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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 2021
Total fatal injuries Event or exposure(1)
and other
injuries by
persons or
Exposure to
substances or
with objects


179   62   29 38 25

Employee status

Wage and salary(2)

151   55   17 35  


28   7   12 3  



15         5  


164       28 33 25


Under 16 years


16 to 17 years


18 to 19 years


20 to 24 years


25 to 34 years

31   11     14 3

35 to 44 years

30   7   6 7 6

45 to 54 years

37   9   6 11  

55 to 64 years

37   14   9   5

65 years and over

30   13       7

Race or ethnic origin(4)

White (non-Hispanic)

105   37   18 19  

Black or African-American (non-Hispanic)

35   16     8  

Hispanic or Latino

33       7 8 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

14   5        

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

    12   8    

Healthcare support occupations


Protective service occupations


Food preparation and serving related occupations


Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

18   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

56         15 8

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations


Construction and extraction occupations

30       9 9 6

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

21   6   5 6  

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

53   28     14  

Production occupations

15         8 4

Transportation and material moving occupations

38   28     6  

Military occupations(6)


Industry (NAICS)(7)

Private industry(8)

158   50   27 36 24

Goods producing


Natural resources and mining

11   4        

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11   4        

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



41   8   13 12 6


16   3     6 3

Service providing(10)


Trade, transportation, and utilities


Wholesale trade

7         3  

Retail trade


Transportation and warehousing

20   15        





Financial activities


Finance and insurance


Real estate and rental and leasing


Professional and business services

          7 6

Professional, scientific, and technical services


Management of companies and enterprises


Administrative and waste services

22   4   3 7 6

Educational and health services


Educational services


Health care and social assistance


Leisure and hospitality

13   4        

Arts, entertainment, and recreation


Accommodation and food services

9   4        

Other services, except public administration

8   3        


21   12        

Federal government

8   4        

State government


Local government

13   8        

(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.