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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 July 2, 2011)
FATALITIES
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
1/23/11 Vino Farms, Santa Rosa, CA 95240 Worker applying pesticide to vineyard was killed after exiting the tractor and being run over.
5/9/11 Ortelaunee Mushroom Farm, Temple, PA 19560 Farm worker, complaining of sharp head pain, died after being found unconscious on the ground.
5/24/11 RJM Investment, Inc., Congress, AZ 85332 Crane operator was crushed after crane overturned while backing down a hill.
5/26/11 Madison Ave. Autos and Trucks, Sacramento, CA 95841 Worker cleaning glass died after falling from ladder and striking his head.
6/5/11 Total Canopy Camuy Caves, Guaynabo, PR 00969 Worker drowned while installing a steel cord near a river.
6/9/11 Imanna Laboratory, Inc., Rockledge, FL 32955 Worker testing a fuel tank without protective equipment died from burns after the tank exploded.
6/10/11 Autoridad de Energia Electrica de Puerto Rico, Aguirre, PR 00704 Worker died after losing control of vehicle while traveling on an unpaved road.
6/13/11 Crown Health Care Laundry, Selma, AL 36702 Worker was cleaning lint out of an industrial dryer when it fell on her crushing her at the waist.
6/18/11 Trevcon Inc., Plano, TX 75024 Worker installing concrete panels was caught in between the tires of a telehandler.
6/20/11 Fernandes Construction, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Construction worker died after falling through a building's skylight.
6/20/11 Lawman Heating & Cooling, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 Worker was crushed when the tree he was removing fell on the excavator cab.
6/22/11 Personnel Plus, Carson, CA 90745 Worker fell backward and hit head on floor while pulling a pallet jack.
6/23/11 PNM Service Center, Santa Fe, NM 87508-9667 Worker fell 25 feet while conducting a man down pole rescue training exercise.
6/23/11 University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 University worker died from head trauma after falling from the parking garage's fifth level.
6/23/11 Clawson Tank Co., Clarkston, MI 48346 Welding worker died after being pinned between a roller and tank.
6/23/11 St. James Leasing, Romulus, MI 48174 Worker was struck and killed by forklift.
6/24/11 Hughes Towing & Recovery, Orlando, FL 32805 Worker off-loading a motor home was killed when the RV rolled over him.
6/24/11 Ralsdeck Painting and Staining, Stockton, IL 61085 Worker painting a barn in an aerial lift was electrocuted when he contacted a power line.
6/24/11 Ada Energy Services LLC, Stonewall, OK 74871 Worker drilling oil inside an oil well collapsed and later died from apparent heat stress.
6/24/11 Wayne Steel Erectors, Cameron, LA 70631 A sheet metal worker died from head injuries after falling from a ladder.
6/24/11 Abayla Construction Services, Conway, AR 72032 Worker removing electrical cable died from a 277-volt shock.
6/25/11 Acme Energy Services Inc., dba Big Dog Drilling, Midland, TX 79701 Oil drill worker repairing a leak was killed after he was struck on the head by a steel cable.
6/25/11 Shumate Mechanical LLC., Atlanta, GA 30331 Worker installing duct pipes was killed when the pipes fell on the scissor lift causing him to fall 16 feet.
6/26/11 Fesco Ltd., Newton, TX 75966 Worker was killed when pressure released from a natural gas line threw him into a piece of iron, while another piece of iron fell on him.
6/27/11 Unknown company, San Mateo, CA 94401 Worker died after falling more than 15 feet from ladder while moving telephone line.
6/27/11 Carter Lumber, Franklin, IN 46131 Worker died after being struck in head without hard hat while removing trusses. Unknown if work related.
6/27/11 Davey Tree Surgery, Co., Livermore, CA 94550 Worker was struck by a tree.
6/27/11 Chisholm Tree Cutting Service, Saguache, CO 81149 Worker was cutting trees when he made contact with power lines.
6/28/11 Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District, Beaumont, CA 92223 Utility worker marking a water line was killed by vehicle.
6/28/11 Granbury Contracting & Utilities Inc., Granbury, TX 76048 Worker evaluating a sewer lift station died from gas exposure when he ruptured the sewer pipe, releasing liquid sewage and methane gas.
6/28/11 Hardware Resources, Inc., Bossier City, LS 71111 Worker was electrocuted while using a scissor lift to replace a light bulb.
6/29/11 SAVE-A-LOT Foods, Greenup, KY 41144 Worker fatally burned when the tractor trailer was struck and caught on fire.
6/29/11 Green Thumb Landscape Design, Inc. Miami, FL 33187 Worker standing under the arms of a skid-steer loader was crushed when the arms/bucket came down, pinning him.
6/29/11 Coral Construction Co, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043 Worker fell while performing residential roofing work.
CATASTROPHES - MULTIPLE WORKERS HOSPITALIZED
6/27/11 Hydaker Wheat Lake Co., Copemish, MI 49625 Five workers injured with four hospitalized after being exposed to electrical shock while replacing units on a powerline pole.
6/27/11 Tyson Foods, Inc. - Processing Plant, Springdale, AR 72764
Approximately 100 workers were sent to a hospital after exposure to chlorine gas in workplace where chlorine was mixed with an acid.