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2015 Michigan Work-related Deaths

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The table below contains preliminary information about Michigan workers who died as a result of an injury sustained while at work. The information has been obtained from public media sources, MIOSHA, and stakeholder reporters. MIFACE has not verified this information; verification may conclude that the death is out of scope. 

A MIOSHA program-related fatality is determined by whether the individual who died was employed in an industry included in MIOSHA jursidiction as defined in Public Act 154 of 1974, as amended and the fatality may be related to a MIOSHA standard.

 2015 Michigan Work-Related Deaths

 Case Number Date of Injury  Occupation  Description Incident County
141. 9/17/15 Business Owner A fence company owner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Oakland
140.     DETERMINED: NOT WORK-RELATED  
139. 11/19/15 Equipment Repair An equipment repairman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Macomb
138. 10/25/16 Tool Maker A tool maker died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Oakland
137. 10/13/15 Attorney An attorney was walking and missed a step up in elevation and tripped, falling onto his left hep. He died of complications from the injury sustained at the time of the fall. Wayne
136. 10/15/15 Farmer A farmer was driving his tractor westbound on a dirt road. The tractor left the roadway to the right. The decedent over corrected and left the roadway to the left. The tractor collided with a ditch and rolled onto its side. The decedent was thrown from the tractor. Tuscola
135. 1962 Circus Performer A circus performer died from complications of a fall sustained in 1962. Wayne
134. 10/2/15 Self-Employed Roofer A self-employed roofer died from burns sustained when his vehicle explosed into flames when he was given a lighter. He was sitting in the vehicle with an open gasoline container.  Marquette
133. 12/2/15 Car Wash Attendant A car wash attendant died due to a drug overdose Genesee
132. 12/11/15 Warehouse Manager A warehouse manager died due to a gunshot wound. Berrien
131. 7/27/15 Business Owner A business owner died due to a self-inflicted hanging. Kent
130. 6/10/15 Farmer A farmer died when he fell from the tractor and was run over by the tractor and attached implement. Oakland
129. 11/21/15 Construction Laborer A construction laborer was ejected from a motor vehicle as a result of a loss of vehicle control while attempting to pass another vehicle. Osceola
128. 8/6/15 Construction A construction laborer died from injuries sustained when he fell from a ladder or roof. Kent
127.     DETERMINED: NOT WORK-RELATED  
126. 10/23/15 Church Volunteer A church volunteer was trimming trees while standing on a ladder. He fell 15 feet to concrete. Wayne
125. 11/11/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi left the roadway, entered the median, and several struck trees. Branch
124. 12/16/15 Farmer A farmer died when his pickup truck was hit by another vehicle whose driver did not stop at a stop sign. The decedent had the right of way. Allegan
123. 10/12/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Berrien
122. 12/16/15 Construction Laborer A construction laborer was driving a box truck to a jobsite. The decedent's vehicle left the roadway, struck several mailboxes and a tree. A coworker in the vehicle survived the crash. Sanilac
121. 8/18/15 Owner Cistom Drapery A custom drapery owner died from intentional exposure to carbon monoxide. Wayne
120. 8/28/15 Project Chief A project chief drowned when he entered a lake at a work-sponsored party.  He was not wearing a life jacket. Macomb
119. 9/14/15 Farmer A farmer died when he fell from his tractor and the tractor ran over him. Gladwin
118. 6/14/15 Race Car Driver A race car dirver crashed his racecar into a tire barrier when he drifted high around a turn. St. Joseph
117. 12/23/15 Landlord A landord died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
116. 6/15/15 Laborer An individual who worked for a dust pan cleaning company fell down stairs at a condo complex. Oakland
115. 10/12/15 Home Improvement Contractor A home improvement contractor died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
114. 1/1/80 Delivery Truck Driver A delivery truck driver died of complications of a gunshot wound sustained in 1980. Wayne
113. 9/4/15 Real Estate Property Manager A real estate property manager died from a self-inflicted gunshout wound. Wayne
112. 11/6/15 Advertising An advertising designer died from asphyxia. Wayne
111. 11/22/15 Food Server A fod server died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
