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Category Archive: Workplace Deaths

Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker. Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your…

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N.C. workplace fatalities decline in 2013

Workplace deaths in North Carolina declined by 39 percent in 2013, according to new statistics from the N.C. Department of Labor. In 2013, 23 North Carolinians died in accidents on the job, compared with 38 in 2012 and 53 in 2011. That represents a two-year decline of 57 percent. These statistics do not include deaths…

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Durham manhole deaths raise issues about workplace safety on public projects

Local governments may soon be required to review a company’s workplace safety record before awarding them contracts for public works projects. The change is being considered following the deaths this summer of two Durham construction workers. Luis Castaneda Gomez and Jesus Martinez Benitez died while working in a manhole along U.S. 70 in Durham. Despite…

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Current laws, employers not doing enough to protect America’s Workers

"Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," a new report from the AFL-CIO blames weak health and safety laws, inadequate enforcement and weak penalties for the more than 5,000 workplace deaths that occur annually and the 50,000 deaths that result annually from occupational illnesses. The report’s timing and findings are particularly relevant now in…

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Men at much greater risk for workplace deaths, injuries

Men face a disproportionate risk of dying or being injured on the job, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reason is simple: men are more likely to work in dangerous injuries such as construction (90 percent male) and manufacturing (70 percent male), where the bulk of workplace accidents and deaths occur. Female-dominated…

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Could renewable energy save workers’ lives?

Could going green and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels reduce workplace injuries? Quite possibly, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin compared workplace injury risks for workers in renewable energy industries compared to traditional fossil fuel industries….

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Rise of deaths at work in North Carolina disturbing

Just got a tweet about the rise of workplace deaths in North Carolina after three years of consistent decline. We’ve also noticed a rise in the number of workers’ compensation calls at the office as well. I’d like to monitor this more to see whether or not the current conditions in our economy are magniftying…

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