Last year, 53 people in North Carolina were killed at their workplaces. Sadly, all of the workplace accidents that resulted in these deaths could have been avoided, according to the North Carolina Labor Commissioner. This is an increase in the number of workplace deaths from 2010.
The fatalities could have been avoided had companies implemented the safety requirements necessary for workers to safely do their jobs. Many people understand that their jobs carry some risk, but laws are in place to lessen the risk or eliminate the most risky tasks from the workplace. These laws need to be followed to prevent workers from being injured or killed.
Companies that don't follow proper procedures and safety laws should be held liable when one of their workers is injured or dies. Workplace accidents in the construction industry topped the list of most deaths in workplaces for North Carolina, followed by the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry. The two industries say 16 and 10 deaths, respectively.
There are many things that employees don't think about regarding safe working conditions, even if they know that their job entails some level of danger, which is why employers should be implementing the safety procedures outlined by law. The North Carolina Department of Labor said that some of the injuries could have been avoided using the free health training provided by the department.
If you or a loved one is injured in a workplace accident, it might be wise to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help you get compensation for your injuries and make sure your rights are preserved.
Source: WRAL, "Workplace fatalities up in 2011," Jan. 13, 2012