Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota Deadliest States for Workers
Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new findings from the 2009 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The study found that amidst the economic downturn nationwide (and presumably less work being performed in dangerous industries) workplace injuries and work-related fatalities were down 17 percent. Montana and North Dakota passed Wyoming in 2009 as statistically the most dangerous states in the nation for workers. Workers in the west continue to face the deadliest work conditions anywhere in the country.
The number of workers killed on the job in Montana increased from 40 in 2008 to 50 in 2009, according to figures released Thursday. That’s up 25 percent for a rate of one death per 19,500 people of all ages, more than 3 1/2 times the U.S. average of one per 70,739. In 2008, Montana ranked fourth for workplace deaths per capita.
In Wyoming, the number of workplace deaths fell from 33 to 19, a decline of more than one-third that resulted mainly from a slowdown in the state’s gas industry. Wyoming now ranks third for workplace deaths per capita.