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2024 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)
|Assistant Yard/Receiving Manager
|Fall (from elevation)
|On January 9, 2024, a 26-year-old assistant yard/receiving manager was stocking merchandise with the use of an order picker truck. At some point during the task, the employee fell from the lift approximately 20 feet to the adjacent walking-working surface. The employee was transported to a local hospital and later succumbed to the injuries sustained from the fall.
|Law Enforcement Officer
|On January 24, 2024, a 39-year-old law enforcement officer was making a traffic stop for a suspected impaired driver. Other officers were on the scene. During the stop, a commuter vehicle struck two patrol vehicles and the victim, who was outside of the patrol vehicle. The victim died at the hospital.
|Fall (from elevation)
|On January 31, 2024, after completing the sheathing of the trusses on a residential roof and while cleaning up around the house a worker found the victim lying on the ground. The victim was transported to the hospital where they died from their injuries.
|On February 5, 2024, a 71-year-old owner of a company that provides support services to oil and gas operations was using an air compressor to rid a large tank of oil and water. The victim and his son were cleaning it when it exploded. The victim was killed in the explosion and/or subsequent fire.
|On January 24, 2024, a 63-year-old die setter was standing on a semi-truck flatbed trailer, moving a rolling cart loaded with a die fixture to the side of the flatbed. The cart and die fixture fell off the flatbed and onto the victim who sustained multiple injuries. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. On February 22, 2024, the employer was notified the victim died.
There were 34 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2023. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24.
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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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