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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 29, 2011
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
1/11/2011 Southern Gulf Citrus Inc.,
Punta Gorda, FL  33982
Worker was picking oranges and was run over by a vehicle that was backing up.
1/13/2011 Blackwater Divers Inc.,
Orlando, FL  32832
Worker was cleaning out a pipe in a 10-foot deep lake.  He was exiting the water and fell over.
1/17/2011 Burkshire Construction Company,
Highland Heights, OH  44122
Worker was operating an articulating boom lift and was re-positioning the aerial lift when his head got caught between the safety railing and a concrete beam.
1/17/2011 Precision Concrete Steel & Manufacturing LLC.,
Claxton, GA  30417
Worker was working on a flat metal roof and fell through a flush-mounted translucent skylight panel to the lower concrete surface.
1/20/2011 Acme Markets,
Newark, DE 19702
Worker was operating a forklift to load truck trailers at a loading dock and was found slumped over the side of the forklift.
1/20/2011 Flintstone Paver Installations LLC.,
Buford, GA  30518
Worker was using a 5-gallon tote of gasoline to prepare to burn wooden pallets and was smoking.  Part of the smoking apparatus sparked onto the gasoline igniting an instantaneous flash fire.
1/20/2011 North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Revere, MA  02151 Worker employed at a community-based group home was attacked by a resident.
1/21/2011 Certified Testing Services Inc.,
Orange City, IA 51041
Worker drilling a test hole became entangled in a boring bit on the drilling machine.
1/22/2011 Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department,
Chicago, IL 60608
City worker enforcing street parking for snow removal was struck by a stolen car.
1/22/2011 Steve Draper LLC.,
Jacksonville, FL  32220
Worker was operating a 225-ton crane as part of the demolition process of a old port container crane.  He was lifting a section of the old crane and the crane overturned, crushing the worker underneath the cab of the crane.
1/22/2011 Unit Drilling Corp.,
Oklahoma City, OK  73179
Worker was struck by a mousehole pipe that was being lifted from the rig floor with an air hoist.
1/23/2011 P & B Liquor,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Worker was shot and killed during a possible robbery attempt of a liquor store.
1/24/2011 Advantage Powder Coating Inc.,
Defiance, OH  43512
Worker was struck by pieces of a grinding wheel after the 14-inch wheel exploded.
1/24/2011 Southern Electric Corp. of Mississippi,
Lewisville, TX  75029
Worker was on the ground operating a boom and was electrocuted.
1/25/2011 Britton Bridge,
Knoxville, TN 37917
Worker unloading cylinders from a backhoe onto a truck was caught between the backhoe's bucket and the truck.
1/25/2011 Duffy Inc.,
Smethport, PA  16749
Worker was found caught between a loader bucket and a dumpster.
1/27/2011 Forklift of Toledo,
Toledo, OH  43607
Worker was found at desk with a gunshot wound.
1/27/2011 Jesus De Nova Santa Maria,
Austin, TX  78745
Worker was in a makeshift wooden scaffold box atop the forks of a forklift applying caulk to the outside of an apartment complex at a height of over 20 feet and fell to the ground.