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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


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
9. 07/15/20 Master Electrician 44 Shock A 44-year-old master electrician removed the cover from a 480-volt electrical panel to repaint the cover. As he was placing and securing caution tape in and around the electrical panel, the master electrician came in contact with exposed electrical conductors inside the panel and was electrocuted.  Brighton
10. 07/19/20 Maintenance Technician and Electrician 60 Shock A 60-year-old maintenance technician/electrician began replacing 480-VAC wiring powering a conveyor drive motor. The maintenance technician/electrician was working alone making a new connection in a junction box containing multiple energized wires. He contacted energized wires and was subsequently electrocuted. He was discovered by coworkers at approximately 11:45 a.m. who immediately called 911. The maintenance technician/electrician was pronounced dead on the scene. Warren
11. 07/20/20 Landscaper 40 Struck by A 40-year-old landscaper was cutting down an approximate 10-foot high tree stump. He had made cuts at the base; the stump fell in the wrong direction striking him. Holland
12. 03/06/20 Dryer Technician 53 Fall (from elevation) A 53-year-old dryer technician had been conducting cleaning activities, with the use of an air wand, on a catwalk approximately 23-feet above the ground. During the cleaning task, he fell through the catwalk’s guardrail system and sustained fatal injuries.  Sagola
13. 07/28/20 Forklift Mechanic 49 Struck against A 49-year-old forklift mechanic was found between the mast and the overhead guard on a forklift. Another employee moved the mast forward and the forklift mechanic slumped down. Other employees came to the area and helped lower him to the ground and began assessing his condition. Employees began resuscitation efforts until first responders arrived and took over. The forklift mechanic was pronounced deceased at the scene. Brighton
14. 08/19/20 Laborer 56 Caught in or between

A 56-year-old laborer was installing underground utilities when the excavation collapsed.

South Haven
15. 03/29/20 Patient Services Associate 64 Other On March 19, a 64-year-old patient services associate who was responsible for check-in/check-out of patients as they arrived for their scheduled appointments, left work feeling ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. She never returned to work and passed away on March 29, 2020. The death certificate lists the manner of death as natural due to COVID-19. Ann Arbor
16. 03/28/20 Bus Driver 51 Other On March 16, a 51-year-old bus driver was transporting the general public on a regular bus route while symptomatic. He called in sick the following day and never returned to the workplace. The bus driver was admitted to the hospital on March 22, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 28, 2020, and died the same day. Ann Arbor
17. 05/03/20 Custodian II 77 Other On March 16, a 77-year-old custodian was asymptomatic for COVID-19, his last day of work. On March 27, the custodian tested positive for the Coronavirus and was immediately hospitalized and placed on a ventilator.  He passed away at the hospital on May 3, 2020. Ann Arbor
18. 09/21/20 Laborer 26 Struck by A 26-year-old laborer was sent to repair a manhole and replace the cover when he was struck by a passing vehicle. St. Clair Shores
19. 06/03/20 Corrections Program Coordinator 54 Other On May 26, a 54-year-old corrections program coordinator was sent home from work when she developed SARS-CoV-2 symptoms. The employer was informed of her passing on June 5, 2020. Lapeer
20. 07/03/20 Correctional Officer 55 Other On May 1, a 55-year-old correctional officer contacted his employer stating he was not feeling well and was experiencing SARS-CoV-2 symptoms. On May 4, the correctional officer was tested for COVID-19 and on May 6, he was notified his test results were positive. The employee was hospitalized and on July 3, the employer reported to MIOSHA that the correctional officer had died.    Adrian
21. 07/08/20 Farm Worker 21 Heat Stroke On July 7, at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 21-year-old farm worker began working in a farm field staking posts for eggplant growth. Around 3:15 p.m., the farm worker complained of being hot and was transported by co-workers to his residence and given water. Around 3:40 p.m., the owner stopped by to check on the farm worker and called emergency services who transported him to the hospital. On July 8, the owner was notified that the farm worker had died. Hartford
22. 09/03/20 Laborer 49 Caught in or between A 49-year-old laborer was walking between a dump truck and a swamp mat. The excavator turned on its axis and the counterweight made contact with the top mat pushing it towards the laborer that was walking by. He was struck in the chest. Highland
23. 04/01/20 Nurse 54 Other A 54-year-old nurse at a hospital had developed symptoms of COVID-19 exposure. She tested positive and quarantined at her home. A wellness check was done by a representative from the hospital at the nurse's home on April 1, but she did not respond to knocks at the door. A neighbor and the representative entered the house with a spare key and found the deceased on a couch.  Dearborn
24. 04/04/20 Registered Nurse 52 Other The victim's spouse called the employer on March 23, and indicated the 52-year-old registered nurse had a fever and cough since the prior day. The victim was instructed to stay home and follow-up with his primary care physician or go to the emergency room, if needed. The victim was admitted to a hospital on an unknown date and passed away from complications from COVID-19 on April 4, 2020. The victim worked in the ICU where patients are admitted for COVID-19. Flint
25. 04/10/20 Supply Chain Clerk 64 Other On March 30, a 64-year-old supply chain clerk called his employer to report that he had COVID-19 symptoms like cough, shortness of breath and chills since March 27 and was admitted to the hospital the same day. He passed away on April 10, 2020, due to COVID-19. Flint
26. 04/12/20 Patient Care Associate 35 Other At the beginning of April, a 35-year-old patient care associate who provided direct care to COVID-19 patients, had COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted to a hospital. She passed away on April 12, 2020. Detroit
27. 04/12/20 Surgical Technician 49 Other On April 9, a 49-year-old surgical technician had COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted to the hospital where she passed on April 12, 2020. The deceased worked part time at one hospital and full time at another hospital in Detroit. Detroit
28. 04/13/20 Hemo Dialysis Technician 69 Other A 69-year-old hemo dialysis technician was exposed to COVID-19 doing patient care. He began showing symptoms on April 2 and tested positive on April 3. He was being treated at home and passed away on April 13, 2020. Detroit
29. 04/18/20 Patient Care Associate 63 Other

