The number of workplace fatalities in North Carolina fluctuates over the years - fortunately, 2012 saw a significant decrease. Accident prevention methods in the workplace are working and worker deaths saw a 34% drop, according to the Department of Labor.
Why are fatal on-the-job injuries going down? NC workers' compensation attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates discovered several reasons. For one, the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the DOL started implementing a greater alert system. Posters and hazard alerts have increased, spreading more awareness among North Carolina workers. The OSHD also identified key industries where the majority of deadly work injuries were taking place and started prevention and safety efforts for: Employees who work under extreme heat, fork lift operators, and firefighters. Agriculture and construction still rank high for fatalities.
Our NC workers' compensation attorneys represent families of employees who died from an occupational illness or workplace accident. Families are often grief-stricken after their loved one dies and then they may struggle to pay funeral-related costs, and their day-to-day expenses may not be covered without the income their loved one had been earning. There are wrongful death claims and workers comp benefits to help cover burial costs, lost wages, and more. Learn about North Carolina workers comp death benefits here.