NC Department of Labor Reports Work Injuries at All-Time Low
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
The Mooresville Tribune and the North Carolina Department of Labor have reported that North Carolina's worker injury rates, as well as worker illness rates, have both dropped to an historic all-time low. The new and welcomed information comes from an annual report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the NC Department of Labor which covers nonfatal injuries and illness figures.
"This is good news for employers and employees," Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. "We were anticipating good numbers after learning that North Carolina's workers' comp insurance rates were going to decrease, but this is even better news than we expected."
All in all, the report states that the injured worker rate dropped from 4.0 injured workers per 100 full-time private industry workers to 3.6 injured workers for every 100 private industry workers. The numbers are for the year 2007. In past years, North Carolina had difficulty breaking the 4.0 mark, which had been static throughout 2005 and 2006.
The drop in injuries and illness across the board are correlated with more safety precautions at companies and businesses across the state - taken by both employers and by employees. There has also been an increase in workplace safety programs. However, the drop in illness rates is harder to understand. Twelve other states also improved their worker illness and injury rates this year. Improved rates are good news for both private industry and for workers and their families.
Even the state's most traditionally dangerous jobs, construction and manufacturing, improved along with the other sectors. While manufacturing injury rates dropped from 5.1 per 100 in 2006 to 4.4 in 2007, construction injury and illness rates dropped from 4.9 in 2006 to 4.0 in 2007.