North Dakota Has Highest Worker Fatality Rate, Data Reveals

April 30, 2015

According to data from the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department, North Dakota had the highest fatality rate in the nation (14.9 per 100,000 workers) in 2013, more than four times the national average. Fifty-six workers were killed in North Dakota in 2013. The state’s fatality rate has more than doubled since 2008.

The fatality rate in the mining and oil and gas extraction sector in North Dakota was 84.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, nearly seven times the national fatality rate of 12.4 per 100,000 in this industry; and the construction sector fatality rate in North Dakota was 44.1 per 100,000.

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