On April 9, a 63-year-old patient care associate had COVID-19 symptoms after attending to a COVID-19 positive patient. She was hospitalized on April 13 and passed away on April 18, 2020. The deceased provided direct patient care.

30. 04/30/20 Environmental Services Associate 48 Other

A 48-year-old environmental services associate assigned to the emergency department of a hospital tested positive for the coronavirus on April 14, 2020, was admitted into the hospital the same day, and passed away on April 30, 2020.

Battle Creek
31. 05/03/20 Clinical Social Worker 44 Other On March 23, a 44-year-old clinical social worker was hospitalized for COVID-19. He passed away on May 3, 2020. The deceased had exposures to COVID-19 patients; he talked to them in person about patient care.   Detroit
32. 05/06/20 Credentialing Specialist 47 Other A 47-year-old credentialing specialist worked in the same office with two coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19. She informed Human Resources that she got sick on April 2. Within a week, she was hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19. She passed away on May 6, 2020. Detroit
33. 05/19/20 Laborer 67 Other A 67-year old laborer was the third of three employees who developed COVID-19 like symptoms that later tested positive for the disease. He self-isolated, never returned to work, and was admitted to a local hospital on May 13 for treatment. On May 19, 2020, his family informed the farm that he had died as the result of complications associated with COVID-19. Sturgis
34. 09/24/20 Project Superintendent 40 Struck by A 40-year-old project superintendent was inspecting and measuring for future road work when he was struck by a vehicle.   Walton Township
35. 04/06/20 Certified Nursing Assistant 57 Other On March 24, a 57-year-old certified nursing assistant tested positive for COVID-19 after being hospitalized the day before. She provided residents assistance with daily activities. She did not do any medical procedures. Certain residents and employees had tested positive for COVID-19 in the nursing home. Detroit
36. 04/10/20 Certified Nursing Assistant 65 Other On March 22, a 65-year-old certified nursing assistant had a seizure and went to the hospital. She tested positive for COVID-19, was put on a ventilator, and passed away on April 10, 2020.  She did not give medication to residents but would assist them with daily activities like bathing, feeding, etc. She was exposed within the facility to residents and employees that tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit
37. 06/04/20 Registered Respiratory Therapist 57 Other On April 12, a 57-year-old registered respiratory therapist assisted a patient who she felt was a suspected COVID-19 patient. On April 14, she developed COVID symptoms and tested positive the next day. She was admitted to the hospital on April 16 and was sent home two days later for five hours, after which she returned to the hospital. On April 23, she was put on a ventilator and the employer was informed of her passing on June 4, 2020. Saginaw
38. 10/25/20 Supervisor 60 Struck by A 60-year-old supervisor was trying to repair a shot peening machine that was not running correctly. The supervisor was positioned underneath the machine and instructed another employee to unload the equipment. The employee had completed the unloading of the machine and when the machine tipped back to the load position, the supervisor was crushed.  Coldwater

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

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