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
5.

04/25/16

Sanitation Worker
44
Fall

A 44-year-old sanitation worker was apparently cleaning a large mix tank with a long handle device when he fell into the tank. At this time, it has not been confirmed if the mix tank was running or if the tank started running after the sanitation worker fell.

East Jordan
6. 04/27/16 Truck Driver
57
Fall The 57-year-old truck driver was using a garden hose to wash out the tanker trailer and was possibly overcome by fumes and fell from the catwalk of the truck. The truck had been carrying sodium sulfate waste. The truck driver was transported to the hospital where he would later succumb from his injuries the next day. Detroit
7.

04/27/16

Laborer
58
Fall

A 58-year-old laborer was performing construction activities on a residential home when he fell from an extension ladder, approximately 13 feet to the ground.

Kawkawlin
8.

05/06/16

Roofer
55
Fall

A 55-year-old roofer was performing roofing activities when he fell approximately 45 feet from the deteriorated roof to the interior of the industrial plant.

Detroit
9.

04/23/16

Roofer / Owner
37
Fall

 

A 37-year-old roofer was performing roofing activities from the platform of a rough terrain fork truck. The rough terrain fork truck shifted and the employee fell approximately 30-feet to the ground. He died from the injuries received. (Reported to MIOSHA on May 17, 2016).

Romeo
10.

06/26/16

Machine Operator
31

Crush

 

A 31-year-old machine operator was crushed between the molds of an injection mold machine when he went into the machine to pick up parts that had fallen from the picker conveyor. An employee, unaware that the machine operator was in the machine, closed the gate and the mold closed crushing the machine operator.

Auburn Hills
11.

07/22/16

Laborer
35

Shock

 

A 35-year-old laborer was performing arc welding on a private home-owner's metal dock. It appears that the laborer accidentally dropped the welding terminal lead onto his chest. EMS arrived, performed CPR, and transported him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.     

Gibraltar
12. 07/25/16 Carpenter 58 Fall A 58-year-old carpenter was bracing a parapet wall when he fell approximately 44-feet to the ground. The employee was taken to the hospital by EMS. The employee died due to injuries received. Wixom
13. 07/25/16 Resident Delivery Person
57
Struck By

A 57-year-old Resident Delivery Person was struck by a train as he walked the pipeline right of way along or on the railroad tracks. The employee was conducting a visual inspection and working by himself. 

Romulus
14. 07/26/16 Laborer
23
Drowned A 23-year-old laborer drowned after entering a molasses tank from which he and a coworker were pumping the contents. Saugatuck
15. 07/27/16 QC Tech

32

 

Caught in or between A 32-year-old QC Tech climbed up onto a platen on a rotary machine for an unknown reason when the machine cycled and the employee's head and neck area was crushed in the machine. Edwardsburg
16. 08/10/16 Roofer

48

 

Fall A 48-year-old roofer was working at the edge of a roof and fell approximately 17-feet. Holland
17. 08/16/16 Owner / Electrician

75

 

Fall

Two electricians fell from a 12-foot high ladder jack scaffold erected on top of a 10-foot welded frame scaffold.  The electricians were installing a light fixture that was approximately 25 feet above the concrete slab below.  The 75-year-old owner/electrician died from injuries sustained.

Watervliet
18. 07/26/16 Preparation Manager

52

 

Caught In or Between

An employee was moving pickup trucks at a dealership, which were parked in several rows end-to-end and side-by-side. After making space to access and move one of the pickups, the employee got in the pickup to be moved, backed it up, and turned and drove it forward into an open space. The employee then opened the door of the pickup that he was inside and driving, when for reasons unknown, the vehicle suddenly and rapidly backed up. The open driver's door hit the adjacent truck and swung all the way back against the front fender of the pickup, resulting in the employee falling out of the pickup truck cab and being crushed between the two pickup trucks.

Dearborn

19. 08/21/16 Lifeguard
21
Electrocution A 21-year-old lifeguard was struck by lightning. The lifeguard had observed an incoming storm and as trained, cleared all people from the beach, secured boats, and locked out buildings. For unknown reasons, she went back out and sat on a metal bench 30-50 feet from the shore.  She was found unresponsive and CPR was started immediately. Emergency medical services were called and were on scene within a few minutes, taking over CPR. She was flown to a hospital where she succumbed to injures sustained on August 21, 2016.    Presque Isle
20. 08/25/16 Ironworker 50 Fall

A 50-year-old ironworker was moving an extension ladder when he fell approximately 22-feet. The ironworker was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Holland

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

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