Rates of on-the-job injuries in NC dropped to the lowest level in history according to a report by the NC Department of Labor, based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of non-fatal on-the-job injuries in NC dropped to 3.4 per 100 full time workers. The injury and illness rates are down from 4.0 in 2006 and 2005 and 4.1 in 2004.The numbers are below the national average according the the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The NC Commissioner of Labor attributed the reduction in on-the-job injuries in NC to improved workplace safety and health programs. The state’s most dangerous industries showed drops in injury and illness rates, including construction and manufacturing. Injuries in the construction industry dropped from 4.0 per 100 full time workers in 2007 to 3.7 in 2008, while the injury rate in manufacturing dropped from 4.4 to 4.2.
Fewer on-the-job injuries in NC means lower fewer NC workers’ compensation claims and lower NC workers’ comp rates. Rates for NC workers’ compensation insurance rates have dropped over the last two years. “Next April workers’ comp rates are set to drop 9.6 percent, saving North Carolina employers an estimated $120 million,” the NC Commissioner of Labor said.
A North Carolina worker who is injured on-the-job or develops a work related illness should file a Form 18 with the North Carolina Industrial Commission and provide a copy to his or her employer. There are important deadlines for filing your workers comp claim in NC and for giving notice of an injury or accident to your employer.
For more information about on-the-job injuries in NC please call or email for your free consultation with Board Certified NC Workers’ Comp Attorney Kevin Bunn. Kevin is a Raleigh area NC workers’ comp lawyer with more than twenty years experience representing injured NC workers in their NC workers’ comp cases.