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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 exclude 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 January 1, 2011
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
12/7/10 Allen Jay Elementary School,
High Point, NC 27265
Worker died nearly a week after falling in a school parking lot and injuring her foot.
12/22/10 Chicago Fire Department,
Chicago, IL 60601
Two firefighters died and 14 were hospitalized after a wall collapsed on them as they were extinguishing a fire in an abandoned warehouse.
12/23/10 John Benward Company, Inc.,
East Sonoma, CA 95476
Worker was caught between a stationary skid steer and a dump truck moving in reverse.
12/28/10 Amerigas,
Eagle River, WI 54521
Worker was delivering propane to a customer. The truck began to move and the worker was crushed between the truck and the building.
12/28/10 Bontrager Excavating,
Massillon, OH 44646
While working in a 15 to 20 feet deep trench, the walls collapsed, burying two workers. One worker was rescued and hospitalized, but the other worker was buried completely and died.
12/28/10 Champion Electrical Services,
Melbourne, FL 32934
Worker was installing recessed light fixtures and fell from an 8-foot ladder.
12/28/10 KE & G Construction, Inc.,
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Worker in trench was struck after a manhole section broke free of a lifting device and fell 15 feet back into the trench.
12/29/10 Honey Creek Disposal Services,
Lawrence, KS 66044
Worker was run over by a refuse truck.
12/29/10 JC Tree & Lawn Service,
Whitehall, PA 19052
Worker was conducting tree trimming work and fell 25 feet.
12/29/10 L & W Demolition,
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Worker was assisting a dump truck driver by opening the tailgate of the truck, when he fell approximately 80 feet into a quarry filled with water.
12/30/10 Primus Natural Stone,
Romeoville, IL 60466
Worker was crushed under a large piece of stone.
12/30/10 Spohn's Disposal Service INC.,
Mohawk, NY 13407
Worker parked his truck on the side of the road and got out of the truck. The truck was hit from behind by another truck, which struck the worker.
12/26/10 Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort,
Slatyfork, WV 26209
Five workers were performing housekeeping work and suffered symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.