These 10 states are the deadliest in the country for workers

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Published April 11, 2018|2 min read

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We work to live; to put food on the table and keep a roof overhead. But work can sometimes kill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 5,190 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2016. That's a rate of 3.6 fatal injuries for every 100,000 full-time workers.

The deadliest jobs involve transportation and moving materials, accounting for more than a quarter of all work-related deaths. Jobs in construction, maintenance and natural resources also contributed to the death count. As a result, states that rely on these industries tend to be among the leaders in workplace deaths.

We combed BLS data to find the deadliest states for workers. While Texas and California had the highest number of absolute workplace deaths from 2011 through 2016, they also had the most workers. Wyoming has a much smaller working population, but the chances of an individual worker dying are much higher. In fact, they're the highest among all the states.

Here are the 10 states with the highest worker death rates in the country.

10. Louisiana 5.83 deaths per 100,000 workers 111 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Production, transportation and material moving (44 deaths per year)

9. Oklahoma 5.88 deaths per 100,000 workers 93 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Production, transportation and material moving (36 deaths per year)

8. Arkansas 5.99 deaths per 100,000 workers 71 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Production, transportation and material moving (27 deaths per year)

7 Mississippi 6.18 deaths per 100,000 workers 70 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Production, transportation and material moving (27 deaths per year)

6. South Dakota 6.46 deaths per 100,000 workers 27 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Natural resources, construction and maintenance (10 deaths per year)

5. West Virginia 6.65 deaths per 100,000 workers 46 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Natural resources, construction and maintenance (19 deaths per year)

4. Montana 7.81 deaths per 100,000 workers 36 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Natural resources, construction and maintenance (12 deaths per year)

3. Alaska 9.25 deaths per 100,000 workers 30 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Natural resources, construction and maintenance (12 deaths per year)

2. North Dakota 11.11 deaths per 100,000 workers 46 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Natural resources, construction and maintenance (20 deaths per year) Note: North Dakota, incidentally, also rates as the unhealthiest state, per Policygenius research from earlier this year.

1. Wyoming 12.14 deaths per 100,000 workers 33 workplace deaths per year Deadliest occupation: Production, transportation and material moving (11 deaths per year)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2011 through 2016.

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