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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 November 20, 2010)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
7/29/2010 A.B.B.T.S. Inc.,
Lutherville, MD 21093
Worker was cutting down a dead tree which fell against another tree.  The second tree broke off and struck the victim on the head
8/11/2010 Pioneer Contracting Co. Inc.,
Baltimore, MD 21224
Worker died after falling 23 feet onto two concrete pipes while trying to cross a Jersey wall along an elevated highway ramp.
9/1/2010 McLaughlin Electric Company
Fort Washington, MD  20744
Worker died after being pinned between parked trailer and truck.
9/11/2010 Barcelona Nut Company
Baltimore, MD 21223
Worker was on a roof changing air conditioner filters when he fell through a skylight and landed 17 feet below onto a lower level.
9/14/2010 United Sheet Metal, Inc.,
Baltimore, MD 21231
Worker fell 8 feet from a stepladder onto the concrete floor below.
9/24/2010 R.H. Fewster Painting Co., Inc.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Worker fell off a slate roof while painting a cornice.
10/4/2010 Chemplex LLC,
Snyder, TX 79549
Three workers were burned in a flash fire in a blending vat.  One of the injured workers, hospitalized with burns over 45% of his body, passed away a few weeks later.
10/14/2010 Classic Ironworks, Incorporated
Odenton, MD 21113
Workers were setting structural steel and decking on top of cinder block walls.  When a second bundle of decking was placed on unsecured joists, the joists rolled and fell on the victim.
10/21/2010 Colossal Contractors, Inc.
Waldorf, MD 20602
Two workers, picking up litter on a median strip, were both struck and killed by a highway vehicle which left the road.
10/25/2010 Empire Distributors of North Carolina, Inc.,
Charlotte, NC 28273
Worker died after falling 12 to 15 feet to the concrete floor from an aerial work platform used for picking orders.
11/2/2010 Gibson Logging Enterprises Inc
Holmes Mill, KY 40843
Worker suffered fatal injuries after being struck while cutting timber on a steep slope.
11/9/2010 Duplichain Contractors,
Nacodoches, TX 75965
A water line ditch approximately 7 feet deep caved in on a worker as he was installing a tracer wire.  Preliminary investigation suggests that no cave-in protection was in use at the time of the incident.
11/11/2010 Karr Home Improvement,
Chicago, IL 60623
The worker fell from an undetermined height.
11/11/2010 Prestige Decorating, Inc.,
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Worker fell from a ladder while caulking a window on a residential structure.
11/12/2010 Forestry Services,
Unadilla, NY 13849
Worker was struck by a tree while cutting down an adjacent tree.
11/12/2010 Mountain States Contractors, LLC.,
Memphis TN 37501
Worker drowned after falling into a river when the guardrail system that the employee was tied to was struck by a hammer that fell from a crane bucket.
11/13/2010 Dunrite LLC,
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Worker went through a skylight and fell approximately 40 feet to the floor.
11/13/2010 Tommy Faxon Excavation,
Chatham, NY 12037
Worker was struck and killed by a tree falling from a dump truck.
11/14/2010 Cal-Trans
Chico, CA 95973
Traffic control worker struck by drunk driver while working traffic patrol on the highway.
11/15/2010 John Charles Traverso dba Traverso Tree Service,
Concord, CA  94521
Worker died after being partially pulled into a wood chipper. Foot/ankle got caught in rope and pulled him in. Died from head injury when his head hit the gate on the chute. No contact with blades.
11/16/2010 Accent Stripe, Inc.,
Buffalo, NY 14210
While road painting, worker was killed when the vehicle he was working from was struck by a passing tank truck.
11/16/2010 Advocate Condell Medical Center,
Libertyville, IL 60048
Maintenance worker went into an area under construction for an unknown reason.  Lead-lined drywall fell onto the worker when he tried to move the cart it was on.
11/16/2010 Basic Energy Services,
Quitman, LA 71268
Worker was standing by at a well platform while circulation and cleaning was being performed in the well.  A tube rushed up and out of the well.  As everyone ran for cover, a portion of the tube struck the worker in the head and killed him.
11/16/2010 Daves Wrecker Service,
Houston, TX 77054
While letting a truck down from his wrecker, worker was caught and crushed between the two vehicles.
11/16/2010 McKinney Drilling Company, Inc.,
Kearneysville, WV 25213
Worker was operating a drilling rig.  He was crushed when the rig platform broke and fell on top of him.
11/16/2010 Star Transport, Inc.,
Temple, TX 76503
Potential carbon monoxide poisoning: worker was found dead in the sleeper berth of a locked tractor trailer.
11/17/2010 American Food Service
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Worker died of acute exposure to carbon monoxide while using a gas-powered pressure washer inside a freezer.
11/17/2010 Selsor Construction
Madera, CA 93637
Worker who was picking concrete boulders out of a hole, was run over by a frontend loader that backed up over him.
11/17/2010 TLC Exteriors, LLC.,
South Hadley, MA 01075
While erecting scaffolding, worker fell approximately 30 feet to the ground.
11/18/2010 Sebastian Soto Concrete,
Carrolton, TX 75052
Worker reached out of loader to retrieve tool while loader's bucket was elevated.  The bucket fell, struck the worker's head, and trapped the worker between it and the loader.
11/19/2010 Western States Fire Protection Co.,
Austin, TX 78713
Worker was painting pipe when he fell off an eight-foot ladder and fatally struck his head.