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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, March 19, 2012

OSHA Fatality Report For April 2011

I can't help thinking about the families of those who died at work. Five people died at one time while destroying illegal fireworks.  Electrocution from contacting overhead power lines.  Falls and vehicle accidents... and someone is not going home to their family that day or ever again.  Read these. Realize they can happen to you. Please don't let them.

Apr-2011
Clement B Rozanski, Pleasantville, NY 10570 - worker cutting down a tree died when a large section of the tree fell and struck him.

4/1/2011
American Metal Recycling Fontana, CA 92337 - worker killed from gas inhalation during fire that began while using oxy/Acetylene to cut metal.

Union Roofing, Inc., Bloomington, IL 61701 - worker repairing a metal roof died after falling eight feet from a ladder to the concrete ground.

Macy's Department Store, Atlanta, GA 30326 - A department store worker died after tripping over the leg of fixture and hitting his head on the tiled floor.

Orion Drilling Company LLC Altair Rig #7, Catarina, TX 78836 - worker died after being struck in the head from an 8-lb. bolt that fell 142 feet from a drilling rig.

4/2/2011
Texas Barge & Boat Company, Inc., Freeport, TX 77451 - Two workers, repairing a barge by cutting away its bottom plate, were killed by a flash fire."

4/3/2011
Tom Nelson Painting, Inc., Maitland, FL 32751 - A worker using an aerial lift to spray paint a structure's ceiling was killed after falling nearly 60 feet from the lift's basket.

4/4/2011
City of Chicago Police Dept Chicago, IL 60643 - worker died after suffering respiratory failure from inhaling a cleaning substance.

Madison Livestock Market, Inc., Madison, FL 32341 - worker died from an apparent heart attack while corraling livestock onto a trailer.

Ayres Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, FL 32257 - worker conducting a traffic survey was electrocuted when the worker's bucket truck contacted an overhead power line.

Ornamental Plants Brentwood, CA 94513 - An employer, operating a powered industrial truck, was killed after falling and being run over by the machine."

Devon Severs dba We Show Up, Shamong, NJ 08088 - worker cutting down dead trees was killed when struck by the tree's base.

Resourceful Environmental Services, Inc., Cleveland, MS 38732-2109 - Truck driver, who was operating levers to cover the truck's dumpster, was electrocuted when the tarping arm contacted a 7800-volt overhead power line."

Veolia Water North America Operating Services LLC Gatlinburg, TN 37738 - Two waste water operators were killed after the front wall of basin collapsed in control room.

4/5/2011
Diversified Transport, LLC., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 - Recycle collection worker was killed after being run over by the collection truck.

4/6/2011
Freehold Cartage, Inc., Freehold, NJ 07728 - worker was crushed between two trailers.

Michels Pipeline, Livingston, WI 53554 - worker was electrocuted while installing a new set of power lines next to existing lines.

4/7/2011
United Fire Protection, Inc., Lake Placid, FL 33610 - Two workers filling a water storage tank and replacing a fire pump system were crushed when the building collapsed after the storage tank exploded.

Moo's Machine Works, Inc., Honolulu, HI 96819 - worker testing an articulating boom was killed when the boom fell and struck him.

Rubbermaid Consumer, Winfield, KS 67056 - warehouse worker operating a conveyor died after falling seven feet from a steel rolling ladder to the concrete floor.

4/8/2011
Security Lumber & Supply Company, Bradley, IL 60915 - worker repairing a roof truss machine was crushed between a gantry table press and a finish roller.

Colonial Terminals, Inc., Savannah, GA 31415 - worker died from burns after a tanker truck filled with toluene caught fire and exploded.

E & A Construction Chattanooga, TN 37421 - worker was killed after falling through a sky light while removing rubber roofing.

Donaldson Enterprises Inc, Waipahi, HI 96797 - Five workers were killed and one injured after an explosion occurred while destroying illegal fireworks.

4/9/2011
Helen of Troy, Southhaven, MS 38672 - Worker, who suffered a leg injury while operating a forklift truck, later died from complications from the injury."

