A total of 229 employees were killed in work accidents in North and South Carolina last year, according to annual statistics released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Fatal work accidents in North Carolina claimed the lives of 148 employees last year, compared to the 139 who were killed on the job in 2010. South Carolina work accidents claimed 81 lives in 2011, compared to the 69 deaths reported in 2010.
Our work injury attorneys are publishing a review of this year’s information over the coming week as we look for trends and other insights to help keep employees safe on the job.
Fatal Work Accidents in North Carolina in 2011:
-Transportation accidents: 51 fatalities
-Workplace violence: 29
-Fire & explosion: 4
-Fall accidents: 28
-Exposure harmful substance: 12
-Contact with object: 24
Fatal Work Accidents in South Carolina in 2011:
-Transportation accidents: 46 fatalities
-Workplace violence: 12
-Fire & explosion: 0
-Fall accidents: 12
-Exposure harmful substance: 5
-Contact with object: 5
North Carolina and South Carolina joined 23 states reporting an increase in the number of fatal work accidents last year, despite a slight decline nationwide. The government says 4,609 employees were reported killed on the job last year, compared to 4,690 in 2010. However, several hundred additional deaths are expected to be reported before the final numbers are generated.
Nationwide, transportation accidents accounted for about 40 percent of all fatal accidents on the job. Transportation accidents in North and South Carolina accounted for 97 of the 229 employees reported killed last year in both states.
The government continues to report an increase in injuries among Hispanic and Latino employees. A total of 729 of those employees were killed on the job last year, compared to 707 in 2010. In fact, workers from Mexico accounted for more than 40 percent of the 823 foreign-born employees killed on the job last year.
Not surprisingly, the private construction industry continues to report fewer fatal work accidents as it recovers from the housing bust and resulting economic recession. The sector reported 721 fatal work accidents last year, compared to 774 in 2010. That’s down for the fifth year in a row. In fact, the number of fatal private construction accidents is down 42 percent since 2006.
However, the number of fatal transportation accidents continues to climb among those employed in the private trucking industry. These accidents were up 14 percent last year — the second year in a row these fatal work accidents increased.
And workplace violence remains an ongoing concern. Violence by person or animal killed 780 employees last year — accounting for 17 percent of all workplace deaths. In fact, workplace homicide is now the leading cause of death for women on the job. Others at high risk for work violence include police officers, teachers, taxi drivers, security guards and bartenders.
Injured on the job? Contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.