110.     DETERMINED: NOT WORK-RELATED  
109. 10/15/15 Landscaper A landscaper died when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended a flatbed tow truck. Same incident as Case 72. Oakland
108. Unknown 2005 Tree Trimmer A tree trimmer died when the tree he was climbing fell over into a neighbor's yard. Wayne
107. 10/20/15 Plumber A plumber died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
106. 10/27/15 Industrial Sales An industrial salesperson bumped/struck their finger on a box of nuts and bolts. The injury complications required surgery. The decedent died during the surgical procedure to amputate the injured finger. Kalamazoo
105. 8/21/15 Carnival Worker  A carnival worker was found unresponsive and died from unknown cause while at the county fairgrounds. Berrien
104. 3/27/15 Sales Clerk A sales clerk died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Saginaw
103. 9/10/15 Automotive Laborer An automotive laborer died when he collapsed and fell from a motorized lift device and struck his head on a cement floor. Eaton
102. 5/6/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died from a drug overdose. Ingham
101. 7/21/15 Motorcycle Repair Mechanic A motor cycle repair mechanic died when the motorcycle he was driving struck a dump truck. Genesee
100. 12/29/15 Farmer/Plow Business A farmer/plow business owner died when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Livingston
99. 6/1/15 Logger A logger died when he fell from a logging truck and struck his head. Cheboygan
98. 9/10/14 Restaurant Cook A restaurant cook died from injury complications sustained during a seizure-related fall. Macomb
97. 4/25/15 Maintenance Laborer A maintenance laborer died from multiple gunshot wounds. Oakland
96. 7/8/89 Aviation Management An aviation manager was injured when the aircraft she was traveling in crashed. She died of her injuries in 2015. Calhoun
95. 7/9/15 Sheep Farmer A sheep farmer was died when she was struck by a backing pickup truck while retrieving hay which had fallen from the truck bed. Berrien
94. 8/13/15 Landlord A landlord died when a wooden post from a swingset he was removing with a tractor fell onto him. Oakland
93. 4/2/15 Lawn Care A lawn care worker died when the truck he was working under rolled onto him. Oakland
92. 7/3/15 Heating/Cooling Technician A heating/cooling technician died from a drug overdose. Saginaw
91. 9/15/15 Plasterer A plasterer died due to a self-inflicted 50-foot fall from a scaffold. Wayne
90. 12/18/15 Farm Hand MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Grand Traverse
89. 11/7/15 Construction Worker A construction worker was buried in soil and bring while working in a trench replacing a sewer line to a residence. Kent
88. 11/6/15 Owner The owner of a rental equipment company died of complications of a head injury sustained when he fell from standing height. The fall was caused by a medical condition. Grand Traverse
87. 12/10/15 Co-Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Ottawa
86. 11/26/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi and trailer hauling paper rolled onto its side and then onto a guardrail. Kent
85. 7/29/15 Plaster/Drywall A drywaller died when he was catapulted from an elevated platform of a cherry picker when the cherry picker overturned. Oakland
84. 6/25/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died when he was ejected from his semi as the semi rolled after entering a ditch. He was pinned under the semi. Wexford
83. 6/2/15 Road Construction Supervisor A road construction supervisor fell backwards from standing height. He died several days later from head injuries sustained at the time of the fall. Wayne
82. 7/17/15 Petty Officer Coast Guard A Coast Guard petty officer died from due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ottawa
81. 2/22/15 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ionia
80. 9/6/15 Automobile Painter An automobile painter died from a gunshot wound. He was enroute to pick up a down payment for work to be performed when he had an altercation with a motorist blocking a street. Wayne
79. 2/19/15 Owner The owner of a construction firm was making repairs to a well service to a home; the pipes were freezing. He was found by his customer headfirst into the well. The cause of death was drowning. Genesee
78. 11/10/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his tanker truck, which was traveling in the right lane of an expressway struck a road commission vehicle. Wayne
76. 11/7/15 Laborer  MIOSHA Program-Related Fataltiy: Please access information here. Macomb
75. 4/23/15 Unknown The decedent was driving a work vehicle when a pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck the decedent's vehicle head-on. Eaton
