- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Preliminary figures from the N.C. Department of Labor show a decline in work-related fatalities in 2015.

The figures released on Friday showed there were 41 deaths in 2015, compared to 45 in 2014. State figures don’t include traffic accidents, which account for nearly half of all work-related deaths, as well as homicides and suicides investigated by law enforcement agencies. The numbers also exclude fatalities investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Statistics showed there were 12 construction-related deaths in 2015, seven less than in 2014.

There were 13 deaths due to falls from elevated spots, 12 deaths attributed to workers being struck and five deaths from workers caught in or between objects. Four workers were electrocuted and two died of possible asphyxiation. Five workers died from other events.

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