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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 APR 3, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
3/17/2010 Lujan Drilling, Pecos, NM 87552 Worker was operating a boom on a water well truck, when boom came in contact with overhead power line, electrocuting the worker. 
3/23/2010 Washington Merchant Patrol, Federal Way, WA 92023 Worker, at the end of fourth day on night shift, drove company car into back of parked trucks. He received multiple head injuries.
3/26/2010 Hermann Brothers Logging and Construction, Port Angeles, WA 98362 Worker was sitting on a conveyor and welding, when the conveyor system was energized causing the employee to be crushed. No locks were used to lockout the conveyor system.
3/27/2010 Blackburn Farming, Firebaugh, CA 93622 Worker was driving a JackRunner chipper. He left the cab of the chipper and got caught in the auger of the JackRabbit bank-out car. 
3/27/2010 Digital Domain, Venice, CA 90291 Worker was checking on office of a coworker. The worker opened the window and stepped out on the ledge where he slipped and fell to the parking lot below - approximately 20 - 25 feet. 
3/28/2010 Velo Promo, Oakland, CA Three volunteers setting up 40-foot portable antenna for radio communications during bicycle event. Top of antenna swayed 10 feet and touched high voltage line. One killed; one injured. 
3/29/2010 Anderson Erickson Dairy, De Moines, IA 50317 Worker was attempting to clear a jammed flat of milk product containers when the ram actuator started moving forward, pinning the worker between the actuator and positioning post, crushing the worker. 
3/29/2010 Cal Trans, Oakland, CA 94612 Worker fell from 15-story building to 6th floor atrium.
3/29/2010 JAF Company Telephone Contractor, Yauco, PR 00698 Worker was installing a telephone cable while standing on a fiberglass ladder. He came in contact with a 4,000-Volt electrical line and fell 15 feet to the ground and died.
3/30/2010 Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Moutheard, KY 41548 Two workers had begun setting up traffic demarcations alongside the highway. The workers were struck by a tractor trailer whose brakes failed. 
3/30/2010 Coopers Creek Store, Bryson City, NC 28713 Worker complained about not feeling well. He went to the basement of the store where he was running a gasoline powered generator. He was found at the bottom of the stairs. It was reported that carbon monoxide levels in the basement measured greater than 900 parts per million. 
3/30/2010 Village of Homewood - Fire Department, Homewood, IL 60430 During a rescue attempt at a fully engulfed residential fire, two firefighters were injured and taken to the hospital. One firefighter died from his injuries. 
4/1/2010 MagnaGro Corporation, Lawrence, KS  66046 Two workers were cleaning a clogged pipe at the bottom of an enclosed molasses tank and were asphyxiated in the tank.
4/1/2010 Michael F. Ronca & Sons, Inc., Nottingham, PA  19362 Worker was performing work on filter galleries of a waste water treatment plant.  Worker appeared to have a heart attack and fell 9 feet to the bottom of the filtering bed, suffering head trauma.
4/1/2010 Robinson Drilling of Texas, Ltd., Midland, TX  79701 Worker was on a twelve-foot ladder and tapped on a valve connection from a pump union.  The union struck and destroyed the ladder.  Worker fell and was impaled on debris.
4/1/2010 Village of Washington Park, Washington Park, IL 62204 Mayor of the Village of Washington Park was driving through the village at 6 a.m., after leaving his second job. He stopped when someone asked for assistance and was shot twice by someone in a passing car. 
4/2/2010 Color Star Growers of Colorado, Fort Lupton, CO  80621 Worker was transporting roofing materials and fell from height.
4/2/2010 Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company, Anacortes, WA 98221 A naphtha hydrotreater located at a refinery released fuel which ignited.  Five workers died; two were critically injured.