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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 2, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
7/6/2010 The Uni-Kool Partners
Yuma, AZ 85354
Worker was backing a forklift up an incline. Forklift fell backwards off loading dock onto operator who was not wearing seatbelt. He died of a broken neck.
8/27/2010 Halcumb Air Conditioning & Refrigeration,
Galveston, TX77550
Worker was removing sheet metal air conditioning ductwork that cut into a 240-volt electrical line and was electrocuted.
9/14/2010 Octavio Mateos
Raleigh, NC 27610
Worker was found unresponsive at the base of a 20-foot ladder.The probable cause of death was noted as a cervical neck fracture due to a fall.
9/17/2010 Alameda Tower LLC
Los Angeles, CA90017
Worker (security guard) was struck by tractor trailer and dragged, resulting in fatal injuries.
9/18/2010 Laducer House Moving,
Belcourt, ND58316
Worker was working underneath a house in the process of being moved and was crushed after the house collapsed.
9/22/2010 Dimensional Mills Inc.,
Hudson Falls, NY12839
Worker fell 6 to 8 feet from height.
9/22/2010 Hendrix & Company, LLC
Phoenix, AZ85040
Worker was operating a powered industrial truck when the counterweight of an excavator caused the truck to rollover, crushing the worker's head.
9/22/2010 Varitech Commercial Services, Inc.
Tucson, AZ85711
Worker mounting exhaust blower motor fell 16 feet from ladder on a roof to the ground.
9/25/2010 Eric Nelson Enterprises, Inc.
Orland, CA95963
Worker suffered fatal injuries after being crushed under an elevated harvesting machine. The support block had been removed after the repairs and the worker was crushed when he went to retrieve hand tools left underneath the machine.
9/26/2010 Thomas School of Horsemanship,
Melville, NY11747
Worker was crushed between golf cart and parked trailer.
9/27/2010 Larry Lang Excavating, Inc.,
Parkersburg, WV26101
Worker was pouring concrete, fell forward and was caught by another worker. Hypertension and environmental heat stroke possible.
9/27/2010 Wenco Energy,
Tulsa, OK 74146
Worker was struck by a two-ton object.
9/28/2010 Bryan Zehr Logging,
Redfield, NY13437
Worker was struck by a tree.
9/28/2010 Douglas County Agricultural Associates
Alexandria, MN56308
Worker at state fairgrounds was pushing trash with leg, fell and hit head on cement floor.
9/28/2010 Mechanical Technologies,
El Paso, TX79902
Worker was in the process of installing a thermostat line and was electrocuted.
9/29/2010 Art Walker Construction, Inc.,
Ocala, FL34475
Worker had finished construction of a parking lot and said he was not feeling well. He was found sitting in the truck and was taken to the hospital, possible heart attack.
9/29/2010 Pilkington North America
Shelbyville, IN46176
Worker suffered fatal injuries after getting pinned up under conveyor while doing maintenance work.
9/30/2010 Specialized Construction,
Miami Beach, FL33119
Worker was working from a suspension scaffold, using a 7-foot aluminum extension pole on a paint roller. Worker was electrocuted after contacting an overhead power line.