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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 September 11, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
8/27/2010 Gallo's Nursery,
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Worker received fatal head injuries while loading a tractor on a trailer for hauling.
9/2/2010 Knochel Bros, Inc.,
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Worker received fatal injuries after being run over by a road grader.
9/3/2010 D & D Westlake,
Fresno, CA 93650
Worker had been cleaning out a trench to install sprinkler lines and was later found unresponsive. Death under investigation.
9/3/2010 MN Power,
Duluth, MN 55802
Worker was found unresponsive after taking pictures at a new maintenance building. Electrical burns found on body during autopsy. Possible electrocution.
9/4/2010 Everett Acres, Inc.,
Princeton, FL 33032
Worker's tractor rolled into a canal.
9/6/2010 Neighbor Well Service,
Duson, LA 70529
Worker was performing maintenance on a rig. The rig's floor came down, striking the worker on the head.
9/6/2010 Ringo Drilling 1, L.P. Rig #18,
Ozona, TX 76943
Worker was installing a drain pipe to a tank and collapsed.
9/7/2010 Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Inc.,
Luling, TX 78648
Worker was removing a large tree that caused outages. Worker was in the bucket and made contact with a live line at shoulder or hand.
9/7/2010 Iron Industries,
Hanford, CA 93230
Worker received fatal injuries from equipment roll-over while trying to set a beam on top of small building.
9/7/2010 Lauderhill Ten Management Corporation, Inc.,
Lauderhill, FL33313
Worker was operating a mower and mowing grass near a canal. The lawn mower rolled into the canal, worker drowned.
9/7/2010 Lonesome Dove Concrete Pumping,
Great Falls, MT 59404
Worker was caught between two trucks and crushed.
9/7/2010 Oakley Missouri, Inc.,
Hayti, MO 63851
Worker was greasing the bearings on a conveyor and fell 50 feet from a catwalk.
9/7/2010 Unknown Contractor,
Risingsun, OH 43467
Worker was pulled into a tree chipper machine.
9/8/2010 New Coat Sealing, LLC.,
Robinson, IL 62454
Worker was flagging traffic and was struck by a truck.
9/8/2010 Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply,
Hutchinson, KS67501-5373
Worker discovered a fire in a sawdust collection system and attempted to extinguish the fire by opening the dump doors on the bottom of the sawdust collector and a flash fire occurred, enveloping the worker in flames/burning sawdust.
9/9/2010 American Suncraft Indian Heights,
Kokomo, IN 46901
Worker was working on a water tower when he fell resulting in fatal injuries.
9/9/2010 Skanska-Koch,
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Worker was pinned by aerial lift and beam.
9/9/2010 Westscapes, Inc.,
Hanford, CA 93230
Worker collapsed after unloading 11-gallon plants and 15-gallon trees from truck.
9/9/2010 Yakama Forest Products,
White Swan, WA 98952
Worker was working on a planer and was pinned by the door used to access the cutting heads.
9/10/2010 Ralph Surles Company,
Jacksboro, TX 76458
Worker was in the process of assembling a steel double billboard. One billboard fell onto another, pinning the worker between the signs.
9/11/2010 Gorski Trash Removal, Inc.,
Penns Park, PA 18943
Worker was performing maintenance on the back of a trash truck. The support gave way and the tailgate came down on the worker.
9/11/2010 Industrial Piping, LLC,
Pryor, OK 74361
Worker was working from an elevated platform and was descending a ladder from the platform. Worker was found later hanging in his harness.