NASCAR team forced to pay injured worker’s medical bills

NASCAR team Phil Parsons Racing, which formerly went by the name HP Racing, has been found to be in violation of North Carolina workers’ compensation laws.

The state requires companies with more than three employees to have workers’ compensation insurance in the event that someone is injured on the job. The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) found that the team failed to meet this obligation for most of last year, between February and October. Failure to provide these programs is a form of workers’ compensation fraud.

During that time, one of its employees suffered a work-related injury, but his medical bills were not covered at the time. In addition to NCIC fines for the lack of a workers’ compensation program, the racing team is required to pay for the employee’s medical costs and wages.

If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

New study shows OSHA inspections save workers’ comp costs

A new study published in the journal Science shows that employers who received random Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections ended up paying less in workers’ compensation than businesses who did not.

The study focused on businesses that were randomly inspected by California’s OSHA in the period between 1996 and 2006. It showed that these firms ended up saving substantial sums of money by keeping up with health and safety regulations compared to firms who did not.

Many of the companies examined in the study were able to reduce injury claims without any noticeable effect on their profits. On average, the firms that received random inspections saved over $300,000 in injury claims and workers’ compensation compared to businesses that were not randomly inspected.

Many states have their own unique workers’ compensation laws. If you have been hurt on the job, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

N.C. Industrial Commission fails to regulate workers’ compensation

The N.C. Industrial Commission, a government agency responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws, is facing scrutiny after an investigation found that it was allowing small businesses to ignore laws that require them to provide workers’ compensation.

Following the investigation, Governor Beverly Perdue is whipping the seven-member commission back into shape. Each member of the commission is appointed to the position and makes a handsome $119,000 a year. Despite the high pay, the members of the group embarrassed the governor by not doing their jobs.

The commission must now begin working on its three-month backlog of cases.

If your employer is refuses to provide you with workers’ compensation, you will need an attorney to help you seek the benefits you are owed. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, 910-488-1600 to learn more about your legal options.

Research shows lack of sleep can lead to workplace injuries

Working odd, varied shifts can deprive a person of the sleep he or she needs to be productive and safe.

Lack of sleep makes a person more likely to make dangerous mistakes. According to a 2000 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, almost 30% of American workers do not get enough sleep. The figure has risen from 24% in the 1980s.

Fewer than six hours of sleep is not enough and can lead to health and safety problems. The organization advises employers to allow employees at least 10 hours in between shifts.

If your work environment is unsafe, resulting in your injury, contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

Second man dies as a result of an explosion at work

Two men suffered severe burns from a workplace accident, and the second man has died as a result of the complications. The accident took place in Ohio on March 1 at the Struthers treatment plant.

The employees were working as maintenance men for the plant, and on the day of the explosion they were inside the room containing the compressor. They were working with wires when a spark ignited a tank of methane gas, and caused it to fill the room. They were in critical condition when emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Both men were housed at the burn unit in a Pittsburgh hospital. The first man passed away on March 29, and the second man lost his life this week as a result of his burn injuries.

The exact cause for the explosion is unknown at this time, and the Workers’ Compensation Bureau in Ohio is looking into the case.

Fatal workplace accident takes place in Virginia

Yesterday in Salem, Virginia, a steelworker died after he was involved in a workplace accident. The steelworker was employed at the New Millenium Building Systems company.

The man, along with fellow employees, were near a tractor-trailer unloading steel trusses on Monday morning. One of the trusses rolled off of the trailer, ultimately pinning the man’s legs to the ground. The truss, which weighed 8,000 pounds, had to be removed by several rescue workers.

The rescue workers had the steelworker airlifted to a local hospital to attempt to save his life. Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were too severe and he passed away hours later. An investigation into the incident has begun, and at this time the identity of the man is being withheld.

We would like to offer our condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

Workplace killings down dramatically, according to study

The National Council on Compensation Insurance conducted a study of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data in order to determine the fluctuation of workplace homicides over the years.

Their results showed that from 1993-2009, workplace killings dramatically declined by 59 percent. This decrease was even larger than the national decline of homicides in the United States, which dropped by 47 percent during that time frame. Workplace homicides do not happen as frequently as the public thinks that they do, according to the researchers.

In 2009, 11 percent of fatalities in the workplace were accredited to homicides. Although men make up 53 percent of the employment population in the United States, they accounted for 85 percent of workplace homicide victims. Employees that expose themselves to risky situations, including working late night hours, or working in the taxi business, are more likely to fall victim to robberies or break-ins that could end in death.

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, please contact the Fayetteville workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 910-488-1600 today.

Workplace injuries are extremely costly to the country

Research has been revealed claiming that workplace injuries and sicknesses account for $250 billion each year.

This large amount is substantially more than the costs for cancer treatment, strokes, and diabetes treatment. The researchers at the University of California at Davis believe that this number is only going to go up in order to cover the growing costs of work-related injuries.

Illnesses that prevent individuals from attending work are also factored into that number. The findings show that people between the ages of 22 and 45 spend approximately 40 percent of their day at work, and therefore when they are sick and have to miss work, the amount of money proportioned to their attendance is lost.

Workplace injuries can happen often, and can leave an employee unable to return to work. If you have been injured while on the job, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Fayetteville workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 910-488-1600 today.

Robberies largely linked to workplace deaths

A study relating to workplace deaths has shown that most homicides that occur at work are not performed by co-workers, like once previously thought.

Instead, workplace fatalities are largely linked to robberies. The National Council on Compensation Inc. was behind the study that determined the important connection between robberies and workplace deaths. Also, homicides make up 11 percent of all fatalities that occur while at work.

Customers at businesses have become increasingly more violent over the year, and are largely responsible for the incline in homicides by work contacts. Customers are considered to be a part of the contacts category, as well as co-workers.

If you have been injured while at work, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Fayetteville workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 910-488-1600 today.

North Carolina workplace shooting kills 3, injures 2

A disgruntled lumber worker in Star, North Carolina went on a shooting rampage at his workplace, killing three and injuring two more.

McBride Lumber Company has roughly 40 employees who were all present on the day of the shooting. The suspect, a 50-year-old Ether man, walked into the lumber company with a 12-gauge shotgun and opened fire on several different people. Three employees were immediately killed and an injured employee was taken by helicopter in critical condition.

The suspect fled from his workplace and returned to his home where he turned the gun on himself. Emergency respondents found him and took him to the hospital where he is said to be in an extremely serious condition. At this time, the motive behind the attack is not known and police are still investigating.

Our thoughts are with the victims’ family and friends during this tragic time.

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