A report recently released by the AFL-CIO says Kansas is the tenth most dangerous state to work in. Kansas has one of the worst workplace safety records in the nation based on 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report revealed 88 Kansas workers died because of on-the-job injuries according to The Hays Daily News.
Bruce Tunnell is the Kansas AFL-CIO Executive Vice President. He says, "Today's revelations are a reminder of the dangers Kansans go through every day, and should serve as a call-to-action to take immediate and drastic steps to improve workplace safety. This report should be a wake-up call to our elected leaders - we're counting on them to work every day to ensure that our workers can do so without the fear of dying on the job. Already tragedy has taken too many lives and hurt too many families."
The report is titled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect." This is the 23rd year the AFL-CIO has produced its findings on the state of safety and health protections for workers in the United States. The state fatality rate in Kansas is 5.7 per 100,000 workers, which compares to the national rate of 3.4 per 100,000 workers.
North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and West Virginia, were the top-five worst states in the nation for workers, while Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire (tied) and Washington (tied) were listed as the safest.