TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new report, titled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," found that the Sunflower State is one of the most dangerous in which to work.
The analysis, compiled by the AFL-CIO and based upon data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reportedly found that 88 workers in Kansas lost their lives in 2012.
"Today's revelations are a reminder of the of the dangers Kansans go through every day, and should serve as a call-to-action to take immediate and drastic steps to improve workplace safety," said Bruce Tunnell, Kansas AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President. "This report should serve as a wake-up call to our elected leaders - we're counting on them to work every day to ensure that our workers can do so without the fear of dying on the job."
The report placed the state's fatality rate at 5.7 per 100,000 workers, far exceeding the national average 3.4 per 100,000 workers. North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and West Virginia ranked as the five worst states for workers, while Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire (tied), and Washington (tied) were the safest.
"A hard day's work should not be a death sentence," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "It is unacceptable and unconscionable that any worker would have to make a choice between their life or paying bills and putting food on the table."