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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 26, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
2/4/2010 Hansell Mitzel Homes LLC,
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Worker was crushed by the bulldozer he was operating. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
2/14/2010 Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC,
Sparrows Point, MD 21219
Worker was descending from the cab/platform built into the side of the vehicle. The worker fell backwards and landed on the concrete floor.
2/16/2010 Sound Storage Management,
Everett, WA 98201
Worker was bitten by a customer's dog at a gated storage facility while on duty. Worker passed away two days later at the hospital from blood poisoning related to the dog bite.
2/18/2010 A to Z Island Maintenance, Inc.,
Chinquapin, NC 28521
Six workers were installing bracing to trusses while working on/inside the web of the trusses with two workers on the ground. The trusses collapsed/rolled. Two workers fell from the trusses and were injured. One worker, the ground man, was cutting lumber to length. He was killed when the trusses fell on him.
2/18/2010 Gary Pellandini Dairy,
Galt, CA 95632
Worker was moving hay out of a barn from a height of 10 to 12 feet. He fell and received head trauma, from which he died.
2/18/2010 Lewis Tree Service, Inc.,
Troy, NC 27371
Worker was struck on the head by a tree limb while felling a tree.
2/18/2010 Peninsula Packaging Co., LLC,
Wilson, NC 27893
Worker was performing maintenance on an extruder machine. He was discovered caught in the machine by the plant manager. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
2/18/2010 State of MD Department of Juvenile Services/Chettenham Worker was murdered.
2/21/2010 Celina Aluminum Precision Technology, Inc.,
Celina, OH  45822
Worker was troubleshooting a Makino, multi-axis, computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine; the machine activated and the worker's head was impaled by the tooling spindle.
2/22/2010 Center Point Energy,
Baytown, TX  77521
Worker was climbing a tower at a height of 58 feet and began having convulsions.
2/22/2010 City of Chicago Police Department,
Chicago, IL 60653
Police officer was involved in a vehicle accident with a marked car. Apparently he struck a pole and tree and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
2/22/2010 County of Cleveland - Self-McNeilly Solid Waste Management Facility,
Shelby, NC 28150
Worker was working as a landfill spotter. He was behind a CAT 836G compactor and the operator of the compactor did not see him. The operator of the compactor backed over the worker. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
2/22/2010 George J. Roll & Sons, Inc.,
Blue Island, IL  60406
Worker was attempting to find the problem of a hydraulic flatbed truck.  He rose up the flatbed and positioned himself beneath the raised flatbed and the frame.  The hydraulics gave way and the worker was crushed.
2/22/2010 Ricklefs Excavating LTD,
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Workers were utilizing excavator with pipe clamp to plastic-wrap 18-foot pipes. Upon completion of wrapping, the pipe excavator operator picked up pipe with the clamp. The pipe came out of the pipe clamp resulting in the pipe falling onto the worker's chest which caused a fatal crushing injury.
2/22/2010 Unibridge System Inc.,
Woodward, OK  73801
Worker was in the process of unloading pipe from a trailer.  He was removing a chain that was routed through the middle of the front weigh bridge, when the pipe rolled off the top of the load, striking the worker in the upper extremities knocking him down on the ground.
2/24/2010 B K D Construction Inc.,
Juana Diaz, PR 00795
While operating a boom truck attempting to move a junked truck, suddenly the boom broke from its base and stuck the worker causing a serious chest injury. The worker was killed.
2/24/2010 Gaudiosi Hauling Inc.,
Wolcott, CT  06716
Worker, acting as a spotter, was struck by the garbage truck that was backing up.
2/24/2010 Horween Leather Company,
Chicago, IL  60614
Worker was working on a step ladder adjusting a pipe on top of the pasting machine and fell backwards off of the ladder, hitting his head on the metal plate floor.
2/24/2010 Sea World,
Orlando, FL  32821
Worker, an animal trainer, was attacked by a killer whale in an aquarium's exhibition tank.