25-year-old dies after falling at work; 8th worker death in Michigan this year
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports the state's eighth workplace death of the year happened in Kalamazoo.
A 25-year-old laborer fell approximately 12 ½ feet from a 3/12 pitch commercial roof onto a concrete area below. The laborer received a severe head injury. He was hospitalized for approximately 12 days before passing away on May 4, 2017.
There were 43 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2016. The lowest number of workplace related deaths happened in 2009 with 24.
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|1.||01/11/17||Crane Inspector||55||Fall||A 55-year-old crane inspector was at the facility to inspect a crane. While attempting to access the crane, the floor gave way resulting in him falling 30-50 feet to the concrete floor. EMS was called and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.||Dearborn|
|2.||02/01/17||Truck Driver||61||Struck By||
A 61-year-old truck driver was watching two mechanics work on the
inside rear tire of a truck. One mechanic left to retrieve a tool while
the other mechanic was removing the air chuck. The truck driver
approached the tire when the side wall of the tire exploded, releasing
the compressed air and throwing the truck driver backwards where his
head struck the floor. The employee died in route to the hospital.
Employees were working on a furnace that is used to heat treat
automotive parts. The employees removed the vacuum line used to purge
the furnace and connected plant air at approximately 100 p.s.i. to the
door to check for leaks. A section of the door broke away at the welds
and struck the 58-year-old maintenance worker causing fatal injuries.
|4.||03/23/17||Public Service Worker||47||Struck By||
Road crew employees were patching holes when they were struck by
another work truck on site. A 47-year-old public service worker was
killed, another was hospitalized.
|5.||04/07/17||Welder||46||Caught In or Between||
A 46-year-old welder was welding on a 3,000 lb. part mounted on a
fixture when the part fell onto the welder crushing him between the part
and floor. It is undetermined at this time how the part came off the
A 54-year-old laborer was removing wood siding while standing
within a garage that was being demolished. When the laborer removed the
last section of siding, the structure became unstable and toppled onto
A 39-year-old carpenter fell from the roof of a new home to a
concrete surface at ground level. The carpenter later died at the local
|8.||05/04/17||Laborer||25||Fall||A 25-year-old laborer fell approximately 12 ½ feet from a 3/12 pitch commercial roof onto a concrete area below. The laborer received a severe head injury. He was hospitalized for approximately 12 days before passing away.||Kalamazoo|