4/10/2011
City of Rochelle Rochelle Municipal Utilities Rochelle, IL 61068 - worker electrocuted while troubleshooting a power outage on a 4K phase-to-phase line.

Pratt Paper LA., LLC., Shreveport, LA 71115 - Worker moving bails of paper was crushed when the forklift tipped over, causing the passenger cage to fall on top of the worker."

4/11/2011
Stidham Construction Kingsburg, CA 93631 - Worker installing insulation in a barn died after stepping between the personnel lifting equipment and roofing, falling 30 feet to concrete floor."

RDA Service Company, Inc., Webb, AL 36376 - worker trimming trees died after falling 50 feet from an aerial bucket.

Monshan Partners, Inc., Arcola, IL 61910 - worker was struck by a train while crossing railroad tracks to enter a nearby warehouse.

Kitchens by Rutenschroer Louisville, KY 40218 - warehouse worker using overhead crane to move stone slabs died after being crushed between two slabs.

Ecology Auto Parts Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 - A truck driver was killed after being pinned between the truck's underbody and tire.

Southland Contracting, Inc., Webster, NY 14580 - worker was killed after falling onto a conveyor inside a tunnel.

4/12/2011
Valley Tree Services Manteca, CA 95336 - worker crushed after stepping behind trailer he was guiding for his son.

Great Southern Dredging Inc., New Orleans, LA 70129 - worker using flange and bolts to connect water pump tubing was killed after being struck by the pump's intake tubing.

Lighting Technologies, LP., Greenville, TX 75402 - worker retrofitting fixtures in an outdoor canopy was electrocuted after contacting an energized 277-volt electrical circuit.

4/13/2011
Austin Distributing, San Antonio, TX 78253 - Worker fixing a hydraulic fluid leak was killed after the front end loader collapsed, pinning the worker between the machine and the loader's bucket."

Planter Service, Helena, AR 72342 - worker applying herbicides to fields died after exposure to toxic chemicals.

Miami Transmission Parts, Hialeah, FL 33012 - worker moving inventory while on a ladder died after collapsing and falling nearly 8 feet.

Fred M. Schidwacter & Sons, Inc., Bronx, NY 10461 - worker attempting to stop his oil truck from rolling was killed when he was caught underneath the truck.

4/14/2011
Dole Fresh Fruit, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33016 - worker was killed after being pinned between a tractor trailer and a container.

United States Postal Service Pawnee, OK 74058 - worker was delivering mail on foot and was struck by a train.

Our Lady of Angels, Burlingame, CA 94010 - worker changing light bulb on roof fell 30 feet from ladder to concrete ground below.

4/15/2011
Construction Tire Maintenance, Inc., Ocala, FL 34475 - worker removing tires from underneath a front end loader was crushed when the block supporting the loader broke loose.

4/16/2011
Stephen Mabry, Inc., Neptune Beach, FL 32266 - worker painting the side of a house on a ladder died after the ladder slipped off the scaffold and crashed 15-feet to the ground.

CP Integrated Services, Oklahoma City, OK 73197 - worker operating a skid steer was crushed by the equipment's arm.

Vice Construction, Inc., Westwego, LA 70094 - worker was struck by the hammer of a pile driver.

4/17/2011
Advanced Technology Services, Inc., East Peoria, IL 61630-1290 - worker checking for a hydraulic leak inside of a machine for cooling heated metal (quenching) was killed when the machine's lid crushed him.

Berry Family of Nurseries, Hulbert, OK 74441 - worker driving a farm tractor downhill was killed after losing control and being ejected and run over by the tractor.

4/18/2011
Barnhill Contracting Company, Tarboro, NC 27886 - worker was struck by a dump truck.

Wachter Network Services, Harper Woods, MI 48225 - worker electrocuted while relocating televisions and cabling above an office ceiling.

Mac Electric Inc, Duarte, CA 91010 - Worker died after suffering electrical burns on arms, hands and face."

