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North Carolina fatal workplace accidents reflect changing economy

Based on statistics gathered over the last 6 1/2 years, the number of workplace fatalities in North Carolina is on the decline. This is great news for workers who simply want to want to stay safe and earn a living for themselves and their families. This trend may not only be an indication of increased workplace safety compliance, but also a sign that the state's economy is moving away from dangerous industrial occupations.

Even though the number of work-related deaths has fallen over the last several years, the construction sector still tends to be the source of many fatal accidents. This idea is reflected in the statistics that show fatal accidents tend to occur more often in heavily populated areas where construction was more prevalent. Namely, Guilford and Forsyth Counties were ranked sixth and third respectively for the most fatal workplace accidents.

Observers have also noted an interesting trend in workplace accident figures. A number of counties with relatively low population densities were still ranked among the counties with the most worker fatalities.

As North Carolina's economy continues to shift away from heavy industry to more service-based jobs, the risk of workplace accidents isn't going to disappear. Instead, the nature of workers' injuries will just change. For instance, there may be more workers' compensation claims related to office-related hazards, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Workplace accidents, of any severity, may result in a legal claim for compensation. Whether an accident was caused by an employer's negligence or a third party, an employee may be able to seek reimbursement for the financial burden caused by an on-the-job injury.

Source: Triangle Business Journal, "Ranking N.C. counties by workplace deaths," Chris Bagley, April 18, 2013

  • Our firm can help injured workers determine their legal options in the wake of an accident. To find out more, please visit our Greensboro workplace injury page.

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