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




Type of Injury


Location (City)

1. 01/11/17 Crane Inspector 55 Fall A 55-year-old crane inspector was at the facility to inspect a crane. While attempting to access the crane, the floor gave way resulting in him falling 30-50 feet to the concrete floor. EMS was called and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Dearborn
2. 02/01/17 Truck Driver 61 Struck By

A 61-year-old truck driver was watching two mechanics work on the inside rear tire of a truck. One mechanic left to retrieve a tool while the other mechanic was removing the air chuck. The truck driver approached the tire when the side wall of the tire exploded, releasing the compressed air and throwing the truck driver backwards where his head struck the floor. The employee died in route to the hospital.

3. 03/07/17 Maintenance 58 Struck By

Employees were working on a furnace that is used to heat treat automotive parts. The employees removed the vacuum line used to purge the furnace and connected plant air at approximately 100 p.s.i. to the door to check for leaks. A section of the door broke away at the welds and struck the 58-year-old maintenance worker causing fatal injuries.

4. 03/23/17 Public Service Worker 47 Struck By

Road crew employees were patching holes when they were struck by another work truck on site. A 47-year-old public service worker was killed, another was hospitalized.

5. 04/07/17 Welder 46 Caught In or Between

A 46-year-old welder was welding on a 3,000 lb. part mounted on a fixture when the part fell onto the welder crushing him between the part and floor. It is undetermined at this time how the part came off the fixture.

6. 04/08/17 Laborer 54 Struck By

A 54-year-old laborer was removing wood siding while standing within a garage that was being demolished. When the laborer removed the last section of siding, the structure became unstable and toppled onto him.

7. 04/11/17 Carpenter 39 Fall

A 39-year-old carpenter fell from the roof of a new home to a concrete surface at ground level.  The carpenter later died at the local hospital.

Clinton Township
8. 05/04/17 Laborer 25 Fall

A 25-year-old laborer fell approximately 12 ½ feet from a 3/12 pitch commercial roof onto a concrete area below. The laborer received a severe head injury. He was hospitalized for approximately 12 days before passing away.

9. 05/22/17 Iron Worker 47 Fall

A 47-year-old iron worker was welding shims on a vessel and fell 25 feet striking scaffolding below lacerating their neck and chest. The iron worker was tied off with a retractable.  

10. 05/31/17 Laborer 20 Fall

A 20-year-old laborer was working on a flat roof and fell through a window. He was airlifted to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.   

11. 06/27/17 Oven Operator 64 Struck By

A 64-year-old oven operator was moving a couple of tractor/trailers at the Shipping/Receiving dock.  He unhooked one trailer from the tractor, then reconnected the tractor to a second trailer.  He was in the process of pulling that tractor/trailer out from the dock.  The door to the cab of the tractor was open.  It appears he fell out of the cab and was run over by the same vehicle.  The vehicle kept moving after it ran over him.  It was found approximately 150 feet east of the scene of the accident, stopped across the road.  No one witnessed the accident, but a co-worker found the oven operator on the ground after hearing the landing gear from the trailer dragging across the pavement.  The vehicle was running and in gear, but the landing gear on the trailer finally stopped the tractor from going all the way across the road. EMS was called. They were unable to revive the oven operator at the scene.

12. 07/10/17 Journeyman/Technician 45 Shock

On July 5, 2017, a 45-year-old journeyman/technician was replacing a 4800 volt transformer when he made contact with a live/energized component. He was found unresponsive by a co-worker. A defibrillator was used and CPR performed until emergency medical personnel arrived. The journeyman/technician was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 10, 2017.

13. 07/19/17 Journeyman Lineman 44 Shock A 44-year-old journeyman lineman was working in the air in a bucket. Two other workers on the ground heard a noise and saw the lineman down in the bucket. The lineman was lowered down by the workers on the ground, who performed bucket rescue and CPR. Emergency Services were called and the lineman was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Romulus
14. 07/20/17 Environmental Chemical Application 28 Drowned A crew of four were in an 18 foot boat after completion of spraying for weeds. The foreman had difficulty getting the boat to start. The cord came off of the motor and fell into the water. The foreman jumped into the water to retrieve the cord, had difficulty in the water due to drifting.  The 28-year-old environmental chemical application employee jumped into the water to assist the foreman, gave the foreman a life jacket, began to have difficulty himself, submerged and was not recovered until July 21, 2017. Carp Lake

There were 43 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2016. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24. 

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

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