Construction work is dangerous all across the U.S., but laborers in some states have it worse than others. To find out which states were better, or worse, InsuranceRanked analyzed all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ranked them by injury, illness, and fatality rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and inspection, citation, and penalty data from OSHA.
The study concluded that states with the weakest OSHA enforcement in terms of inspections, citations, and fines also generally had the highest injury and fatality rates.
A note about the data: InsuranceRanked said "OSHA and BLS data for occupational safety and health is known to be full of gaps, and this is what we found, as well. We excluded four states from the ranking because they were missing more than one piece of critical data: South Dakota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire."
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