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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 22, 2011)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
10/19/2010 Ghent Vol. Fire Department,
Ghent, NY 12075
Worker sustained fatal injuries in an automobile collision with power pole.
12/14/2010 Griffin Concrete Masonry and Carpentry,
Edenton, NC 27932
Worker on a residential construction site fell 12 feet from a roof, landing on his head.
12/15/2010 Bellevue Community Schools,
Bellevue, IA 52031
Worker slipped on ice and hit head on a building.
1/6/2011 Newell Recycling of Atlanta Inc.,
East Point, GA 30364
Worker was operating a front-end loader removing scrap metal when a spark caused an ignition of gasoline. The fire engulfed and burned the loader with the worker trapped inside.
1/9/2011 Howard Industries Inc.,
Ellisville, MS 39437
Worker was electrocuted while performing tests on voltage up to 14,440 volts at a transformer testing station.
1/10/2011 J & J Ag Products Inc.,
Clewiston, FL 33440
Worker was electrocuted while spraying a broccoli field when he raised the tractor's spray boom and hit an overhead power line.
1/14/2011 Kerry Inc.,
St. Louis, MO 63122
Worker was trapped between two scissors lifts.
1/14/2011 Knoxville Zoological Gardens,
Knoxville, TN 37914
Worker (elephant keeper) was struck by the head and trunk of an elephant while giving the animal a treat.
1/14/2011 Myrick Marine Contracting Corporation,
Savannah, GA 31421
Worker was struck by an excavator.
1/14/2011 Patterson UTI Drilling Co, LLC.,
Shunk, PA 17768
Worker was hit by a mud pipe at a drilling site.
1/14/2011 Shine and Company Inc.,
Trenton, FL 32693
Worker was working from a 10-foot portable ladder installing HVAC duct piping. Worker fell from the ladder, striking his head on the concrete slab surface.
1/15/2011 DeVere Construction Co.,
Louisburg, NC 27549
Worker partially in manhole was struck by a swinging excavator bucket and fell into the manhole.
1/15/2011 M & M Farms of Bude Inc.,
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Worker was struck from behind by a falling tree.
1/17/2011 Best Auto Inc.,
Arnold, MO 63010
Worker was inflating a tire when the wheel rim suffered a catastrophic failure, and forced the worker into an adjacent vehicle.
1/17/2011 Wisconsin Plastic Drain Tile Corp.,
Jesup, IA 50648
Worker became pinned between a semi-truck and forklift while trying to get the semi-truck unstuck from snow.
1/18/2011 Zampell Refractories,
Chester, PA 19013
Worker was found collapsed on the floor.
1/19/2011 Chuck Radney Company,
Houston, TX 77015
Worker was in the process of conducting roofing operation on a canopy under construction and fell off the roof.
1/19/2011 Forrest Management Associates Inc.,
Oxford, PA 19363
Worker was cutting trees. The tree he cut fell and pinned him against another tree.
1/19/2011 Hammer Construction,
Fort Worth, TX 76135
Worker was operating a water truck and was backing up over a bump. The dirt gave way causing the truck to roll over.
1/19/2011 Key Energy Services,
Boyd, TX 76023
Worker was checking drilling collars to determine which ones were defective and was crushed by two drilling collars that had rolled off the stack.
1/19/2011 Rice Logging Inc.,
Dallas, OR 97338
Worker drove a log loader off a bridge and drowned in the creek/river below.
1/21/2011 Baxter Healthcare Corporation,
Los Angeles, CA 90039
One worker was killed and two injured when they were overcome by fumes; two were cleaning a tank, the third attempted rescue.
1/24/2011 Tortilleria Chinantla,
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Worker was caught in the auger of a dough mixing machine.