Michigan Reports 17th Worker Death

Summary of incident:  On May 9, 2013, at approximately 4:14 pm, an insurance claims adjuster asked to borrow a ladder from a contractor working next door claiming his ladder was too short to gain access to the roof. The contractor permitted use and helped set the ladder against the building and held it while the deceased climbed and gained access to the roof. According to the contractor, as the claims adjuster was preparing to climb down, he swung his leg over the edge of the roof missing the ladder rung causing him to fall head first approximately 18-feet onto a concrete surface.    

Last year there were 26 MIOSHA-related deaths.  2009 saw the lowest number with 24. 

 

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Fatality Number

Date

Occupation

Age

Type of Injury

Description

Location (City)

1.

1/17/13

Assistant Manager

36

Crush

Employee was run over by a tractor while trying to remove a railroad timber using a tractor loader with a front bucket. 

Turner

2.

1/18/13

Materials Handler

42

Crush

Employee was operating a crane and was crushed by beams that fell out of the sling being carried by the crane.

Belleville

3.

1/23/13

Carpenter

20

Fall

Employee fell approximately 19’ from a high-pitch residential roof while installing shingles.  

Coldwater

4.

1/24/13-accident

1/28/13-passed away

Laborer

56

Cave-in

Employee was working in a 12’ deep excavation to repair a leaking water main when a section of the side collapsed, completely burying him.  Coworkers uncovered him and he was taken to medical facilities, where he later expired.

Grosse Isle

5.

2/06/13

Bus Operator

48

Run over

Employee dropped off last fare and stepped out of bus.  Bus began to roll.  She attempted to re-enter the bus and was run over by the rear tires.

Mt. Morris

6.

2/18/13

Roofer

39

Fall

Employee was installing insulation material on a low-pitch roof for a new commercial building.  He was working between the warning line system and the edge of the roof when he fell 25 feet to the ground.  

Howell

7.

2/16 /13-accident

2/20/13-passed away

Carpenter

33

Struck

Employee was struck in the eye by nail from pneumatic nail gun while rough framing a house.  Nail entered through eye socket into the brain.

White Lake

8.

2/25/13

Roofer

36

Fall

Employee fell 22 feet through a deteriorated roof while in the process of replacing the metal decking. 

Grand Blanc

9.

3/17/13

Welder

61

Struck

Employee was welding a piece of equipment over a pulper and fell into the pulper. The pulper is an open top vat with a spinning rotor blade at the bottom. 

White Pigeon

10.

3/21/13

Carpenter

48

Fall

Employee fell 35 feet when a gust of wind pushed the employee and a window he was installing off the platform of a forklift.

Franklin

11.

3/21/13

Die Setter

42

Struck

Employee had a mold hooked on a crane when the bolt gave way causing the mold to fall, bounce and hit another mold.  The employee was between the two molds and struck.

Shelby Township

12.

4/11/13

Co-Owner

59

Crush

The co-owner was trying to re-stake a large spruce tree that had fallen over. He used the bucket on his skidster to help. He was standing on the ground beside his cab and apparently leaned into the cab and accidently activated the bucket controls. His head was crushed between the bucket lifting arms and the cab.

Emmett

13.

4/22/13

 

Pipefitter

49

Explosion

An explosion occurred in the digester at a waste water treatment plant. Construction employees were working on or near a tank using a welder’s torch. 

Dexter

14.

5/8/13

Fire Fighter

29

Crush

Employee was one (1) of five (5) fire fighters assigned to interior firefighting duties at a local strip mall.  An evacuation order had been issued, but the roof collapsed trapping the deceased before he could escape.  The fire department had been on scene for less than one (1) hour before the collapse.

Westland

15.

5/8/13

HVAC Tech

43

Fall

The employee was working on the roof as part of HVAC removal when he fell approximately 30 feet through a skylight to the concrete floor below.

Oceana

16.

5/10/13

Truck Driver

38

Crush

Employee was lowering an approx. 40 yard trash dumpster box from his truck when the box became free and fell onto the employee crushing him.

Romulus

17.

5/9/13

Claims Adjuster

73

Fall

The insurance claims adjuster asked to borrow a ladder from a contractor working next door claiming his ladder was too short to gain access to the roof. The contractor permitted use and helped set the ladder against the building and held it while the deceased climbed and gained access to the roof. According to the contractor, as the claims adjuster was preparing to climb down, he swung his leg over the edge of the roof missing the ladder rung causing him to fall head first approximately 18-feet onto a concrete surface.    

Ferndale

 

 

Use the information in this table to build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in your workplace.   This table shares preliminary details about many of the fatalities reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 (Archive on Monday, January 01, 0001)
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