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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

Date

Occupation

Age

Type of Injury

Description

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
11. 01/29/21 Licensed Practical Nurse 70 Other A 70-year-old licensed practical nurse was exposed to COVID-19 while working in the COVID-19 unit in a nursing home. The employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 10, 2020. The employee was hospitalized from Dec. 19, 2020, until Jan. 29, 2021, when she passed away. Milford
12. 06/29/21 Lineman 61 Shock The 61-year-old lineman was performing maintenance to electrical service and was found unresponsive by the homeowner. Detroit
13. 07/09/21 Laborer 64 Struck against Employees were unloading a crane when it tipped over, pinning and crushing the 64-year-old laborer. Grand Rapids
14. 07/16/21 Electrician 50 Fall (from elevation) The 50-year-old electrician accessed a platform adjacent to a crane runway. The platform did not have handrails, it had a horizontal lifeline. The victim was walking along this platform without the use of fall protection when he fell approximately 50 feet below onto piping and other structures. Dearborn
15. 07/21/21 Maintenance Technician 66 Struck by On July 21, a 66-year-old maintenance technician was working on a wheelabrator shot blast machine when he was fatality crushed between the tumbler door and machine wheel housing. Pontiac
16. 08/05/21 Grinder Operator 59 Severe Burn A 59-year-old grinder operator was operating an industrial tub grinder when a fire developed on the equipment. The employee did not make it out of the cab of the equipment and he was fatally injured by the fire. Carney
17. 08/09/21 Truck Driver 58 Struck by The 58-year-old truck driver was standing on the bed of a flatbed semi-trailer, releasing the straps that secure the bundles of steel during transport. After removing a strap, the bundle shifted, and the employee fell off the trailer and onto the adjacent ground. The bundle of steel fell from the trailer and onto the employee crushing him. Jackson
18. 08/16/21 Truck Driver 70 Caught in or between The 70-year-old truck driver was making a delivery at a customer's location and was caught between his trailer and another trailer. Three Rivers
19. 08/16/21 Owner 50 Fall (from elevation) The 50-year-old business owner was trimming tree limbs when the boom of the aerial work platform failed, dropping him and the bucket approximately 40 feet to a concrete pad below. Douglas
20. 08/14/21 Climber 25 Struck by The 25-year-old climber was driving a loader and was loading a tree into a truck. The back tire of the loader came off the curb and the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver was crushed under a steel cage. Ada
21. 08/17/21 Laborer 19 Caught in or between A 19-year-old laborer was performing landscaping tasks, using a Bobcat equipped with a bucket to remove fence paneling. While removing the panels, one of the panels became entangled in chicken wire. The laborer attempted to untangle the chicken wire from the fence paneling while remaining partially inside the Bobcat. As he raised the bucket, he became pinched in between the mast and cab of the Bobcat. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and transported him to a nearby hospital via helicopter, where he later passed away.  Romulus
22. 08/24/21 Sand and Gravel Pit Manager 46 Struck by A 46-year-old sand and gravel pit manager was moving material around in a parking lot with a bulldozer. He exited the bulldozer and the machine began to move. As he attempted to stop the machine, he was fatally struck by it. Shepherd
23. 08/19/21 Millwright 27 Shock On Aug. 17, two employees were working from an aerial lift when one of them came into contact with a high voltage power line. The 27-year-old millwright was taken to the hospital where he passed away two days later. Marshall
24. 08/27/21 Laborer 35 Struck by A 35-year-old laborer was driving an aerial lift across the westbound lanes of I-94 when he was struck by a semi-truck. Paw Paw
25. 04/02/21 General Laborer 54 Other A 54-year-old general laborer worked in a repackaging area of a warehouse. 911 was called when the employee collapsed on March 11. The employer was informed by the hospital that the employee had tested positive for COVID-19. The employee passed away on April 2, 2021 due to COVID-19. Melvindale
26. 08/31/21 Superintendent 49 Struck by A subcontractor was performing work on a dam using a barge-mounted crane on the river. The crane fell over, striking the 49-year-old superintendent who was on land. Crystal Falls
27. 09/01/21 Laborer 40 Struck by A 40-year-old laborer was standing on the right side of a wood chipper near the controls when a loud bang occurred. Three other employees who were onsite responded to the sound, where they found the employee with fatal head injuries. Lake Ann
28. 09/08/21 Lineman 38 Electrocution A 38-year-old lineman was hoisting a primary power line up to splice a line while in the bucket of a bucket truck. A coworker could not see the lineman and called out to him. When there was no response, the coworker lowered the bucket and found the lineman unresponsive. Baldwin

There were 73 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 www.michigan.gov/cetrca.

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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