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2016 MIchigan Work-Related Deaths

Case Summary

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 jurisdiction as defined in Public Act 154 of 1974, as amended and the fatality may be related to a MIOSHA standard.

 

Case Number Date of Injury Occupation Description Incident County
162. 8/16/16 Mechanic A mechanic collapsed while attending a training session. Wayne
161. 8/18/16 Bar Owner A bar owner was a bystander who was knocked off a bar stool during an altercation between customers. Wayne
160. 10/10/16 Athlete An athlete selling Cds of his fights died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
159. 11/20/16 Caregiver A caregiver died from a gunshot wound. Oakland
158. 7/22/16 House Remodelor 68-year-old male house remodelor died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Cass
157. Unknown 2016 Bartender/Catering Chef A bartender/catering chef died from multiple drug intoxication. Kalamazoo
156. 7/18/16 Flight Instructor A flight instructor, who was a passengern in the plane, died in a plane crash when the plane sustained a loss of engine power that was likely due to carburetor icing. Marquette
155. 9/7/16 Carpenter A carpenter was driving a pickup truck with a coworker in the passenger seat. The incident occurred at an intersection. Two semi tractor/trailers were stopped; the pickup had the right of way. One semi made a right turn. The second semi, which was positioned behind the semi which made the turn, entered the intersection. The driver's side of the pickup truck struck the passenger side of the tractor. Sanilac
154. 3/4/16 Logger A logger died when he was struck by a tree. It is unknown if he had just felled the incident tree or if he was struck by a nearby tree. Osceola
153. 11/10/16 Roofer A roofer died from alcohol and drug combination complications. Cass
152. 11/23/16 Towing/Tire Shop Owner A towing/tire shop owner died, as did three of his friends, when they were overcome by carbon monoxide while sitting in front of a wood burning stove and portable gas heater. Wayne
151. 8/2/16 Mechanic A mechanic died when the elevated vehicle he was working under fell from the jacks (which may have collapsed) and crushed him. Jackson
150. 11/13/16 Millwright A millwright deid from multiple drug toxicity. Wayne
149. 6/25/16 Farmer A farmer was operating a tractor equiped with a front end load and pulling a brush hog. As he was mowing his property, it appears he fell from the tractor and was run over by the brush hog. Wexford
148. 9/7/16 Truck Driver A truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign after exiting an expressway. The truck struck the concrete end barrier of a bridge and then continued down an embankment. Allegan
147. 9/7/16 Self-Employed A self employed individal died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
146. 12/16/16 Tire Sales/Service A tire sales/servie worker driving a van struck the trailer of a semi-truck as the semi was merging onto an expressway. Ingham
145. 10/28/16 House Cleaner A house cleaner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kent
144. 1/5/16 Store Clerk A store clerk died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Oakland
143. 11/26/16 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted hanging. Clinton
142. December 2016 Principal A auto/truck salesman died from a self-inflicted hanging. Monroe
141. 11/27/16 Barber A barber died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
140. 12/2/16 Painter A painter fell down the stairs of a home under construction, Kent
139. January 2016 Real Estate A real estate agent was found dead in a home with an electric generator in the basement. Wayne
138. 12/15/16 Auto Repai An owner of an auto repair business died from a self-inflicted hanging. Livingston
137. 11/1/16 Account Executive An account executive did not stop at an intersection and his vehicle was struck by an oncoming semi with the right of way. Calhoun
136. 11/11/16 Restaurant Worker A restaurant worker had a witnessed collapse and struck her head on the floor. Grand Traverse
135. 9/14/16 Police Officer A police officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Genesee
134. 1/15/16 Master Mechanic A master mechanic died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Livingston
133. 10/7/16 Registered Nurse A registered nurse died from multiple drug intoxication. Shiawassee
132. 9/16/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his truck left the roadway and hit some trees. Cheboygan
131. 9/28/01 Mobile Home Set-up Crew Leader A mobile home set up crew leader was injured in 2001 when a mobile home fell due to a jack failure. The individual died of complications of the injury in 2016. VanBuren