4/19/2011
Larry Eckert & Son, Orrington, ME 04474 - worker cutting down an oak tree was crushed between the skidder tire and tree.

4/20/2011
Ancien Wines, Inc., Napa, CA 94559 - worker died after falling from ladder while transferring wine between storage tanks.

Western Metal Recycling, Pueblo, CO 81004 - worker cutting a pressurized tank with a torch was killed when the tank exploded.

4/21/2011
Roofing Concepts Unlimited/Florida, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL 33472 - worker performing roof work on a one-story building was killed after falling 13 feet to the concrete floor.

Hesse Industrial Sales Inc. dba Texas Manufacturing, Houston, TX 77092 - worker using a forklift to load bundles of sprinkler pipes onto a flatbed trailer was crushed between the delivery truck and trailer after the forklift moved forward.

Erosion Barrier Installations, Corp., Estero, FL 33928 - worker surveying sediment in a retention pond drowned.

Sprouse Farms, Inc., Plant City, FL 33567 - worker was picking strawberries and fainted; possible heat stress.

City of Eugene, Eugene, OR 97401 - Police officer shot while approaching a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Ronald J Overbeek Contr. Inc., Plainwell, MI 49080 - worker struck by falling trusses and knocked to the ground.

4/22/2011
Canton Drop Forge, Canton, OH 44706 - Worker was crushed between a parts bucket, barrel, and table after one of the bucket's cables broke."

SER Construction Partners, LLC., Houston, TX 77021 - A concrete finisher was killed after a truck carrying concrete lost control and ran over him.

Youngblood Scrap and Metals, Longview, TX 75604 - worker using a propane and oxygen torch to cut a fuel tank was killed when the tank exploded.

4/23/2011
All American Recycling Corporation, Jersey City, NJ 07307 - worker performing maintenance on a wheel loader was crushed between a forklift and a packer truck.

4/25/2011
TK Stanley, Inc., Waynesboro, MS 39367 - Worker dismantling an oil well flare stack was killed when the flare stack fell over, striking the worker's back."

Ace Ethanol, LLC., Stanley, WI 54768 - worker died while performing cleaning operations inside a grain storage bin.

Cleco Power, LLC., Natchitoches, LA 71457 - worker deciding how to fix a live wire hanging three feet from the ground was electrocuted after accidentally stepping on the wire.

The Other Place, New Braunfels, TX 78130 - worker drowned in a river while trying to remove a rope swing from a tree.

4/26/2011
Grant Mackay Demolition Co., Galveston, TX 77550 - Construction worker was killed when the second level of a structure being demolished collapsed on top of him.

B&H Auto Repair, Los Angeles, CA 90016 - worker pouring gas from bucket into vehicle was killed by flash/fire explosion ignited from nearby work light.

4/27/2011
Hudmon Construction Co., Inc., Montgomery, AL 36104 - worker walking behind a bulldozer with a laser sight was killed when bulldozer operator backed up and over the worker.

Mike Smith, Inc., Ft. Pierce, FL 34945 - worker operating a backhoe to clean a canal drowned when the backhoe slid into the canal.

Harrington Forestry, Inc., Ashdown, AR 71822 - worker adjusting the brakes underneath a tractor trailer was crushed when the truck rolled forward.

Wrangler VF Jeanwear, Inc., Hackleburg, AL 35564 - worker was taking shelter during a tornado and was struck by a steel beam from a collapsing building.

4/28/2011
Austin Bridge & Road L.P., Tunica, LA 70782 - worker died after the aerial lift the worker was driving ran off the road and tipped over.

TJN Enterprises, Sioux Fall, SD 57104 - worker was struck and run over by a truck.

Coastal Shoring, LLC., New Orleans, LA 70128 - worker installing safety cribbing underneath an elevated house was killed when the house shifted and fell on top of him.

4/30/2011
Zellner Tire Center, LLC., Blenker, WI 54415 - worker using a jack to elevate and repair a truck's brakes was crushed when the truck fell off the jack and onto his chest.

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