Federal safety regulators and the Center for Construction Research and Training are promoting the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction scheduled for May 2018. This event calls for construction companies in North Carolina and nationwide to halt work and conduct safety training. Protecting workers from falls will be a top priority of the stand-down because they are a primary source of fatal accidents among construction workers.
Most Jacksonville area workers know they may qualify for workers’ compensation. There is so much misinformation circulating about workers’ compensation that many employees do not know the difference between fact and fiction.
Working at computer stations might not appear to put physical demands on workers in North Carolina, but conditions called "computer back" or "mouse shoulder" arise from long hours on a computer. Among radiologists, 32 percent of practice managers reported that their staff members had lower back pain when surveyed by the American College of Radiology. Members of the profession suspect that the transition from a film to a digital work environment has increased hours spent on computers.
For individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere around the country, workplace dangers can arise from unexpected places. In a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), loud, noisy workplaces were associated with high cholesterol and high blood pressure among workers at such facilities. Both of these conditions are major risks for heart disease, which is the leading cause of fatalities across the country. This means that loud noise can be a major health risk in the workplace alongside more commonly recognized risks, like toxic chemicals or dangerous machinery.