Which states have the best and worst workplace illness and injury rates?

A recent report from UL's Integrated Health & Safety Institute ranks states based on workplace safety rates compared to the national average in 2012. 

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report looked at the total recordable incident rate — the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers.

Here is where states stand.

States with a total recordable incident rate at least 20 percent worse than the national average were:

  • Washington
  • Vermont
  • Montana
  • Maine

States with a total recordable incident rate 10 to 20 percent worse than the national average were:

  • Alaska
  • New Mexico
  • Iowa

States with a total recordable incident rate 3 to 10 percent worse than the national average were:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island

States with a total recordable incident rate within 3 percent of the national average were:

  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Minnesota

States with a total recordable incident rate 3 to 10 percent better than the national average were:

  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland

States with a total recordable incident rate 10 to 20 percent better than the national average were:

  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Massachusetts

States with a total recordable incident rate at least 20 percent better than the national average were:

  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia

States where data was not available were:

  • Florida
  • Mississippi
  • Idaho
  • Colorado
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • New Hampshire

 

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