According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, 13 workers were killed each day in the United States in 2011 as a result of work-related injuries, and another 137 people per day are killed as a result of work-related illness and disease. Although workplaces have become safer overall in the United States since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the report indicated that the overall committment to workplace safety has diminished in recent years, putting workers at risk.
The report said that while the job fatality rate has consistently been on the decline for decades, the past three years remained steady in the number of workers who are losing their lives because of workplace injuries or illnesses. According to the most current data, North Dakota had the highest job fatality rate in the country, while Pennsylvania had the lowest. The report was based on data from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).