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North Carolina workplace harms said to decline in recent years


During 2013, the most recent year for available statistics, more than 71,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in North Carolina by employers in private industries. As high as that sounds, that actually represented a decline from the number of workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2012. The incidence rate was 2.7 workplace injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers. North Carolina was included among 12 states that reported an incidence rate lower than the national rate of 3.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.

Among the 71,500 workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers in private industries in North Carolina, 36,700 of those injuries were considered severe. Injuries and illnesses that are considered severe in nature involve days away from work, job restriction or a job transfer. Of the severe injuries and illnesses reported, 54 percent in North Carolina resulted in at least one day away from work.

In North Carolina, the trade, transportation, utilities, education and health services sectors accounted for 49 percent of workplace injuries and illnesses. While North Carolina workplace injuries and illnesses have reported some decline, how recordkeeping is being conducted has also been questioned by some community members. Regardless, it is important that any worker who suffers a workplace injury or illness is protected.

In North Carolina, workers' compensation options are available for workers who have been harmed in a workplace accident. Workers' compensation benefits can help workers and their families and can assist with medical care, medical costs and lost wages. Each worker who is harmed has serious concerns and is in need of important remedies, which is why it is crucial that workers who have suffered workplace harm are familiar with their rights and how to approach options designed to offer assistance for injured workers.

Source: NCcommerce.com, "NC Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decline in 2013," Accessed Aug. 24, 2015

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