Most Dangerous Occupations in Montana

According to recent studies, Montana is considered to be the most dangerous state to work in.

According to the Department of Labor and Industry, in 2016, there were 4.2 injuries reported for every one hundred employees in the state. These dangerous industries range from first responder positions to roofers and everything in between.

Here are the most dangerous occupations in Montana.

Coal Mine Worker

Mine Safety and Health Administration deem a “mine disaster” is when a mine accident claims five or more lives. Mining accidents occur due to poisonous gas leaks such as hydrogen sulfide, explosions caused by natural gases, dust explosions, mine collapses, flood, and methane explosions. This often results in thousands of lives lost each year.


The construction industry results in roughly an average of 4.9 injuries per 100 workers in Montana. The United States Department of Labor claims that the majority of construction accidents are caused by four common factors. These include, falls, caught in or between accidents, struck-by accidents, and electrocution accidents.

Oil Field

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008, there was a reported 120 deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry. The three most common causes of death in this industry are transportations, contact with objects or equipment, fires and explosions. Often times the underlying factor in these accidents is negligence on behalf of the employer or a contractor.

At Odegaard Miller Law, our Montana workers’ comp lawyers understand the dangerous nature of these jobs. When workers are injured, we fight to help them seek the compensation they deserve. We proudly represent clients in Bakken, Sidney, Plentywood, Fairview, Glasgow, Glendive, Miles City, Bainville and all of Eastern Montana.

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