74. 8/19/15 Truck Driver A semi-truck driver died when he lost control on a 35 mph roadway curve. The semi left the roadway, entered a ditch and overturned. Alpena
73. 5/4/2000 Supervisor A supervisor fell while on a man lift in 2000. He died due to complications of neck and chest injuries in 2015. Washtenaw
72. 10/15/15 Tow Truck Driver A tow truck driver was assisting a motorist with a flat tire. A vehicle left the roadway and struck both the decedent and his tow truck which was on the left shoulder with lights activated. Oakland
71. 10/11/15 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wayne
70. 1/24/15 Farmer A farmer died when he was driving a tractor. His jacket became caught on one of the rear wheels. He was pulled from his tractor seat and run over. Eaton
69. 10/2/15 Farmer A farmer was driving a tractor when it overturned. He died as a result of being pinned under the tractor. Wexford
68. 9/22/15 Store Owner A meat market owner died due to gunshot wounds during a robbery. Macomb
67. 12/18/14 Gas Station Attendant A gas station attendant tripped on a mat and fell, stating he injured his shoulder. Several days later, he fell striking his head.  he cause of death as listed on the death certificate was arteriosclerotic heart disease with the manner of death as accident. Macomb
66. 6/30/15 Farmer A farmer died when an unsupported dump bed fell and pinned him between the bed and the frame of the trailer to which it was mounted. The trailer had a dump truck type dump bed with a lifting mechanism. After several hours, his spouse decided to check on him and found him pinned by the dump bed against the trailer frame. Responding police found a propane tank running and also an air compresser close to where the decedent was working. Jackson
65. 9/16/15 Railroad Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Ingham
64. 1/5/15 Master Plumber A master plumber died in a motor vehicle crash. Wayne
63. 8/13/15 Welder's Helper MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wayne
62. 8/20/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died as a result of burns sustained when he either lost control of his truck or fell asleep. His truck was hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline when it struck the median and then traveled into oncoming lanes. Wayne
61. 9/9/15 Fire Fighter A fire fighter died when he was deliberately struck by a vehicle driver. Ingham
60. 8/23/15 Deck Hand A deck hand died when he deliberately climbed over his ship's railing and jumped into the water. He was not wearing a life preserver. Mason
59. 8/27/15 Pastor A pastor died when he was attempting to land his single-engine plane. Calhoun
58. 8/28/15 Police Officer A police officer was struck by a vehicle hauling a trailer. Oakland
57. 6/7/15 Farmer A farmer was lying on his back working under a farm tractor when the tractor fell onto him. Genesee
56. 6/16/15 Farmer A farmer died when he fell from a ladder he was using to repair equipment. MIssaukee
55. 8/25/15 Groundsperson MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Ogemaw
54. 5/11/15 Attorney An attorney driving an automobile crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming SUV. Road conditions from heavy rain may have been contributory. Genesee
53. 8/12/15 Trainee A trainee choked on a sandwich while at work. Oakland
52. 3/17/15 Line Leader MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Genesee
51. Unknown Various This individual died of a reported exposure to toxic gases. Unknown
50. 1/5/15 Farmer A farmer died due to inhalation of exhaust fumes while working on his tractor. Bay
49. 8/31/15 Truck Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Jackson
48. 8/25/15 Grounds Person MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Ogemaw
47. 8/9/15 DNR 1st Lieutenant A Michigan DNR employee died in a plane crash. He was flying his plane to an inservice training program. Emmet
46. 7/27/15 Tow Truck Driver A tow truck driver died due to gun shot wounds when he stopped to assist a person flagging him down. Wayne
45. 1/12/15 Farmer A farmer was crushed under a tractor tire. The decedent was standing on the ground while starting the tractor. Unbeknowst to him, the tractor was in gear and rolled forward, pinning him onder the tractor tire. Newaygo
44. 1/16/15 Farmer A farmer was pinned under a tractor wheel in a field. The decedent had been attempting to pull out a large tree in a fence row when the tractor became stuck. The decedent either was thrown from the tractor seat or climbed off with the tractor still in gear and became pinned under the tire.  Genesee
43. 6/5/15 Team Leader MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here.

