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. 02/13/20 Sawmill Laborer 59 Caught in or between

A 59-year-old sawmill laborer was putting salt onto a debarker conveyor to help prevent the belt from slipping. As he was placing salt onto the conveyor system, a rotating sprocket snagged his coat and entangled him.

2. 03/13/20 Mechanic 42 Struck by A 42-year-old mechanic was changing the oil in a car that was a manual transmission. Another mechanic started the car to cycle the oil and released the clutch, causing the car to jump forward striking and pinning the mechanic against a toolbox. Emergency services were called and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Rochester Hills
3. 03/13/20 Volunteer Firefighter 23 Fall (same level) A 23-year-old volunteer firefighter was performing firefighting operations on a tri-level residence. During the structure fire, the firefighter partially fell through floor joists on the upper level of the residence. A “mayday” was issued from other firefighters inside the residence. An emergency response team was assembled and entered the residence to extract the fallen firefighter. He was evacuated from the scene and pronounced dead en-route to the hospital.    Gwinn
4. 03/18/20 Machine Operator 35 Caught in or between

A 35-year-old machine operator was loading and unloading parts into the cavity of a 200-ton horizontal hydraulic press used to form metal. He was positioned within the sensing field of the light curtains. The machine cycled and crushed the machine operator between the ram and the collet die.

5. 03/19/20 Shop Manager 38 Struck by A 38-year-old shop manager was working on a banding line trying to get a roll of coil steel straightened out when the arm retracted after the shop manager told someone to push a button. The shop manager was not able to get out of the way in time and was struck in the head by the arm. Emergency services were called and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detroit
6. 01/23/20 Owner 66 Caught in or between A 66-year-old owner was performing maintenance underneath a raised fork truck. The fork truck came down from the support and the owner was found underneath the fork truck. First responders determined the owner died from blunt force trauma. Saginaw
7. 05/06/20 Ironworker 48 Fall (from elevation) A 48-year-old ironworker was performing bolt-ups while on the main rack and fell 25-feet to the ground below. East China
8. 06/04/20 Heavy Equipment Operator 38 Struck by A 38-year-old heavy equipment operator was run over by a piece of equipment he was operating. Midland

There were 37 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2019. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24. 

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Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of every shift unharmed.

Previous Year Fatality Information:

2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013