North Carolina logged 35 workplace fatalities in 2012, one of the lowest workplace death totals in years.
The N.C. Department of Labor reported Monday that workplace fatalities dropped from 53 in 2011, a 34 percent decline. Construction-related deaths were the leading cause of fatal accidents in 2012.
The only time the state logged fewer job-related deaths since the state started keeping records in the 1990s was in 2009, when construction work plummeted during the recession. That year North Carolina had 34 workplace fatalities.
State labor records show that Wake and Mecklenburg counties logged three deaths each, more than any other county. In the Triangle, Durham County also accounted for one death, a fall from a tree.