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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 28, 2011)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
5/12/11 Carlsbad Block & Supply, Carlsbad, NM 88220 Worker making repairs underneath a vehicle was crushed when the blocks supporting it shifted.
5/13/11 Superior Painting & Construction, Houston, TX 77043 Worker using a 24-foot aluminum ladder to paint the exterior walls of an apartment complex was electrocuted when his equipment contacted an overhead powerline.
5/13/11 TEC Payroll Services, Kansas City, MO 64108 Worker rigging a concert stage died after losing his footing and falling 40 feet.
5/16/11 Event Coordinators, Inc., Greensboro, NC 27403 One worker killed and one injured after falling while disassembling a carnival ride.
5/18/11 XL Plastering, Santa Ana, CA 92704 Worker fell 3 stories from roof onto sidewalk while plastering adjacent wall with no fall protection.
5/18/11 Herzog Railroad Services, Inc., St. Joseph, MO 64507 Worker making repairs while lying underneath a rail car was crushed when the supports holding up the car broke.
5/20/11 P.B. Sod Farms, Chino, CA 91710 Two workers were electrocuted after the irrigation pipe they were moving contacted an overhead power line.
5/20/11 H Construction Systems Inc., Littlefield, TX 79339 Worker fell 20 feet from a roof, then later died of a heart attack after being transported to the hospital.
5/21/11 Bellagio Wood Tank Co. Inc., Healdsburg, CA 95448 Worker crushed when tractor overturned.
5/20/11 Delmonte Pet Foods, Topeka, KS 66618 Employee working alone found unresponsive on concrete floor next to equipment.
5/22/11 Sam Broussard Trucking Co., Inc., Geuydan, LA 70542 Truck driver died from burn injuries after truck caught fire from colliding with two other vehicles, flipping over and landing in a ditch.
5/22/11 Shin Tech Louisiana LLC, Plaquemines, LA 70764 Worker entered a confined space and was asphyxiated.
5/22/11 Performance Contractors Inc., Plaquemines, LA 70764 Worker entered a confined space and was asphyxiated.
5/23/11 Cambridge Fire Dept., Cambridge, MN 55008 Worker fell and hit head during training.
5/23/11 Nucor Steel, Memphis, TN 38109 Worker pinned between forklift load and rack of steel.
5/23/11 A. Merante Contracting, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Worker smoothing the ground in preparation for concrete was run over by a skid-steer.
5/24/11 SCP Distributors, LLC., Conroe, TX 77385 Worker was killed when the 18-wheeler truck he was unloading rolled backward, pinning him between the bumper and the loading dock.
5/24/11 Britton Bridge, Knoxville, TN 37920 Worker struck and killed by a piece of concrete that fell from a bridge while doing demo work.
5/24/11 National Gypsum, Mount Holly, NC 28120 Worker died after being pinned under the arms of a transfer table while cleaning equipment.
5/24/11 Klapp Roofing Company, Bettendorf, IA 52722 Worker fell from flat roof approximately 26 feet to ground below.
5/24/11 Rojas All Repairs, Wilmington, DE 19805 Worker using an aluminum extension ladder on roof was killed after falling 30 feet to the ground.
5/25/11 Kenyon Plastering, Lubbock, TX 79416 Worker dropping pieces of scaffolding to a lower level was killed when his vest got caught in one of the pieces, causing him to fall 14 feet to the ground.
5/25/11 Thompson Electric Inc., Wooster, OH 44691 Worker operating a derrick truck was electrocuted after coming into contact with an energized line.
5/25/11 Tyler Perrigo, Seaside, OR 97138 Worker killed in explosion while trying to cut the top off of a 55-gallon drum with a plasma cutter.
5/26/11 Hawthorne Police Dept., Torrance, CA 90250 Police officer killed in collision between two motorcycles during officer funeral.
5/26/11 Go Native, Inc., Coastside, CA 94062 One worker was killed and five injured when their forest services truck ran off the road and rolled down a hill.
Hoeganaes Corporation, Gallatin, TN 37066 Five workers injured, three hospitalized, in an explosion of hydrogen, nitrogen, and compressed air pipes.