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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 25, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
8/18/2010 M & R Construction Co.,
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Worker was operating a backhoe at a gravel pit to load gravel into the bed of a dump truck. Worker exited the backhoe that was still running and got beneath the front bucket of the backhoe. The bucket fell, crushing the worker.
8/31/2010 Anderson Columbia Co.,
Crystal River, FL 34429
Worker was doing electrical work and was exposed to an arc flash.
9/17/2010 Alameda Tower,
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Worker sustained fatal injuries after being hit by a trailer on company property.
9/17/2010 Becnel Family Vineyards,
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Worker suffered fatal injuries in a roll-over accident while backing down a hillside. Worker not wearing seatbelt.
9/17/2010 Evergreen Turf, Inc.,
Chandler, AZ 85286
Worker sustained fatal injuries after being crushed by forklift that he was operating. The forklift lost control in a skid down a hill, throwing the worker who was not wearing a seatbelt. The forklift landed on and crushed the worker.
9/17/2010 Mussop, Inc.,
El Dorado, AR 71730
Worker worked as part of an industrial cleaning crew. After leaving the work site, he collapsed, exhibiting signs of heat stroke.
9/17/2010 Rabalais I & E Constructors,
Corpus Christi, TX 78460
Worker was working from a scissor lift installing conduit and came in contact with overhead crane rail conductors that were energized. Worker was electrocuted.
9/17/2010 Work Source,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Worker fell, hitting her head on cabinet before hitting floor.
9/19/2010 Huellinghoff Brothers, Inc.,
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Worker was delivering a load of propane. A piping failure occurred causing a leak, a series of explosions, and a fire. Worker was caught in fire.
9/19/2010 J. B. Hunt Gas & Oil Drilling, LLC,
Rankin, TX 79778
Worker was in the process of running casing. A high pressure hose burst, striking the worker and knocking him down the rig steps, 20 to 25 feet.
9/19/2010 T.B.H. Corp.,
Destin, FL 32541
Worker was conducting pH balance tests of an indoor pool and had a heart attack.
9/20/2010 AT&T,
Columbus, OH 43215
Worker was working at a network junction box. He was pinned between his work van and the junction box after the vehicle rolled forward.
9/20/2010 Davco Electrical Contractors Corporation,
Port Orange, FL32129
Worker was digging up an underground electrical conduit. He reached into the ground, grabbing the conduit and was electrocuted.
9/20/2010 Riceland Foods, Inc.,
McGehee, AR 71654
Worker was assisting with vacuum operation and fell into the boot pit, 20 feet.
9/22/2010 Tri State Roofing,
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Worker fell from a roof.
9/23/2010 Aguirre's Electric Service Inc DBA Aguirre's Green,
Windcrest, TX 78239
Worker was installing a light fixture, received an electrical shock, and fell from a ladder.
9/23/2010 Dish Network Services LLC,
Naper, NE 68775
Worker was installing a satellite dish and received an electric shock from an unknown source.
9/23/2010 Grant and Hagan Farms,
Eden, ID 83325
Worker was on a pallet supported by a forklift working on a potato storage door and was crushed, falling to the ground.
9/23/2010 L & K Contracting Company, Inc.,
Enterprise, AL 36330
Worker was in a 12-foot deep section of a trench in the process of lowering and connecting a section. A large portion of the wall gave way, covering the worker up to his shoulders.
9/24/2010 Directorate of Public Works,
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Worker was changing out a ballast and capacitor for an outdoor floodlight with 277 volts and was electrocuted.
9/24/2010 John R. Jurgensen Company,
Fairfield, OH 45014
Worker, during highway paving operations, was backed over by a loaded dump truck.
9/24/2010 Marks Electric,
Washington, DC 20020
Worker was conducting testing and exposed to 270-volt supplied conductors contained in an electrical box and was electrocuted.
9/24/2010 Supreme Service Specialty,
Broussard, LA 70518
Worker was using a pressure testing device. Tool inside went one direction and the vessel went in another, striking the worker's torso.
9/25/2010 Pioneer Oilfield Trucking, Inc.,
Eagle Pass, TX
Worker was in the process of backing up a trailer to another trailer to unload a rig. Worker was crushed after one of the trailers backed up pinning him against the opposite trailer.