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Recent report gives stats on North Carolina work-related injuries

A 2013 report suggested that on-the-job safety conditions have improved in the state and across the nation. The report attributes increased workers' safety in North Carolina and other areas to federal and state safety rules and requirements for workers' compensation. A more recent account of statistics, however, reports that the number of employees killed from work-related injuries and accidents doubled in the state in the past year.

According to the most recent stats, 44 people lost their lives in connection to accidents suffered in the workplace throughout the state in 2014. The Labor Department claimed that this is the highest fatality rate listed since those listed in 2011. Nineteen of those killed are reported to have been working in the construction industry.

A labor commissioner issued a statement saying that the fact that many employees are hurt within 60 to 90 days of hire suggests that perhaps improved training protocol is needed. She also said that her department suspected that there had been a rise in accidents in the workplace when one insurance company began to air service announcements to the public regarding worker safety. The most recent statistics available pertaining to illness and injury on the job are from 2013.

Those reports show that work-related injuries in North Carolina involved 2.7 accidents per 100 full-time employees. That is a significant improvement from the 1999 recorded ratio of 5.7 per 100 full-time workers. The process of requesting workers' compensation benefits can sometimes be rather complicated, depending on the circumstances of the workplace injury, illness or death. Therefore, it might be prudent to seek legal consultation in such matters in order to ensure that the employee or surviving family member receives all benefits that he or she is due.

Source:, "Number of NC workers killed on the job nearly doubled last year", Richard Stradling, Jan. 22, 2015

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