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 8, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
11/7/2009 Grady Lee Nicholson
Winston-Salem, NC 27051
The worker was digging post holes with a tractor auger and his arm and clothing were caught in the drive shaft. The shaft mangled his arm and his clothing wrapped around his neck, strangling him.
11/10/2009 Strata Networks
Roosevelt, UT 84066
Worker was installing a box in a residential yard when he was struck by a vehicle that was operated by a drunk driver. (Inspection Planned)
11/25/2009 Consolidated Waste Industries, Inc.
Clinton, MD 20735
Worker was backed over by a garbage truck.
12/9/2009 Anderson & Shah Roofing, Inc. of Florida
Clearwater, FL 33761
Worker was climbing a ladder and fell backwards 6 to 7-feet to the ground, striking his head on the concrete floor.
12/18/2009 Gabe's Services, Inc.
Rockville, MD 02850
Worker was run over by a roll-off trash truck.
12/21/2009 Building For You
Brentwood, TN 37027
Worker was working on the roof when he fell. He was taken to the hospital, where he passed away on 12/24/2009.
12/22/2009 Schott Gemtron Corporation
Sweetwater, TN 37847
Worker was working with glass product when glass struck worker in the neck.
12/23/2009 Sugar Hill Farm
Fairfield, VT 05455
Machine guarding was removed from the Houle Alley Scraper for maintenance and not reinstalled after servicing. Worker was caught in moving machinery and suffered fatal injuries.
12/24/2009 Neill Grading and Construction Company, Inc.
Hickory, NC 28603
Worker was in a trench installing 8-inch pipes for a new sewer line. As another worker operated the excavator, he noticed the worker covered waist deep in dirt. After 20 minutes the worker was removed from the trench and transported to the hospital where he died.
12/27/2009 Moran Towing Corp.
Secaucas, NJ 07094
Worker was crushed by a cable after being pulled into a motorized capstan.
12/28/2009 Gladhill Tractor
Frederick, MD 21703
Worker was crushed by the boom of a skid loader while performing maintenance.
12/30/2009 Fab Steel Inc.
Lexington, KY 40511
Worker's death believed related to long-time exposure to chemicals used in painting operations. Worker used paint, mineral spirits, and xylene. Worker passed away at his residence. (Inspection planned)
12/31/2009 Golden Star Market
Pittsburg, CA 94565
The worker was handing a gun to a co-worker when the gun accidentally fired and shot the worker in the face.
12/31/2009 Thundercloud Ranch LLC
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
A 78-yr old ranch worker died while supervising the operation of a powered auger. The event is described as an amputation.
1/1/2010 Forrest Drilling Company, LLC
Bethany, OK 73008
Worker was resting in a recliner in his trailer when he was struck by a drilling pipe stand that fell from a derrick.
1/2/2010 Telgent EMS L.L.C.
Havana, FL 32333
Worker was cutting a 55-gallon steel drum with an acetylene torch to make it a burn barrel. The barrel was not vented, and the isopropyl alcohol at the bottom of the barrel exploded from the top, dousing the worker, and engulfing him in flames.
1/4/2010 Akal, Security, Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse
Las Vegas, NV 89101
A gunman entered the front doors of the courthouse and shot the worker, a Court Security Officer, knocking him to the ground and killing him.
1/4/2010 Cowen Truck Line, Inc.
Perry, FL 32348
Worker was struck and crushed by a truck trailer that was backing up.
1/4/2010 Golden West Marble, Inc.
Valencia, CA 91355
The worker, president/owner of the company, was pinned by 5 sheets of granite which crushed his chest.
1/4/2010 Grove US, LLC
Shady Grove, PA 17256
Worker was squatting down on the deck of a crane to install the bolts on an oil cooler and fell 6-feet to the concrete floor.
1/4/2010 Sterling Transportation
East Liverpool, OH 44432
Worker, during the loading/unloading process of calcium fluoride, was found unresponsive on top of the tanker.
1/5/2010 Bully Bros LLC
Vidor, TX 77662
Worker was lowering the dump bed of a dump trailer, which was stuck in the raised position. Worker entered beneath the upraised bed to rock the ram into position to lower the bed. The ram dislodged, causing the bed to fall. The bed struck and crushed the upper body of the worker.
1/5/2010 Loveland Electric, Inc.
Jupiter, FL 33458
Worker working from a ladder, cutting a pipe, lost his balance and fell to the ground below hitting his head against the side wall.
1/6/2010 Chesapeake Energy
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110
Worker was working on the dump valve flange and 3" line that led to a welded "T" of a high pressure separator when a fire/explosion occurred.
1/6/2010 DJ Drilling and Blasting Inc.
Lavergne, TN 27086
Worker was moving a drill and contacted an overhead powerline.
1/6/2010 Edaleen Dairy LLC
Lynden, WA 98264
Worker was preparing for herd health and was shutting the east overhead door when the door came down suddenly pinning the worker between the top of the gate and the bottom of the door.
1/6/2010 Sierra Tire and Auto, dba Llantera Del Norte Tire Shop
Las Vegas, NV 89115
The worker was shot at least once in the chest/abdomen area during a robbery or attempted robbery.
1/7/2010 ABB Inc
St. Louis, MO 63120
Worker armed himself with multiple weapons, fatally shooting three workers and self; wounding five other workers.
1/7/2010 Charleston Pine Apartments
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Worker, a maintenance worker, was attempting to move a refrigerator down some stairs when he lost his footing and fell backwards, striking his head on the concrete stairs before falling down. The refrigerator fell onto the lower portion of the deceased.
1/7/2010 Typex Masonry Developers
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Worker fell from a two-story residence.
1/7/2010 Yakima Forest Products
White Swan, WA 98952
Worker had part of an end loader fall on him.
1/8/2010 Atlantic Directional Drilling
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Worker was doing a retrofit when the excavated area began to fill with water. Worker was trying to locate the water service that was hit and was electrocuted on 2 large electrical conduits that had not been previously located.
1/9/2010 Enbridge G & P (East Texas) LP
Douglasville, TX 75560
Worker was replacing a valve on a waste heat boiler when hydrogen sulfide was released to the atmosphere.
1/9/2010 US Staffing
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Worker operating an overhead crane with a pendant was moving sheets of steel. He positioned himself between the load and a metal barrier guard that ran along the aisle or stacks of sheet steel on the opposite side of the aisle. The load struck the other stacks of steel or a metal barrier guard, causing the load to spin, catching the worker between the load and either the stacks of steel or the metal barrier guard.
1/1/2010 The Protector & Gamble Manufacturing Company
Augusta, GA 30906
Three workers were at the pig loading station to clean out the paste line. The loading station cap was open while the workers were waiting for the correct size pig. The line "burped" splashing the workers with paste which contains 5% sulfuric acid. All three workers were hospitalized.