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Workplace deaths down across North Carolina

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The number of deaths on the job plummeted to its lowest level ever, in 2009, according to a report issued by the North Carolina Department of Labor. Although some of the decrease could be a result of the slow economy—fewer workers might mean fewer accidents—measures that adjust for the number of workers fell as well.

Overall, just 34 North Carolina workers died on the job last year, down dramatically from the 57 workplace deaths the state saw in 2008.

Fourteen of those deaths were in the construction industry, compared to 17 in 2008. Most impressive, however, was the lower rate of construction deaths: 6.98 construction work site deaths per 100,000 workers in 2009. To put that in perspective, consider that the rate was nine deaths per 100,000 workers in 2006.

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