 2012
A new study published in the journal Science has shown that when health and safety rules are enforced, it can save employee lives without costing employers their profits.
The study showed that companies who were subject to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) examinations were able to reduce the amount of injury claims they experienced by 9.4 percent without affecting their bottom line over the ten year span researchers examined.
Additionally, the companies that were subjected to these random inspections saved a great deal (26 percent) on workers’ compensation costs as compared to companies that were not inspected.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, contact the Raleigh worker safety lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.
Posted on May 15th, 2012
Several North Carolina employers who failed to comply with laws that make workers’ compensation compulsory are now being held accountable for their omission of the law by the N.C. Industrial Commission.
The commission’s previous lax approach allowed many of the state’s employers to get away with not providing the mandatory injury insurance for its workers. After a recent investigation showed that thousands of small businesses were not providing workers’ compensation, the governor placed pressure on the commission to reexamine its process to ensure that employers obey workers’ comp laws in North Carolina.
Now, the commission has a three-month backlog of cases to appraise. Frustratingly, many employees have already gone bankrupt from injuries they suffered at work that went uncompensated.
If you have been injured on the job and your employer refuses to provide workers’ compensation, you will need an attorney to help you get the benefits you are owed. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys 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 April 17th, 2012
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation is looking into the causes of a plant explosion that left two workers dead.
The workplace accident happened on March 1 at a waste water treatment plant in Ohio. The two men who were involved worked at the treatment plant as the maintenance man, and the assistant maintenance man. Both of them were working in the room with the compressor when a wiring issue caused an explosion.
The men suffered burns on more than 95 percent of their bodies. They were both taken to the burn unit of a hospital, and remained there for several weeks. One of them passed away on March 29, and the second employee succumbed to his injuries yesterday.
Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends during this tragic time.
Posted on April 2nd, 2012
The Tsudis Chocolate Co. has been sought out by the OSHA for violating safety regulations.
The O’Hara Township, Pennsylvania company is being held responsible for a workplace accident that happened last October. An employee received a head wound after a molding machine started without warning, cutting into his scalp. An eight-inch gash resulted, and nerve damage was also uncovered.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration stated that the chocolate factory was responsible for properly locking their equipment, and that the failure to do this directly resulted in the workplace accident. The fines against them total $84,150.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, please contact the Raleigh workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 919-851-3311 today.
Posted on December 21st, 2011
State officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating reports of fumes at an elementary school.
According to officials, maintenance crews were trying to unclog a sewer line that was backed up and were using a solvent to do so, but this allegedly did not work.
he next day, teachers claimed that they smelled a strong odor throughout the school. Workers then used fans and opened all of the school’s windows in order to alleviate the smell. Teachers then started to complain that they were feeling ill and some experienced respiratory illnesses.
If you or a loved one has been injured or become ill at work, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Raleigh workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PPLC by calling 919-851-3311.
Posted on December 13th, 2011
Two weeks ago, a man who was working as a forklift operator at Jones County Cotton Gin to raise money for Christmas was injured in a workplace accident at the cotton gin. The 62-year old worker passed away later that day from the traumatic injuries he suffered in the accident.
Emergency crews found the man conscious and lying on the ground surrounded by cotton bales that appeared to have fallen. The bales weigh several hundreds of pounds each.
There were no witnesses to the accident. Investigators with the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, Jones County Cotton Gin, and the company’s insurance company are looking into what caused the fatal accident.
Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends.
Posted on November 21st, 2011
This coming Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is Black Friday. Accordingly, retailers across the country will be opening early and offering huge sales for consumers looking to get started on their holiday shopping.
Last Thursday, officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a statement encouraging retailers to implement plans that will protect their employees from being injured on the job. In particular, the agency recommends that retailers come up with crowd management strategies. On Black Friday in 2008, a retail store employee was killed when a mob of shoppers rushed the store and he was trampled.
The statement included a tip sheet which suggests using an online lottery for more desirable items to prevent crowd rushing or fights among shoppers, implementing additional communication systems like using bullhorns, and designating certain workers to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency or injury.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Raleigh workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 to speak with one of our attorneys.