MIOSHA Annual Fatality Information (01/01/16 – 05/31/16)

Preliminary details about fatalities reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) during the opening five months of 2016.

Information released by MIOSHA shows 9 workplace deaths so far in 2016. The most frequent cause were falls. This represented 7 out of 9 total deaths.

MIOSHA releases data to help employers build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in the workplace. Jobs represented include roofers, general laborers, truck drivers, sanitation workers, excavator operators, and tree trimmers. Even a 65 year-old owner of a company died while performing tree trimming.

Our law firm has represented several individuals who were seriously hurt falling off roofs. We are dedicating this blog post to those clients.

Preventing falls

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has an ongoing campaign to prevent deadly falls in the workplace. In 2013, there were 291 fatal falls out of 828 total fatalities in the construction industry. OSHA says these deaths are preventable. It has come up with 3 simple steps to save lives.

Investments in safety

MIOSHA awards grants on an annual basis for the development and implementation of safety programs across the state. This grant money paid real dividends in 2015 when a horizontal lifeline system saved an employee who fell off bridge over a major highway.

Complaint process

We encourage employees to contact MIOSHA about safety or health hazards in their own workplaces. The complaint process allows a person to request withholding of their name from an employer.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

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MIOSHA: Annual Fatality Information

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