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The 26th Michigan Worker Death of 2014 Occurred on October 20, 2014

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Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Today at 3:30 PM The 26th Michigan worker death of 2014 occurred on October 20, 2014. Employers and employees are urged to use extreme care and safety diligence in all work activities. Summary of incident: MI OSHA received a report that on October 12, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., a 48 year old bartender went into the basement after closing the bar where she was allegedly overcome by leaking carbon dioxide. She was found unresp
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  Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs  Today at 3:30 PM   The 26th Michigan worker death of 2014 occurred on October 20, 2014. Employers and employees are urged to use extreme care and safety diligence in all work activities.   Summary of incident:    MIOSHA received a report that on October 12, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., a 48 year old bartender went into the basement after closing the bar where she was allegedly overcome by leaking carbon dioxide. She was found unresponsive at 7:00 a.m. EMS was called and she was taken to the hospital where she died on October 20th. There were 27 MIOSHA-related deaths in 2013 & 2012. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24. If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here with resources to help. The Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan free of charge. Contact CET today at (800) 866-4674 or submit a request online at www.michigan.gov/cetrca.  Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of their shift every day! Fatality Number Date Occupation Age Type of Injury Description Location (City) 1. 01/24/14 Operation Employee 30 Suffocation An employee was working at a grain storage terminal loading a railroad car from atop when he fell through the hatch and into soybeans being loaded. The employee died of possible suffocation in the soybeans. White Pigeon 2. 01/24/14 Repair Technician 51 Fall An employee was using a ladder to access the top of a building for purposes of repairing a condensing unit when he apparently fell from the ladder. Grand Rapids 3. 01/29/14 Truck Driver 23 Crush An employee entered company yard at 1:36 am to  pick up a trailer. He was found at 4:45 am pinned  between two trailers. It appeared that the employee was rolling up the dollies on the trailer and the truck rolled back crushing the employee between the trailer he was picking up and a trailer setting next to the one he was picking up. Detroit 4. 02/12/14 Roofer 26 Fall A company was re-roofing a home and the employee fell approximately 30 feet to the ground. He was taken to the hospital and later passed away from his injuries. Farmington Hills  5. 02/11/14 Direct Care Worker 71 Blunt Traumatic Head Injury A 71 year old direct care worker in a group home was slapped in the face by a resident and she fell  back onto a bed. On February 9, 2014 she was found unconscious and was taken to the hospital. On February 11, 2014 she passed away, the death certificate lists the cause of death as blunt traumatic head injury. Macomb 6. 03/04/14 Rider & Floor Tech 43 Crush A rider and floor tech was in the back of a box truck  providing guidance to the driver who was backing up to a semi-trailer they were going to transfer materials to. When the driver stopped and walked to the back of the box truck he observed the deceased pinned  between the box truck and the semi-trailer. Flint 7. 03/05/14 Material Handler 23 Caught Between / Struck By The material handler went to the rear of the machine to adjust a cardboard catch tray as instructed by operator/supervisor who was located at the front of the plastic injection mold machine. The material handler opened the rear door which had the interlock defeated with a shop towel. The material handler leaned in to access the catch tray. The operator/supervisor at the front of the machine closed the operator door which cycled the machine. The material handler was caught between and crushed by the closing of the mold. Shelby Township 8. 03/06/14 Farm Hand 42 Mauled The farm hand was moving approximately 60 cows from a pen where they eat and drink during the day to a barn for milking. A bull that was allowed to routinely mix with the cows, attacked and mauled the farm hand, resulting in their death. Hastings 9. 03/17/14 Tire Repair Technician 37 Crush The tire repair technician responded to an after-hours repair of a semi-truck tire and was crushed when the technician released a bottle jack that was holding up the cab. Grand Rapids 10. 04/04/14 Crane Operator 36 Struck By A crane was lifting a section of duct. The crane  began to tip forward and its counterweights dislodged and struck the 36 year old operator. Ecorse 11. 