People are injured at work or because of their work everyday, but in North Carolina the law allows for protection under workers compensation laws. These laws require employers to carry work comp insurance, so that in the event of an employee-related accident, those employees will be financially secure.
Understanding some of the work accident statistics in North Carolina can help you to watch out for these common accidents and locations where accidents are known to occur. Protecting yourself and your future is important, but it is nice to know that workers compensation is there as a backup should you need it.
Take a look through some of these work accident statistics that can hopefully prevent you from being involved in an accident at work.
In 2018, the most dangerous jobs by industry in North Carolina were: construction, manufacturing, transportation and public utilities, wholesale trade, retail trade, services, agriculture, forestry, fishing, government, and insurance/real estate.
If you work within the construction and manufacturing industries, you are more likely to be injured on the job than in any other industry.
In 2018, the most dangerous events that cause fatal accidents in North Carolina were: struck by, caught in/between, fall, inhalation, and shock.
Watch out for falling objects or machinery with moving parts. Be careful when operating heavy machinery, and always watch out for others operating heavy machinery. When at a great height, be careful of your footing and balance.
Overexertion injuries are common among factory work, construction work, material transportation, commercial truck drivers, and nursing assistants. These types of injuries usually involve lifting, pulling, or pushing objects causing a joint to move beyond the normal range of motion leading to serious injury.
If you work in an environment where you are constantly lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, or bending to reach heavy objects, you should be careful not to strain yourself. There are ways to avoid these injuries, such as wearing special gear or using machines that can assist with lifting and transporting objects.
If you’ve already been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to workers comp benefits.
If you’ve already been hurt on the job, or you’ve obtained an illness related to your working conditions, you may be already eligible to file a work comp claim. Filing claims can be difficult, especially if you’ve been seriously injured. So if you need North Carolina work comp help, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer who can assist you in filing your case.