This post discusses NC’s most dangerous jobs. The Bishop Law Firm represents injured workers in Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, we see workers injured in unsafe environments frequently.

As a worker in North Carolina, the least you should  expect is to be safe at work. Sadly, the number of  NC work fatalities increased in the last two years reported, according to the US Department of Labor’s 2017 report.

Chart 1. Total fatal occupational injuries, North Carolina, 2008–17

The most dangerous jobs in NC are construction and transportation. Specialty trade contractors make up the lion’s share of those fatalities, followed by private transportation drivers and those working in warehouse jobs. Almost half of the reported work fatalities were related to driving.

Chart 2. Fatal occupational injuries by selected event, United States and North Carolina, 2017

In addition, the AFL-CIO‘s  April 2019 report on work related fatalities rated North Carolina 28th in the nation for the same period. Of the workplace fatalities in the state, 95% were men and 5% were women. Fatalities also increased nationwide for those 55 years or older and for Latinos in general.

According to the NC Department of Labor, from October 2018 – June 2019, there were 39 occupational fatalities. Struck by ( 13), Caught in/between (6), falls (10), inhalation (1) and shock (1) were among the top causes of death. In addition, from 2016-2017, the most frequently cited safety violations in NC were lack of fall protection, lack of personal protective equipment and improper ladder use.

The NC Department of Labor has published which Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards apply by industry in a state-approved plan. However, some private sector workplaces are excepted from this plan including maritime workers, contract workers for the USPS, and railroad workers to name a few.

If you believe that you are working in an unsafe work environment you can file a report with the NC Department of Labor. The NC Occupational Safety and Health Act gives reporters the right to request that their names not be revealed to their employers.

If you find yourself injured at work, you should call a workers’ compensation attorney. The Bishop Law Firm represents workers compensation cases in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Wilson, North Carolina and surrounding areas. Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095.