MIOSHA Fatality Information (June 2019)

Preliminary details about workplace fatalities reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the first half of 2019.

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The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has published details regarding 8 workplace fatalities so far in 2019. This information is published to help employers build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in the workplace. There were 38 deaths reported to MIOSHA in 2018.

Occupations include general laborer, maintenance supervisor, technician, truck operator, car wash worker, service technician, and mechanic. Types of injury include falls (from elevation), struck by, and electrocution. Ages of victims range from 19 to 56. Communities represented were Saline, Clare, South Lyon, New Boston, Troy, Clarkston, Sagola, and Cassopolis.

These statistics are difficult to read and put a human face on workplace safety. Every life is precious and many of these deaths could have been prevented through training. Fall (from elevation), struck by, and electrocution are represented on the MIOSHA list every year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) includes each on its list of “fatal four” causes of death in construction. Employers would be wise to look at their job sites and keep these hazards in mind.

We encourage anyone who sees or hears about safety problems in the workplace to contact MIOSHA. The complaint process allows withholding of names to protect against employer retaliation. Employee safety must always come before company profits. Tragic accidents can be avoided!

Families who do experience tragedy can seek relief under Michigan’s workers’ compensation law. It pays survivors benefits to dependent relatives. Spouses and children can receive up to 500 weeks of wage loss benefits. This is based upon the average weekly wage before death and is in addition to whatever has already been paid out under workers’ compensation. Medical bills death should be covered 100% without co-pays. A funeral expense of $6,000 is available. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation is a confusing system and not all relatives will qualify for payment. Spouses who work might be disqualified or receive less money. Children over the age of 16 might have to prove factual dependency.

It is also possible to file a lawsuit against third parties who were negligent. Damages include pain and suffering. These cases are very common on construction sites where multiple companies are working at the same time. It is important to look at all potential sources of recovery. The insurance company who pays workers’ compensation benefits will have a statutory lien on any recovery.

Our law firm has represented many people who have suffered the loss of a family member. No amount of money can ever replace a loved one. But it is still important to speak with an attorney to evaluate all potential claims, so the best recovery can be made. Knowing there are no additional claims to pursue can give comfort to grieving families.

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 (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

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