NM Workplace Fatalities Surge by 17 Percent in 2016
Mining, Oil and Gas Sectors Have the Highest Fatality Rates
The number of workplace fatalities in New Mexico jumped by 17 percent in 2016, climbing to 41 deaths from 35 the year before.
And, if you work in the mining and oil and gas industries in New Mexico you have a higher chance of being killed on the job than in any other state.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mining and oil and gas sectors in New Mexico had 31.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2016, the latest year for which data is available.
West Virginia wasn't far behind with a 26.3 percent fatality rate in the mining and oil and gas sector, and Wyoming ranked third, with rate of 11 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
Overall, though, New Mexico's total workplace fatality rate of 4.9 per 100,000 workers was about average for the United States. Wyoming had the highest rate of 12.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers, while the District of Columbia and the lowest rate of 1.4 fatalities.
In 2016, there were 41 workplace fatalities in New Mexico, and all those who died were men.
Younger and older workers accounted for half of those deaths. There were 11 deaths among workers 25 to 34 years old, and 11 for workers between the ages of 55 and 64.
There were 23 transportation-related fatalities, five from workplace violence, three from falls or slips, seven from contact with machines or other equipment, and one from exposure to harmful substances.
In 2015, there were 35 workplace fatalities in New Mexico and the rate was 4.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.