Kansas among deadliest states for workers

A new report from the AFL-CIO ranks Kansas as the 10th deadliest state for workers in 2011. Kansas had 78 workplace deaths in 2011 (7 fewer than in 2010). That’s a rate of 5.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers, compared with the nationwide rate of 3.5. Kansas also had 34,400 injuries or incidents of job-related illness. The study blames the poor record in part on a lack of safety regulations and inspectors. It said that Kansas had only 14 federal job safety inspectors and no state inspectors, and that those federal inspectors inspected only 786 of the state’s 87,223 work establishments in fiscal year 2012. But job accidents are also associated with certain types of work. States with significant mining, oil and gas extraction and agriculture sectors have higher job-fatality rates.