Weekly Fatality Reports

Weekly Fatality/Catastrophe Report

This table contains the weekly summaries of fatalities and catastrophes resulting in the hospitalization of three or more workers. Employers must report these incidents to OSHA within eight hours. The summaries below include only preliminary information, as reported to OSHA Area Offices or to States which operate OSHA-approved State Plans. The fatalities listed here include only those that initially appear to be work-related, but excludes fatalities that do not appear to be work-related, such as an apparent heart attack of a sedentary worker. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities and catastrophes. After OSHA's investigation is complete, these reports will be updated with inspection results and citation information.

Weekly Summary (Federal and State data tabulated week ending JAN 1, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
10/31/2009 The Pallet Factory
Shady Dale, GA 31085
Worker was contracted to remove and install a new breaker that controlled a chipper. The disconnect was placed in the off position and the worker began disconnecting the I/O cable from the lugs inside the box, when an arc flash occurred.
12/22/2009 City of Corona, Public Works Department
Corona, CA 92882
Worker, an Inspector, was walking in a crosswalk when he was hit by a city vehicle.
12/24/2009 Trinidad Bustillos
San Diego, CA 92154
Worker was loading lumber onto a flatbed truck. Worker climbed the load to put spacers under forklift load. As he climbed, the lumber collapsed onto him, crushing him.
12/26/2009 Ford Motor Company, Kentucky Truck Plant
Louisville, KY 40241
Worker, a maintenance employee, was removing steel beam for the installation of new assembly equipment. After one end of the beam was cut by a welder, the beam apparently slid off the forklift it was raised on and struck worker.
12/28/2009 Ajm Framers Inc.
Broomfield, CO 80020
Worker was removing icicles from the roof line of a building. Worker was located in a box attached to a forklift, the box shifted, and the worker fell 30-feet to the concrete below.
12/28/2009 Douglas County Inc.
Roseburg, OR 97471
Worker was caught in the unscrambler.
12/28/2009 Selbach Construction
Amargosa Valley, NV 89020
Worker was in a basket of an all-terrain forklift at 40 feet, when it tipped over.
12/28/2009 SMM Business Corp. dba Tedes Chi Food Shop
Jamaica Plein, MA 02130
Worker was shot by an armed robber.
12/29/2009 Burlington Northern Santa FE Railroad
Fridley, MN 55421
Worker was killed when a rail car jumped its tracks and pinned him against a building.
12/29/2009 USF Holland, Inc.
Rock Island, IL 61201-7314
Worker was at a trucking dock, unloading one truck and loading another. While parked at the dock, his truck caught fire; worker died in the fire.
12/29/2009 U.S. Postal Service
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Worker was driving a postal service truck on a town road and a tree fell, striking the truck.
12/30/2009 America Granite & Marble Concepts
Solon, OH 44139
Worker was unloading granite slabs from a truck, the weight shifted. The worker was crushed by a slab.
12/30/2009 Dixie Crane Service, Inc. dba Dixie Erectors
Mableton, GA 30126
Worker was working on an I-beam 20-feet above ground when another I-beam above came loose and fell, crushing him between the two I-beams.
12/31/2009 Scott Company
Marysville, OH 43040
Worker in the process area was found under a freight elevator.