Workplace fatalities increase in 2010

In 2010, there were a total of 48 fatalities in North Carolina workplace accidents.  In 2009, there were 34 workplace fatalities in the state.  According to the North Carolina Department of Labor, while workplace fatalities increased in 2010, injuries and illnesses reached an all-time low in the private industry.  80 percent of workplace fatalities occurred because of 4 main types of hazards. “Struck-by” accidents resulted in the highest amount of fatalities with 16 in 2010.  Falls accounted for the second highest amount of 15.  In addition, 4 workers were electrocuted and 9 died from being crushed by objects.

“Any workplace death is a tragedy and of great concern because it affects so many people- the family, the co-workers, the community and our department.  We’ll redouble our efforts and work even harder to prevent these accidents from happening, and we’ll call on employers and employees across the state to recommit themselves to workplace safety and health in 2011,” said Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.