The number of those who died in job-related incidents in the state is actually down from recent years, but because more are working today, the numbers could suggest otherwise.

The Detroit News is reporting today government statistics that indicate 133 people died on the job in Michigan last year.  That is up, though, from numbers recorded in 2007 before the start of the recession.   The article cites those who believe the numbers are somewhat misleading.

"I don't think the increase in fatal occupational injuries means that Michigan is becoming a more dangerous place to work," said Debra Chester, project coordinator for Michigan Assessment and Control Evaluation.

Michigan's rate of on-the-job deaths declined from 3.6 per 100,000 in 2010 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012.   The latter is the the same at the U. S. rate.

Numbers for 2013 will not be available until next year.

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