In some ways, North Dakota's oil boom is the envy of the nation--it's one of the few places where endless traffic jams are regarded as a sign of progress.
The toll in lives, however, is horrific, as a report issued today by the
The culprit is the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas production is dangerous work, but exceptionally so in North Dakota, where the fatality rate of a stunning 104 per 100,000 workers is more than six times the national rate for oil and gas, 15.9. The AFL says the fatality rate in the state's construction sector, which is also driven by the oil boom, was 97.4 per 100,000, almost 10 times the national rate of 9.9.
This is an aspect of the North Dakota oil boom you don't hear much about. Witness this breathless 2011 report by