130. 10/11/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when the second of two trailers of an oncoming semi veered into his travel lane. Macomb
129. 7/15/16 Heating & Cooling VP A vice president of a heating and cooling company died when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended by another vehicle on a highway. Oakland
128. Indeterminate Retail Salesman A retail salesman selling CDs outside of a store died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
127. 3/12/16 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Berrien
126. 10/22/16 Grower Not in scope on determination Wayne
125. 10/09/16 Equipment Operator Mine Safety and Health Program Related Fatality. Please access information here. Eaton
124. 6/25/71 Telephone Worker A telephone worker died when he fell approximately 25 feet from the ladder he was climbing to access a telephone line. Oakland
123. 10/21/16 Salesperson A salesperson died when his vehicle collided with the back of a semi truck while changing lanes. Allegan
122. 6/27/16 Painter A painter fell approximately 15 feet from a ladder while prepping an area of a home for painting. Marquette
121. 10/28/16 Farmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Calhoun
120. 9/24/16 Automotive Mechanic An automotive mechanic died from injuries sustained when a tool chest fell onto him. Washtenaw
119. 11/30/16 Maintenance Tech MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Ionia
118. 12/8/15 Truck Driver A truck driver died in a multi-vehicle crash. Livingston
117. 1/6/16 Roofer A roofer died from a fall from a roof. Macomb
116. 12/19/16 Farmer A farmer died when pinned between the tractor wheel well and a tree that had fallen after being struck by the back blade of the tractor as a tree was dragged from the area. Sanilac
115. 9/11/16 Farm Laborer A farm laborer died when a tractor rolled over on to him while he was unloading the tractor from a trailer. Livingston
114. 7/26/16 Attorney A attorney died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lenawee
113. 7/21/16 Business Co-Owner A business co-owner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kent
112. 9/3/16 Factory Worker A factory worker died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
111. 10/1/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when he lost control of the truck. The truck left the roadway and traveled down a small embankment and struck multiple trees. Kalamazoo
110. 5/19/16 Church Volunteer A church volunteer died when he fell from a riding lawn mower and was pinned against a retaining wall. Saginaw
109. 11/27/16 Store Wwner A store owner died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
108. 3/16/16 Optical An individual working in the optical retail industry died when he fell and sustained a head injury. Wayne
107. 11/22/16 Police Officer A police officer died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
106. 11/23/16 Party Store Clerk A party store clerk died from gunshot wounds. Jackson
105. 11/21/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his northbound  tanker truck was struck by a vehicle attempting to make a southbound turn onto the roadway.  Lenawee
104. 11/15/16 Truck Driver NOT IN-SCOPE DETERMINATION Muskegon
103. 10/13/16 Generral Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Berrien
102. 8/17/16 Roofer A roofer died from injuries sustained from a fall from a roof. Washtenaw
101. 8/2/16 Farmer A farmer died from injuires sustained while working on the farm. Allegan
100. 7/19/16 Business Owner A business owner died from injuries sustained from a fall from a roof. Wayne
99. 11/13/16 Farmer A farmer died when clothing was entangled in a rotating power take off shaft. Montcalm
98. 11/4/16 Painter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
97. 11/1016 Tree Trimmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
96. 6/20/16 Tech Manager A tech manager died when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a an oncoming truck that crossed the centerline. Berrien
95. 11/1/16 Owner/Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Allegan
93. & 94. 10/28/16 Owner & General Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
92. 10/28/16 Police Officer A police officer was struck by a vehicle while assisting another police unit in the arrest of another vehicle driver. Wayne
91. 10/26/16 Pipefitter Foreman MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
90. 1/21/16 Business Owner A business owner died when his pickup crossed the centerline, left the roadway and struck a tree. Calhoun
88. & 89. 8/9/16 Painters Two individuals, both painters, died as a result of a motor vehicle crash. The individuals were traveling to a job site to paint dorm rooms when the vehicle they were traveling in rear-ended a semi-tractor trailer. Clinton
