Funeral home shutdown for deplorable health, occupational code violations

FLINT, MICH. - A funeral home in Flint has been shut down and the individual mortuary license of the manager suspended after complaints of deplorable conditions, including maggots and unrefrigerated bodies, among other complaints. 

According to a news release from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Swanson Funeral Home in Flint, along with the manager O'Neil D. Swanson, will no longer operate and has been ordered to cease and desist. 

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Several investigation by state inspectors found deplorable, unsanitary conditions and violations that included:

  • Maggots on the floor of the facility's garage and garage door.
  • Unrefrigerated human bodies stored in an un-air-conditioned garage -- some for more than 90 days and up to five months.
  • The building smelled of decomposing bodies.
  • The preparation room was unsanitary and lacked equipment or supplies needed for embalming
  • Casket pillows were stained with blood and other fluids were laying in the hallway.

The facility also failed to properly submit a Medical Waste Management Plan, repeatedly violated standards and laws enforced by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration affecting the handling custody, care or transportation of a dead body, according to the release.

Swanson faces up to $10,000 fines for each violation in addition to continued suspension of revocation of the licenses. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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