Employees in North Carolina can suffer job-related injuries no matter where they work. However, employees in some industries face a higher chance of getting injured on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a report that details the industries that see the most employee injuries in the Tarheel State.
Since its inception in 1971, OSHA has imposed and enforced numerous safety regulations for all places of employment. The rate of work-related injuries dropped by 40% over the first 30 years of OSHA’s existence, seeing a precipitous rise during the global pandemic. Still, the overall rate of employee injuries has declined over the past 50 years.
This does not mean that work-related injuries still happen. Unfortunately, they do, and here are some of the top industries that report employee injuries on the job:
- Arts, entertainment and recreation came in at number one, with a 6.2 injury incident rate per 200,000 workers.
- Mining was ranked number two, with a 4.9 injury incident rate.
- Public administration and transportation and warehousing came in three and four, with 4.4 and 4.2 rates, respectively.
- Rounding out the top 10 are retail and wholesale trade, real estate rental and leasing, waste management, and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. Health care and social assistance were ranked 10.
Construction and manufacturing came in 13 and 14, and other industries include utilities, education and social services and food or hospitality services. Incidentally, management and information industries ranked the lowest for work-related injuries.
No matter the industry in which someone works, if they suffer a job-related injury, they can rely on the workers’ compensation system to provide a portion of their weekly wages to help make ends meet. However, the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits is complex and challenging most times. Therefore, any injured worker will want to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina for assistance.