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North Dakota: Death Trap?

For the third year in a row, people died on the job in North Dakota than any other state in2015, The Guardian reports. According to an annual report from union federation AFL-CIO, 14.9 fatalities occurred per 100,000 workers—four times the national average and double the amount of work-related deaths in 2007.

The death toll is especially concentrated in the energy industry and construction, the report said:

The fatality rate in the mining and oil and gas extraction sector in North Dakota was an alarming 84.7 per 100,000, 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, more than four times the national fatality rate of 9.7 per 100,000.

Other states topping the list of deadliest workforces include Wyoming at 9.5 deaths per 100,000, West Virginia with 8.6 deaths per 100,000, Alaska with 7.9 deaths per 100,000 and New Mexico at 6.7 per 100,000.

These numbers concern AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka:

American’s workers shouldn’t have to choose between earning a livelihood and risking their lives, yet every day too many end up on the wrong end of that choice. Corporations are prospering while working people suffer because of corporate negligence and insufficient government oversight. We must go beyond mourning those we’ve lost, and take bold, decisive action to ensure that a day’s work brings opportunity, not the risk of death or injury.

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