List Of The Most And Least Dangerous States To Work In And What The Hell Is Going On In North Dakota?

Leg and yellow helmet of injured lying worker at work.


Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases their counts of the number of fatal injuries occurring on the job.

The Bureau recently released the 2017 data for the fatal injury rate in each state.

Business Insider turned the information into a map to demonstrate which states are the most, and least, dangerous in terms of on the job safety.

Here’s how the numbers broke down.

According to the BLS data, workplace death rates ranged from a low of 1.6 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to a high of 10.2 in Alaska.

The four states with the highest fatal injury rates — Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, and West Virginia — also tend to have large amounts of employment in particularly dangerous industries, like fishing, forestry, agriculture, and mining.

For example, Alaska had 10.2 per 100,000 employees.  So for everyone 100,000 people working, 10 die on the job. I’ll bet a few of those were just people slipping on ice going to work and cracking their head open.

North Dakota wasn’t far behind Alaska at 10.1.

The “Peace Garden” State had 38 fatalities in 2017. This was ten more people than in 2016.


  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Montana
  • Vermont


  • Rhode Island
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Conneticut

Twenty-seven U.S. states saw a decline in the number of fatal occupational injuries between 2016 and 2017.

Twenty states, along with Washington, D.C., had an increase.

Here’s a handy list of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Avoids these as well.

[via Business Insider]


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