Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Firefighters Injured in the Workplace

North Carolina fire fighters put their lives at risk everyday and may be injured or killed on the job.  There are workers’ compensation benefits and survivor benefits for firefighters in North Carolina, including volunteer firefighters.  The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has resources for families of fallen firefighters. See Link;

If you or a family member was injured or killed in their job as a firefighter, you should consult an attorney.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Proposed NC Law Would End Workplace Injury Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

A proposal in the state Senate would take away medical benefits paid to injured workers’ who are here illegally.  If passed, this would be a major change from the current law in this state and other states.  The Raleigh News & Observer reports the provision was added to another unrelated bill at the last minute and there is opposition to the new law from business advocates and workers’ compensation attorneys.

Opponents to the law state that migrant workers often take the most dangerous jobs and this is a way that would make it even cheaper to employ immigrant labor.   Further, it could lead to increased costs passed on to taxpayers, and prevent businesses from being accountable for unsafe workplaces.

If you have been injured on the job, you should consult an attorney regarding your rights.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OSHA’s New Record Keeping Rules

Work Injury Records

There have been two key changes to OSHA’s record keeping rules effective January 1, 2015.  The rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from reporting injury and illness records due to low occupational and injury rates and expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employees MUST report to OSHA.  The rule retains the current requirement to report all fatalities within 8 hours and adds to the requirement to report all work -related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA.

See: Records

The rule updates are to help the agency focus its efforts more effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work related injuries and illnesses.

If you or someone you know has had a serious work injury, you should consult a workers compensation attorney to ensure your rights are protected.