On-the-job death rate in Nevada lower than U.S.

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In the U.S. 5,333 people lost their lives on the job in 2019, or 3.5 per 100,000 individuals. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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In the U.S. 5,333 people lost their lives on the job in 2019, or 3.5 per 100,000 individuals. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Nevada had the 13th lowest rate of deaths in the workplace in the United States in 2019, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report from the AFL-CIO.

According to the report, Death on the Job. The Toll of Neglect, 40 Nevadans lost their lives on the job in 2019.  That equates to 2.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.    

Connecticut had the lowest rate of deaths on the job with 26, or 1.4 per 100,000 workers.  

The AFL-CIO says in the U.S. 5,333 working people lost their lives on the job in 2019, or 3.5 per 100,000 individuals. Occupational diseases are blamed for another 90,000 deaths. 

Latino workers have a fatality rate of 4.2 per 100,000 workers, and the death rate among Black workers is 3.6 per 100,000 workers.

Senior workers, those 65 or older, had an on-the-job fatality fate of 9.4 per 100,000 in 2019, according to the report.

The AFL-CIO says that because of “irresponsible anti-workers policies of the previous administration, OSHA’s meager resources have kept declining.”

Federal OSHA has 774 safety and health inspectors and state OSHA have a combined 1,024 inspectors, according to the report. That’s one inspector for every 82,881 workers.

Dana Gentry
Senior Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.