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Two December worker deaths raise Michigan's 2015 total to 29

As Michigan employers and employees start another year, there are two aspects of the job that they both hope can be put behind them. These are serious accidents and worker deaths. While 2015 saw fewer worker deaths in the state than in 2014, two tragedies in the month of December raised the total number of Michigan worker deaths to 29.

The 28th Michigan death occurred on December 11th. A 61-year-old man was performing a task while he was inside a plastic container while in a greenhouse. The container was resting on the forks of a forklift and was not secured in any way to the vehicle. The forklift then raised the container with the man in it to a height of nearly seven feet. The man then reached for tools that were outside of the box. That action caused the container to shift and fall off the forks. The man then fell nearly seven feet onto the concrete floor. He later died from the injuries suffered from that fall.

The 29th and final worker death occurred one week later. It involved a 17-year-old high school student who was employed as a farm hand at a hog farm. Nearly an hour after she showed up for work, the girl was found in an unresponsive state. None of her co-workers saw what happened to her, however air testing that was taken that day indicated that there were high levels of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide that may have come from a generator that was being used for power washing. The young woman's body was found near the generator which was being used at the time.

Even though 2015 had fewer worker deaths than the year before, serious injuries and deaths can be devastating to the worker and his or her family. However, Michigan workers who have suffered a serious injury while working may want to speak with a work accident attorney after getting medical attention in order to find out if there were any negligent conditions that contributed to the injury.

Source: michigan.gov, "2016 MIOSHA e-News", Jan. 5, 2016

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