Atnip & Associates, PLLC
248-599-1607 Free Consultation
Our Recent Posts

Rochester Law Blog

Michigan saw a jump in workplace fatalities in 2016

There were 44 fatal workplace accidents in Michigan in 2016, according to data kept by the state government. That is a significant jump up from the 29 deaths that happened in 2015. It is also well above the low mark set in 2009, when there were 24 deaths.

So far, there has been one fatal accident in 2017. A man fell while working on a crane. It is too early to tell if the increase in 2016 will be a trend or not.

That said, the one 2017 fatality does have something in common with most of the fatal accidents from last year: It was a fall. A full 23 of the 44 fatalities were from falls. That was the most common reason for a deadly accident.

Examples of 2016 fatalities include the following:

-- A man in Battle Creek was being lifted by a forklift while in a basket, but the basket fell off of the forklift and he dropped 20 feet.

-- A roofer in Ann Arbor fell while working on a garage and landed on concrete 10 to 12 feet below.

-- A carpenter in West Bloomfield was putting in a roof truss, and he fell all the way to the building's basement, about 22 feet.

-- A 34-year-old worker in Buchanan slipped and fell while turning a corner. He suffered an ankle injury. He saw a doctor on October 24 and set up an MRI for five days later, but complications from the injury caused him to pass away on Oct. 27.

Falls from almost any distance can prove to be fatal. When a loved one dies on the job, it's important for family members to know if they have a right to compensation. This is especially important if that worker was the family's main source of income.

Source: Michigan.gov, "Annual Fatality Information," accessed Jan. 20, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Connect With Us Tell Us About Your Legal Needs And Questions

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Atnip & Associates, PLLC
400 Water Street
Suite 205
Rochester, MI 48307

Phone: 248-599-1607
Fax: 248-674-4774
Rochester Law Office Map