Occupational
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College of Human Medicine

All Fatality Types

CASE images/MIFACE Summaries of MIOSHA Inspections
Case 10 20-year-old worker was killed when the wheel of a skid-steer loader crushed his head.
Case 105 18-year-old truck driver died of multiple injuries after being crushed by a falling cement slab.
Case 107 26-year-old security guard was killed when a 60-foot overhead door section fell on him.
Case 139 47-year-old tree trimmer was killed when he was struck by a tree limb.
Case 156 35-year-old owner of a tree trimming service was electrocuted while cutting a large branch from a tree.
Case 163 22-year-old tree trimmer electrocuted while trimming branches from a pine tree that was overgrown into a 4,800-volt power line.
Case 171 29-year-old supervisor for a landscaping and tree-trimming firm was electrocuted when an energized power line broke, fell to the ground, and the current passed through the dew-covered grass.
Case 187 47-year-old tree trimmer/arborist was killed when he fell approximately 60 feet while topping a 90-foot tall, two-foot diameter white pine.
Case 20 45-year-old laborer was killed when he was struck by a road grader at a road construction site.
Case 215 27-year-old laborer for a tree trimming service died when the passenger side front tire of a GMC C8500 bucket truck that he was attempting to guide while it was backing into a parking space caught his foot and he was run over.
Case 230 21-year-old window cleaner died when he fell approximately 60 feet while suspented over the edge of a building roof as he was preparing to descend in a boatswain chair.
Case 236 36-year-old male foreman for a tree trimming service was electrocuted when he contacted a live, 4,800-volt power line that had fallen to the ground.
Case 240 33-year-old male landscape worker drowned when the Toro Z Master riding lawnmower he was using to cut grass on a 24- to 27- degree culvert slope overturned into a water-filled ditch.
Case 261 39-year-old heavy equipment operator died when he was ejected from the driver’s seat of the Daewoo loader equipped with a tree fork and then pinned under the driver’s side rear tire.
Case 284 46-year-old owner of a tree trimming/stump removal business died when he contacted an energized overhead power line of unknown voltage.
Case 285 49-year-old co-owner of a tree service died due to a 40-foot fall when the top of the elm tree to which he was tied off broke away from the tree after the tree trunk was struck by a swinging tree branch.
Case 306 64-year-old tree cutter died when the oak tree branch he was cutting had an uncontrolled fall, knocking the decedent upside down and then crushing him between the branch and the main trunk of the tree.
Case 315 36-year-old co-owner/operator of a small tree removal company died when the unsupported raised dump bed of a 1988 Ford F-600 dump truck came down unexpectedly, crushing him between the dump bed and the truck frame.
Case 316 36-year-old landscaping company mechanic died when he was struck by a trailer’s 20-pound stop block while lowering the trailer height.
Case 332 59-year-old landscaping business owner died when he was crushed between the lift bucket arms connecting cross member and the front frame of a Gehl Model 7800 skid steer loader.
Case 338 23-year-old tree trimmer died when his upper back contacted an energized C-phase 7,980-volt overhead power line.
Case 358 61-year-old tree service owner died when he was thrown from the bucket of a cherry picker.
Case 36 43-year-old truck driver dies after being trapped and crushed beneath a truck door.
Case 368 47-year-old foreman/flagman of a tree trimming crew was struck by a driver entering the work zone and died several weeks later from the injuries sustained at the time of the incident.
Case 371 52-year-old tractor trailer driver died when he was struck by the pup trailer of another semi when maneuvering in a sugar beet field.
Case 375 48-year-old landscape worker died when he was struck by a tree trunk he had felled.
Case 38 31-year-old man died after being struck by a falling tree while attempting to get out of the way of the falling tree.
Case 391 30-year-old welder’s helper died due to complications of burns sustained in a flash fire that occurred during welding of previously decommissioned piping at a tank farm facility.
Case 396 28-year-old tree trimmer died when he fell approximately 40 feet when his Weaver Cougar Positioning Saddle Model 1075 rope bridge failed while ascending a tree.
Case 402 66-year-old owner of a tree trimming service died from injuries sustained when he fell from the bucket of bucket truck.
Case 403 30-year-old carpenter was electrocuted when the arm of the 125-foot JLG contacted an energized 7,200 volt overhead power line while washing a silo.
Case 417 24-year-old male tree trimming company owner died when a large branch struck him while trimming a tree.
Case 419 49-year-old tree removal company owner died when a limb split and fell onto the bucket of the bucket truck positioned 55 feet in the air causing him to be catapulted from the bucket.
Case 421 38-year-old owner and a 20-year-old coworker drowned when they attempted to assist coworkers in a boat taking on water and beginning to sink.
Case 429 46-year-old journeyman tree trimmer died from a 35- to 45- foot fall when the knot used to attach his climbing rope to his climbing saddle untied.
Case 430 75-year-old tree trimmer died when he fell approximately 20 feet after the branch he was sitting on broke at the crotch while he was readjusting his lifeline.
Case 438 40-year-old tree trimmer died when he fell approximately 40 feet from a tree.
Case 72 41-year-old self-employed male was electrocuted when he touched a truck door that was energized due to the truck’s crane contacting an energized 7600-volt overhead powerline.
Case 80 37-year-old landscaper was killed when the zero-turn radius riding lawnmower he was operating went over a sea wall and landed on top of him in the water.
Case 81 50-year-old chain saw operator for a tree service died when he was pinned between a tree and tire of a Hydro Ax .