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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 07/31/2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
7/17/2010 Milton Heard,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Worker trapped in trench up to his waist, was struck in the head.
7/19/2010 Brazeway, Inc.,
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Worker suffered an electric shock while operating a resistance welder. Hospitalized after injury, and died five days later.
7/20/2010 Buck Creek Freight Inc.,
Lusk, WY 82225
Worker was struck in the head when a pipe rack on an oil drilling rig failed/collapsed. At the time of the failure the employee was positioned under a portion of one of the support members for the pipe racks.
7/20/2010 Northeast Services
dba Horton Tree Services,
Arlington, TX 76012
Worker was in bucket truck performing tree trimming services and fell 15 feet, hitting his head.
7/20/2010 Southwest Kidney-DaVita Dialysis Partners, LLC,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Worker became stuck in top opening of a 37-inch deep mixing tank. Was found unresponsive with head and torso in the tank.
7/22/2010 Mike Pihl Logging Company Inc.,
Vernonia, OR 97064
Worker drove off an embankment while driving a loaded log truck.
7/22/2010 Sevier Solid Waste Board Inc.,
Pigeon Forge, TN 38763
Worker was found crushed in a digester tube at a compost facility. Worker had previously been reported missing, and was found after a three-day search.
7/22/2010 Universal Linen Service LLC,
Louisville, KY 40208
Worker was crushed when caught between an automatic laundry hopper on a shuttle conveyor and an industrial washing machine.
7/23/2010 Utili-Comm South, Inc.,
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Worker doing cable installation fell off ladder to the ground.
7/25/2010 Guardsmark LLC,
Lima, OH 45804
Worker was using a powered vehicle conducting a routine security inspection. The vehicle rolled over, pinning the worker.
7/26/2010 Anson Mechanical Services, Inc.,
Polkton, NC 28135
Worker electrocuted while working on a residential air conditioning unit.
7/26/2010 APC Paper Co.,
Claremont, NH 03473
Worker was feeding paper to a paper reel winder, his hand got caught and he was pulled through, receiving crushing injuries.
7/26/2010 Larry Flint's Hustler Erotic Ultra Club,
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Worker was replacing a tire on a skid steer loader when he was crushed between the bucket assembly and the main frame of the loader.
7/26/2010 Noe Barrillas & Jorge Barillas
dba Barillas Drywall,
Chattanooga, TN 37450
Worker, sanding the ceiling of a breezeway, fell approximately 30 feet from a third floor landing to the floor below. There were no guardrails in place, and the employee was not wearing fall protection at the time of the accident.
7/26/2010 Terik Roofing,
Circleville, OH 43113
Worker was using a forklift to move a small dumpster to a larger dumpster. He got off the lift to adjust the dumpster and did not lower the lift or turn it off. The lift moved forward and crushed him.
7/26/2010 Transystems Corp.,
Independence, KS 67301
Worker was taking samples at a new road construction job-site and was struck by a dump truck or asphalt truck.
7/27/2010 Crisp & Crisp, Inc.,
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Worker was struck in the head by a metal pulley being used to drag fallen trees, when the nylon strap to which it was connected broke.
7/27/2010 SCUBA Bob,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Worker was retrieving golf balls and drowned.
7/28/2010 Haasbach LLC,
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Worker was engulfed in corn.
7/28/2010 Solar Testing Labs Inc.,
Richfield, OH 44286
Worker was performing paving work activities outside the established work zone and was struck by a passenger motor vehicle.
7/28/2010 Sure Heet Chimney Repair & Cleaning Co., Inc.,
New York, NY 10030
Worker was ascending to the roof and fell from the ladder.
7/29/2010 ABBTS, Inc.,
Baltimore, MD 21093
Worker struck in the head after a dead tree being cut down, fell on top of another tree, which fell on the worker.
7/29/2010 Paul McGrath Contracting,
Los Angelas, CA 90272
Worker was buried in 11 feet of soil after a trench collapsed during the connection of piping for installation of a trench drain.
7/29/2010 Sturgeon Services International,
Bakersfield, CA 93308
One worker was killed and another was injured after falling 20 feet when a scissor lift being used to attach a sling to an unsecured beam was knocked over when the beam tipped.
7/30/2010 AmerCable Inc.,
El Dorado, AR 71730
Worker was performing electrical testing and sustained injuries.
7/30/2010 Kinney Contractors Inc.,
Greenup, IL 62428
Worker was collecting TTC signs and was struck by a tractor trailer.
7/30/2010 Nagera Construction,
Coldwater, MS 38618
Worker was operating an extended boom forklift to set roof trusses. He was driving on a sloped surface when the truss he was carrying dug into the ground. Worker raised the boom to get the truss out of the ground and the forklift became unstable.