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OSHA initiatives help keep North Carolina workers safer

The American Society of Safety Engineers, at their 2014 annual conference, addressed OSHA initiatives that include temporary workers and silica exposure. Of particular concern at the conference was the fact that, although 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated workplace fatalities were down overall, fatal falls in construction, including ladder fall incidents, were still up.

The conference addressed many unsafe working environment issues, including the hazards that affect temporary workers often given the least protection. Exposure to silica, another safety hazard, has remained a leading concern for which solutions are being sought. Companies have also wanted to address infectious disease control, especially when tuberculosis and other illnesses are not addressed under existing blood-borne pathogen protocols.

Those who may require workers' compensation might wish to work with a knowledgeable attorney when they feel that there is a legitimate claim. A worker's comp claim may be the best way to receive compensation for lost wages or medical expenses after an accident on the job, but it may seem too complicated for many people when they are already coping with anxiety about making ends meet while unable to work.

Many work accident or industrial accident victims can feel as though circumstances are against them when they pursue a case. Common problems include being pushed to return to work before the worker is ready or having to see a doctor working for the insurance company representing the employer. These types of situations can cause a lot of anxiety after a workplace accident, making it all the more important to following the advice of an attorney. An experienced lawyer can bring about a better outcome that ensures that injured workers are able to live their lives with as few interruptions as possible.

Source: Safety.BLR.com, "OSHA chief updates safety professionals on agency initiatives: Temp workers, silica, and more", Emily Clark, June 12, 2014

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