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2023 MIOSHA 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.
TYPE OF INCIDENT
INCIDENT LOCATION (CITY)
|1.||1/4/23||Truck Driver||57||Struck by||On January 4, 2023, a 57-year-old truck driver was making a delivery in a concrete truck which became stuck at the jobsite. A contractor used a bulldozer with a tow cable to pull the concrete truck out. The hitch pin on the bulldozer failed causing the tow cable to whip through the windshield of the concrete truck fatally striking the victim.||Rogers City|
|2.||1/23/23||Truck Driver||54||Struck by||On January 23, 2023, a 54-year-old truck driver was kneeling over a single-piece rim wheel and tire assembly that was lying flat on the ground. While inflating the tire, the sidewall burst, and the assembly shot up fatally striking the victim.||Detroit|
|3.||2/22/23||Firefighter||28||Shock||On February 22, 2023, a 28-year-old firefighter had responded to a call for a broken tree branch that was hanging on a power line. After the fire department secured the scene, a different power line broke and struck the victim. He was knocked down and electrocuted.||Paw Paw|
|4.||3/3/2023||Road Maintenance Employee||58||Struck by||On March 3, 2023, a 58-year-old Van Buren County road worker was part of a four-man crew performing road repair work. The victim was performing traffic control when he was struck by a commuter vehicle.||Arlington Township|
|5.||3/30/2023||Truck Driver||34||Struck by||On March 30, 2023, a 34-year-old truck driver was on route performing trash collection. The victim had exited the garbage truck and was placing a garbage hopper into the hopper lift. He proceeded to the right side of the truck to operate the hopper controls with his back to the road when an oncoming commuter vehicle struck the garbage truck from the rear fatally striking the victim.||Petosky|
|6.||4/2/2023||Emergency Medical Technician||39||Struck by||On April 2, 2023, a 39-year-old emergency medical technician was driving an ambulance on I-75 when he came upon a vehicle that crashed into a viaduct wall near an exit ramp. When the victim exited the ambulance to assist the driver, he was fatally struck by an oncoming vehicle, which also fatally struck the driver of the crashed vehicle.||Hamtramck|
|7.||4/4/2023||Electrical Maintenance Journeyman||61||Struck by||On April 4, 2023, a 61-year-old electrical maintenance journeyman, part of multi-person crew, was struck by a radiator assembly during the dismantlement of a transformer at an electrical substation.||Clarkston|
|8.||4/18/2023||Warehouse Worker||19||Caught in or between||On April 18, 2023, a 19-year-old warehouse worker and another employee were attempting to change the bucket on a Bobcat backhoe. The victim was attempting to remove a pin from the bucket while the coworker was operating the Bobcat. The victim was fatally crushed after being caught between the bucket and a bollard.||Jenison|
|9.||4/24/2023||Laborer||35||Struck by||On April 24, 2023, a 35-year-old laborer and his employer arrived at a private residence to perform a tree trimming job. The bucket truck became stuck, so the crew attached a rope to the front axle of the dump truck and the tie down on the skid steer's bucket. The rope snapped and struck the victim, who was operating the skid steer, in the chest.||Port Sanilac|
|10.||4/24/2023||Production Technician||24||Caught in or between||On April 24, 2023, a 24-year-old production technician was heating a finished part to remove oils when the next cycle of a vacuum forming mode began. The victim was caught between an extended conveyor and vacuum forming mold, crushing him.||
|11.||4/18/2023||Laborer/roofer||24||Fall (from elevation)||On March 15, 2023, a 24-year-old laborer/roofer was performing roofing operation on a flat roof near a skylight. The victim fell 20 feet through the skylight and landed on the concrete floor below. The victim was admitted to the hospital on March 15, 2023 and succumbed to their injuries on April 18, 2023||Detroit|
|12.||4/25/2023||Mechanic||57||Struck by||On April 25, 2023, a 57-year-old mechanic was mounting two tires for a trailer. The victim took one of the tires outside the shop and placed it on the ground to inflate using pneumatic air compressor, set at approximately 150 psi (pounds per square inch). The tire exploded and struck the victim in the head.||Negaunee|
|13.||2/21/2023||Owner||60||Inhalation||On February 21, 2023, a 60-year-old owner was found on the workshop floor, unresponsive. During the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response, individuals on site began to feel ill and the fire department found carbon monoxide levels ranging from 500 to 800 parts-per-million (ppm). Vehicle exhaust fumes exposed the victim to carbon monoxide which caused carbon monoxide poisoning.
|14.||5/25/2023||Traffic flagger||70||Struck by||On May 25, 2023 a 70-year-old traffic flagger was fatally hit by a car while regulating traffic at a road construction project.||Webberville|
|15.||6/15/2023||Demolition Laborer||33||Struck by||On June 15, 2023, a 33-year-old demolition laborer was demolishing a cooling tower located on the roof of a building with an angle grinder. The worker cut away one angle iron and was cutting a second angle when the cooling tower started to fall. The worker ran towards the cooling tower when it fell on them.||Detroit|
|16.||6/21/2023||Laborer||53||Fall (from elevation)||On June 21, 2023, a 53-year-old laborer was performing fire-proofing activities to structural steel while wearing fall protection, but not physically tied-off to an anchorage point. During the work operation, the victim fell approximately 18 feet to the concrete below.||Dearborn|
||6/24/2023||Journeyman Lineman||30||Shock||On June 24, 2023, a 30-year-old journeyman lineman was performing maintenance operations to powerline(s). During the operation the victim was electrocuted.||Lincoln Park|
|18.||7/10/2023||General Laborer||75||Caught in or between||On July 10, 2023, a 75-year-old general laborer was operating a riding lawn mower and it flipped over a retention wall.||Fennville|
|19.||7/10/2023||Truck Driver||41||Struck by||On July 10, 2023, a 41-year-old truck driver was adjusting the tie downs on a tractor trailer near the side of the road when the victim was struck by a pedestrian vehicle.||Saint Ignace|
|20.||6/28/2023||Tree Trimmer||38||Struck by||On June 28, 2023, a 38-year-old tree trimmer was performing trimming operations when he was struck and killed by a falling tree.||Battle Creek|
|21.||7/24/2023||Owner||42||Fall (from elevation)||On July 24, 2023, a 42-year-old owner was contracted to perform roof repair on a barn. The victim had removed a sheet off of the roof and fell through the opening 30-35 feet to the concrete floor below.||Clayton|
|22.||8/31/2023||Tree Trimmer||31||Shock||On August 31, 2023, while aloft trimming a tree limb, a 31-year-old tree trimmer contacted with a live overhead power line. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.||Lansing|
|23.||9/16/2023||Pipefitter||41||Struck by||On September 15, 2023, a 41-year-old pipefitter was pressure testing a pipe when a valve came off the pipe and struck him in the head. The victim was hospitalized and succumbed to his injuries on September 16, 2023.||Holland|
|24.||9/19/2023||Grounds Worker||59||Struck by||On September 19, 2023, a 59-year-old grounds worker was operating a zero turn riding lawn mower. A witness stated they observed the victim drive straight off an approximate 4-foot embankment and onto the cement. The victim was killed when the lawn mower landed on them.||Grand Rapids|
||7/13/2023||Owner/Tree Trimmer||67||Fall (from elevation)||On July 13, 2023, a 69-year-old owner was trimming tree limbs in a bucket truck and fell approximately 30 feet.||Saginaw|
There were 45 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2022. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24.
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