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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 May 19, 2012)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
5/09/2012 Arca Trucking Services LLC, Midland, TX 79706
Worker inside the cab of a truck fuel tank being welded to patch a leak was killed when the tank ignited and exploded.
5/12/2012 Cuyahoga Concrete Company, Cleveland, OH 44115
Worker using a pneumatic chisel to clean out the inside of a concrete truck was found dead.
5/13/2012 Downtown Design Services Inc., Hawley, TX 79525
Worker surveying a pipeline was electrocuted when the antenna he was using touched an overhead power line.
5/14/2012 Logistec USA Corp., Palmetto, FL 34221
Worker performing marine cargo handling activities was killed when a crane fell on him.
5/14/2012 Preston Memorial Hospital, Kingwood, WV 26537
Worker was killed after being struck by an elevator inside a hospital elevator shaft.
5/15/2012 Hightower Electric Company Ltd., Houston, TX 77066
Worker installing light fixtures in a remodeled building died when he fell off ladder after contacting live wiring.
5/15/2012 Viking Construction, Chico, CA 95926
Worker was widening freeway and fell approximately six feet.
5/16/2012 Circle C, Odessa, TX 79763
Worker extracting water from a well was found dead inside well.
5/16/2012 Dayton Freight Lines Inc., Kent, OH 44240
Worker for a freight line company scanning a bar code with a hand held bar code scanner was crushed by the mast of a lift truck.
5/16/2012 Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Company, Beaumont, TX 77705 Worker performing maintenance on an electrical panel was electrocuted.
5/16/2012 Missouri American Water, Joplin, MO 64804 Worker cutting pipe with a pipe saw died when the saw kicked back, striking the worker in the throat.
5/16/2012 Total Marine Services, Harvey, LA 70058
Worker drowned while recovering a boat.
5/17/2012 ACME Tools and Rentals, Bemidji, MN 56601
Worker inside an elevated lift bucket was electrocuted when the lift touched an energized wire.
5/17/2012 Airport Road, New Orleans, LA 70113
Worker cutting grating on a ladder died from a 9-foot fall when a piece of the grating fell on him.
5/17/2012 Bras-Al Construction Corp., New York, NY 10013
Worker on a construction site died after falling two stories from a scaffold and landing on a sidewalk shed.
5/17/2012 Breaux's Mini-Mart, Lafayette, LA 70501
Worker cutting meat at a market died from severe bleeding when he blacked out, falling onto a saw.
5/17/2012 SSA Marine Inc., Seattle, WA 98134
Worker was caught-in-between forklift and forklift's overhead protection after climbing over steering wheel and inadvertently activating controls.
5/18/2012 ABM Facility Services Inc., Ontario, CA 91767
Building maintenance worker changing a device used to stabilize the current in an electrical circuit was electrocuted.
5/18/2012 Manatts Inc., Ames, IA 50010
Worker at an asphalt manufacturing facility was killed when his head was caught in a tank door.
5/19/2012 Wente Family Estates/Wente Vineyards Restaurant, Livemore, CA 94550
Worker catering an all-day outdoor event died from possible heat-related illness.
5/21/2012 Shuster's Logging Inc., Navarro, CA 95490 Worker for a logging company was killed when a tree fell on him.