workplace deaths

29 Michigan workers died on the job in 2015

Dec 31, 2015
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An annual report from the Michigan Occupation Safety and Health Administration says 29 workers lost their lives on job sites this year.

The most recent death involved a 17-year-old farm hand who was found unresponsive a short time after arriving for work. 

MIOSHA said atmospheric testing showed high levels of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, possibly from a steam generator near where the teenager was working.

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Dr. Alice Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was a leading expert in the field of occupational health and a pioneer in toxicology. She lived to the age of 101.

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A new report says work-place deaths in Michigan are on the decline.

But work related homicides are rising.

Michigan State University’s annual report finds 125 people died on the job in the state last year. That’s down from 134 the year before.  

Michigan company facing $558K fine for worker's death

Apr 24, 2015
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A  Michigan plastics company is facing $558,000 in fines for safety violations, including those that led to a worker's death.

Last June, Grand Rapids Plastics employee Russel Scharenbroch was crushed to death inside a horizontal injection molding machine he was cleaning.

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FLINT  (AP) - A worker's compensation claim in Michigan could require a full tank of gas.

  The Michigan Supreme Court says a person injured on the job has no right to have a worker's compensation hearing in the same county. The court recently reversed a decision from the state appeals court in the case of Lawrence Younkin, who injured his back in Genesee County.

  Younkin sued after officials consolidated offices and moved some hearings to Eaton County from Flint, a distance of roughly 70 miles.

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Union leaders are applauding a promise by state Democratic lawmakers to reinstate workplace safety regulations in Michigan.

The names of dozens of Michigan workers who died on the job were read aloud during a ceremony in Lansing. There are about 120 deaths in the workplace every year in Michigan.

Karla Swift is the president of the state AFL-CIO. She says Michigan workers need good safety regulations in place to protect them on the job "so that they come home after a day’s work in the same condition that they left in." 


The number of people who died on the job in Michigan increased in 2010.  Michigan State University researchers track workplace deaths.   Researcher Ken Rosenman says agriculture recorded the most on-the-job fatalities last year.  He says workplace homicides also more than doubled in 2010. 

In all, 123 people died in the workplace in Michigan last year. 

Rosenman insists most, if not all, job deaths could have been prevented.