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2017 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
128. 1/18/17 Regional Sales Manager A regional sales manager died when his vehicle was struck by a semi truck. The semi truck had the right of way. The decedent stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection when he was struck on the driver's side of his vehicle by the semi. Lenawee
127. 7/15/17 Club Owner An after-hours club owner died from multiple gunshot wounds. Wayne
126. 9/26/17 Grocery Store Manager A grocery store manager fell and died from complications of the head injury sustained at the time of the fall. Wayne
125. 6/8/17 Carpenter A carpenter was fatally electrocuted while using a home-made woodburning tool. Gratiot
124. 11/10/17 Systems Technician A systems technician died when the company vehicle he was driving crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. Wayne
123. 11/13/17 Towing Business Owner A towing business owner died from gunshot wounds while assisting a client. Kent
122. 6/2/17 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Clinton
121. 1/5/17 Postal Worker A postal worker fell while delivering mail and died from complications of the fall. Midland
120. 4/28/17 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted carbon monoxide poisoning. Jackson
119. 2/8/17 Business Owner A business owner received third degree burns which complicated a heart condition, causing his death. The decedent was attempting to change a 100-pound propane cylinder when the incident occurred. Emmett
118. 12/18/17 Garbage Truck Driver A garbage truck driver died when he did not slow down for slow-moving traffic ahead and rear-ended a semi trailer. Lenawee
117. 11/21/17 Truck Driver A truck driver driving a box truck was stopped in traffic and was struck from behind by a car hauler. The collision caused the box truck to be pushed into the rear of a semi-trailer.
Wayne
116. 12/16/17 Security Guard A security guard was struck by an out-of-control vehicle. The decedent was working with another security guard at the time of the incident. The decedent noticed the out-of-control vehicle heading for his colleague. The decedent pushed his colleague out of the way, but the decedent could not get out of the way and was struck by the vehicle. Wayne
115. 12/30/17 Farmer A farmer died when he reached into a corn picker and his clothing became entangled. Lapeer
114. 11/13/17 Truck Driver A truck driver died when his semi-trailer and an SUV sideswiped. The decedent's truck left the roadway, jacknifed, and struck some trees. Livingston
113. 11/14/17 Store Co-Owner A store co-owner died from gundshot wounds sustained during a robbery. Wayne
112. 8/25/72 Police Officer A police officer died in 2017 from complications of gunshot wounds sustained in 1972 while responding to a robbery. Wayne
111. 10/7/17 Farm/Ranch Hand A farm/ranch hand died due to a self-inflicted hanging. Saginaw
110. 12/22/17 Coil Handler MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Ottawa
109. 12/20/17 Part-time Maintenance MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Ottawa
108. 12/24/17 Bus Attendant MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
107. 10/3/17 Skilled Trades A skilled tradesman died from injuries sustained when he fell approximately 8 from a ladder that was leaned against a building's gutter. The decedent was cleaning the gutter when it appears he had a sudden cardiac event, causing him to fall from the ladder to the ground. The decedent died from the injuries sustained at the time of the fall. Ingham
106. 12/26/17 Co-Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. St. Joseph
105. 9/16/17 Business Owner A business owner died from a self-inflicted hanging. Macomb
104. 10/28/17 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Washtenaw
103. 11/29/17 Farm Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Berrien
102. 12/2/17 Wholesale Business Owner A wholesale candy business owner died from gunshot wounds. Macomb
101. 11/27/17 Laborer A labor was found shot at his place of business. Macomb
100. 9/15/17 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Mason
99. 11/21/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genesee
98. 11/27/17 Handyman A handyman was replacing a sump pump at a private residence. The decedent was attempting to retrieve a piece of the float system which had fallin into the pit when he became caught between the sump pit and a pipe. Oakland
97. 11/23/17 Sheriff A county sheriff, standing well off the roadway, was struck by a fleeting motorist being pursued by another county sheriff department. Oakland
96. 10/2/17 Financial officer A financial officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Oakland
95. 2017 Automotive mechanic An automotive mechanic died from a self-inflicted hanging. Alpena
94. 9/1/17 Auto Repair An auto repair shop owner/drag racer died when a fitting on a nitrous oxide tank failed and struck his head. Kalamazoo
93. 8/16/17 Landscaper A landscaper died from complications of a fall. Oakland
92. 8/5/17 Farm Hand A farm hand died when he was compressed by/pinned beneath a tractor pulling a trailer. Van Buren
