Weekly Fatality Reports

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 excludes 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 Dec 18, 2009)
Date of Incident Company and Location Preliminary Description of Incident
11/25/2009 Arlington County Department of Environmental Services,
Arlington, VA
Worker was electrocuted after contracting an overhead high-voltage line with a portable light tower while working at a water main repair site.
12/8/2009 7-UP Re Bottling Company,
Redlands, CA 92373
Worker was found on floor unconscious, no witness. (Inspection planned)
12/8/2009 Manning Masonry Inc.,
Williamston, NC 27892
Worker was laying paper and plastic on finished floor and stepped into a hole, falling onto the concrete floor below.
12/9/2009 Northumberland Town Highway Dept.,
Gansvoort, NY 12831
Worker was performing highway snow plowing duties and was involved in a collision with a train at the crossing.
12/9/2009 Robert Lee Williams,
Batesville, MS 38606
Worker was installing decorative lights on a 10-12 foot tree, touched an overhead electrical line and was electrocuted.
12/10/2009 Bernard R. Huff Inc.,
Chesterfield, VA
Worker was struck by a backhoe during land clearing operations.
12/10/2009 Sand Hill Construction, LLC,
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Worker fell from a pump jack scaffold.
12/12/2009 Fidalgo Construction LLC,
Anacortes, WA 98221
The worker was lowering a residence to meet with the shortened foundation wall. The worker was trapped and crushed between a support beam and a small section of beam stock when the structure collapsed unexpectedly.
12/12/2009 Tom's Creative Landscaping, Inc.,
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Worker was cleaning a dump truck. Worker stuck his arm into salting auger and was sucked in.
12/13/2009 RES Investments,
Williston, ND 58801
Worker was thawing two 3-inch valves with a propane torch on a tank trailer that exploded.
12/14/2009 Demand Communications, Inc.,
Montour Falls, NY 14865
Communication tower collapsed, killing worker.
12/14/2009 J & J Farms,
Memphis, TX 79245
Worker was found in the receiving basket of a cotton stripper.
12/14/2009 VN Printing,
Houston, TX 77002
Worker was struck by a 1,500-lb load.
12/15/2009 Gallagher's Landscaping,
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Worker was trimming a lower branch on a tree. An upper branch worked loose and fell on him, striking his head.
12/16/2009 Casto Resources,
Sissonville, WV
Worker was performing timber felling operations and was struck by a tree.
12/16/2009 Mission Open Air Market,
San Antonio, TX 78221
Worker was walking to the flea market's concession and was struck by a vehicle.
12/18/2009 Cyr Construction Company,
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Worker was walking and working on the second level floor. Worker was moving equipment and fell 11 feet and was struck by an electrical panel that he was moving.
12/19/2009 Coating Management Services, LLC,
Denver, CO 80249
Worker fell into a 4-ft by 8-ft hole leading to a 20-ft depth reservoir and drowned.