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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 5, 2010)
FATALITIES
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
12/23/2009 Diamond D Ranch, Inc.,
Stanley, ID 83278
Worker was operating a front end loader on a narrow mountain road and the loader rolled over.
3/27/20101 Wada Farms Potatoes Inc.,
Pingree, ID 83262
Worker fell 10 feet from a bin.
3/28/20101 High Sierra Energy, LP,
Wheeler, TX 79096
Worker was transferring liquid petroleum from a tank battery to his tanker truck, and an explosion/fire occurred.
3/29/20101 MOC, Inc.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Worker fell from the roof of a 55-story office building.
3/31/20101 Advanced Composites, Inc.,
Sidney, OH 45365
Worker was operating a forklift. She was caught/crushed between the forklift and a stack of palletized Gaylord boxes containing plastic pellets.
3/31/20101 Jim Hovis dba Hovis Transportation,
Champaign, IL 61822
Worker was delivering a semi-trailer load of pallets to a warehouse and was run over by his truck.
3/31/20101 Mill Run Logging, Inc.,
Tioga, WV 26691
Worker was cutting a felled tree. The tree fell into a larger adjacent tree, striking the worker.
3/31/20101 Planters Cotton Oil Mill, Inc.,
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Worker was assisting in cleaning the clean-up room, and was having trouble breathing. Worker had an asthma attack.
5/20/2010 Clark County Child Support-Family Support Division,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Worker died from heart failure, several days after suffering 3 broken ribs from falling on the floor on the way to the restroom.
5/26/2010 Champion Cooler Corp.,
Denison, TX 76020
Worker collapsed in men's bathroom due to a massive stroke.
5/26/2010 Unknown (TBD - possibly friend of homeowner),
Abington, PA 19001
Worker was not wearing a harness, 20 feet in the air, cutting a tree limb, the limb broke, swung around and knocked the worker from the ladder he was working from.
5/27/2010 Heckert Construction,
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Worker was standing on the ground, tarping his truck with a roll of overtarping, and fell backwards striking his head on the pavement.
5/27/2010 Randy Morris Logging,
Waynesboro, TN 38485
Worker was topping a tree while a second worker was felling another tree. The tree being felled, twisted and struck the first worker topping a tree.
5/28/2010 Triad International Maintenance Corporation,
Greensboro, NC 27410
Worker died after falling 30 feet from a floor opening on a mobile scaffold while performing maintenance on an aircraft.
5/29/2010 Windsor Door Sales, Inc.,
Albuquerque NM 87114
Worker repairing an overhead garage door, fell from the ladder and struck his head.
5/30/2010 Unit Texas Drilling, LLC,
Cleburn, TX 76033
Worker rigging-up; fell 90 feet to the derrick floor.
6/1/2010 Bulk Transport Corporation,
Michigan City, IN 46360
Mechanic was crushed under an unsecured forklift that he was working on.
6/1/2010 Francois Lessard,
T3R13, ME 04462
Worker was operating a propane cook stove and was severely burned after the propane gas system ignited causing a fire and/or explosion.
6/1/2010 Jennings Implement Co.,
Bement, IL 61813-1347
Worker was working on a chisel plow. He became trapped between the tire and the plow.
6/1/2010 L & S Packing Company, Inc.,
East Farmingdale, NY 11735
Worker was putting labels on boxes and was crushed by falling pallets.
6/1/2010 Mankato Place Ramp,
Mankato, MN 56001
Worker died after falling from a 5-story ramp.
6/1/2010 Sobarea Ranch,
Fremont, CA 94539
Farm worker climbed onto stack of hay and fell into the hay baling machine.
6/1/2010 Universal Maintenance Services dba APM Terminals,
La Porte, TX 77571
Worker was removing a sign from the front of her truck and was struck by another truck.
6/2/2010 Express Energy Services,
Azle, TX 76020
Worker was trying to stab a pipe into the bottom of an elevator. The bottom bale of the elevator struck the pipe and swung into the worker, striking the worker on the face/head.
6/2/2010 Feher Rubbish Removal Inc.,
Canastota, NY 13032
Worker was caught and crushed between rails of a roll container truck.
6/2/2010 N.C. Department of Transportation,
Wilmington, NC 28401
One worker was killed and another was injured when they were struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 40, as they were closing a lane preparing to start bridge construction.
6/2/2010 Rocha Construction,
Lees Summit, MO 64086
Worker was engaged in the setting of a structural steel beam, either fell on top or was struck by the beam as it fell from the top of a concrete basement wall.
6/3/2010 Delta Airlines,
Madison, WI 53704
Worker was cleaning planes and was exposed to chemicals.
CATASTROPHES - MULTIPLE WORKERS HOSPITALIZED
6/1/2010 Hero Logistics,
San Antonio, TX 78219
Three workers were working in the body weld area of a plant and were overcome by carbon monoxide. All three workers were hospitalized.
6/2/2010 Apple Roofing Corp.,
Vestal, NY 13851
A scaffold collapsed injuring six workers. Three were hospitalized.


1The fatalities from March 2010 were inadvertently omitted from the April 3, 2010 report and are appended to this report. [back to text]