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N.C. workplace injuries at record low

Posted November 20, 2008

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— Workers in North Carolina have never been safer, according to the annual nonfatal injury and illness figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state Department of Labor.

Injuries and illnesses in North Carolina dropped from a rate of 4.0 injured workers for every 100 full-time employees in 2006 to 3.6 last year for private-sector employers.

“This is good news for employers and employees,” Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said in a statement. “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.”

The rate has been steady at 4.0 injuries per 100 workers in 2005 and 2006. North Carolina was one of 12 states that improved their injury and illness rates last year, officials said.

Construction and manufacturing, two of the states most hazardous industries, also improved their injury rates last year, officials said. Construction’s injury and illness rate dropped from 4.9 to 4.0, while the rate for manufacturing companies dropped from 5.1 to 4.4.

Berry credited the drop, in part, to safety-conscious employers and employees.

“We are witnessing a greater emphasis on workplace safety programs,” she said. “The state is reaping the rewards from their hard work.”

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  • freedomrings Nov 24, 2008

    It's because so many of us have lost our jobs. It's hard to hurt yourself when you're not employed.

  • pbjbeach Nov 21, 2008

    FUNDYBASHER:

    I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH YOUR EAIRLIER POST HERE .

    THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Nov 21, 2008

    I PERSONNALY WOULDN'T BELEIVE ANYTHING COMING OUT OF THE OFFICE OF CHERIE BERRY AS THAT THEY CAN AN WOULD DO ANYTHING TO ADJUST THE NUMBERS TO SAY WHAT EVER THEY WANT THE TO SAY JUST SO AS TO DRIVE DOWN THE RATE FOR COMPAMY'S WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE REMEMBER ANYTHING IN THIS STATE TO BENEFIT BUSINESS FOR THE LAST PAST EIGHT YEARS. AN FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN NOTHING TO DO THAT WOULD ACTUALLY BENEFIT THE WORKERS OF THIS STATE WHATCAN I SAY BUT RUN BY A REPUBLICAN D.O.L. THANK YOU

  • fundybasher Nov 20, 2008

    "Injuries are down because nobody is working. They're all at home waiting for Obama to send the check."

    And the average joe (joe sixpack and joe the plumber) will be waiting a long long time because the only people getting the checks are the auto industry CEOs who fly their private jets to DC to ask for $$$, and the top brass of banks and insurance companies. And actually, Obama isn't the one sending those checks - it's the current president and his team of "experts" who are making sure that the rich are protected in tough economic times.

  • offconstantly Nov 20, 2008

    gopack54 there has never been a more true statement posted on wral than what you just said.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Nov 20, 2008

    And we have how many fewer inspectors?

  • gopack54 Nov 20, 2008

    Injuries are down because nobody is working. They're all at home waiting for Obama to send the check.

  • mlf73 Nov 20, 2008

    I'll credit the drop to the fact that there are very few blue collar jobs left in the state. Its rare for the rest of us to seriously hurt ourselves with a stapler or the copy machine. Numbers should improve going forward as long as they don't count the people jumping out of windows as 401K's disappear and pink slips are handed out.

  • twc Nov 20, 2008

    That seems reasonable since employment is so low. Fewer employees, fewer injuries. Won't be long before there won't be any injuries.