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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


Incident Location (City)

1. 01/13/21 Flagger 56 Struck by A driver did not stop for the work zone and pinned a 56-year-old flagger between two vehicles. Bates Township
2. 01/21/21 Drilling Hand 31 Struck by A firm was onsite to service a sticking well rod. A driver was backing the service truck to the well head to set up the equipment and derrick, that was being guided by two employees, when a 31-year-old drilling hand was struck and pinned between the service truck and the well head.

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3. 04/06/21 Owner 42 Struck by A 42-year-old lawn care service company's owner was found pinned underneath the wheel of a dump truck. Ypsilanti
4. 04/21/21 General Help 60 Struck by The 60-year-old general help employee was inflating a single rim trailer tire. The sidewall of the tire split open and pressure from the air inside the tire knocked him down. The employee hit his head on the concrete and became unconscious. He was taken to the hospital where he passed away on April 21, 2021. Hamilton
5. 04/21/21 Crane Operator 57 Struck by The 57-year-old crane operator was staging a die onto the east bolster with a crane. The die was not aligned with the locating pins. While standing between the die and the press, the crane operator maneuvered the die onto the bolster pin. The misalignment of the hoist to the center point of the die caused the die to swing to the home position resulting in the die striking the crane operator. Sterling Heights
6. 02/15/21 Licensed Practical Nurse 64 Other On Jan. 4, 2021, a positive test result was given to the 64-year-old licensed practical nurse during the firm's regular COVID testing, required twice a week. Following company policy, the employee was sent home, and the local health department was contacted. The week of approximately Jan. 18, the employee was hospitalized, and later passed away on Feb. 15, 2021. Alpena
7. 03/15/21 Office Administrator/Medical Assistant 70 Other A 70-year-old office administrator/medical assistant worked at a physician's office. During the week of Feb 22, two employees were working in the office while sick. The following week they tested positive for COVID-19. The deceased tested positive on March 2 and was hospitalized within a couple days. The deceased passed away on March 15, 2021. Monroe
8. 04/23/21 Landscaping 69 Struck by The 69-year-old landscaping employee was mowing lawn on a hill and flipped the lawn mower over a retaining wall. The employee was crushed by the mower. Brighton
9. 05/17/21 Owner 40 Fall (from elevation) The 40-year-old owner was on an extension ladder and fell approximately 20 feet to the concrete surface below. Caro
10. 06/11/21 Truck Driver 33 Struck by The 33-year-old truck driver was delivering building products to a residential home. At some point, he was struck by a vehicle. Grand Rapids

There were 70 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2020. 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 every shift unharmed.

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