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 22, 2010)
FATALITIES
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
10/30/2009 Amityville UFSD Park Ave Elementary School,
Amityville, NY 11701
Worker, a teacher, fell down one flight of stairs from the stairwell landing while escorting students from classroom to lunchroom. Possible heart attack prior to fall. (Inspection planned)
1/11/2010 Criminal Task Investigation Inc,
Caguas, PR 00726
The gate of the entrance came loose and fell over the worker, a security guard, that was opening it.
1/12/2010 Coleman American Moving Services Inc,
Jackson, TN 38305
Worker was unloading household goods at a residential site when the loading ramp to the truck allegedly slipped causing the victim to fall and strike the side of the ramp resulting in internal injuries. The worker was admitted to the hospital where he underwent surgery for a lacerated spleen, kidney damage and punctured lung the following day. Prior to discharge from the hospital the worker sustained a massive heart attack.
1/13/2010 Talls Tree Timber Company,
Bedford, IN 47421
Worker, a logger, died several hours after removal from frigid water.
1/14/2010 Thiesing Veneer Company,
Mooresville, IN 46158
Worker, a crane operator, suffered 3rd degree burns on his legs and back on 1/6/2010 and expired on 1/15/2010.
1/16/2010 Citrus Memorial Health System,
Inverness, FL 34452
Worker tripped and fell during a visit to a patient's home.
1/16/2010 Nick Ries Farms, Hastings,
MN 55033
Worker was working with a compost machine. His jacket was caught in the machine pulling him in the machine causing asphyxiation and death.
1/16/2010 Speedy Petroleum (Shell),
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Worker, a store attendant, was working at convenience store/gasoline station and was shot fatally during robbery.
1/16/2010 State of Oregon Department of Transportation Worker was found deceased in a creek bed. Initial investigation suggests the victim fell 36 feet off a bridge.
1/18/2010 Bao Bui dba Bau Auto Repair,
Knoxville, TN 37912
The worker was cleaning the frame of a utility trailer in preparation for painting. The utility trailer was clamped/attached to the forks of a locally manufactured hydraulic lift. The worker raised the lift to its maximum height and while standing under the trailer, continued to hold the hydraulic pump lever in the up position. The hydraulic pressure was too great, a chain link broke, the lift and the 800-pound trailer collapsed on top of the victim.
1/18/2010 Hampton Golf, Inc.,
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Worker was crushed by a beverage cart that slid off a lift onto him.
1/19/2010 Heinz North America,
Chatsworth, CA
Worker was crushed by a lift truck.
1/19/2010 Marathon Petroleum Company,
Kenova, WV 25530
Worker fell from the deck of a tug boat transporting coal barges on the river. Worker was swept underneath the vessel by the river current and drowned.
1/19/2010 Stuart's Landscaping,
Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Worker was operating a dump truck hauling rock that was being dumped into the lake. The dump truck fell through the ice near the dumping site killing the worker.
1/20/2010 Arena Drilling Co.,
Andrews, TX 79714
Worker was caught in a block line.
1/21/2010 Color Spot Nurseries,
New Summerfield, TX 75780
Worker had entered a soil hopper system while the auger was rotating. Worker's clothes were caught in the rotating auger, pulling the worker's body into the auger.
1/21/2010 Davis Excavation, Inc.,
McKinney, TX 75069
Worker was in the process of installing the connector pins to secure two trench boxes. A cave-in occurred, knocking the upper trench box off the lower trench box and pinning the worker between the spreader bars of two trench boxes.
1/21/2010 Schneider Electric,
El Paso, TX 79912
Worker was testing an electrical panel at 480 Volts and was electrocuted.
1/22/2010 Lyondell Basell,
Houston, TX 77017
Worker fell from a tower at a non-operational unit at a refinery complex.
1/23/2010 Bradley Plumbing and Heating, Inc.,
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Worker was working on a mezzanine to move an air handling unit using a pry bar. Worker lost his footing and fell from an unprotected edge to the floor 20 feet below.
CATASTROPHES - MULTIPLE WORKERS HOSPITALIZED
1/23/2010 S.I. Chasse Welding & Fabrication, Inc.,
Nashua, NH 03060
Workers were installing a motor and gear box on a chemical process vessel that had been rinsed with a flammable liquid. The vapor from the cylinder was ignited by the welding causing an explosion, knocking three workers off of a 9-foot platform. Four workers were hospitalized.