Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the North Carolina Department of Labor’s recent announcement that work-related fatalities in the state dropped 34 percent in 2012, from 53 in 2011 to 35. The DOL noted that last year they had re-doubled their efforts to help prevent workplace accidents, with their OSH Division identifying major areas in which fatalities occur most frequently, including struck-by events, caught in/between objects, electrocutions, and falls from elevators, and continuing to increase its outreach on those hazards.
The state’s latest injury and illness rate for private industry remains at an all-time low at 3.1 per 100 full-time workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Based on the most recent data released by the BLS, North Carolina actually remains one of the top 10 safest states in which to work.
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