According to the state Labor Department, 3 counties – Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Wake – had the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities; however, 75 out of the 100 counties in North Carolina had zero work related deaths last year. This is a 30% decrease from the death rate of the previous year.
The decrease in the number of on-the-job fatalities in North Carolina can be attributed to the implementation of industry guidelines and training programs, headed by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Division Director Allen McNeely, that focuses on the state’s most hazardous industries.
McNeely said efforts to educate workers and lower the rate of accidents caused by being struck by vehicles and equipment will be a long term commitment by the state.
Suffering through a workplace injury or losing a loved one in a workplace-related accident can have lasting consequences. Learn about your legal options and obtaining compensation if you are going through such a situation by calling a workers’ compensation lawyer of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311.