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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. 

Fatality Number




Type of Injury


Location (City)



Sheet Metal Worker
Severe Smoke Inhalation & 3rd Degree Burns A 37 year old sheet metal worker was in the process of torch cutting and welding when it is believed he had ignited the flame-retardant insulation between the hopper and building structure.  The fire traveled up the 65-foot tall structure trapping the sheet metal worker inside the hopper.  Fire-Fighters were able to extricate him, but he had sustained burns to his head and severe burns to his hand and wrist in addition to smoke inhalation.  The sheet metal worker, one other employee, four sub-contractor employees, and two fire-fighters were transported to area hospitals.  All but the sheet metal worker and one other employee were observed and released.  The sheet metal worker succumbed to his injuries as a result of the fire on January 15, 2015.  Farmington Hills
2. 03/20/15 Crane Operator Trainee
Struck By A 61 year old was fatally injured after being struck in the head by a 9,400 pound bundle of steel round stock he was moving with an overhead crane. Warren

There were 37 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2014. 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!

2014 MIOSHA Fatality Information

2013 MIOSHA Fatality Information

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