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A report released on Labor Day 2000, by The Common Sense Foundation, a Raleigh-based Think Tank, compares labor in North Carolina to the other states. Among worker areas compared are wages and benefits; income and poverty; workplace inequality; and occupational safety. The report ranks the state 30th in the country. On the positive side, workplace injuries are down.
In the wake of the tragic fire in a Hamlet chicken processing plant, North Carolina's Building Code Council has approved rules mandating fire inspections for all businesses at least once every three years.
Job-site safety programs teach employees that staying safe on the job is the bottom line. Program effectiveness is seen in the statewide decline in workplace accidents and in the almost thirty percent drop in the cost of employer- paid insurance premiums.
Thomasville Furniture Industries' workplace safety program has proved effective in reducing both the number of employee injuries and overall workers' compensation insurance costs. The programs comply with OSHA regulations.