North & South Carolina report low rate of injuries
Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that both North and South Carolina rank among the lowest rates of workplace accidents and injuries in the country. Other states with low ratings included Texas, New York, Virginia and Louisiana.
In 2009, North Carolina reported an all-time state low rate of 3.1 workplace injuries per 100 full-time employees. This is down from a rate of 3.4 in 2008. In addition, South Carolina had a low rate of 3.2 injuries per 100 full-time employees, up just .1 percent from 2008.
Last month, officials from the federal OSHA and the U.S. Labor Department became concerned that North and South Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Administrations were not punishing companies and employers that commit workplace safety violations harshly enough. While the average federal OSHA fine is $970, the average North Carolina OSHA fine is $512 and the average South Carolina OSHA fine is $281. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is concerned that the low rates are a reflection of employers not reporting incidents workplace injuries.
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