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Historic Lows: North Carolina’s Worker Injury & Illness Rates

The North Carolina Department of Labor has released a report that shows the state has one of the lowest worker injury rates in the country as well as the lowest worker injury rate that North Carolina itself has seen in years.
According to the News & Observer, a worker injury is any on-the-job accident or illness that causes unconsciousness, the restriction of physical motion, or a restriction on work-related tasks that the employee can perform.
Here are the standout 2010 North Carolina worker injury statistics:
  • In the last ten years, the North Carolina worker injury rate has dropped from 5.3 to 3.1 injuries per 100 full-time workers. 
  • Worker injury rates in North Carolina have dropped over 40 percent in the last decade. 
  • Only 13 states, including North Carolina, had a worker injury rate lower than the national average of 3.5 in 2010. 
  • Only three states have a lower worker injury rate than North Carolina: Texas, Louisiana, and New York. 
  • The 2010 North Carolina construction worker injury rate was 3 injuries per 100 workers – a slight drop from 2009. 
  • The 2010 North Carolina manufacturing worker injury rate was 3.7, up from 3.5 in 2009.
While state officials, such as the North Carolina Labor Commissioner, commented on the great strides that employers have taken in the last ten years to keep workers safe and prevent worker injuries, others noted that the number would not be low enough until it is zero. At the same time, some critics worry that not all worker injuries are being reported because of intimidation or fear.
North Carolina worker fatality statistics will be released next month.
Even though the worker injury rate is low, workers are still hurt in on-the-job accidents every day. If you or a loved one has been injured in a NC work accident, speak to a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney at Brent Adams & Associates today.