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

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