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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. 01/11/22 Steel Laborer 29 Caught in or between A 29-year-old steel laborer was operating an extendable boom forklift to pick up pre-insulated metal panels when he leaned through the cab and was crushed by the lift boom. Dundee
2. 01/17/22 Loader Operator 61 Crushed by A 61-year-old loader operator had a hydraulic line break. He attempted to replace the line and raised the log clam and was underneath the load when he loosened the wrong hydraulic line and the load came down on him, crushing him against the axle. Baraga

There were 40 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2021. 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.

Previous Year Fatality Information:

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013