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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 June 2, 2012)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
2/21/2012 Department of Human Services, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
A caseworker was shot and killed by a client who was upset about his benefits being denied.
5/15/2012 Coastal Chemical, Lake Park, FL 33403
Worker filling a chlorine tank died from exposure to the chemical.
5/16/2012 C & M Tree Experts, Dothan, AL 36301
Worker performing tree trimming operations died after falling 60 feet.
5/20/2012 15 Black LLC, Hartley, TX 79044
Worker making repairs to an irrigation system was electrocuted.
5/20/2012 Corrections Corporation of America, Natchez, MI 39120
Worker at a correctional facility was killed during a prison riot.
5/21/2012 Rainbow Land Nursery School Inc., Woodside, NY 11377
Worker fell from a ladder.
5/24/2012 Zimmerman Manufacturing LLC, New Holland, PA 17557
Worker in a manufacturing facility was killed when he fell 12 feet from a skid loader machine.
5/25/2012 Delsignore Blacktop Paving Inc., East Greenbush, NY 12061
Worker lowering a tall light mast used to illuminate large areas was electrocuted when the light fixture touched a power line.
5/25/2012 E.T.C. Inc., Stantonville, TN 38379
Worker was struck by a truck backing into the dock area.
5/25/2012 Espinoza Construction, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Worker performing roof repairs at a residential site died after falling off the roof.
5/25/2012 Hummel Machine & Tool Co., Kearny, NJ 07032 Worker operating a lathe machine at a tool and machine company died after a piece of flying glass cut his neck.
5/25/2012 Ocala Electric Utility, Ocala, FL 34482
Worker was electrocuted while repairing a damaged transmission line.
5/25/2012 Scott's Electric Inc., West Fargo, ND 58078
Worker installing electrical conduits in a building under construction was struck on the head and killed by a 28-foot steel beam.
5/25/2012 Tri-State Timber LLC, New Cambria, MO 63558
Worker cutting down trees died when a tree fell on him.
5/28/2012 Verso Paper, Sartell, MN 56307
Worker at a paper mill was killed when an air compressor inside the building exploded, causing a fire.
5/29/2012 Jim's Disposal Service LLC, Kansas City, MO 64118
Worker riding on the back of a trash truck was killed when he fell off and was run over by the truck.
5/29/2012 Pearl River Home Improvement Inc., Nanuet, NY 10954
Worker making repairs to a residential roof died after falling off roof.
5/30/2012 HG Construction, Bryant, IN 47326
Worker on a construction site was crushed when a bobcat construction machine rolled over his torso.
5/30/2012 Lex Electric Company Inc., Philadelphia, PA 19063
Worker was performing electrical work and fell from a ladder.
5/30/2012 Lowe's Construction, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Worker on a grain bin roof removing a metal sheet was killed after being struck by a crane and falling 35 feet.
5/30/2012 Manistique Papers Inc., Manistique, MI 49854
Worker using powered industrial truck to remove paper rolls was killed when the truck tipped over, crushing the worker.
5/30/2012 Precision Drilling, Orange, TX 77631
Worker performing drilling operations 3,500 feet below the surface was found dead on rig stairs leading to a mud tank.
5/31/2012 Nelson Tree Service Inc., Youngtown, OH 44501
Worker clearing trees from power lines died after falling 45 feet.
5/31/2012 Reeco Well Services, Mentone, TX 79754
Worker for an oil and gas producer was killed after being struck on the back by a block while working on a rig floor.
5/31/2012 Steel Structures Inc., Wausau, WI 54401
Worker standing inside a forklift bucket to change a ceiling light was killed when the forklift rolled, causing him to fall to the floor.
6/01/2012 Mississippi Phosphates Corp., Pascagoula, MS 39581
Worker died from burns after a pipe from the steam system he was checking exploded.
6/01/2012 URS Washington Division, Olmsted, IL 62970 Worker at a lock and dam construction site was crushed after falling between two barges he was tying together.
5/08/2012 Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company, Sinclair, WY 82334
Four workers sustained burns while draining a chemical tank after butane came into contact with an ignition source and ignited. Three of the four workers were hospitalized.