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Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
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Fatal occupational injuries in North Carolina

Fatal occupational injuries by selected characteristics, by major event or exposure, North Carolina
Characteristic 2020
Total fatal injuries Event or exposure(1)
and other
injuries by
persons or
Exposure to
substances or
with objects


189   75   28 36 26

Employee status

Wage and salary(2)

168   66   25   22


21   9   3   4



17   9     4  


172   66     32  


Under 16 years


16 to 17 years


18 to 19 years


20 to 24 years


25 to 34 years

40   9     16 6

35 to 44 years

35   13     11 7

45 to 54 years

36   13   11 5 4

55 to 64 years

36   19   6   6

65 years and over

26   12   8   3

Race or ethnic origin(4)

White (non-Hispanic)

124   48   14 29 16

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

31   16       4

Hispanic or Latino

30           6

American Indian or Alaska Native (non-Hispanic)


Asian (non-Hispanic)


Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic)


Multiple races (non-Hispanic)


Other races or not reported (non-Hispanic)


Occupation (SOC)(5)

Management, business, science, and arts occupations


Management occupations

11   6        

Business and financial operations occupations


Computer and mathematical occupations


Architecture and engineering occupations


Life, physical, and social science occupations


Community and social services occupations


Legal occupations


Educational instruction and library occupations


Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations


Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations


Service occupations

35           7

Healthcare support occupations


Protective service occupations

9   6        

Food preparation and serving related occupations

3         3  

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

19   4   4 4 7

Personal care and service occupations


Sales and office occupations


Sales and related occupations


Office and administrative support occupations


Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

69   20     16 11

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

11   5     3 3

Construction and extraction occupations

38   9   13 8 4

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

20   6     5 4

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

57         7  

Production occupations

12       3 4  

Transportation and material moving occupations

45   32     3 5

Military occupations(6)


Industry (NAICS)(7)

Private industry(8)

173   68   27 34 26

Goods producing


Natural resources and mining

18   11     3 4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

18   11     3 4

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction(9)



43   11   15 9  


21   6     5 3

Service providing(10)


Trade, transportation, and utilities


Wholesale trade


Retail trade

11   3        

Transportation and warehousing

26   17     3  


2   1     1  



Financial activities


Finance and insurance


Real estate and rental and leasing


Professional and business services


Professional, scientific, and technical services


Management of companies and enterprises


Administrative and waste services

23   7     4 7

Educational and health services


Educational services


Health care and social assistance


Leisure and hospitality


Arts, entertainment, and recreation


Accommodation and food services

8         4  

Other services, except public administration

6           3


16   7   1    

Federal government


State government

1   1        

Local government

12 4 6   1 1  

(1) Based on the BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) 2.01 implemented for 2011 data forward.
(2) May include volunteers and workers receiving other types of compensation. Cases where employee status is unknown are included in the counts of wage and salary workers.
(3) Includes self-employed workers, owners of unincorporated businesses and farms, paid and unpaid family workers, and may include some owners of incorporated businesses or members of partnerships.
(4) Persons identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. The race categories shown exclude data for Hispanics and Latinos. Cases where ethnicity is unknown are included in counts of non-Hispanic workers.
(5) CFOI has used several versions of the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system since 2003 to define occupation. For complete information on the version of SOC used in this year, see our definitions page. Cases where occupation is unknown are included in the total.
(6) Includes fatal injuries to persons identified as resident armed forces regardless of individual occupation listed.
(7) CFOI has used several versions of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) since 2003 to define industry. For complete information on the version of NAICS used in this year, see our definitions page. Cases where ownership is unknown are included in private industry counts. Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.
(8) Includes all fatal occupational injuries meeting this ownership criterion across all specified years, regardless of industry classification system. Cases where ownership is unknown are included in private industry counts. Cases classified as foreign government and other government are included in all government counts, but not displayed separately.
(9) Includes fatal injuries at all establishments categorized as Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (Sector 21) in the North American Industry Classification System, including establishments not governed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and reporting, such as those in Oil and Gas Extraction.
(10) Cases where industry is unknown are included in the service sector counts.

Note: Totals for major categories may include subcategories not shown separately. For complete information on how the data are coded and presented see our definitions page at Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with state, New York City, District of Columbia, and federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.