North Dakota, Wyoming the most dangerous state for workers


By CBS MoneyWatch

North Dakota is the nation's deadliest state in which to work, with an on-the-job fatality rate of more than four times the national average and the number of worker deaths more than doubling from 2007 to 2013.

That's according to an annual report compiled by the AFL-CIO, which found hazardous working conditions lead to the deaths of 150 workers across the country each day, with 4,585 people killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 dying from occupational diseases in the U.S. in 2013.

Nationwide, construction has the largest number of fatal work injuries (828) in 2013, followed by transportation and warehousing (733), then agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (500). Industry sectors with the highest fatality rates were agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, at 23.2 per 100,000; transportation and warehousing, at 14.0 per 100,000; and 12.4 per 100,000 in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.

“We're seeing a slight decrease in overall fatality rate for workers in the United States, but we have not seen a decrease in the number of illnesses and injuries,” Rebecca Reindel, senior safety and health specialist at the AFL-CIO, told CBS MoneyWatch.

Over the past four years, the job fatality rate has fallen slightly each year, with a rate of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2013 compared with 3.6 per 100,000 workers in 2010, according to the report, which is based in large part on Department of Labor statistics.

In North Dakota, the fatality rate came to 14.9 per 100,000 workers, the worst in the nation and more than four times the national average. The state's fatality rate and number of deaths have more than doubled since 2007, with 56 workers killed in North Dakota in 2013, found the report. It stated: “North Dakota continues to stand out as an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work.”

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