The Practical Employer Do You Know What to do When an Employee Dies on the Job? Unfortunately it happens. In fact, according to OSHA it’s happened 357 times in 2017. Here are nine steps to follow. It’s news an employer never wants to deliver. “I’m sorry, but your spouse (or partner, child, or other family member) had an accident at work and unfortunately passed away.”But it happens. In fact, according to OSHA it’s happened 357 times already this year.