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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 28, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
6/24/2010 Rocky Mountain Welding & Fabricating,
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Worker struck in head from material falling from crane while fabricating tank in bender.
7/29/2010 All Hours Plumbing,
Albuquerque, NM 87123
A plumber was electrocuted while performing repairs under a home.
8/13/2010 Grannis Construction,
Detroit Lakes, MN 56505
Worker fell from catwalk while removing a hopper on a silo.
8/16/2010 Platt Hill Nursery Inc.,
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Worker was eating lunch and swallowed a bee.
8/18/2010 Delta Air Lines, Inc., Dept. 025,
Atlanta, GA 30320
Worker was operating a baggage tug and was ejected.
8/18/2010 Tom's Tire and Lube,
Bronte, TX 76933
Worker was inflating a mounted semi-trailer tire and was struck on the crown of the head by the exploding tire.
8/19/2010 Humboldt Redwood Co/ Grove Construction,
Scotia, CA 95565
Worker sustained fatal injuries after becoming pinned under a tree.
8/19/2010 Nashville Electric Services,
Nashville, TN 37246
Worker electrocuted after making contact with live wire while moving lives from an old pole to a new one.
8/19/2010 Sam Mazzola,
Columbia Station, OH 44028
Worker was attacked by a bear that he was feeding/training.
8/20/2010 Amberling Companies Inc.,
Youngstown, OH 44512
Worker was working on a security light and fell from a ladder.
8/20/2010 PG&E,
Tuolumne, CA 95379
Worker was setting up a truck to auger a hole for a power pole. While raising the drill, boom made contact with 17 KV overhead power line.
8/20/2010 Western Sales,
Bunker Hill, KS 67626
Worker was performing salvage operations of an oil field tank battery following an explosion from a lightning strike. During the salvage operations, there was hissing noise followed by an explosion, fatally injuring the worker.
8/21/2010 Genesis Wireless,
Braham, MN 55006
Worker sustained fatal injuries after being struck in the head as a 4-wheel crane, which worker was in the back of, fell over while erecting a cell tower.
8/23/2010 Bechel Brothers Inc.,
Blair, WI 54616
Worker was unloading products from a truck. While working from the top of the truck, fell and cracked head open.
8/23/2010 Foltz Welding Ltd.,
Vernon, IL 62892
Worker was struck on the head by a pipe that was being moved.
8/23/2010 Marzetti Co.,
Columbus, OH 43213
Worker was struck by a forklift and hit into a compressor.
8/23/2010 Moen Steel Erection,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Worker was connecting a 36-foot steel beam to imbeds on a poured concrete wall. The beam was being held by two clips. The worker was sitting on top of the wall, the clips failed and the beam fell pullling the worker off the wall.
8/23/2010 R.L. Brink Corp.,
Rushville, IL 62681
Worker was engaged in road work and was struck by a vehicle.
8/23/2010 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Bartlett, IL 60103
Research assistant hit by train while studying the effects of the forest preserve on the surrounding wildlife.
8/24/2010 Chicago Architectural Metals Inc.,
Chicago, IL 60611
Worker climbed over a guardrail and fell through a floor hole.
8/24/2010 Goodmen Treemen,
Westlake, OH 44145
Worker was cutting down wind damaged trees and a 60-foot tall tree fell on him.
8/24/2010 HMHS International, Inc.,
Kansas City, MO 64131
Worker was moving a large metal shelving unit and drove one wheel of the powered industrial truck off the edge of the dock platform. Worker attempted to jump clear as the truck began to fall and struck and pinned to the concrete surface by the protective cage of the truck.
8/24/2010 JMF Company,
Bettendorf, IA 52732
Worker crushed to death by a load of copper tubing after losing his balance when load came off the hook as it was being loaded on a flat bed semi.
8/24/2010 Robert Cobb Inc.,
Bessemer, AL 35020
Worker was part of a litter crew that was working along a roadway and was struck by a car.
8/24/2010 Spray Polyurethane Foam,
El Paso, TX 79927
Worker was applying acrylic roof coating on a building roof and the section of the roof gave way due to corrosion. Worker fell through the roof and landed on a concrete surface 30 feet below.
8/24/2010 Steve Wills Trucking & Logging, CA Worker sustained fatal injuries after being hit by a log that became unsecured.
8/25/2010 Adam Tree Service, Inc.,
Greenwood, CO 80121
Worker was working in an aerial lift on a boom truck. The boom snapped in half and the worker fell with the boom.
8/25/2010 Airmech, Inc.,
Murrieta, CA 92563
Worker crushed to death after getting pinned in a roll-up door that was closing.
8/26/2010 Mike Davis Concrete,
Arlington, TX 76001
Worker was laying concrete and collapsed.
8/26/2010 Simplex Grinnell LP.,
Akron, OH 44333
Worker was re-locating sprinkler heads, working from a 10-foot step ladder, and fell four to six feet to the ground.
8/27/2010 Americold Logistics LLC.,
Russellville, AR 72802
Worker was using a stand up forklift to pull an order of frozen chicken from a 5 tier rack with 3 pallets per location. Worker was found on the floor covered with bags and cases of frozen chicken.
8/27/2010 Hillsdale Elevator Company,
Geneseo, IL 61254
Worker was unclogging auger openings in a grain bin. The grain that was caked on the walls fell on the worker, engulfing him.
8/28/2010 Griffin's Waste Services, Inc.,
Indianola, MS 38751
Worker was caught between a waste collection truck and a trash bin.