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




Type of Injury


Location (City)



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.
MIFACE Inspection Summary




Tree Climber

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.   
MIFACE Inspection Summary

Ann Arbor




A 66-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. 
MIFACE Inspection Summary

St. Clair Shores
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.
MIFACE Inspection Summary
Benton Township


Sanitation Worker

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
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



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.
MIFACE Inspection Summary




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.
MIFACE Inspection Summary



Roofer / Owner


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).



Machine Operator



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





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.     

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
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. 

14. 07/26/16 Laborer
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



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



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




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.

18. 07/26/16 Preparation Manager



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.


19. 08/21/16 Lifeguard
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.


21. 08/15/16 Owner / Operator 24 Struck By

A 24-year-old tree service owner/operator was hired to remove trees from a private residence. Equipped with climbing gear, he climbed to an approximate height of 40 feet, tied off, and  began removing a portion of the tree above his head. A rope was tied to the approximate 20-foot section of the tree above him with the other end attached to a vehicle to pull it away from the house after the cut was finished. The chain saw became pinched in the tree and the owner/operator instructed his ground worker to let some slack in the rope. At approximately the same instant, the tree snapped and fell in the opposite direction it was being pulled. With the rope still attached to the falling tree and vehicle, it caught the owner/operator, bending his body backward. The Medical Examiner determined death was the result of head trauma and massive internal injuries. 

Rose City

22. 08/11/16 Farmer 55 Drowning

A 55-year-old farmer was found in a manure pit.  He had entered the pit to repair a pump.  An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be drowning.  The farmer could have been incapacitated either due to lack of oxygen or heat stress, or a combination of the two.  


23. 09/06/16 Laborer 36 Electrocution

A gutter installation service was working at a residential home to replace gutters. A 36-year-old laborer was found unresponsive inside the box truck. Preliminary reports indicate a possible electrocution.

Clinton Township

24. 09/14/16 Carpenter 57 Fall

Two employees fell from a wood scaffold while framing the roof of a two story home. The scaffold collapsed resulting in an approximate 20' fall. A 57-year-old carpenter died and another employee broke his hip as a result of the incident.


25. 09/15/16 Concrete Finisher 37 Electrocution

A 37-year-old concrete finisher was performing concrete finishing work when the handle of the metal bull float he was using contacted an energized power line.


26.  09/19/16 Journeyman Tree Trimmer 46  Fall A 46-year-old journeyman tree trimmer was performing line clearance in a residential subdivision when he fell approximately 35 feet.   Warren
27. 09/21/16 Tree Trimmer 75 Fall

A 75-year-old tree trimmer was aloft with his buck strap tied off to a branch.  The branch broke resulting in a fall of approximately 20 feet causing fatal injuries.


28. 06/27/16 Roofer 57 Heat-related

A 57-year-old roofer was found unconscious on the roof of an apartment building. Fire fighters lowered him to the ground and he was taken to the local hospital where he died. MIOSHA did not learn of this fatality until September 27, 2016.

Ann Arbor

29. 09/25/16 Track Clean Up Crew 49 Struck By

A 49-year-old race track employee was struck by a vehicle coming out of the second turn while on the race track during a yellow caution. He was checking for oil on the track so the race could continue. The employee had on a reflective uniform and a helmet.


30. 09/29/16 Owner 54 Crushed By

A 54-year-old owner was crushed by a stack of apple boxes that he was moving with his tractor in his orchard.  


31. 10/03/16 Owner 49 Fall A 49-year-old owner was approximately 55 feet up in the air attempting to trim a large oak tree from a private residence. The owner tied a rope around the limb that was approximately 6-8 inches in diameter and tied the other end to the bucket truck. While cutting the limb, the limb split and struck the bucket causing the owner to fall from the bucket to the ground. Schoolcraft Township
32. 10/18/16 Fork Lift Operator 35 Crushed By

A 35-year-old fork lift operator was moving a trash bin on a powered industrial truck from the loading dock to a compactor. The fork lift operator was crushed between the bin and the compactor, but was able to remove himself and was found next to the fork lift. Emergency Medical Services was called and the fork lift operator was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a day later.

Imlay City

33. 10/22/16 Fork Lift Driver 62 Fall A 62-year-old fork lift driver was attempting to change a light bulb. To access the lighting fixture, a colleague grabbed an empty apple crate with a powered industrial truck and lifted the crate with the fork lift driver inside to a height of approximately 15-20 feet. While attempting to change the light bulb, the fork lift driver fell from the apple crate. Belding

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

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