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March 2013 Archives

Daylight savings opens the door to workplace injuries

Every spring, most North Carolina residents turn their clocks ahead by an hour as a result of daylight saving time. Although many people don't like the idea of losing an hour of sleep, they may not realize that this ritual has a number of unexpected health and financial costs. Specifically, this energy-saving measure creates an increased workplace accident risk for construction workers.

Former hardliners take a more lenient stance on immigration

Last week this blog noted that real immigration reform appears to be close to reality for the first time in years. One of the main reasons a comprehensive revision of immigration law finally seems possible is that a number of Republican lawmakers have adopted a noticeably softer stance on the issue since their party lost the last presidential election.

Senators nearing new immigration law with path to citizenship

As the laws on immigration continue to be debated, Congress will continue to discuss the national immigration policy. A new national immigration law could have a profound impact on all states, including North Carolina.

Update: Fatal workplace accident wasn't first safety concern

A couple weeks ago, we covered the story of a North Carolina man who died after becoming caught in a piece of industrial equipment. Immediately after the incident, state and federal workplace safety agencies began an investigation into the cabinet manufacturer's practices.

Industrial illness, injury risks come to roost in poultry plants

According to a report recently released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, workers in poultry processing plants are highly susceptible to developing a variety of work-related health conditions. The side effects of this line of work aren't limited to physical injuries; in fact, a number of workers have developed severe respiratory illnesses as a result of the unsafe conditions in these plants.

Proposed North Carolina law to address immigrant college students

A new law in North Carolina has been proposed to keep young immigrants from attending state and community colleges in North Carolina. As U.S. immigration law becomes a current issue, more states, like North Carolina, are changing their laws based on new policies.

North Carolina worker fatally injured by industrial saw

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a recent workplace fatality at a North Carolina plant owned by RSI Home Products, Inc. The incident involved a 35-year-old employee who had worked for the plant for eight years.

North Carolina's new drivers licenses cause concern

Recently in North Carolina the state Attorney General has directed the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue drivers licenses to children of immigrants who entered the country with their parents as minors. The order comes about following President Obama's implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) law. The law, which allows qualified person temporary work permits, has been hotly debated across the nation With U.S. Immigration Law being debated all across the US and here in North Carolina, many groups have expressed concern over the new laws.

Handgun training at work ends with one worker shot

A worker in another state was shot during a handgun training session sponsored by their employer. The worker was a maintenance worker at a school, which was sponsoring the handgun safety class as an effort to allow faculty to carry handguns in schools. A news report on the incident says the gun misfired and a bullet ricocheted hitting the worker. The person was listed in fair condition after the accident, but it is likely that it will take some time for the person to fully recover. Bullets can do extensive damage to a person's body, and likely require surgery to repair.

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