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Workplace Injuries Archives

Understanding more about nursing injuries

North Carolina residents may be interested in understanding the injury risks associated with the nursing field. Nurses actually suffer more back-related injuries than nearly any other occupation. They also suffer arm and shoulder injuries that often affect their everyday lives. Over 30,000 nursing injuries are reported on an annual basis. The primary cause of these injuries has been attributed to the physical stress related to lifting and moving patients.

Numerous complaints against McDonald's working conditions

McDonald's is under fire by the Service Employees International Union's "Fight for 15" campaign led by labor activists who want to improve working conditions, unionize and raise the wage to $15 per hour. A survey conducted by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health found that 33 percent of burned workers were offered condiments by their mangers as a treatment instead of burn cream. Situations like this could happen in North Carolina and elsewhere in the country.

Work environment can contribute to employee hearing loss

Residents of North Carolina may benefit from awareness of work-related hearing loss if they or someone they know are employed in the manufacturing industry. A large part of the workforce is made up of this job sector, and loss of hearing is a common issue reported by a large number of employees. Realizing this and taking preventative measures as soon as possible can prove valuable in maintaining hearing and overall quality of life.

Understanding vibration injuries at the workplace

Employees in North Carolina might be interested in understanding more about how vibrations at the workplace can cause significant injuries. Exposure over time may lead to injuries that are associated with the hands and arms or an adverse effect on the entire body. Over-exposure to vibrations inflicted on the hands may result in injuries related to carpal tunnel syndrome, or declining performance with grip, dexterity or feelings in the fingers. Whole-body vibrations typically result in a significant degree of lower back pain.

Preventing falls to protect workers in North Carolina

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 212,760 workers were injured in 2009 after falling on the job. In addition, 605 workers were killed due to falls in that same year. Although workers in the construction field may be at the highest risk for falling, those working in retail or building maintenance may also be at risk for falls. Typically, falls occur because workers are climbing on slippery or uneven surfaces.

New OSHA guidelines promote workplace safety

North Carolina residents may not have heard about the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting rules that came into effect Jan. 1. According to the federal agency, employers that fall under the OSHA jurisdiction will be mandated to report any fatalities that occur on the job within eight hours of the incident. Additionally, other work-related accidents, such as amputations, and all in-patient hospitalizations must be reported within 24 hours.

Workers in New Hanover try to avoid lower back injuries

Employees suffer back injuries at a higher rate than almost any other workplace injury, in New York and elsewhere. Nationally, worker's compensation funds pay out $11 billion annually for back injury claims. The average claim is $8300, more than twice the average claim for all other types of workplace injuries. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identified the following risk factors as the most frequent job related duties causing lower back injuries: job activities that require lifting and forceful movements and jobs that create whole body vibration. Other risk factors were heavy physical work in general and anything requiring an awkward posture.

Primary causes of accidents at loading docks

Loading docks are the scene of accidents in North Carolina and around the nation every year. Individuals who have been injured in such an accident might be eligible to collect workers' compensation for their medical expenses and lost income.

Chemical explosion at GM factory kills 1, injures 8

North Carolina workers may be interested in a recent explosion at a General Motors Company metal-stamping plant in Indiana. The July 1 incident occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. and left one worker dead and eight others injured, according to authorities.

Do riskier jobs pay higher wages?

North Carolina residents may be under the impression that those who risk their well being at work get paid more to do so. However, a study of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that jobs with a higher chance of fatal injury are not the highest paid positions.