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work related FATALITIES

(Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation)


Traumatic occupational deaths are not random events. Prevention of future work-related fatalities can be accomplished if information about the settings and circumstances in which the work-related death occurred and root causes are identified, and if practical and implementable prevention information is shared with stakeholders who can effect work practice changes in their workplaces. Surveillance and prevention activities of traumatic work-related deaths by the Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (MIFACE) research program began January 1, 2001. MIFACE, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is a joint research project of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The purpose of the MIFACE surveillance project is threefold:

1) Identify types of industries and work situations where workers are dying from acute traumatic incidents
2) Identify the underlying causes of the work-related fatality
3) Formulate and disseminate prevention strategies to reduce work-related fatalities


2014 Work-Related Death Case Summaries      2015 Work-Related Death Case Summaries

2016 Work-Related Death Case Summaries       2017 Work-Related Death Case Summaries

NEW! Two MIFACE Brochures!

Summaries of MIOSHA Inspections
Hazard Alerts
Report of Fatality
Annual Reports



Methylene Chloride and Bathtubs: A Dangerous Combination: YouTube digital story describing a work-related incident in which a Michigan bathtub refinisher died while refinishing an apartment bathtub with a stripping product containing methylene chloride.


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