North Dakotans and Latinos are two groups with a higher likelihood of dying in the workplace than other American workers, according to a study by the AFL-CIO that tracks workplace fatalities in the United States.
The study found that North Dakota had the highest workplace fatality rate of any state for the third year in a row, with 14.9 deaths per 100,000 workers.
North Dakota had seen its workplace fatality rate and the number of workplace deaths more than double since 2007, according to the report.
The perils of energy-sector jobs show the mixed blessing that the state's energy boom has brought. In 2014, North Dakota created jobs faster than any other state. But the death rate there is higher in the oil and gas extraction sector, which has 84.7 deaths per 100,000 workers in the state, seven times the national fatality rate in the industry.
In 2013, North Dakota had 55 fatal workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While that may seem like a small number, it's significant, considering that North Dakota has a population of slightly less than 724,000, according to 2013 Census numbers.
On-the-job hazards aren't the only problem that the state's oil workers are facing. As oil prices have dropped, some of them have seen the hours they work decline.