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Carolinas Safest States to Work, Study Says

| Nov 11, 2010

South Carolina employees are in good hands, according to a recent study, North and South Carolina are among the country's safest states to work.

The injury rate of employees in South Carolina was 3.2 cases per 100 workers last year, compared to 3.1 in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Neighbor North Carolina's rate of injuries or illnesses at private companies dropped to a historic low in 2009 - 3.1 cases per 100 full-time workers, compared with 3.4 cases in 2008.

While some workplace safety experts doubt if the rates really reflect safer states, the Carolinas lead the trend in falling workplace injuries for at least seven years.

North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said Thursday that employers and employees deserve credit for reducing workplace injuries, according to Business Week . However, last month, a U.S. Labor Department audit accused both Carolinas of downplaying serious safety problems and assessing weak fines on violating companies.

As a South Carolina personal injury lawyer , I'm happy to see South Carolina leading the county in safe work places. As people spend a large chunk of their day at work, it's good to know they are staying safe. However, if your employer is covering up safety concerns it's important to let someone know, so it doesn't turn into a bigger safety concern. If you have been injured in a job related accident, it's important to have your case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer .

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