91. 11/17/17 Owner MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
90. 2017 Cosmetology Instructor A cosmetology insturctor slipped while descending some stairs and died from complications of the injury. Unknown
89. 7/20/17 Restaurant Laborer A restaurant laborer sustained injury to his chest and died of complications of the injury. Muskegon
88. 10/19/89 Lathe Operator A lathe operator fell at work in 1989 and died of complications of the injury in 2017. Macomb
87. 6/23/17 Automotive mechanic An automotive mechanic died from self-inflicted injuries. Wayne
86. 6/8/17 Landscape Worker A landscape worker died when a tree fell, pinning him between the tree trunk and the tractor seat on which he was seated. Calhoun
85. 8/1/17 Farmer A farmer died when the hay baler he was repairing rolled from the blocks on which it was elevated. Montmorency
84. 1/13/17 Delivery Driver A delivery driver left the roadway, crossed two lanes of traffic, and struck a tree. Cass
83. 11/2/17 Truck Driver A semi truck driver died when he failed to yield for a red light and struck another truck. Allegan
82. 11/11/17 Play Center Owner A play center owner died from a gunshot wound. St. Clair
81. 10/9/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Kent
80. 10/13/17 Superintendent MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genesee
79. 11/1/17 Auto Store Manager An auto store manager died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
78. 10/23/17 Tow Truck Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genesee
77. 10/20/17 Laborer A laborer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Wayne
76. 10/21/17 Farmer A farmer was repositioning a cherry picker when he was pinned by the cherry picker against a wall. Cass
75. 10/18/17 Construction A construction worker died from injuries sustained when a rock was thrown from an overpass, striking the vehicle in which he was a passenger. Genesee
74.     Not a Work-Related case.
 
73. 10/16/17 Retail Sales A retail sales person died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
72. 7/12/17 Pizza Delivery A pizza deliveryman died when the van he was driving was struck by another vehicle. The decedent's vehicle was making a left turn into a business's driveway when the van was struck by the oncoming vehicle.   Montcalm
71. 9/15/17 Pipefitter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
70. 9/29/17 Refuse Collector A refuse collector was struck and pinned by a vehicle attempting to pass the trash truck. Wayne
69. 6/28/17 Electrical Worker An electrical worker died from a self-inflicted fall. Wayne
68. 8.10.17 Farmer A farmer died when the tractor he was operating rolled over into a pond. Washtenaw
67. 8/9/17 Mechanic A diesel mechanic died following a suspected fall while in a trucking terminal.   Washtenaw
66. 5/17/17 Truck Driver A truck driver died when the semi he was driving overturned to the drivers side due to a load shift due to excessive speed while on a ramp entering an expressway. Washtenaw
65. 5/9/17 State Representative A state representative died from a self-inflicted hanging. Ingham
64. 9/10/17 Mechanic A mechanic died while after performing brake work on a car. The car was lowered and another individual started the car and began to move it to remove the wedge which had been placed behind the rear tire while the decedent stood a short distance in front of the car. The brakes failed and the decedent was pinned. Lapeer
63. 9/20/17 State Trooper A state trooper was responding to an incident on his motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle. Kent
62. 8/26/17 Farmer A farmer died when he was pinned under his tractor when, for reasons unknown, the tractor entered a drainage ditch and rolled over. Ionia
61. 8/27/17 Electrician An electrician was performing electrical work in the attic of a church when he was electrocuted Livingston
60. 9/22/17 Heavy Equipment Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genessee
59. 9/15/17 Caregiver A caregiver died from a gunshot wound while providing care in a home setting. Wayne
58. 9/13/17 Landscape/Demolition MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Oakland
57. 4/12/17 Power Equipment Sales An owner of a power equipment sales firm died while working in the small engine repair shop. A fire started and he sustained extensive burns. Emmet
56. 2/9/17 Farmer A farmer died when the vehicle she was driving was struck by a vehicle that did not stop at a stop sign. Huron
55. 5/25/17 Farmer A farmer died from a self-inflicted hanging. Berrien
54. 8/26/17 Crew Worker A crew worker for a fast food restaurant died when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree. Lapeer
53. 7/15/17 Farmer A farmer was run over by a tractor. Cass
52. 8/5/17 Farm Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Clare
51. 5/18/17 Insurance Adjuster A insurance agent died when the vehicle he was driving was struck head-on by a wrong way driver. Osceola
50. 8/29/84 Dismantler A dismantler in an auto parts salvage operation died in 2017 from complications sustained when a vehicle fell onto him in 1984. Oceana
