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Workers' Memorial Day honored in North Carolina

Workplace safety is often showcased. With the recent passage of Workers' Memorial Day, many workers, officials and workplace safety advocates alike have been focused on creating safer working environments for workers and achieving fewer workplace accidents. On Workers' Memorial Day, both workers and workplace safety advocates marched in North Carolina's capital to honor the day and make calls for change.

The group was organized by a major workers' union which alleges that state officials have not done a good job protecting workers. The group marched near the spot where three workers were recently killed in a workplace incident. In the recent fatal accident, three workers were killed and one was injured. According to the state, the workers were not required to be harnessed because the scaffolding was attached to the building. In recent weeks and past months, two additional workers have been killed in workplace accidents in North Carolina and four workers have been injured.

There has been some criticism of state labor officials including criticism that because the state only reports workplace accidents it investigates, it does a poor job or reporting overall workplace safety in North Carolina. For instance, North Carolina reports 33 workers killed in 2013, while the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports 104 worker deaths in 2013 in North Carolina.

Workplace safety is a significant concern for most individuals. Workers and their families can suffer significant personal and financial consequences following a workplace accident which is why it is important they are familiar with the different options available to them if injured or otherwise harmed in a workplace accident.

Source: WNCN.com, "Advocates demand more from NC to keep workers safe," Kristin Stepneski, April 28, 2015

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