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Workplace injury rate decreases slightly in North Carolina

A workplace injury can occur anywhere across the globe. These unfortunate accidents often result in devastating injuries, such as amputations, broken bones and back injuries to name a few. While most news about workplace injuries is bad, North Carolina residents recently got a bit of good news. According to the North Carolina Department of Labor, the state remains one of the safest places to work in the United States.

In their report, the North Carolina Department of Labor said that the state has a workplace injury and illness rate of about 3.1 cases per 100 full-time employees. That puts the state in fourth place within the U.S. The states with slightly better records include Louisiana, New York, and Texas. Those states reported a workplace injury and illness rating of 2.7. The national average is 3.5.

In North Carolina, last year's rate for construction injury and illness dropped to 3.0. This is down from 3.1 in 2009, and is below the national average of 4.0. However, in 2010, the manufacturing rate of injury and illness increased to 3.7 from 3.5 in 2009. Even so, it is less than the national rate of 4.4.

While these new numbers are encouraging, it would be better if there were no workplace injuries and illnesses at all. When workers are injured on the job, they often need assistance in navigating the workers' compensation process and may also need assistance claiming the benefits that they deserve. For those needing help, a consultation with an attorney well versed in workers' compensation issues may be a good place to start.

Source: The Business Journal, "N.C. workplace injury and illness rate at historic low," Chris Baysden, Nov. 9, 2011

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