The number of workplace fatalities in North Carolina nearly doubled in 2014, increasing from 23 in 2013 to 44, based on figures released last month by the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). The construction industry experienced the most fatalities (19) in 2014, 12 more than 2013. In addition, construction fatalities accounted for 43 percent of the 44 workplace fatalities that occurred in 2014. Also, according to the NCDOL, many construction accidents are happening within the first 60 to 90 days on the job and in some cases on the first day of work.
Other NCDOL workplace fatality data for 2014 indicated that:
- Manufacturing had the second highest number of work-related deaths with nine, five more than the previous year.
- The services industry increased from one fatality to six work-related fatalities.
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing decreased from seven fatalities in 2013 to three in 2014.
- There were three fatalities in the transportation and public utility industry, an increase from one in 2013.
- Government increased from no work-related fatalities in 2013 to two in 2014.
- Finance, insurance and real estate increased from none to one.
- Retail trade had no work-related fatalities.
- Wholesale trade experienced one in 2014.
For more information, go to http://www.nclabor.com/news/2015/2015-01-22OFIRfatalities2014.pdf.