87. 10/22/16 Fork lift Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Ionia
86. 10/17/16 Fork lift Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Lapeer
85. 7/15/16 Keyboard Analyst A keyboard analyst fell backwards from a chair and died form complications on the fall. Berrien
84. 4/4/16 Manager A manager of a residential treatment facility died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
83. 9/19/16 Journeyman Tree Trimmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Macomb
82. 10/3/16 Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kalamazoo
81. 9/12/16 Police Officer A police officer died from complications of a gunshot wound sustained while in the line of duty. Wayne
80. 9/29/16 Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oceana
79. 9/20/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi overturned. Oakland
78. 9/21/16 Auto Shop Owner An auto shop owner died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
77. 6/27/16 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Washtenaw
76. 9/21/16 Tree Trimmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kalamazoo
75. 9/25/16 Track Cleanup Crew MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Shiawassee
74. 9/15/16 Concrete Finisher MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Kent
73. 9/14/16 Carpenter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oakland
72. 9/12/16 Legislator A legislator was killed when riding a motorcycle. A pickup truck turned left, directly into the decedent's lane of traffic. His motorcycle struck the pickup truck broadside. The decedent was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Montmorency
71. 9/1/16 Fast Food Restaraunt Owner A fast food restaraunt owner died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
70. 9/7/16 Apprentice HVAC Technician An apprentice service technician died when the westbound work van he was driving crossed the median and collided with an eastbound semi truck. Van Buren
69. 4/9/16 Apartment Maintenance An apartment maintenance laborer died when he fell at his place of employment. Wayne
68. 8/22/16 Construction The decedent and a coworker were renovating a home when, while standing on the home's porch, the decedent was fatally shot. Kent
67. 6/23/15 Laborer A heating and cooling laborer was electrocuted while in a crawl space under a home. Genesee
66. 9/6/16 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Macomb
65. 8/15/16 Owner/Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Ogemaw
64. 1/24/16 Firefighter A firefighter fell on ice while working an emergency call. He died from surgical complications. Macomb
63. 8/8/26 Truck Driver A truck driver was working on the rear of his semi tractor when, while lowering the semi tractor down, it rolled forward, and the rear tires pinned him. Midland
62. 3/18/16 Farmer A farmer died when he was pinned under a large tree he was cutting. Kent
61. 7/5/16 Warehouse laborer A warehouse laborer died from a drug overdose while at his workplace. Wayne
58.- 60. 8/20/16 Construction Workers Five construction workers were traveling to a jobsite when the driver of the pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, ran off of the roadway and struck a tree. Three workers were declared dead at the scene of the crash and two workers were transported to the hospital. Leelanau
57. 8/11/16 Farmer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Tuscola
56. 8/25/16 Iron Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Ottawa
55. 1/13/16 Police Officer A police officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Chippewa
54. 5/22/16 Construction Firm Owner A construction firm owner died when he was struck and run over by a piece of heavy machinery. Ingham
52. & 53. Unknown Construction Laborers Two construction laborers died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator located in the basement of the home in which they were performing work. Wayne
51. 2/17/16 Machine Operator A machine operator died from blunt head trauma while working at a construction site operating an excavator.  Wayne
50. 5/27/16 Farmer A farmer operating an all terrain vehicle died in a collision with a pickup truck on a dirt path between two fields. Barry
49. 6/12/16 Boat Maintenance A boat maintenance technician at a campground drowned in a lake while retrieving a boat. Genesee
48. 8/16/16 Owner/Electrician MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Berrien
47. 8/10/16 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Allegan
46. 8/21/16 Lifeguard MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Presque Isle
45. 7/25/16 Resident Delivery Person MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access informaiton here. Wayne
