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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 October 1, 2011)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
2/21/2011 Viking Coca Cola Bottling Company, St. Cloud, MN 56303 Worker at a soda bottling company was found dead inside a walk-in freezer.
7/26/2011 Calvin Crest Conference, Oakhurst, CA 93636 Rock climbing instructor died after falling from a 26-foot tower.
8/22/2011 20/20 Real Estate Review, Inc., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Worker fell off a ladder.
8/25/2011 Unknown, Boulder City, NV 89006 Worker towing an airplane crashed into a building at an airport.
8/28/2011 Princeton First Aid & Rescue, Princeton, NJ 08540 Worker, attempting to rescue a trapped motorist in fast moving water, drowned after being separated from his tether.
8/29/2011 Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Keanu, HI 96749 Worker died when he struck a tree after crossing the center line on a private road.
9/06/2011 Bryan Shirk, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 Worker was trimming trees from a truck-mounted basket lift, and was killed after being thrown from the basket and falling nearly 30 feet to the ground.
9/10/2011 APER Construction, Port of Miami, FL 33132 Worker operating an excavator died when he was thrown forward in the cab and hit his head on the machine's support bar.
9/19/2011 KG Construction, Saltsburg, PA 15681 Worker moving an aluminum materials lift was killed when the lift touched an energized powerline.
9/20/2011 A-1 Tree and Landscape, Lansing, MI 48911 Worker cutting trees died after a falling branch struck him, causing him to fall 40 feet.
9/20/2011 Al and John, Inc., T/A Glen Rock Hams, Paterson, NJ 07503 Worker cleaning a meat mixer died when he fell into the machine.
9/21/2011 Gozip LLC, Hilo, HI 96720 One worker was killed and another worker was hospitalized after a zipline tower collapsed.
9/22/2011 Aloha Tree Experts, Kailua, HI 96734 Worker was killed when he fell 28 feet from a tree that fell over at its base.
9/23/2011 George Pagany Farms, West Sacramento, CA 95691 Field laborer died from possible heat illness.
9/23/2011 Witten Logging Co., Tehachapi, CA 93561 Logger cutting trees was struck and killed by a large falling limb.
9/24/2011 E &R Construction, Washington Boro, PA 17582 Worker died from head injuries when he slipped and fell 15 feet from a ladder.
9/26/2011 Murphy-Brown, LLC, Laurinburg, NC 28352 Worker trying to access an auger motor died after becoming entangled in the machine.
9/26/2011 Mohawk Industries, Orlando, FL 32819 Worker was found unresponsive on a warehouse floor.
9/26/2011 GreenLeaf's Tree Service, Inc., Chelmsford, MA 01824 Worker performing tree removal activities died after falling 70 feet while climbing from a crane to the tree.
9/26/2011 Demas Enterprises, Inc., Dallas, TX 55210 Worker who was cleaning while standing on the roof of a gondola lift died after striking his head and falling off the lift.
9/27/2011 Monroe Drywall Construction, Panama City, FL 32405 Worker installing drywall was electrocuted when he touched a 480-volt wire.
9/27/2011 Blooming Prairie Well Co., Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 Worker was killed after he was struck in head by a 35-pound weight that fell 30 feet from a broken cable.
9/28/2011 R & R Construction, Inc., Westlake, LA 70669 Worker attempting to attach slings from a metal bar to a crane was electrocuted when he touched an energized bus bar.
9/28/2011 Performance Welding & Machine, Fresno, CA 93725 Worker was electrocuted while using a welder that was not grounded properly.
9/30/2011 F & T Farms, Caruthers, CA 93609 Worker operating a farm vehicle was killed when he hit a gate and a metal pipe struck his head.