153 Michigan workers lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A report by the AFL-CIO says Michigan is the 22nd highest rate of workplace deaths in 2017.
“Michigan’s working families deserve better. We have a right to a safe workplace,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “It’s time for the safety, economic rights and dignity of the working men and women of Michigan to be made a priority.”
Nationally, workplace violence is now the second-leading cause of workplace death which accounts for 807 workplace deaths including 458 homicides.
This is the third year in a row where workplace violence injuries increased with nearly 29,000 workers suffering serious violence-related injuries from assault on the job.
Another nearly 95,000 workers or about 275 workers per day died from preventable, hazardous workplace conditions.
Other report highlights show workers over 65 have nearly three times the risk of dying on the job as workers overall. In 2017, 917 construction workers were killed which is the highest of any sector.