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6 of the most dangerous industries in South Dakota

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2022 | Firm News

Some industries are inherently more dangerous than others. Even with safety guidelines in place, accidents can happen.

Take extra precautions if you work in one of the following industries.

Agriculture and farming

Agriculture is one of the leading industries in South Dakota, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Heavy machinery like tractors can topple over, trapping or crushing workers. There is also the risk of asphyxiation from grains, poisoning from pesticides and the development of cancers.

Fishing and hunting

Like the agriculture industry, the fishing and hunting industry uses heavy machinery to conduct work. This industry also requires intense physical labor. You can easily develop acute or chronic injuries through repetitive motions or sudden fractures.


When it comes to construction work, falls are the most common injury. The use of ladders and scaffoldings increases the risk of broken bones, spinal injuries and head trauma.


Miners in South Dakota mine gold, cement, gravel and sand. Burns, lung damage and injuries resulting from collapsed mines are quite common.

Truck driving

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of the work-related fatalities in South Dakota involved transportation. That statistic is across all industries, including truck driving. All that time spent on the road increases the risk of getting into a car accident.


From manufacturing electronics and wood products to handling food production, factory work is popular in South Dakota. However, you can suffer a variety of workplace injuries, ranging from slips and falls to machine-based injuries.

Going above and beyond the basic safety guidelines can help keep you safe at work.