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Report: Connecticut has lowest work fatality rate in the nation

In AFL-CIO's annual "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect" report, 2016 data indicated that Connecticut was home to the safest workplaces in the United States. During that year, the latest for which statistics have been compiled, 28 people died on the job in Connecticut, resulting in a fatality rate of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. The national rate, by comparison, was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Rhode Island had the second lowest fatality rate at 1.8 per 100,000 workers, followed by California at 2.2 per 100,000.

On the other hand, Connecticut had a rate of injury or illness resulting in days away from work and/or work restrictions that was greater than the national average. In 2016, 1.9 out of every 100 workers suffered such injury or illness on the job in Connecticut. These types of injuries and illness result in more workers' compensation claims. Nationally, the injury/illness rate was 1.6 per 100 workers.

The state with the worst workplace fatality rate was Wyoming, with 12.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, followed by Alaska (10.6 per 100,000) and Montana (7.9 per 100,000). On a national basis, 5,190 workers died on the job in 2016. This was an increase of more than 7 percent over the 4,836 workers killed during the prior year. The industry responsible for the greatest number of worker deaths, somewhat unsurprisingly, was construction. Across the United States, 991 people died in 2016 while working a construction job.

Although construction was the sector in which most workers died, the agriculture/forestry/fishing/hunting industry (combined for purposes of the report) was the most dangerous for workers. Those employed in the industry died at a rate of 23.2 per 100,000 workers. Increased incidence of workplace violence resulted in 866 deaths in 2016, making it the second most common cause.

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