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2013 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 INJURY
INCIDENT LOCATION (CITY)
|1.||01/17/13||Assistant Manager||36||Crush||Employee was run over by a tractor while trying to remove a railroad timber using a tractor loader with a front bucket.||Turner|
|42||Crush||Employee was operating a crane and was crushed by beams that fell out of the sling being carried by the crane.||Belleville|
|3.||01/23/13||Carpenter||20||Fall||Employee fell approximately 19' from a high-pitch residential roof while installing shingles.||Coldwater|
|Laborer||56||Cave-in||Employee was working in a 12' deep excavation to repair a leaking water main when a section of the side collapsed, completely burying him. Coworkers uncovered him and he was taken to medical facilities, where he later expired.||Grosse Isle|
|5.||02/06/13||Bus Operator||48||Run over||Employee dropped off last fare and stepped out of bus. Bus began to roll. She attempted to re-enter the bus and was run over by the rear tires.||Mt. Morris|
|6.||02/18/13||Roofer||39||Fall||Employee was installing insulation material on a low-pitch roof for a new commercial building. He was working between the warning line system and the edge of the roof when he fell 25 feet to the ground.||Howell|
|Carpenter||33||Struck by||Employee was struck in the eye by nail from pneumatic nail gun while rough framing a house. Nail entered through eye socket into the brain.||White Lake|
|8.||02/25/13||Roofer||36||Fall||Employee fell 22 feet through a deteriorated roof while in the process of replacing the metal decking.||Grand Blanc|
|9.||03/17/13||Welder||61||Struck by||Employee was welding a piece of equipment over a pulper and fell into the pulper. The pulper is an open top vat with a spinning rotor blade at the bottom.||White Pigeon|
|10.||03/21/13||Carpenter||48||Fall||Employee fell 35 feet when a gust of wind pushed the employee and a window he was installing off the platform of a forklift.||Franklin|
||Die Setter||42||Struck by||Employee had a mold hooked on a crane when the bolt gave way causing the mold to fall, bounce and hit another mold. The employee was between the two molds and struck.||Shelby Township|
|12.||04/11/13||Co-Owner||59||Crush||The co-owner was trying to re-stake a large spruce tree that had fallen over. He used the bucket on his skidster to help. He was standing on the ground beside his cab and apparently leaned into the cab and accidently activated the bucket controls. His head was crushed between the bucket lifting arms and the cab.||Emmett|
|13.||04/22/13||Pipefitter||49||Explosion||An explosion occurred in the digester of a waste water treatment plant. Construction employees were working on or near a tank using a welder's torch.||Dexter|
|14.||05/08/13||Fire Fighter||29||Crush||Employee was one (1) of five (5) fire fighters assigned to interior firefighting duties at a local strip mall. An evacuation order had been issued, but the roof collapsed trapping the deceased before he could escape. The fire department had been on scene for less than one (1) hour before the collapse.||Westland|
|15.||05/08/13||HVAC Tech||49||Fall||The employee was working on the roof as part of HVAC removal when he fell approximately 30 feet through a skylight to the concrete floor below.||Oceana|
|16.||05/10/13||Truck Driver||38||Crush||Employee was lowering an approx. 40-yard trash dumpster box from his truck when the box became free and fell onto the employee crushing him.||Romulus|
|17.||05/09/13||Claims Adjuster||73||Fall||The claims adjuster asked to borrow a ladder from a contractor working next door claiming his ladder was too short to gain access to the roof. The contractor permitted use and helped set the ladder against the building and held it while the deceased climbed and gained access to the roof. According to the contractor, as the deceased was preparing to climb down, he swung his leg over the edge of the roof missing the ladder rung causing him to fall head first approximately 18-feet onto a concrete surface.||Ferndale|
|18.||06/21/13||Truck Driver||32||Burn||The employee was picking up a trailer parked near a gas line well-head. While attempting to depart the area, the trailer struck and ruptured the gas line resulting in an explosion and fire. The employee attempted to shut off the flow of gas and sustained 3rd degree burns on 70-90% of his body. The employee was immediately transported to a hospital and died 9 days later.||Jackson|
|19.||06/26/13||Truck Driver||40||Struck by||The employee was walking in a lighted area of the company parking lot when he was hit by another semi-truck belonging to the company.||Romulus|
|20.||08/07/13||Trimmer||23||Electrocution||Employee was performing tree trimming operations. Either the employee or his equipment contacted live power lines.They were unable to revive him at the scene.||Traverse City|
|21.||08/21/13||Painter||34||Fall||Two employees were using an aerial work platform while painting the exterior of a building. The employees were repositioning the lift while elevated 15 feet when the rear tire fell into a waste water grate causing the lift to tip over injuring both employees. The decease, a 34-year-old painter, received serious head injuries and later died. The second employee was treated for a broken arm and released.||Midland|
|22.||09/05/13||Laborer||25||Struck by||The laborer was leveling stone in preparation for a paving operation when he was struck and run over by a skid steer loader operating in reverse.||Grand Haven|
|23.||09/06/13||Process Support Tech||33||Crush||The employee performing maintenance on the paint system, was crushed between a horizontal beam and the transfer cart when the transfer cart carrying automotive parts automatically fed into the paint system.||Mt. Clemens|
|Laborer||50||Struck by||The laborer was struck in the head by a structural steel assembly that fell over while it was being unstrapped from the trailer. The assembly continued falling and pinned the laborer to the ground.||Wolverine Lake|
|25.||11/20/13||Laborer||45||Crush||The employee was working underneath the bed of a dump truck when it fell, crushing the employee between the frame of the truck and the dump box.||Michigan Center|
|Carpenter||44||Fall||A carpenter fell 30 feet to the ground while installing Oriented Strand Board (OSB) sheathing on a 10/12 pitch residential roof.||Saline|
|27.||12/15/13||Remote Railcar Operator||31||Explosion||An employee had just dumped molten metal into a pot. The crane operator picked up the pot and moved it approximately 30-40 yards to the tilter table. After the crane released the pot and moved, something went catastrophically wrong causing the ladle to tip over spilling approximately 195 tons of molten metal. The molten metal ran out of the side of the building and hit the snow outside causing an explosion. The remote railcar operator was in a warming shanty approximately 30 yards away and the shanty caught on fire.||Ecorse|
|28.||10/10/13||Switcher/Inspector||61||Struck by||A 61-year-old switcher/inspector was working as switcher and for reasons unknown, exited the vehicle and was struck and run over by another highway tractor. This fatality was not reported to MIOSHA until 07/08/16.||Dearborn|
There were 27 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2012. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24.
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