49. 8/10/17 Road Commission Truck Driver A road commission truck driver died when the dump truck he was driving either ran a stop sign/failed to yield to an oncoming semi truck. The semi truck struck the decedent's truck. Ottawa
48. 2/10/17 Nurse Aide A nurse aid died from a drug overdose of prescription medication. Kent
47. 7/26/17 Sole Proprietor/Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genesee
46. 6/13/17 Salesman A salesman died from gunshot wounds. Wayne
45. 2/26/17 Farmer A farmer was struck and run over by a bulldozer. Saginaw
44. 5/9/17 Probation Officer A probation officer died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a collision. Osceola
43. 4/30/17 Artist An artist fell through the roof of a commercial building. Wayne
42. 8/1/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Allegan
41. 8/1/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Kalamazoo
40. 7/28/17 Roofer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
39. 7/30/17 Racing Boat Owner A racing boat owner died when the boat in which he was acting as throttleman was struck by another boat. St. Clair
38. 7/29/17 Grain Elevator Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Kent
37. 6/2/17 Dump Truck Driver A dump truck driver died when the dump truck left the roadway, went through the guardrails, and rolled over. Ontonogan
36. 6/12/17 Auto Repair An individual working in auto repair died from a gunshot wound. Wayne
35. 5/10/17 Police Officer A police officer died when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree. Muskegon
34. 7/20/17 Environmental Chemical Applicator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Emmet
33. 7/19/17 Journeyman Lineman MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
32. 7/21/17 Electrician An electrician died from a self-induced hanging Kent
31. 7/14/17 Heavy Equipment Mechanic A heavy equipment mechanic died when the head of a combine that was in the process of being dismantled fell onto him. Saginaw
30. 5/19/17 Student A student died from injuries sustained while welding on a 55-gallon drum. Oakland
29. 6/14/17 Fire Department Chief A fire chief died when he was struck by a vehicle while he stood near the rear of his rescue vehicle. Kalamazoo
28. 7/10/17 Journeyman/Technician MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
27. 6/27/17 Oven Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Berrien
26. 5/31/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Mason
25. 3/9/17 Retirement Community Leader A retirement community leader died when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle which crossed the centerline. Oakland
24. 5/22/17 Iron Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
23. 5/5/17 Store Owner A store owner died from gunshot wounds. Kalamazoo
22. 4/23/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Kalamazoo
21. 4/11/17 Carpenter MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Macomb
20. 4/8/17 Laborer MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
19. 4/27/17 Laborer A laborer died from a drug overdose. Genessee
18. 4/15/17 Limo Driver A limo driver died from a gunshot wound sustained during a robbery. Wayne
17. 4/6/17 Machine Operator A machine operator died from a drug overdose. Ottawa
16. 1977 Unknown Fall injury complications from a fall sustained during construction work in 1977. Unknown
15. 1/19/17 Truck Driver A semi truck driver lost control of the truck, over-corrected and rolled over, ejecting the driver. Newaygo
14. 4/7/17 Welder MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Lapeer
13. 4/5/17 Truck Driver A truck driver died when the truck he was driving was struck head on by an oncoming semi truck that crossed the centerline while attempting to avoid a collision with a pickup truck. Ionia
12. 4/2/17 Physician A physixian was struck by a vehicle while rendering aid at a motor vehicle crash scene. Wayne
11. 3/23/16 Public Service Worker MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne
10. 3/7/17 Maintenance MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Saginaw
9. 2/6/17 Truck Driver A truck driver died from gunshot wounds. Genessee
8. 2/7/17 Truck Driver A truck driver died when the trailer was struck by another vehicle which had disregarded a stop sign, causing the decedent's unit to overturn. Wayne
7. 2/1/17 Truck Driver MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Genessee
6. 1/19/17 Snowmobile Trail Groomer A snowmobile trail groomer died while performing maintenance on a trail groom machine. Schoolcraft
5. 1/16/17 Landscaper A landscaper, who was a passenger in a vehicle died when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Ingham
4. 1/6/17 Snowmobile Racer A snowmobile racer died when he lost control of the snowmobile and fell from the machine. He was struck by several competitor's sleds. Isabella
3. 1/10/17 Gas Station Attendant A gas station attendant's body was found at the scene of a fire. Wayne
2. 1/11/17 Unknown A worker was killed in an altercation with a coworker. Cass
1. 1/11/17 Crane Operator MIOSHA Program-Related Fatality. Please access information here. Wayne