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Annual Fatality Information

Annual Fatality Information 2014

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

Date

Occupation

Age

Type of Injury

Description

Location (City)

1.

01/24/14

Operation Employee

30

Suffocation

An employee was working at a grain storage terminal loading a railroad car from atop when he fell through the hatch and into soybeans being loaded. The employee died of possible suffocation in the soybeans.

White Pigeon

2. 01/24/14 Refrigeration Technician
51
Fall

An employee was using a ladder to access the top of a building for purposes of repairing a condensing unit when he apparently fell from the ladder.

Grand Rapids
3. 01/29/14 Truck Driver
23
Crush An employee entered company yard at 1:36 am to pick up a trailer. He was found at 4:45 am pinned between two trailers. It appeared that the employee was rolling up the dollies on the trailer and the truck rolled back crushing the employee between the trailer he was picking up and a trailer setting next to the one he was picking up. Detroit
4. 02/12/14 Roofer
26
Fall The company was re-roofing a home and the employee fell approximately 30 feet to the ground. He was taken to the hospital and later passed away from his injuries. Farmington Hills
5. 02/11/14 Direct Care Worker
71
Blunt Traumatic Head Injury A 71 year old direct care worker in a group home was slapped in the face by a resident and she fell back onto a bed. On February 9, 2014 she was found unconscious and was taken to the hospital.  On February 11, 2014 she passed away, the death certificate lists the cause of death as blunt traumatic head injury. Macomb
6. 03/04/14 Rider & Floor Tech
43
Crush

A rider and floor tech was in the back of a box truck providing guidance to the driver who was backing up to a semi-trailer they were going to transfer materials to.  When the driver stopped and walked to the back of the box truck he observed the deceased pinned between the box truck and the semi-trailer.

Flint
7. 03/05/14 Material Handler
23
Caught Between / Struck By
The material handler went to the rear of the machine to adjust a cardboard catch tray as instructed by operator/supervisor who was located at the front of the plastic injection mold machine. The material handler opened the rear door which had the interlock defeated with a shop towel. The material handler leaned in to access the catch tray. The operator/supervisor at the front of the machine closed the operator door which cycled the machine.  The material handler was caught between and crushed by the closing of the mold.
Shelby Township
8. 03/06/14 Farm Hand
42
Mauled The farm hand was moving approximately 60 cows from a pen where they eat and drink during the day to a barn for milking.  A bull that was allowed to routinely mix with the cows, attacked and mauled the farm hand, resulting in their death. Hastings
9. 03/17/14 Tire Repair Technician
37
Crush The tire repair technician responded to an after-hours repair of a semi-truck tire and was crushed when the technician released a bottle jack that was holding up the cab.   Grand Rapids
10. 04/04/14 Crane Operator
36
Struck By A crane was lifting a section of duct. The crane began to tip forward and its counterweights dislodged and struck the 36 year old operator. Ecorse
11. 04/16/14 Laborer
58
Fall

A laborer was disassembling and removing equipment from a grain elevator when he fell 60 feet from a catwalk.

Ruth
12. 05/10/14 Sanitation Worker
49
Caught Between The sanitation worker was cleaning pieces of conveying equipment where the conveyor belt had been removed.  The sanitation worker's gloved right hand was caught in a plastic drive gear causing him to become entangled in the equipment. The sanitation worker was found approximately 45 minutes later entangled in the equipment.  Zeeland
13. 05/04/14 General Laborer
29
Caught Between A 29 year old employee was working on a metal shaft that was in a lathe, the employee's shirt became entangled when he walked around the end of the lathe close to the shaft being worked on. EMS was called and the employee was transferred to the hospital where he died on May 4, 2014 from the injuries sustained on April 21, 2014. MIOSHA was informed of this fatality on May 28, 2014. Clare
14. 06/02/14 Warehouse Employee
31
Struck By A 31 year old warehouse employee was loading steel pipes on to a trailer using an overhead crane. During the loading process, the load may have shifted striking the worker. Saginaw
15. 06/13/14 Owner
46
Struck By A 46 year old employee was killed when a section of a tree he was cutting fell and struck him in the head. The tree being cut had a rotted center and split into several pieces upon hitting other trees during its fall. Whitehall
16 06/16/14 Overhead Lineman
54
Electrocution A 54 year old overhead lineman received an electric shock while replacing a pole top transformer. The employee passed away on June 16th due to injuries sustained from the electric shock on June 14th.       Carleton
17. 06/23/14 Barn Maintenance
44
Struck By A 44 year old barn maintenance employee was working on a tine rake tire, trying to seat the tire by using a hammer.  The tire exploded causing the rim and tire to be propelled into the employee's chest. Deford
18. 06/27/14 Die Setter/Tech
34
Crushed A 34 year old die setter was crushed when an operator of a horizontal plastic injection mold press started the machine without knowing that the die setter was inside the machine.  The machine was set to automatically cycle when started. Grand Rapids
19. 07/01/14 Owner
73
Electrocution A 73 year old employee/owner of an electrical contracting company was on a 6 foot ladder performing electrical work at a nursing home when he contacted electrical power lines causing him to fall and suffer rib and chest trauma in addition to electrical injuries.  The employee/owner passed away from his injuries at 4:43 a.m. on July 1, 2014. Redford
20. 07/21/14 Farm Worker
46
Crushed A 46 year old employee, the operator of the bull dozer, was standing on top of the front blade with another employee standing on the fender. The two were attempting to hang tarps on the side of a barn when the dozer moved ahead causing the deceased to lose his balance and fall to the ground where he was run over. Alma
21. 08/25/14 Shot Blast Operator
60
Crushed A 60 year old shot blast operator was operating a shot blast machine with fabricated metal guards placed around the front of the machine. The guards were there because they were running a part in the shot blaster that was so large the doors could not be closed. These guards weighed approximately 632 pounds each and there were a total of two guards. The operator had climbed underneath the guards and bumped them causing the guards to fall onto the employee crushing him. Jackson
22. 07/19/14 Owner
55
Electrocution A 55 year old employee/owner was in the process of cleaning a frozen custard machine (the back panel of the machine had been removed) when he was electrocuted.             St. Clair Shores
23. 09/03/14 Truck Driver
51
Electrocution A 51 year old truck driver hit a power line with a trailer when his boom went up. It burnt up the trailer and caused the fatality. They are investigating the incident. Clinton Township
24. 09/05/14 Ramper
24
Struck By A 24 year old ramper was loading and unloading baggage from an aircraft when he was struck by a belt loader vehicle that pinned him against the aircraft. Detroit
25. 09/08/14 Assistant District Foreman
42
Crushed A 42 year old assistant district foreman was working on a road construction project when he was run over by a piece of construction equipment. Caledonia

There were 27 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2013 & 2012. 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!

2013 MIOSHA Fatality Information

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