SHREVEPORT, LA – Do you work in a dangerous job in Louisiana?  You might be surprised to learn the Bayou State is one of the most dangerous states for workers in the U.S.

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An AFL-CIO study shines a light on some of the most dangerous jobs in Louisiana and around the nation. Construction has typically been on the list of dangerous jobs with 9.6 deaths per 100,000, but it’s not the most dangerous.

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What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the Report?

Forestry, farming and and fishing tops the list at 18.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers. Louisiana has thousands of workers in each of those professions.

Oil extraction, mines and quarries are next on the list with 16.6 deaths for every 100,000 workers. The 3rd most dangerous jobs are in the transportation and warehousing arena which is responsible for 14.1 fatalities per 100,000.

Construction is next on the list with 9.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

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How Many Workers Are Killed on the Job?

Nationwide, more than 5,000 workers died on the job in 2022 and that was up from 5,190 the year before. The AFL-CIO report says workplace deaths have been on the rise and part of the problem is workers fear retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions on the job.

What Does the Report Say About Safety Improvements?

Over the last 50 years, there has been significant progress toward improving working conditions and protecting workers from job injuries, illnesses and deaths. Federal job safety agencies have issued many important regulations on safety hazards and expanded worker rights. These initiatives undoubtedly have made workplaces safer and saved lives, but much more progress is needed.

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More Data from the Report:

  • 344 workers died each day from hazardous working conditions.
  • 5,486 workers were killed on the job in the United States.
  • Employers reported nearly 3.5 million work-related injuries and illnesses, an increase from the previous year.

States with the highest fatality rates in 2022 were:

  • Wyoming (12.7 per 100,000 workers)
  • North Dakota (9.8 per 100,000 workers)
  • Mississippi (6.9 per 100,000 workers)
  • New Mexico (6.8 per 100,000 workers)
  • West Virginia (6.8 per 100,000 workers)
  • Louisiana (6.4 per 100,000 workers)

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