State Says Workplace Deaths Down In 2009

Workplace deaths in the state dropped last year, compared to the year before.

The North Carolina Department of Labor says accidental workplace deaths dropped from 57 in 2008 to 34 in 2009. The state says that's a 40% decline.

"The good news is fewer people died on the job in 2009 than at any other time in our state's history," Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. "However, the only acceptable number is
zero."

Wake County had the most workplace deaths last year with 8, while Hyde County came in second with four deaths. Four of the deaths in Wake County happened at the ConAgra Foods plant explosion in Garner, while all four Hyde County deaths occurred during the July 4th fireworks explosion on Ocracoke Island.


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  • by anon Location: enc on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    could this have benn prevented? YES has anything been addressed about someone issueing permits without the authority and no training
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    You do not have to be a genius to figure out "No Work, No Work Place Accidents" The four deaths in Hyde were envolved with entertainment and not construction.
  • by george on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    I saw a fuller version of this story on the News & Observer's website. It said that not only did the number of deaths decline, the fatality rate did as well. So even though there were fewer workers, the rate at which they died was lower than the previous year. There were 9 deaths per 100,000 construction workers in 2006 and 7 deaths per 100,000 last year.
  • by Dee Location: Hyde on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:13 AM
    Hyde seems to get all the bad publicity, is it because the so-called hire professionals are NOT Very good professionals. What has ever been done about the person of which signed-off on the fireworks display for Ocracoke, that really didnt have a clue about what he was doing???
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Odds are, 2010 will be less than 2009.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Less workplace deaths, less people have jobs, many that do are on reduced hours. Hmm, there may just be a connection here....
  • by Vance on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Duh,What does the state think when there is no workplace.Most deaths happen on construstion jobs and logging.These are the two places that took some of the biggest jobs lost in this state.Once again DUH!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    NC, a little hint for ya; 11% unemployment and industrial jobs going overseas. I hope that helps.
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