Maybe it's the beaches, waves and relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean. Or maybe the fact that workers are paid so little they don't strain themselves.
Whatever the reason, the U.S. Virgin Islands are the safest place for workers in the United States or any of its territories, according to recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have relatively low incidence rates of what the federal government agency calls "nonfatal occupational injury and illness." The incidence rate was 2.1 per 100 full-time workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 4.0 in Puerto Rico -- compared to a 4.4 rate in the United States. In other words, workers have twice the incidents of injuries or illnesses in the United States as they do in the Virgin Islands, or USVI, as some call it.