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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 December 17, 2011)
FATALITIES
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
12/02/2011 Compeq International Corp., Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Worker died after falling 12 feet from an unsecured ladder while cutting into a 5,000-gallon tank.
12/02/2011 Diversified Machinery Columbus, Columbus, GA 31904 Worker walking across the parking lot was struck and killed by a semi-truck delivering freight.
12/05/2011 Groundworks Unlimited, LLC., Savannah, GA 31411 Worker engaged in roadway patchwork was struck and killed by a motor vehicle.
12/06/2011 Silver Brook Stables, Louisville, KY 40241 Worker died after being kicked by a horse.
12/06/2011 Prudencio Pereda, Palm Springs, FL 33461 Worker died when a 3,000-pound commercial oven he was loading fell off the manual forklift, crushing him.
12/07/2011 Road Safe Traffic Systems, Naples, FL 33412 Worker picking up road barricades while riding on the back bumper of a company truck died from head injuries when he fell off.
12/08/2011 The Davey Tree Expert Company, Pratville, AL 36067 Worker was trimming around power lines when he was struck and killed by a falling limb.
12/09/2011 Kraft Foods North America, Farmington Hills, MI 48335 Worker's head was crushed between the rear of a trailer and a warehouse door.
12/09/2011 Precision Facilities Corporation, West Point, NY 10996 Worker suffered fatal injuries after falling off a ladder, hitting his head on concrete.
12/09/2011 United Commercial Cast Stone, Denton, TX 76208 Worker operating a forklift that became stuck in a muddy pothole was killed when the unbalanced forklift tipped over onto him after he attempted to jump from vehicle.
12/09/2011 Action Electric Co., Inc., Smyrna, GA 30080 Worker installing a cooling fan died when the fan fell, pinning him underneath it.
12/09/2011 VPP Group, LLC., Norwalk, WI 54648 Worker removing a water line on a kill floor was electrocuted after touching energized parts.
12/10/2011
Deer Country Farm & Lawn Equipment, Inc., Mohnton, PA 19540 Worker disassembling the head piece of a forage harvester was killed when the machine tipped over, crushing him.
12/10/2011 Highlands Drilling, LLC., Wellsboro, PA 16901 Worker walking alongside a forklift was run over and killed when he fell, landing in front of the forklift's rear tire.
12/12/2011 Reillys Tree Cutting Service, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Worker trimming trees was electrocuted after contacting a high voltage line.
12/12/2011 BJ's Wholesale Club, Avon, OH 44011 Worker was found slumped over a guardrail.
12/12/2011 Quality Scapes, Inc., Streamwood, IL 60107 Worker was crushed by an auger inside a salt truck.
12/13/2011 Enerfab, Inc., Arcadia, FL 34266 Worker performing welding tasks inside a steel tank was killed when he fell 55 feet from scaffolding.
12/13/2011 Pulverdryer USA, Springfield, MI 49037 Worker was electrocuted after touching a 480-volt plug.
12/13/2011 Hampton Lumber Mills - Washington, Morton, WA 98356 Worker was found crushed on a conveyor belt.
12/13/2011 Aerospace Fabrications of Georgia, Inc., Dallas, GA 30132 Worker handling an abrasive waterjet machine died from injuries when a high pressure water line coupling failed, causing the water to hit the worker in the chest.
12/14/2011 Conway Auto Service, LLP., La Crosse, WI 54601 Worker was working on a vehicle that fell from the hydraulic in ground two post lift.
CATASTROPHES
12/01/2011 ArcelorMittal, Coatesville, PA 19320 Four workers were hospitalized with burns after molten steel melted through a hydraulic fluid line, causing the line to explode.