‘Right To Work’ State Has Country’s Second Highest Worker Fatality Rate

Workers in North Dakota have reason to be concerned.

The Grand Forks Herald reports:

“North Dakota workers are dying at one of the highest rates in the country, according to a labor union federation report released the same day locals honored those who died while on the job last year in the state.

The state had 38 workplace deaths in 2017, up 26 percent from 28 deaths in 2016, according to the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job report released Thursday, April 25. North Dakota’s death rate was 10.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers, second only behind Alaska’s rate of 10.2, the report said.

The release of the report comes the same day the Northern Plains United Labor Council, which is the North Dakota chapter of the AFL-CIO, plans to honor workers who died or were seriously injured last year. Officials will read a list of names and place a flower in a wreath for each worker who died in 2018 while working in North Dakota.

‘We mourn for the dead, but we fight for the living,’ United Steelworkers Local 560 President William Wilkinson said in his keynote speech during the event.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Grand Forks Herald here.


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