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

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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