North Carolina – January 29, 2024 – According to Carolina Public Press, Nearly 60 construction workers died in North Carolina workplaces between January 2021 and September 2023 in North Carolina, according to Occupational Fatality Inspection Review data from the North Carolina Department of Labor.
The construction industry has had the highest number of deaths in the state almost every year for the past 14 years. Since 2009, more than 250 construction workers have died in workplaces across North Carolina, according to NCDOL data.
Nationally, construction and extraction workers had the second-most fatalities in 2022, after transportation and material movers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction and extraction worker fatalities increased by 11% from 2021 to 2022. The numbers also increased in North Carolina, from 18 construction workers to 23 in that same period.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina’s rate of workplace fatalities in construction was 11.5 in 2022, slightly higher than the average of 10.7 across 43 states.
NCDOL’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division investigates all reports of work-related fatalities and OSH complaints.
Advocates for workplace safety say North Carolina needs more inspectors and tougher penalties to prevent construction site deaths. They have pushed for stronger government consequences for worker fatalities over the years. According to the NC Justice Center report, NCDOL often handed out fewer willful violations than the national average from 2013 to 2018.
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