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November 2012 Archives

North Carolina construction worker killed in trench collapse

On any major construction project, there are likely several parties and contractors involved to get the job done according to plan. However, as one North Carolina construction firm recently discovered, a workplace accident can alter those plans rather quickly.

Increasing number of LGBT asylum applicants are staying in U.S.

One year ago, the Nigerian Senate ignored criticisms from Western nations and formally passed legislation that makes homosexuality a crime. The Nigerian House is set to vote on the measure soon, which would additionally require family members to report any homosexual relationships involving their kin to the government. As a result of measures like this and forms of persecution sanctioned by other governments, an increasing number of LGBT global community members are seeking and being granted asylum in the United States.

Could head injury, toxic exposure lead to Parkinson's disease?

Unlike falling and breaking a bone or injuring on the job, developing an illness due to an incident at work may happen much more gradually. As such, it's important for employees to keep clear records and be vigilant even after a minor workplace accident. What may seem like a minor ache or pain today can become something much more serious down the road.

U.S. Supreme Court contemplates important immigration issue

Whether immigrants have entered the country legally through a family or employment-based visa process or have entered the country illegally, certain behaviors on their part can prompt federal authorities to deport them. It is therefore critical that anyone affected by personal immigration to the United States understands what behavior can and cannot lead to deportation.

North Carolina farm workers face unexpected risk in corn silos

Over the last several years, domestic and global demand for corn has grown immensely. Since corn is used to make everything from fuel to soda, it's no surprise that farmers throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country have made the decision to plant corn crops.

Workers' compensation: North Carolina employees left in the dark

Many North Carolina residents take comfort in the fact that state law requires businesses with three or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage. This policy provides workers and their families with peace of mind in the event of a workplace accident or injury.

North Carolina activist promotes licenses for illegal immigrants

In 2006, North Carolina prohibited illegal immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses. Those who managed to get a license immediately before the General Assembly changed the law will see those licenses expire this year, however.

Balance work and family for a safer workplace

This one might be a tough sell with the foreman but a new study conducted for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that a better work-family balance make the jobsite safer and healthier. The Oregon Healthy Workplace Center report found that workers who better managed their time at work and their time with families were less stressed, and that in turn reduced the injury rate and made them more receptive to safety programs.