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Report: Minnesota has one of country's lowest workplace fatality rates

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According to a new AFL-CIO report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 60 workers were killed in Minnesota in 2011. Minnesota had one of the lowest worker fatality rates in the country, 2.3 workers per 100,000 workers. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year's figures of 3.6. North Dakota, with a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, followed by Wyoming, Montana and Alaska was the state with the highest workplace fatality rates.

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The AFL-CIO report features profiles of workers' safety and health in each state and includes national information on workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities as well as the number and frequency of workplace inspections, penalties, funding, staffing and public employee coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The report also addresses delays in the rule-making process and emerging hazards such as pandemic flu and other infectious diseases.

"Minnesota may have one of the lowest number of workplace fatalities in the country now, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that no worker fears for his or her health and well-being on the job," said Shar Knutson, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO.

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect was released following Workers Memorial Day vigils, rallies and actions held across the country to commemorate all those workers who died and were injured on the job.

Full report available at www.aflcio.org/death-on-the-job

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