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Workplace Deaths – The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities to Work In

Here is a look at the deadliest U.S. cities to work in based on the reported number of wrongful deaths that occur in the workplace each year.

Here is a look at the deadliest U.S. cities to work in based on the reported number of wrongful deaths that occur in the workplace each year.

Throughout the U.S., smaller cities that are focused around a single specific industry tend to have a higher incidence of workplace fatalities than larger cities with a number of different industry bases, according to EHS Today (a leading source of safety, health and industrial information for professionals across the U.S.). This is important because workplace deaths can be the basis of a personal injury wrongful death claim.

In particular, as of 2013, the following cities have deemed among the top 10 most dangerous cities to work in due to the high rates of deaths caused by workplace injuries (in order of most to less dangerous, with the number of reported workplace fatalities listed per 1,000,000 individuals in the population):

  1. Midland, Texas with a workplace fatality rate of 85.53
  2. Mount Vernon and Anacortes, Washington,  at 84.67
  3. Beaumont and Port Arther, Texas, at 35.85
  4. Huntington and Ashland, West Virginia and Kentucky (respectively), at 34.77
  5. Green Bay, Wisconsin, at 32.31
  6. Anchorage, Alaska, at 30.97
  7. New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana, at 30.22
  8. Grand Rapids and Wyoming, Michigan, at 23.09
  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 21.12
  10. Nashville and Davidson, Tennessee, at 20.41

Most of the cities within this list are centered on notoriously dangerous industries, including oil, construction, steel manufacturing, paper mills, maritime and auto manufacturing. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that the top 10 deadliest jobs include:

  1. Fishermen
  2. Logging workers
  3. Airplane pilots and flight engineers
  4. Farmers and ranchers
  5. Mining machine operators
  6. Roofers
  7. Sanitation workers
  8. Truck drivers and delivery workers
  9. Industrial machine workers
  10. Police officers.

In contrast, some of the safest U.S. cities to work in (based on their low incidence of workplace deaths) include:

  • Sacramento, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana, California – all of which are within the first two top ranked safest cities
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Portland, Oregon

If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace fatality, you are encouraged to consult with the wrongful death lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Our trusted Denver personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling wrongful death lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping families who have lost loved ones due to another party’s negligence secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a wrongful death claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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