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Published August 20, 2010, 09:20 AM

North Dakota 2nd Deadliest Place to Work

North Dakota has become the second deadliest place to work.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming no longer is the nation's deadliest place to work.

The dubious distinction now belongs to Montana in workplace fatality figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of workers killed on the job in Montana increased from 40 in 2008 to 50 in 2009. That's up 25 percent for a rate more than three-and-a-half times the U.S. average.

In 2008, Montana ranked fourth for workplace deaths per capita.

North Dakota moved up from third to second. Alaska dropped from second to 10th and Wyoming from first to third.

The number of people killed on the job in Wyoming declined from 33 in 2008 to 19 in 2009. Many of Wyoming's workplace deaths occur in the minerals industry, which has slowed down considerably since 2008.