Wayne

42. 6/4/15 Car Transport Driver A car transport driver failed to yield at an intersection and pulled in front of and struck a pickup truck. St. Joseph
41. 7/21/15 Farm Youth MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Eaton
40. 7/18/15 Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oakland
39. 7/14/15 Feed Operations Manager MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kalamazoo
38. 7/13/15 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Saginaw
37. 7/8/15 Maintenance Technician MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kent
36. 6/27/15 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kent
35. 7/7/15 Journeyman Maintenance Technician MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here.  Ionia
33. & 34. 6/6/15 Truck Drivers Two truck drivers died in a head-on collision. One truck driver ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the centerline, and struck an oncoming truck head-on. The collision killed both drivers.  Macomb
32. 5/2/15 Farmer A farmer was trapped underneath an overturned tractor. Montmorency
31. 6/16/15 Electrician Foreman MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Allegan
30. 5/1/15 Part-Time Truck Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Houghton
29. 5/29/15 Production Associate MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Washtenaw
28. 5/27/15 County Employee A county employee driving a pickup died when his truck was struck by a semi being hauled by another semi. The hauled semi drifted over the road centerline. Monroe
27. 3/17/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Monroe
26. 5/26/15 Farmer A farmer was pinned by a Case International tractor when it rolled into a ravine after traveling over a road wash out. Hillsdale
25. 5/28/15 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Saginaw
24. 5/17/15 Taxi Driver A taxi driver died when his taxi was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of an expressway. Bay
23. 5/11/15 Carpenter Foreman MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Washtenaw
22. 5/5/15 Energy Center Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wayne
21. 5/6/15 Manufacturing Laborer A manufacturing laborer died when he was intentionally struck by a vehicle in a parking lot. Wayne
20. 4/24/15 Painter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Washtenaw
19. 4/21/15 Pizza Delivery Driver A pizza delivery driver died due to gunshot wounds during a robbery. Genesee
18. 4/18/15  Shipping Coordinator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wayne
17. 4/15/15 Tree Trimmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oakland
16. 3/31/15 Pawn Shop Owner A pawn shop owner died due to gunshot wounds during a robbery. Wayne
15. 3/26/15 Party Store Owner A party store owner died due to gunshot wounds during a robbery attempt at the store. Macomb
14. 3/25/15 Cab Driver A cab driver died due to gunshot wounds. Wayne
13. 3/20/15 Crane Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Macomb
12. 3/10/15 Resale Shop Owner A resale shop owner died due to gunshot wounds. Wayne
11. 3/7/15 Talent Agency Employee A talent agency employee died due to multiple gunshot wounds sustained in her employer's parking lot. Oakland
10. 2/26/15 Accounts Receivable Specialist An accounts receivable/accounting specialist died when she was struck by a semi truck while trying to cross a street on a work-associated errand. Otsego
9. 1/19/15 Dump Truck Driver A dump truck driver died when the truck's front tire exploded, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, exit the roadway, and strike some trees. Kalamazoo
8. 2/21/15 Pizza Delivery A pizza delivery driver died due to stab wounds. Macomb
7. 2/6/15 Security Specialist A security firm owner died due to gunshot wounds sustained when he was securing a parking lot for a nightclub. Wayne
6. 1/26/15 Pizza Delivery A pizza delivery driver died when the rear passenger side of the vehicle she was driving was struck an oncoming driver. The decedent was stopped on the roadway waiting to turn left onto another road. The crash caused the decedent's vehicle to roll onto its right side and then burst into flames. Oakland
4. & 5. 1/15/15 Farm Owners The decedents, who were partners in a farming business, died of gunshot wounds. Presque Isle
3. 1/8/15 Sheet Metal Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oakland
2. 1/9/15 Scrap Hauler The driver of a pickup truck was hauling scrap in a trailer when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The roadway was snow covered and icy at the time of the crash. Saginaw
 1.  1/9/15  Truck Driver  A semi truck driver died when the truck he was driving was involved in a chain reaction pile-up of more than 120 vehicles. Snow, wind and poor visibility contributed to the incident. Kalamazoo

 

 

 

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