Most Dangerous State For Workers Is....Maine?

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By David Kashi, International Business Times

Maine has the highest rate of serious workplace injuries in the U.S. while New York has the lowest, according to a new report published Thursday.

Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability insurance, published the report titled "Allsup Study of Workplace Injuries," which highlights the most work-threatening industries by location, based on the rates of injuries that are serious enough to involve "days of job transfer or restriction."The report found that Maine, Indiana and California are among the states with the highest rates of workplace injuries. The most injuries in Maine come from nursing and residential care facilities, building materials and garden equipment, the report stated. In the nursing and residential care facility industry, 7.1 out of 100 workers are involved in injuries.

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In New York, the most dangerous sector involved beer, wine and alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, according to the report. It found that 0.5 out of 100 workers are injured. These injuries involve days of job transfer and or restrictions.

Each year more than 1 million U.S. workers experience an injury that causes them to miss a day or more of work, according to Allsup, which used data collected from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The report stressed that while rates of injury in different states can vary substantially for workers in the same industries, there is also a wide range of factors that make the dangers different in separate states.

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Most Dangerous State For Workers Is....Maine?

Fatal work injury rate: 19.7.

Number of fatal work injuries: 63.

Projected job growth (through 2020): 20 percent (faster than average).

Median pay (2010): $22,440 a year -- $10.79 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: The sheer number of hours logged by taxi drivers and chauffeurs behind the wheel increases the odds of being in an accident. Additionally, heavy traffic and other difficult situations contribute to high levels of stress that many drivers experience.

Fatal work injury rate: 20.3.

Number of fatal work injuries: 27.

Projected job growth: 13 percent (about as fast as average).

Median pay: $54,290 a year -- $26.10 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Line workers encounter serious hazards on the job, including working with high-voltage electricity often at great heights. The work can also be physically demanding.

Fatal work injury rate: 24.

Number of fatal work injuries: 759.

Projected job growth: 13 percent (about as fast as average).

Median pay: $27,050 a year -- $13 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Like taxi drivers and chauffeurs, those who drive to make sales and deliveries spend many hours behind the wheel, increasing their odds of being an accident. Further, this can be a physically demanding job. When loading and unloading cargo, drivers do a lot of lifting, carrying and walking.

Fatal work injury rate: 25.3.

Number of fatal work injuries: 260.

Projected job growth: -8 percent (moderate decline).

Median pay: $60,750 a year -- $29.21 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Farmers and ranchers face a number of hazards on the job, including operating large machinery, as well as chemical and environmental hazards. The jobs are also physically demanding and could require frequent interaction with large livestock and other animals.

Fatal work injury rate: 26.9.

Number of fatal work injuries: 16.

Projected job growth: 22 percent (faster than average).

Median pay: $44,540 a year -- $21.42 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Workers in these fields, also known as ironworkers, perform physically demanding work often performed at great heights (such as when building skyscrapers or bridges). They usually work outside in all types of weather.

Fatal work injury rate: 31.8.

Number of fatal work injuries: 56.

Projected job growth: 18 percent (about as fast as average).

Median pay: $34,220 a year -- $16.45 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Roofers frequently work at heights well above ground and on steeply pitched roofs. The work is strenuous and tiring, and involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing and bending.

Fatal work injury rate: 41.2.

Number of fatal work injuries: 34.

Projected job growth: 14 percent (about as fast as average).

Median pay: $22,560 a year -- $10.85 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: The job frequently involves heavy lifting and handling of potentially dangerous materials. Also, the job may require working around moving vehicles and in traffic.

Fatal work injury rate: 57.

Number of fatal work injuries: 72.

Projected job growth: 11 percent (about as fast as average).

Median pay: $92,060 a year.

Why it's dangerous: The job includes all manner of aircraft, including small planes and helicopters, which are used in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.

Fatal work injury rate: 102.4

Number of fatal work injuries: 64

Projected job growth: 4 percent (slower than average).

Median pay: $32,870 a year -- $15.80 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Loggers work long hours outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas. The work sometimes involves working high above ground and is physically demanding.

Fatal work injury rate: 121.2.

Number of fatal work injuries: 40.

Projected job growth: -6 percent (moderate decline).

Median pay: $25,590 a year -- $12.30 an hour.

Why it's dangerous: Commercial fishers encounter a number of workplace hazards, including large nets and motor-operated fishing lines. Vessel disasters and falls overboard are frequent causes of injury and death.

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