44. 5/30/16 Posse Deputy Sheriff A police officer died when the horse he was riding began to buck, causing him to be thrown from the horse. Branch
43. 7/27/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when the semi he was driving struck the rear of a semi-trailer stopped on an expressway. St. Clair
42. 5/11/16 Volunteer Laborer A volunteer laborer died from injuries sustained when a building collapsed on him. Wayne
41. 1/31/16 Used Phone Sales A used phone salesman died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
40. 5/21/16 Car Wash Attendant A car wash attendant died from gunshot wounds. Genesee
38. & 39. 7/26/16 Assistant Manager & Leasing Agent Two workers an apartment complex died from gunshot wounds Genesee
37. 3/9/16 Farm worker A farm worker died when he was gored by a bull. Kent
36. 7/26/16 Preparation Manager MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
35. 7/27/16 QC Tech MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Cass
34. 7/26/16 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Allegan
33. 7/20/16 Truck Driver A truck driver driving a box truck struck the rear of a semi-trailer that had slowed for traffic on an expressway. Livingston
31. & 32. 7/11/2016 Court Bailiffs Two court bailiffs died from gunshot wounds when the individual they were escorting to court obtained a gun and shot them during an escape attempt. Berrien
30. 7/25/16 Delivery Driver A delivery driver was driving a box truck when the truck crossed the centerline, then left the roadway striking a parked car and tree. Kalamazoo
29. 7/25/16 Carpenter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
28. 7/22/16 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
27. 6/26/16 Machine Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Oakland
26. 4/7/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi and tanker left the roadway and overturned. Cass
25. 6/10/16 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi truck collided with another semi truck which was stopped on the roadway due to slow moving traffic. Monroe
24. 2/22/07 Service Technician A service technician died in 2016 from injury complication sustained in 2006 during machine repair at a dairy. St. Joseph
23. 6/1/16 Restaurant Owner A restaurant owner died in a fire at his restaurant. Lapeer
22. 2/23/16 Logger A logger died when the skidder he was operating overturned as he was hauling logs downhill and pinned him. Menominee
21. 4/23/16 Owner/Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Macomb
20. 1982 Farm Laborer A farm laborer died of complications of a fall that occurred in 1982. Unknown
19. 4/14/16 Hospice Worker A hospice worker died in a house fire. Genesee
18. 4/23/16 Tree Trimmer A tree trimmer fell from a ladder while cutting a tree. Saginaw
17. 4/9/16 Wood Sales/Laborer A wood sales/laborer died as a result of a motor vehicle crash. The decedent, for reasons unknown, drove off the highway and his truck rolled several times. Kalamazoo
16. 5/6/16 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related death: Please access information here. Wayne
15. 4/27/16 Truck Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wayne
14. 4/27/16 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Bay
13. 4/25/16 Sanitation Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Charlevoix
12. 3/24/15 Farmer A farmer died when he was crushed by the arm of a skid steer loader. Lenawee
11. 3/20/16 Uber Driver An Uber driver died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
10. Unknown Taxi Driver A taxi driver died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
9. 3/18/16 Hockey Official A hockey official died when he fell while skating and struck his head on the ice. Kent
8. 3/14/16 Owner/Operator an owner/operator was working to clear a drain at a property he was intending to sell. He was found at the drain with his head inside the drain. Calhoun
7. 3/22/16 Foreman/Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Berrien
6. 3/21/16 Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here.  Macomb
5. 1/8/16 Automotive Laborer An automotive laborer died from a drug overdose. Wayne
4. 1/2/16 Farmer A farmer/automotive repairer died while clearing trees. He was using a tractor to topple a 6-inch diameter tree. According to reports, the tractor "walked up the tree" while the bucket was in the air. The tractor overturned and he was pinned. Monroe
3. 2/29/16 Tree Climber MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Washtenaw
2. 2/8/16 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality: Please access information here. Wexford
 1.  1/15/16 Owner  A tow truck owner/operator died when  an oncoming vehicle struck him, the truck's tow cable and the vehicle he was pulling out of the ditch.  St. Clair