From construction work to the fast food industry, everyone has to monitor and endeavor to work within safety standards set by the state. When work site injuries start cropping up, there are valid concerns. Safety procedures should always be followed, but if you’re hurt because they weren’t, then you might be able to seek compensation.
A news release from May 8 reported the most dangerous U.S. state for workers, and you’ll be pleased to know that New Hampshire was not it. However, New Hampshire was listed as having a jump in the rate or number of fatalities between 2011 and 2012; New Hampshire posted an 83 percent rise in workplace fatalities.
North Dakota has been reported as the most dangerous state to work in, with close to 18 deaths per 100,000 workers. That’s five times the national average. It’s been suggested that the increase in the energy industry in the area may have led to the higher injury rates. It could be due to inexperienced workers or a lack of training, according to the story.
Another problem that could lead to these higher-than-average fatality reports is the lack of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors in the area. There are fewer than 2,000 state and federal inspectors in total, according to the AFL-CIO. That means there is only one inspector for every 68,000 workers.
Diseases and workplace injuries are also a major problem for American workers, according to the report. Over 3.8 million people suffered from workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012, according to the report, which actually may not include cases that were not reported or situations that were underreported. This also included some information on workplace violence, which is allegedly the second leading cause of death at work.
Source: CBS News, “The most dangerous U.S. state for workers” Aimee Picchi, May. 08, 2014