Fatal accidents, toxic exposure, and occupational disease continue to threaten the nation's workers. A new report has assessed a total of 4,383 fatal work accidents that occurred in 2012. The 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries is critical in understanding the present situation of worker health and safety as well as giving future direction to legislators, public health agencies, and employers. Workers in North and South Carolina should also be aware of the particular risks and hazards faced by our communities.
Work fatalities may be caused by failed equipment, improper training, workplace hazards, heavy machinery, and other dangerous conditions. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is charged with creating regulations to protect worker safety, a number of hazards continue to plague America's workforce. Our Asheville workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to encourage workplace safety. We are also dedicated to helping victims and their families collect full compensation in the event of an accident.
Despite the significant risk of accidents in the U.S., 2012 number is the second lowest total since the report was first conducted in 1992. This means that the rate of fatality for U.S. workers was 3.2 per 100,000 down from the rate of 3.5 per 100,000 in 2011. Even though the overall number of injuries is on the decline, there are other industries that have seen a rise in fatalities, including the private construction industry. Fatal work injuries rose from 738 in 2011 to 775 in 2012.