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April 2013 Archives

Nation, North Carolina commemorate workplace fatalities

On April 28, workplace safety advocates throughout the country -- including North Carolina -- addressed the issue of on-the-job fatalities. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor statistics, the rate of worker deaths was unchanged between 2010 and 2011. This news may be disappointing, as safety conditions in certain industries haven't improved year over year.

Lawmakers seek to modify proposed N.C. immigration bill

Greensboro is home to many hardworking, active individuals. While some of those people have lived in the city all of their lives, others have come from outside of the country, risking the challenges of immigration in order to find better lives. Their ability to contribute to the successes of Greensboro and North Carolina as a whole is threatened each time the state seeks to modify its stance toward non-residents.

North Carolina fatal workplace accidents reflect changing economy

Based on statistics gathered over the last 6 1/2 years, the number of workplace fatalities in North Carolina is on the decline. This is great news for workers who simply want to want to stay safe and earn a living for themselves and their families. This trend may not only be an indication of increased workplace safety compliance, but also a sign that the state's economy is moving away from dangerous industrial occupations.

Proposed North Carolina law would permit immigration checks

In the last few weeks, the federal government in Washington D.C. has been actively working on revising immigration laws. While any changes at the national level would impact the possibility of gaining citizenship for immigrants in North Carolina, state level legislation may pose a greater day-to-day impact on the lives of those seeking legal citizenship in this country.

Injuries sustained during work trips not immune from compensation

As we've previously discussed on this blog, defining what does and doesn't qualify as "on the job" is a point of contention in many workers' compensation disputes. If a person is injured while in the normal course of the workday, cases might be easier to work through. However, some situations land in a legal gray area, which was the situation in a recent North Carolina work-related injury case.

New American citizens in North Carolina focus on family

Across the nation, thousands of international citizens are diligently working toward becoming naturalized Americans. Just last week, fifty-one such individuals realized their dreams as they took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in Charlotte. While many expressed happiness for their personal accomplishments, others turned their focus toward reuniting with loved ones through family immigration.

What caused explosion at North Carolina mill that injured worker?

Emergency officials recently responded to a three-alarm fire at a flour mill in North Carolina. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that an explosion had resulted in a workplace injury. As a result, one man was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

North Carolina officials to change young immigrants' licenses

People coming to this country to start a new life in a new land face many obstacles. Financial difficulties, language challenges and immigration rules all face those brave enough to come to the United States to build a life. Recently, North Carolina made a change to one relatively small but important challenge to young immigrants.

Long-term workplace illnesses remain in OSHA's blind spot

One North Carolina woman found herself in a bind: The job that was helping make ends meet was also making her very ill. As a person with a high school diploma, working in the furniture manufacturing industry was one of the only ways she could find a job that paid above minimum wage. However, the adhesive chemicals her employer used to assemble couch cushions was making the woman -- and many of her coworkers -- lose neurological and motor function.