Study: ND oil worker death rate 6 times US average - Article Photos 1/3

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Russell Girsh motions to his driller to turn the equipment on at an oil rig near Watford City, N.D. The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, says the death rate for oil, gas and mining workers in North Dakota was more than six times the national average in 2012. It says the state had a fatality rate of 104 per 100,000 workers in those industries. North Dakota had the highest worker death rate in the nation in 2012 with 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Jerry Burnes, File)