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Alaska's work death rates lead nation

Many jobs in Alaska come with risks.

"We're battling the elements. We have the fishing, the flying," said Nancy Hill, a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Labor.

The rate of work-related deaths is declining in Alaska but federal data shows the state still has the nation's highest worker death rates, said Peg Seminario, director of occupational safety and health for the AFL-CIO in Washington D.C.

On Thursday, the union published a report of work-related injury and death statistics for the 50 states, called "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect."

The union has been publishing the report for 17 years. Its Alaska findings match death and injury statistics published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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