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)

1. 01/09/19 General Labor 22 Fall (from elevation) A 22-year-old general laborer working for a Christmas decorating company fell off a ladder removing Christmas decorations at a private home. He was removed from life support and passed on January 9, 2019. Saline
2. 02/04/19 Maintenance Supervisor 26 Struck by The 26-year-old maintenance supervisor was using a tire changing hand tool to replace a highway truck and trailer tire when the tire exploded. He sustained severe trauma to his face and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Clare
3. 02/09/19 Technician 54 Fall (from elevation) A 54-year-old technician was receiving training while working adjacent to a large chemical tank. The technician fell into the tank. He was removed from the tank with the assistance of a co-worker and transported for treatment. He later died as a result of his injuries. South Lyon
4. 02/08/19 Truck Operator 34 Struck by A 34-year-old truck operator was crushed by his vehicle at a landfill. The truck operator's vehicle experienced mechanical problems and was being moved by an operator of heavy equipment. At some point, the truck operator got out of his vehicle to access his mechanical breakdown. The operator of the heavy equipment continued to move the vehicle and the truck operator was subsequently crushed under his vehicle. New Boston
5. 02/25/19 Car Wash Worker 45 Struck by Two car wash workers were struck by a customer vehicle pulling off of the car wash line. Both workers were taken to a hospital where the 45-year-old car wash worker was pronounced dead. The other worker’s injuries are considered minor and he is expected to survive. Troy
6. 03/08/19 Service Technician 30 Struck by The employer was performing maintenance/inspection at a job site which had two cranes, one small crane and a larger crane above it. A 30-year-old service technician was working on the smaller crane that was locked out.  He was struck on the back of the head by the larger crane. Clarkston
7. 03/21/19 Mechanic 56 Struck by A 56-year-old mechanic was working on a log trailer in a shop. He was underneath the vehicle when an air bag exploded with force, causing a head injury. Sagola
8. 05/23/19 General Laborer 19 Electrocution A 19-year-old general laborer was moving/guiding a metal truss, which came into contact with an energized overhead power line during the building of a hoop barn. Cassopolis
9. 05/31/19 Journeyman Electrician 53 Shock Employees were performing construction activities in an existing substation. A 53-year-old journeyman electrician was working in an uninsulated aerial work platform removing insulated grounding jumper cables when he was electrocuted. Niles
10. 06/18/19 Electrician 19 Shock A 19-year-old electrician was working with a 277-volt system in a drop ceiling. He was standing on a fiberglass ladder and had both of his hands above a ceiling tile while leaning his chest on the metal ceiling tile trim dividers. Witnesses believe that he touched a live wire while he was leaning on the metal trim dividers of the ceiling grid and was electrocuted. Port Huron
11. 06/28/19 General Laborer 23 Shock A 23-year-old general laborer was working on an aerial work platform converting overhead florescent light fixtures into overhead LED fixtures. Attempts were made to contact him but were unsuccessful. The aerial work platform was lowered where the general laborer was found unresponsive and emergency services were called. It appears he was electrocuted. Grand Rapids
12. 07/02/19 Repair Mechanic 55 Struck by A 55-year-old repair mechanic was performing maintenance and cleaning on duct work on the roof of the facility. He was in the process of cleaning sand and fine metal particles out of the duct work. While walking underneath a section of the duct work, it collapsed and fell down crushing the repair mechanic. Kingsford
13. 05/31/19 General Laborer 20 Fall A 20-year-old general laborer slipped/tripped either on a dock or rowboat, striking his head and fell into the pond, resulting in the victim drowning. Suttons Bay

There were 38 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2018. 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 and 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!

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2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013