Annual Fatality Information

Annual Fatality Information

Use the information in this table to build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in your workplace. This table shares preliminary details about many of the fatalities reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These descriptions reflect information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and are not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation.

When available, MIFACE Summaries of MIOSHA Inspections will be included at the end of the description.

 

Fatality Number

 

Date

Occupation

Age

Type of Injury

Description

Location (City)

1.

02/08/16

Laborer
45
Struck By

Two employees were struck by a semi-truck exiting a highway. They were in the process of changing signage at an exit. A 45-year-old laborer was killed and another employee was hospitalized as a result of the incident.

Cadillac

2.

02/29/16

Tree Climber
28
Fall

A 28-year-old tree climber was free climbing at a private residence preparing to trim trees. The tree climber was wearing a 7-year old positioning saddle. The saddle rope broke when he was 40 feet above the ground.  He fell and landed on his back on a wood deck.  He was given CPR at the scene, then transported to the hospital where he died later that evening.   

Ann Arbor

3.

03/21/16

Owner
65
Fall

A 65 year-old owner was performing tree trimming for a private homeowner. He was working in a lift truck boom bucket, approximately 15 feet above the ground. He was not wearing fall protection. The bucket tipped and he fell out of the bucket. He was transported to the hospital, where he died a short time later. 

St. Clair Shores
4.
03/22/16
Foreman/Operator
62
Crush A 62 year-old excavator operator was clearing trees and debris related to a drain/sewer project. The operator dislodged a tree, which fell onto the cab of the excavator, killing the operator. Benton Township

There were 29 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2015. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24. 

If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here with resources to help.  The Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan free of charge.  Contact CET today at 800-866-4674 or submit a request online at www.michigan.gov/cetrca.

Every life is precious.  Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of their shift every day!

2015 MIOSHA Fatality Information

2014 MIOSHA Fatality Information

2013 MIOSHA Fatality Information