North Carolina work-related fatality highlights risks for teen workers

Just one week after breaking ground on the Duke Energy training center, a 19-year-old subcontractor was struck and killed by a piece of heavy machinery, the Gaston Gazette reports.

The North Carolina work accident occurred while the young man was clearing the site. The fatal accident has halted grading work at the location as the N.C. Department of Labor investigates.

As our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys have noted in an earlier post to our North Carolina Workers Compensation blog, at least 70 teens are killed each year in work-related accidents nationwide. In fact, from 1997-2008, 7.9 million workers aged 15-24 were injured in work-related accidents and 5,719 were killed while on the job, the Center for Disease Control reports. In more than 90 percent of fatal accidents, victims were men.

During that time, transportation accidents were responsible for 2,399 work-related deaths and the second most likely killer – causing 997 job-related fatalities – was “contact with objects or equipment”. Overall, 28 percent of on-the-job fatalities were construction related.

There were 56 fatal North Carolina work accidents in 2008. While the numbers of fatalities are dropping in the construction and manufacturing industries, they remained the two most hazardous professions and were responsible for nearly half of North Carolina’s job-related deaths. Mecklenburg County reported the most job-related fatalities with six. Dare and Wake Counties each had three. Eleven counties reported two fatalities, 22 counties reported one fatality and 64 counties had no work-related deaths, the N.C. Department of Labor reports.

The attorneys with Lee & Smith know that being injured at work or losing a loved one in a fatal work-related accident can be a devastating experience, financially, emotionally and physically. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a work-related accident, call us at 1-800-887-1965 or contact our law offices online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.

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