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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 March 24, 2012)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
02/04/2012 Conagra Foods Lamb Weston Inc., Connell, WA 99326 Worker at a frozen food manufacturing facility died after performing waste water treatment operations.
02/14/2012 Richard Knight, White Swan, WA 98952 Worker was struck and killed by a large alfalfa bale.
02/22/2012 Port Newark Container Terminal LLC, Newark, NJ 07114 Worker at a container terminal died after being caught between two cargo containers.
02/22/2012 Danny Mallard, Whitesboro, TX 76273 Worker installing an advertising billboard died after falling 30 feet.
02/24/2012 Equipos de Bequeron, Las Piedras, PR 00771 Worker was thrown from a truck and killed when equipment the truck was carrying caused the truck to crash.
03/01/2012 Professional Roofing Services Inc., Ortonville, MI 48433 Worker performing roofing activities was electrocuted while moving a ladder that touched an overhead power line.
03/04/2012 JM Manufacturing Inc., Umatilla, OR 97882 Worker performing maintenance at a pipe fitting manufacturer was killed when a 396-pound plastic pipe fell on him.
03/06/2012 Daniel Smith, dba Smith Logging, Holly Pond, AL 35083 Worker performing logging operations died from head injuries after being struck by a tree.
03/09/2012 Peninsula Sanitary Service Inc., Stanford, CA 94305 Worker on trash collection route was struck by unattended trash truck after exiting the truck to stop a dumpster from rolling down the street.
03/13/2012 Shelter Design and Construction, Lakeway, TX 78734 Worker repairing a second-floor window died after falling 11 feet to the concrete slab.
03/16/2012 Oscar's Painting, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Three workers painting inside a facility were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after a gasoline-powered air compressor was running without fuel.
03/19/2012 D & E Tree Service, Scio, OH 43988 Worker trimming trees from inside a truck's elevated bucket was killed when the bucket fell, crushing him between it and the truck's cab.
03/20/2012 Donner Plumbing and Heating Inc., Portales, NM 88130 Worker for a plumbing and heating company who was unbolting equipment attached to a hoist was killed when the hoist frame collapsed, pinning the worker between the framing.
03/20/2012 Brantec Packaging Machinery Corp., Fort Mill, SC 29715 Worker at a packaging manufacturer was struck and killed by a forklift.
03/20/2012 D & K Logging Inc., Danville, WV 25053 Worker trimming an oak tree was killed when another uprooted tree fell on him.
03/20/2012 Genpak LLC, Columbus, OH 43228 Worker at a packing and crating facility who was cleaning a machine used to make rolls of plastic was killed after being pulled into the machine.
03/20/2012 Valsala Inc., Paw Paw, IL 61353 Worker installing a sensor on the highway was struck and killed by a semi-truck.
03/20/2012 Rayson Logging, Dundee, OH 44624 Worker performing logging operations was struck and killed by a tree.
03/20/2012 Suderman Stevedore Inc., Galveston, TX 77550 Worker was found deceased in a restroom.
OGE Red Bud Power Plant, Luther, OK 73054 Worker tightening bolts on a steam drum died from blunt force trauma and burns when increased pressure caused drum to explode.
03/23/2012 Kachur Tree Service, South Bend, IN 46637 Worker was struck on the head and killed by a falling tree limb that was cut by another worker.
03/23/2012 Harrington Plastics, Chino, CA 91710 Worker delivering loads of fiberglass was killed when a 420-pound load struck him on the head and landed on his chest.
03/26/2012 Gilley Construction Inc., Manchester, TN 37355 Worker died from an apparent drowning after falling from a barge into the water.