Ideally, workers' compensation benefits will restore a worker, enabling him or her to return to the workplace. Yet the program is about more than just short-term benefits.
After a workplace accident, an injured worker may need medical treatment. Yet what happens if modern medicine cannot make the worker whole again?
The summer months provide many young people with the opportunity to do things that are not possible other times of the year. For example, amusement parks throughout the nation, including the state of North Carolina, see an uptick in traffic. In addition to the weather being good for such outings, the availability of children who are probably home from school leave many looking for something fun. Recently however, the day turned anything but fun for one employee of a North Carolina amusement park. The man was injured in a performance.
United States law does not mandate that companies provide essential paid sick leave for their employees. It is up to the employer whether or not to provide paid sick leave. Some companies do offer paid leave to employees, but some do not offer such leave. A new study indicates that injuries in the workplace may be reduced if employees are offered paid sick leave.
A North Carolina mental hospital has been fined $15,300 for failing to protect its employees from violent patients. The government-run Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro experienced at least eight employee injuries this year. The employees were injured in patient attacks or when the employee attempted to break up fights that broke out between patients or with patients and other staff.
Construction workers face hazardous situations on a regular basis. As a result, they are typically required to use of specific safety equipment to protect them from harm. To aid both workers and employers in choosing the appropriate safety gear and avoiding personal injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued personal protective equipment, or PPE, guidelines.
North Carolina coal miners afflicted with black lung disease may soon find it easier to obtain benefits for their injuries.