Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States today. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2011, a total of 14 percent of all on-the-job deaths were the result of slips, trips, or falls.
Earlier this month, a Michigan Slip and Fall Accident claimed the life of a 43-year-old worker from Muskegon. Reports indicate the fatal incident occurred on the morning of Wednesday, May 8th, at the Rothbury Steel Mill in West Michigan.
A story from WWMT 3 News explained that the victim was contracted by the mill to perform repairs and maintenance to the facilities roof. As he was taking measurements and pictures of the structure, he lost his footing and fell backwards through a skylight on the roof. He went through the glass and plummeted roughly 30 feet before striking the ground. A spokesman for the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department told reporters he victim was declared dead at the scene.
Investigators from both the sheriff’s department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a part in the accident.
The Bloomfield Hills Personal Injury Lawyers with Michigan Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one due to an on-the-job accident can be. The firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the man who died.