CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A study by workplace safety advocates shows that more workers die on the job in North Carolina than the state reports.

The Charlotte Observer reported ( the state Labor Department recorded 35 workers killed on the job in 2012. The report by the National Council on Occupational Safety gives the number at 148, as reported by the Bureau of Labor of Statistics.

The difference is mainly because the state doesn't count deaths because of motor vehicle accidents and workplace violence or the deaths of people who are self-employed.

North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry has said her approach to workplace safety is working. Berry points to the state's declining workplace injury, illness and death rates as evidence.

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