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Workplace deaths on rise

Posted January 8, 2009
Updated January 9, 2009

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— The number of deaths on the job in North Carolina is on the rise, according to preliminary numbers from the state Department of Labor.

Final numbers are expected next week, but an initial tally shows 59 workplace deaths in 2008, compared with 45 in 2007.

The total marks the first increase in four years, officials said.

Department of Labor spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry said officials worry that companies could be cutting corners and making their workplaces more dangerous in the tight economy. Training and safety measures are often among the first things cut from budgets, she said, noting officials are trying to ensure that employers train their workers.


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  • bngexpress Jan 9, 2009

    thus the cost of CHEAP,undocumented criminal immigrant laybor,but of course profit is the bottom line ?

  • mom2five Jan 9, 2009

    how odd that is when we are so high in the unemployment

  • 68_polara Jan 9, 2009

    All this crying and the fact is that statistically we are safer at work than at home.

  • ncmickey Jan 9, 2009

    Most non union state in the USA + many many illegal workers = more dangerous working conditions and deaths.....
    Pretty simple....

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 9, 2009

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that many of the deaths were on state projects. Wheather highway building or general construction, many reported deaths were govt. related.

  • EZeegoing Jan 9, 2009

    Most dangerous businesses do not have or cannot afford a valid safety manager to institute safety procedures. And, as the economy fades businesses cut corners even more. OSHA would be overwhelmed if they made a walk-thru of many local shops, manufacturing and assembly areas. Shameful but a fact.

  • LaLa-Land Jan 8, 2009

    Is it any wonder.