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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 21, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
2/3/2010 General Plumbing, Inc.,
Waddell, AZ 85355
Plumber fell 20 feet through a ceiling to the floor below. Sustained abdominal injuries and severe fractures; died 6 months later, never fully recovering from injuries.
2/21/2010 Henson Robinson Company,
Mossville, IL 61552
Worker was performing roofing activities and fell 40 feet to the concrete surface below.
6/16/2010 Smeller Machine,
Highland Heights, OH 44143
Worker was working on a machine which was supported on the forks of a fork truck. The machine shifted and fell off the fixture which was supporting the machine on the forks. The machine fell on the worker.
7/16/2010 Plumb-Air Plumbing Inc.,
Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Worker was electrocuted while working underneath a residential home performing plumbing work.
7/20/2010 Stolt Tank Containers,
Channelview, TX 77530
Worker was cleaning the tank of a diesel truck and was on top the tank car replacing a cap and fell from a height of more than 10 feet.
8/4/2010 Boral Bricks, Inc.,
Marshall, TX 75670
Worker collapsed with seizures.
8/11/2010 Pioneer Contracting Co. Inc.,
Baltimore, MD 21224
Two workers were walking on ramp of interstate, when one of the workers tried to cross/step over the jersey wall and fell 23 feet onto two concrete pipes.
8/13/2010 Homestead Property,
Columbus, OH 43215
Worker was refurbishing a house and fell from a porch, down four steps onto cement.
8/13/2010 Pack's Inc.,
Morehead, KY 40351
Worker was electrocuted while installing a drop pole in an office cubicle in a state office building. Worker was wiring the whip for the power pole when the pole was energized.
8/13/2010 QuadGraphics,
Dickson, TN 37055
Worker was seriously burned after becoming doused in solvent while operating a forklift near a solvent line. Employee left forklift to cut off solvent supply. Solvent ignited while en route to safety shower.
8/16/2010 Michael Jefferys,
Washington, DC 20001
Worker was performing exterior painting and fell 20 feet out of a manlift.
8/16/2010 Scarborough Construction Inc.,
Grand Island, NE 68801
Worker was working from a manlift. He was working below power lines and raised the bucket of the aerial lift into the power lines where his forehead contacted the power lines.
8/16/2010 Self Service, Inc. dba A&H Logging,
Stouts Mills, WV 26439
Worker was felling a tree manually using a chain saw and was struck on the head by a limb from the tree.
8/16/2010 Super Mix of Wisconsin Inc.,
Kenosha, WI 53144
Worker was caught between rotating drum and loading hopper of a ready-mix truck.
8/18/2010 General Mills Inc.,
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Worker fell from catwalk or scaffold.
8/18/2010 Post Buckley Schuh and Hernigan Inc.,
Jourdanton, TX 78026
Worker was found unconscious; probable heat stroke.
8/19/2010 American Wrecking Inc.,
South El Monte, CA 91733
Worker was run over by a co-worker at a job site.
8/19/2010 APM Terminals,
La Porte, TX 77571
Worker was standing behind his semi-tractor rig and attached chassis and was pinned against the chassis attached to his truck by another rig and chassis.
8/19/2010 Facilities Solutions Group, LLC.,
Austin, TX 78754
Worker was lying down near a location where a job meeting was to be held; worker was non-responsive. Suspected heart attack.
8/19/2010 Ruppels Plumbing & Heating,
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Worker was performing solder work to repair a hot water heater leak and dropped burning solder onto the floor causing an explosion to occur. Worker ran out of the house with severe burns.
8/19/2010 United Personnel,
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Worker was elevated 25 feet in the air on a high-lift rider truck. The truck was knocked over by a second fork truck and the worker struck his head on concrete.
8/19/2010 Valley Pools,
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Reported as an electrocution; however, there is dispute about whether or not worker was electrocuted or became entangled in cord that fell in pool.
8/20/2010 Ricks Auto Repair,
Barboursville, WV 25504
Worker was working underneath a vehicle. The vehicle fell off the jack stands that were supporting it, crushing the worker.
8/20/2010 Stock Building Supply,
Elkins, AR 72727
Worker was found pinned under the mast of an overturned 3-wheel powered industrial truck.