Workplace fatalities in North Dakota last year totaled 64, up 20 over the year. In South Dakota, workplace fatalities last year totaled 31, unchanged from the previous year.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says preliminary data show that 39 of the fatal work injuries in North Dakota 2012 – or nearly two-thirds – resulted from incidents involving transportation.
The construction industry had the most fatalities, with 25. The mining industry was second with 15 deaths.
Workplace fatalities have risen in each of the past three years in North Dakota. In 2009 there were 25 fatal work injuries in the state.
In South Dakota more than half of the fatal work injuries in 2012 resulted from incidents involving transportation.
Of the 17 transportation deaths, roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles was the most frequent type of workplace fatality with 10 deaths. Other major event categories each reported five or fewer deaths.
Fatal occupational injuries in South Dakota have ranged from a high of 46 in 1999 to a low of 22 in 2007.