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Work fatalities drop in North Carolina in 2015

Working a dangerous job can make you worry about injuries or being killed on the job, but there are safety procedures in place that should prevent that from happening. Accidents do happen, and if you're injured, you should be compensated through workers' compensation. If your claim is denied, your attorney can help you refile, so you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Good news for the state of North Carolina has just been released; the number of workers killed on the job in 2014 was 45, but that has dropped to just 41 in 2015. The decline could indicate the growing concerns about safety in the workplace and the fact that more businesses are taking worker safety seriously.

The most dangerous industry is still in construction, and it accounted for 12 fatalities in 2015. Even though that still could be reduced, that was a significant drop from the 19 killed in 2014. The decline, although it could still be improved, is an encouraging statistic for those working to reduce injuries and fatalities on the job.

The manufacturing injury also had a high number of work-related deaths with 11 in 2015. Unfortunately, that industry had two more deaths than in 2014. The same is true for agriculture, fishing and forestry sections, which went from four fatalities in 2014 to seven in 2015.

Falls were still the most common cause of death. They accounted for 13 of the fatalities. Twelve others died due to being struck by objects.

These figures don't account for work-related homicides, suicides, vehicle crashes or places where the state doesn't have jurisdiction, so the numbers may be skewed.

Source:, "NC workplace deaths declined in 2015," Jan. 22, 2016

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