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Federal shutdown halts routine OSHA workplace safety inspections

Certain government functions will be continuing during the government shutdown, but basically only those functions that fit into three categories: 1) those that don’t rely on annual funding through the Congressional budgeting process, but have ongoing funding, such as Social Security; 2) constitutionally required functions; and 3) those involving emergency work necessary to protect human life or government property.

Workers hurt when scaffolding collapses at North Carolina school

Scaffolding collapsed at a North Carolina high school on August 12th and this resulted in eight workers being injured. Due to the collapse it was reported that the injured workers fell 35 to 40 feet. Two of the workers needed to be airlifted to Mission Hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Carolina court gives injured worker a break

In some cases, employers do the right thing after an employee is injured by providing adequate workers' compensation benefits. At the same time, some employers try to find ways out of providing necessary financial support to employees injured in a workplace accident. A recent court decision in North Carolina helped define what it means to be on the job.

Temporary construction workers struggle with safety, injuries

While construction firms are looking for ways to navigate the recovering economy and real estate market, they may also be looking for ways to preserve their bottom line. In order to do so, they have turned to "contingent workers," who are employed on an as-needed basis, often for little pay. As some in North Carolina may already know, these individuals are often at a high risk of sustaining injuries with little guarantee they will be covered by workers' compensation.

North Carolina commercial fisherman dies in unexpected accident

In an unforeseeable twist of events, a 34-year-old commercial fisherman from North Carolina died on the job. According to preliminary news reports, the fisherman was on his boat when he was caught in some equipment and sustained a fatal injury.

North Carolina roofer nearly broke after compensation denied

Over the last year, much attention has been given to the epidemic of employers who do not purchase workers' compensation insurance policies in North Carolina. Although a lot of attention has been given to legislative and legal efforts to punish these negligent employers, not as much attention has been given to the employees who suffer the most.

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