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The Most Dangerous Jobs in Michigan

by / Tuesday, 27 August 2013 / Published in Personal Injury
A worker helps an injured coworker with a bandage on their wrist.

We all need a way to earn a living. No matter what type of industry you work in or what type of job you have, work is a big part of our lives. But some types of jobs are more dangerous than others. According to the 2017 Michigan State Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Report, published in 2019, the most dangerous types of jobs in Michigan include:


Construction isn’t just one of the most dangerous types of jobs in the state of Michigan, it’s also one of the most dangerous types of jobs on a nationwide level. Working on a construction site often means working with things like powerful tools, electrical wiring, or working at a height on scaffolding, ladders, or rooftops. In some cases, people might be working in trenches that could collapse. When proper safety measures aren’t taken on construction sites, it’s far too easy for people to get seriously injured or killed.


Agriculture is a big part of Michigan’s economy, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay for workers to be exposed to unnecessary dangers. As is the case with construction workers, agricultural workers often work with or around powerful equipment like tractors and combines in the course of their jobs. They also often work with sharp cutting tools, on ladders, and around dangerous chemicals. Agricultural job sites also commonly have motor vehicles moving around them, posing another hazard to workers. While tractors, combines, falls, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of fatal accidents in agriculture in the state of Michigan, there are plenty of other occupational hazards to be aware of, like heat, inclement weather, and the risk of being engulfed in a grain silo.


Manufacturing is absolutely another industry where people are likely to be working with powerful machinery. Not only is there the chance that people could get their hands caught in machinery, things like hair and clothing can also potentially get caught in machinery. If heavy objects are being moved around by being hoisted up, people could be fatally injured if they’re struck by that object. Slip, trip, and fall accidents are another all too common cause of fatal accidents in the manufacturing industry in the state of Michigan.


Truck driver is another job with a high rate of fatal accidents and injuries both within Michigan and nationwide. Here in Michigan, vehicle crashes are one of the top causes of fatalities among transportation workers, but there’s also the chance that people could get injured or killed by being hit by something like a trailer or another vehicle, or get pinned between two objects. That’s not even counting other types of on-the-job hazards that aren’t necessarily fatal, like injuries caused by lifting heavy objects.


Even though there are plenty of ways retail employees can potentially be injured because of hazards in the workplace, such as by moving heavy boxes or slipping on wet floors, the leading cause of on-the-job fatalities for retail employees in the state of Michigan is homicide.

Administration and Support in Waste Management and Remediation Services

Waste management can be a dangerous industry to work in, even if you’re not the one on the truck collecting garbage. In the state of Michigan, people who handle day-to-day support tasks have a high rate of fatal accidents caused by things like motor vehicle crashes, falls, and being hit by falling objects.

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