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Workplace Deaths Drop 34 Percent in North Carolina, NC Department of Labor Reports

The number of tragic accidents in the workplace dropped last year, and there was a 34 percent decline in workplace fatalities, according to preliminary numbers provided by the N.C. Department of Labor. There were 35 workplace deaths in 2012, down from 53 in 2011.

The department said that the rate for illness and injury in private industry is at an all-time low of 3.1 per 100 full-time workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina is one of the top 10 safest places to work.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Labor say that the department has increased its efforts to improve safety and to prevent workplace accidents from happening. The department's Occupational Safety and Health Division has created partnerships with businesses in some of the most hazardous industries to improve safety measures. Outreach efforts have included posters in the workplace and focused training sessions.

The OSH division identified "the big four" -- major hazards that accounted for 80 percent of workplace deaths in North Carolina over the past 10 years. These include "struck-by" accidents (such as being hit by objects and falling) and accidents involving fire, heat stress, and forklifts.

The construction industry had the most fatal accidents last year at 10. The number was down from 16 the previous year. Other dangerous industries included agriculture, forestry and fishing (7 fatal accidents), manufacturing (6 deaths), and the services industry (6 deaths).

Out of North Carolina's 100 counties, 75 saw no workplace deaths in 2012. The counties with the most fatalities included Gaston, Mecklenburg and Wake (each had three). Four counties had two fatalities each (Harnett, Iredell, Rockingham and Sampson), and the remaining counties had only one fatality each.

Men accounted for 34 of the 35 workplace deaths in 2012.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Zero is the only acceptable number of workplace deaths. Even though the number of workplace fatalities is declining, the workers' compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin won't be happy until there are no more tragic deaths.

If you were injured on the job, or someone you love was killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078