Employers should anticipate issues faced by aging employees

At present, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are on their way to the retirement stage, though this does not mean that their ranks are disappearing in the workplace. United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics data showed that the number of workers aged 55 years old and higher is expected to increase in the country within the next six years, while the number of younger workers are expected to decrease.

This news is good for business owners and members of the upper echelon of the company because workers of age have far more experience in the field, and their insights can lead to significant achievements for the company.

However, this occurrence should prepare the employer for issues concerning the aging worker, namely, filing for workers’ compensation and other insurance claims, because this is the age when workers are susceptible to illnesses and disability. As a matter of fact, St. Louis, Missouri-based Safety National Casualty Corp. discovered that average claim cost was 73% higher for workers aged 45 or older, compared with workers who are younger.

Our competent and hardworking workers’ compensation lawyers at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, with our ample legal knowledge and pool of resources, can help people who want to file for workers’ compensation benefits in Raleigh. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311.

OSHA fines Tyson Foods over $260,000 for workplace violations

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discovered the multinational meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc. exposed workers to amputation hazards and high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing them with protective equipment.

OSHA responded to a report of a finger amputation at a Tyson chicken processing facility in Texas. The inspectors identified two repeated and 15 serious violations and proposed the company pay $263,498 in fines. The investigation found that the employee amputated his finger when it got stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt while he was working in the debone area. He was trying to take out chicken parts that got stuck in the conveyor belt.

Our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina and handle workers’ compensation benefit cases. Get in touch with our attorneys by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311 so that you can discuss your case with a knowledgeable and experienced member of our legal team.

Meeker vows wage enforcement if elected labor commissioner

66-year-old Charles Meeker said he will dedicate himself to prosecuting employers who violate the state’s wage and benefit rules if he is elected to serve as the next North Carolina labor commissioner. Meeker was the mayor of Raleigh for close to a decade, from 2001 to 2011.

In an interview with The Daily Reflector, Meeker discussed what he plans to prioritize for his campaign. Specifically, he promises to do much of what Cherie Berry has failed to do: help workers collect unpaid wages. Meeker said he will also focus on streamlining the department so that its 350 employees will work efficiently and effectively, which he can accomplish by listening to the concerns of the employees. He will serve as challenger to North Carolina’s incumbent Republican labor commissioner Cherie Berry, who was initially elected in 2000.

North Carolina’s workers’ compensation program is designed to protect the welfare of workers who have sustained injuries in a workplace accident. If you or a family member has the experience of being hurt on the job, get in touch with our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311.

Employee killed when crushed by granite slab

A worker lost his life on Monday, July 25 during a workplace accident at the Raleigh, North Carolina-based natural stone, quartz, stainless steel, and porcelain sinks distributor Cosmos Granite & Marble. The accident occurred when he was hit by a 600-pound slab of granite that fell from a truck.

According to a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor, on Tuesday, July 26, the employee was placing granite slabs onto a truck using a lifting device when the incident occurred. One slab was not properly positioned on the device and fell from it. When the worker tried to stop the slab, it landed on top of the worker and killed him.

In North Carolina, lawmakers are working toward regulations and policies that are designed to protect workers should they experience the misfortune of a workplace accident. The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC are excited to see progress being made, but we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. Our condolences are with the family and friends of the victim as they mourn their loss.