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Work Fatalities In State Continue At Low Levels

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Figures released Thursday by the

North Carolina Department of Labor

show that work fatalities in North Carolina totaled 183 in 2004, the fourth-lowest total seen in the state since labor officials started keeping detailed records.

Compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state labor department, Highway accidents accounted for a major block of those deaths with 78 out of 183 occurring on state roads. Figures also show that 54 workers died in construction accidents and another 20 employees died in manufacturing accidents. A total of 23 employees lost their lives to workplace violence -- six committed suicide and 17 were murdered.

Wake County had the most workplace deaths with a total of 20, while Durham and Orange counties each reported four deaths.

The North Carolina Labor Department credits free training seminars and free access to work sites for the decline.

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