The North Carolina Department of Labor, which tracks workplace deaths that fall under the U.S. Labor Departments investigatory authority, says that 48 fatalities occurred in the state in 2016 -- and that half were probably preventable.
It seems like the government isn't entirely sure how workers in the nation's poultry industry are actually doing when it comes to workplace safety, accidents, injuries and illnesses. The picture you get probably depends on which report you read.
Employers have a duty to provide their employees with the safest workplace possible. When employers fail to do so, employees can get into accidents that lead to injuries. Those injuries will often lead to the need for medical care and can often mean the victim has to miss work. In those cases, seeking compensation to help cover missed wages and medical bills is necessary.
It goes without saying that most employees understand that in the event of a very severe accident while on the clock, their first course of action should always be to seek emergency medical care.