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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 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 Feb 12, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
1/14/2010 Mercy Medical Center,
Mason City, IA 50401
Worker noticed the sodium hydroxide pipe was leaking. He tried to stop the leak and got sodium hydroxide on himself. After cleaning the spill, the worker took a shower and collapsed and died.
1/21/2010 Delta Air Lines Inc.,
Seattle, WA 91858
Worker was operating a tug vehicle that transfers luggage from terminals to airplanes. The tug collided with a food service truck. The worker was ejected from the tug and struck his head on the pavement. He was transferred to the hospital where he later died.
1/27/2010 Borinquen Metal Scrap Corp.,
Gurabo, PR 00778
While working on a metal roof, the aluminum metal sheet, which was deteriorated, broke. The worker fell to the ground, later dying at the hospital.
2/3/2010 Odele Incorporated,
Morgantown, KY 47307
Workers were painting a newly constructed sludge pit. Worker turned to find other worker slumped down by the wall.
2/7/2010 Coverflex,
Middletown, CT 06457
Workers were doing a "blow down" to clear gas from the lines and an explosion occurred. One worker fatality.
2/7/2010 Instrument Sciences and Technology,
Middletown, CT 06457
Workers were doing a "blow down" to clear gas from the lines and an explosion occurred. One worker fatality.
2/7/2010 Julies Café LLC,
Green Bay, WI 54301
Worker slipped at work, fracturing ankle. Worker died of blood clots two days later.
2/7/2010 Keystone Construction & Maintenance,
Middletown, CT 06457
Workers were doing a "blow down" to clear gas from the lines and an explosion occurred. There were three fatalities.
2/8/2010 Alpine Courier Inc,
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Worker was caught between the back of a semi-trailer and a loading dock. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
2/8/2010 AT&T,
Orlando, FL 32826
Worker was shot by an unknown assailant in the parking lot and was hospitalized; shooter then committed suicide.
2/8/2010 East Alabama Paving Company, Inc.,
Opelika, AL 36804
Worker was struck by a dump truck.
2/8/2010 Matuia & Matuia Construction, Inc.,
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Worker entered a manhole in an abandoned sewer line to remove a cap from a vent line and fell 7to 10 feet from a ladder.
2/8/2010 Texas Disposal,
Austin, TX 78610
Workers were working under the chassis of a water pump that was up on four jack stands. One of the jacks was removed and the water pump came down, crushing the worker.
2/9/2010 Quality Surface Processing,
Schofield, WI 54476
Worker was dipping a metal part into a heated bath and an explosion occurred, burning worker.
2/10/2010 JD Enterprises Inc.,
Laramie, WY, 82070
Excavator broke through ice coming to rest on its side and entrapping worker underwater.
2/10/2010 Time Warner Cable,
Wichita Falls, TX 76306
Worker fell out of bucket truck after his truck was struck by another vehicle.
2/10/2010 Unknown,
El Segundo, CA 90245
Worker suffered heart attack and died while sweeping water from the roof of an apartment building. (Inspection planned)
2/10/2010 Volunteers of America of Ohio,
Cleveland, OH 44110
Worker was assaulted by a homeless veteran.
2/11/2010 D&S Tree Service, Inc.,
Marion IL 62959
Worker was using a wood chipper to process branches from a tree trimming job. The chipper discharge chute clogged up and the worker removed the pin that held the access panel down over the cutterwheel. The cutterwheel was still rotating and discharged wood material against the access panel, which flipped open and the worker was hit in the face and forehead with the handle of the access panel.
2/12/2010 Batzli Excavating Company Inc.,
East Rochester, OH 44625
Worker was emptying rock salt out of the back of his dump truck with a spreader. His arm was caught in the rotating auger distribution system.
2/12/2010 Uptowner Inns Inc. dba Holiday Inn Hotel and Suite,
Huntington, WV 25701
Worker was exposed to a chemical stripping agent and suffered respiratory pain / illness due to poor ventilation.