04/16/14 Laborer 58 Fall The laborer was disassembling and removing equipment from a grain elevator when he fell 60 feet from a catwalk. Ruth  12. 05/10/14 Sanitation Worker 49 Caught Between The sanitation worker was cleaning pieces of conveying equipment where the conveyor belt had  been removed. The sanitation worker's gloved right hand was caught in a plastic drive gear causing him to become entangled in the equipment. The sanitation worker was found approximately 45 minutes later entangled in the equipment. Zeeland 13. 05/04/14 General Laborer 29 Caught Between A 29 year old employee was working on a metal shaft that was in a lathe, the employee's shirt became entangled when he walked around the end of the lathe close to the shaft being worked on. EMS was called and the employee was transferred to the hospital where he died on May 4, 2014 from the injuries sustained on April 21, 2014. MIOSHA was informed of this fatality on May 28, 2014. Clare 14. 06/02/14 Warehouse Employee 31 Struck By A 31 year old warehouse employee was loading steel  pipes on to a trailer using an overhead crane. During the loading process, the load may have shifted striking the worker. Saginaw 15. 06/13/14 Owner 46 Struck By A 46 year old employee was killed when a section of a tree he was cutting fell and struck him in the head. The tree being cut had a rotted center and split into several pieces upon hitting other trees during its fall. Whitehall 16. 06/16/14 Overhead Lineman 54 Electrocution A 54 year old overhead lineman received an electric shock while replacing a pole top transformer. The employee passed away on June 16th due to injuries sustained from the electric shock on June 14th. Carleton 17. 06/23/14 Barn Maintenance 44 Struck By A 44 year old barn maintenance employee was working on a tine rake tire, trying to seat the tire by using a hammer. The tire exploded causing the rim and tire to be propelled into the employee’s chest.  Deford 18. 06/27/14 Die Setter/Tech 34 Crushed A 34 year old die setter was crushed when an operator of a horizontal plastic injection mold press started the machine without knowing that the die setter was inside the machine. The machine was set to automatically cycle when started. Grand Rapids 19. 07/01/14 Owner 73 Electrocution A 73 year old employee/owner of an electrical contracting company was on a 6 foot ladder  performing electrical work at a nursing home when he contacted electrical power lines causing him to fall and suffer rib and chest trauma in addition to electrical injuries. The employee/owner passed away from his injuries at 4:43 a.m. on July 1, 2014. Redford  20. 07/21/14 Farm Worker 46 Crushed A 46 year old employee, the operator of the bull dozer, was standing on top of the front blade with another employee standing on the fender. The two were attempting to hang tarps on the side of a barn when the dozer moved ahead causing the deceased to lose his balance and fall to the ground where he was run over. Alma 21. 08/25/14 Shot Blast Operator 60 Crushed A 60 year old shot blast operator was operating a shot blast machine with fabricated metal guards  placed around the front of the machine. The guards were there because they were running a part in the shot blaster that was so large the doors could not be closed. These guards weighed approximately 632  pounds each and there were a total of two guards. The operator had climbed underneath the guards and  bumped them causing the guards to fall onto the employee crushing him. Jackson 22. 07/19/14 Owner 55 Electrocution A 55 year old employee/owner was in the process of cleaning a frozen custard machine (the back panel of the machine had been removed) when he was electrocuted. St. Clair Shores 23. 09/03/14 Truck Driver 51 Electrocution A 51 year old truck driver hit a power line with a trailer when his boom went up. It burnt up the trailer and caused the fatality. Clinton Township 24. 09/05/14 Ramper 24 Struck By A 24 year old ramper was loading and unloading  baggage from an aircraft when he was struck by a  belt loader vehicle that pinned him against the aircraft. Detroit 25. 09/08/14 Assistant District Foreman 42 Crushed A 42 year old assistant district foreman was working on a road construction project when he was run over  by a piece of construction equipment. Caledonia 26. 10/20/14 Bartender 48 Carbon Dioxide Poisoning A 48 year old bartender went into the basement after closing the bar where she was allegedly overcome by leaking carbon dioxide. She was found unresponsive at 7:00 a.m. EMS was called and she was taken to the hospital where she died on October 20th.  Northville Township 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. Work Safe... Be Safe!    
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