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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. New Era
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

There were 66 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.

Previous Year Fatality Information:

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