Workers in North Carolina and elsewhere may be putting their lives at stake each time that they report for duty. According to a report by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016, which is an increase from the death toll in 2015. As many as 60,000 more died because of exposure to chemicals or other occupational diseases. A worker's risk of dying may depend on his or her age, nationality and occupation.
For instance, those who work in agriculture, fishing and hunting or forestry were the most likely to be killed on the job. Those industries had a fatality rate of 23.2 per 100,000 workers with the national average being 3.6 per 100,000. However, the construction industry logged the highest number of actual deaths with 991 in 2016. Latino workers had a fatality rate of 3.7 per 100,000 workers, which was higher than any other group.