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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 August 7, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
7/3/2010 Town of Shelton Police Department,
Shelton, CT 06484
A police officer was struck and killed by a vehicle while performing traffic control at a fireworks event.
7/12/2010 JJ Ferguson,
Greenwood, MS 38930-0660
Worker was constructing a bridge and fell.
7/20/2010 Pryer's Topnotch Tree Service, Inc.,
Illiopolis, IL 62539
Worker was performing tree removal services and was standing on top of his bucket truck waiting to winch some logs. Worker fell off the truck to the ground between some logs.
7/24/2010 City of Bridgeport Fire Department,
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Two Bridgeport firefighters died in a house fire on the third floor on 7/24/2010.
7/26/2010 Your Preferred Real Estate,
West Pointem CA 95255
Worker suffered brain injury after tripping over phone cord that got wrapped around his leg during a phone call and falling on right side.
7/30/2010 Blossman Gas Of North Carolina,
Waynesville, NC 28786
Worker was delivering liquid propane to a residence when he was struck by a 500-gallon aboveground tank that dislodged and rolled on top of the worker.
7/30/2010 Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc.,
San Juan, PR 00902
Worker was in a roll-on roll-off (RO/RO) operation and was struck by an intermodal container.
7/30/2010 J & L Spray,
Los Angelos, CA 90011
Worker was electrocuted after making contact with a truck that had a fallen powerline on it.
7/31/2010 Augie Gonzalez Tree Trimming,
Brentwood, CA 90049
Worker electrocuted after making contact with power lines while trimming trees.
7/31/2010 USPS,
Redlands, CA 92373
Worker was unloading a metal crate from a truck inside a loading dock when metal crate door unexpectantly opened. Suffered fatal crushing injuries.
8/1/2010 Cardinal Building Systems, Inc.,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Worker was performing steel erection and fell.
8/2/2010 DCD Construction, Inc.,
Moss Point, MS 39563
Worker was constructing curb and gutter work in preparation for a concrete pour. Worker was found later, collapsed; hyperthermia was listed as cause of death.
8/3/2010 Hardwood Tree Service Corp.,
River Edge, NJ 07661
Worker fell 35 feet from a tree.
8/3/2010 Hartford Distributors, Inc.,
Manchester, CT 06040
Workplace violence; shots were fired, nine workers were killed.
8/3/2010 Mackaben Excavating, LLC,
Spearfish, SD 57783
Worker was working in an excavation and the trench wall caved in on the worker.
8/3/2010 Robert Boitnott Painting,
Jackson, MO 63755
Worker was in an aerial lift and made contact with an electrical wire.
8/4/2010 ABC Professional Tree Services,
Vidor, TX 77662
Worker was piling up tree limbs and said he wasn't feeling well. He sat under a tree and slumped over, possible heat stroke/medical condition.
8/4/2010 Creative Masonry,
Johnstown, OH 43031
Two workers were working in a building that collapsed from high winds.
8/4/2010 George Ruiz dba American Mobile Home Services,
Brownsville, TX 78521
Worker was working on a double-wide mobile home. The jack failed and the mobile home shifted, crushing the worker.
8/4/2010 Hofmann Construction, Inc.,
Edgerton, OH 43517
Worker was struck by a interior block wall.
8/4/2010 Jack Gibson Construction Company,
Brookville, PA 15825
Worker was crushed by a concrete form.
8/4/2010 Northwest Cable Construction,
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Worker was working in a trench and the trench collapsed, burying the worker.
8/4/2010 Premier Timber Products, Inc.,
Moscow, TX 75960
Worker was complaining of being hot and was later found unresponsive.
8/4/2010 The Nexus Group,
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Worker was electrocuted after making contact with a 7200 volt electric line while installing fiberoptic cable.
8/5/2010 B Trenchless,
Avon, CO 81620
Worker was operating a boring auger machine that was located at the bottom of a trench and was struck by the boring auger machine.
8/5/2010 Riverside Contracting, Inc.,
Deer Lodge, MT 59756
Crew was using a bottom (belly) dump to lay a window of hot asphalt. Worker was bent over with his back to the approaching belly dump and was struck and crushed by the wheels of the loaded belly dump.
8/5/2010 US Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service,
White Sulphur Spgs, MT 59645
Worker was riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and taking soil samples. The ATV crested the top of a ditch, struck a boulder and overturned. ATV landed on top of the worker.
8/6/2010 CB Richard Ellis,
Cleveland, OH 44112
Worker was troubleshooting a humidity problem and fell from a ladder.
8/6/2010 Davenport Transportation Inc.,
Newton, NC 28658
Worker was reconnecting a trailer section that had come loose and was struck by another semi truck.
8/6/2010 Grace Utility, LLC,
Houston, TX 77040
Worker collapsed after exiting a manhole.
7/19/2010 Tacom LCMC,
Selfridge, ANGB, MI 48045
Three workers were hospitalized; possible Legionnaires' disease.