North Carolina Work Accidents: Thousands Still Dying on the Job Annually

The Bureau of Labor Statistics this month has released annual accident statistics for 2011. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports the number of work fatalities was a bit lower in 2011 than they were in 2010, according to the United States Department of Labor (DOL).
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“It’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers understand that every worker who clocks in and out each day faces a risk of being injured on the job. Various federal and state regulations and standards are in place to make sure that each and every employee in the country is provided safe working conditions. Still, there are employers who don’t follow these standards and regulations. That’s why there is an average of 13 workers who are still killed on the job each and every day. It’s not just the workers that suffer either. It’s their friends, their family members and the entire community, which endures an enormous burden in lost productivity and disability costs.

There were more than 4,600 people who were killed on the job in the U.S. in 2011. While that is down slightly from 2010 numbers, far too many employees continue to be injured or killed on the job.

In 2011, 3.5 workers were injured for every 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

Key findings of the newly-released data:

-The number of fatalities among those in the private construction sector dropped by more than 720 in 2011. This illustrates a 7 percent decline, and it serves as the 5th year in a row in which fatalities on the job have declined.

-More than 800 people were killed by violence on the job — accounting for more than 15 percent of work fatalities during the year. This number includes 460 homicides and more than 240 suicides.

-The number of fatal work accidents in the private mining industry dropped 10 percent. This is good news considering the increase of 75 percent in 2010, mostly due to several high-profile accidents including the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

-Coal mining fatalities fell to 17 in 2011 from 43 in 2010.

-Then number of work fatalities in the private truck transportation industry rose close to 15 percent in 2011. This is the second year this industry has seen an increase.

-Fatal work injuries for women increased from the previous year. They declined sligntly for male workers.

Under the OSH Act of 1970, all 50 states are protected through federal or state work-safety programs. While the number of serious and fatal on-the-job accidents declined through the economic downturn, many expect the risks to begin to increase again as the economic recovery gains speed.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

NC Work Safety Initiatives a Vital Use of Resources, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 25, 2012

NC Job Safety: More Jobs, Less Wages, a Recipe for Work Accidents, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 23, 2012

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