Two More Workers Killed in Electrical Accidents

In unrelated incidents, two workers have been killed. In Pennsylvania a man was killed while working on top of a diesel tank. While working on the tank the worker made contact with energized overhead power lines and was electrocuted.
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Feds Release Report on Fatal Workplace Incidents

Earlier this week the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2017. According to the report there were 5,147 fatal workplace incidents in 2017. This marks a slight reduction in the number of fatal workplace incidents reported for 2016.
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North Carolina Court Allows Wrongful Death Suit to Proceed After Sailboat Mast Strikes Overhead Power Line

In an unpublished opinion, the North Carolina court of appeals has reversed a lower court’s ruling and determined that a wrongful death suit can continue against a power company (Duke Energy) and summer camp operator (FDB) following an electrical accident involving contact between a sailboat mast and an overhead power line. The accident occurred while a camp counselor was attempting to pull a sailboat to shore on a boat ramp when the mast of the boat contacted an overhead power line, killing the counselor.
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Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Shows Reduction in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2017.

A report released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a reduction in the number of workplace injuries and illnesses during 2017. According to the press release, [t]There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017….Private industry employers reported nearly 45,800 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. This continues a continuing tendency since 2003 according to data reported by BLS.
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What Does Crime Victim Rights Amendment Mean to North Carolinians?

On Tuesday, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the North Carolina constitution which provides crime victim with a series of rights that now are ensconced in the constitution. These rights include: The right to be treated with dignity and respect by the criminal justice system. The right as prescribed by law to be informed of and to be present at upon request to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of court proceedings of the accused.
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