Despite worker education, improved safety equipment and the use of proper safety techniques on the job, workers still are at risk for injuries and serious accidents at work sites every day throughout the state. Now, a news release from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has indicated two additional workers were killed during the month of November here in Michigan.
MIOSHA has announced that the 26th and 27th worker deaths occurred on job sites last month. Both deaths occurred during the first two weeks of November. The first incident took place while a worker was digging at an unidentified excavation site. The 47-year-old man was working in a trench that was about six and a half feet deep when the sides of the excavation caved in and crushed him. The man was pulled from the trench and taken to a hospital where he died.
The second incident occurred several days later at a Michigan farm while workers were trying to lead a bull into a trailer. The bull broke away from the handlers and ran into a nearby barn. While in the barn, the bull attacked a 60-year-old man by ramming him in the chest repeatedly. Workers were able to lead the bull away from the barn, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were 37 workers killed at Michigan work sites in 2014. However, any Michigan worker who has been involved in a work accident may want to speak with a work accident attorney after receiving the proper medical care in order to examine the possibility of filing a legal claim.
Source: Michigan.gov, “MIOSHA eNews“, Dec. 1, 2015