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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, April 02, 2012

OSHA Fatality Report For June 2011

This report completes the listing of OSHA fatality reports of the first half of 2011. In looking over the first six months, the number of fatalities resulting from tree trimming or felling stands out.  Having done a lot of this type of work I understand that limbs and trees can do unexpected things. That means that either extra care must be taken to control the movement of limbs and trees as they are being cut, or to allow for the unexpected to happen. Always be careful, even when trimming trees around your home, when doing this type of work.

6/1/2011
Ringo Drilling LLP, Ozona, TX 79563 - worker fixing a leak on a centrifugal pump was electrocuted when he came in contact with an energized circuit.

Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Coats, NC 27504 - worker cutting trees in 100-degree weather fell unconscious and later died from heat stroke.

6/2/2011
Terry Smith Tree Services, Inc., Ormond Beach, FL - worker was electrocuted while trimming trees near overhead powerline.

6/3/2011
Kilderry Painting, Winthrop, MA 02152 - worker painting the outside of a residential house died when he fell 14 feet from the ladder.

6/3/2011
Hascall & Hall, Auburn, ME 04210 - worker was found with his neck under a 5-foot section of scaffolding.

6/4/2011
Metalico Rochester, Inc., Rochester, NY 14605-2269 - worker was crushed in a compactor/baler.

6/5/2011
Total Canopy Camuy Caves, Guaynabo, PR 00969 - worker drowned while installing a steel cord near a river.


6/6/2011
Southern Tree Services, Gunthersville, AL 35976 - worker was struck and killed by a falling tree.

Bowser Precision Areadia, PA 15712 - worker was fatally burned when the diesel fuel tank he was repairing exploded.

Mountain States Constructors, Moriarty, NM 87035 - worker performing maintenance died after being caught in between a closing hopper door.

6/7/2011
Cooperative Elevator Assoc., Ocheyedan, IA 51354 - worker transferring grain into a storage facility was found engulfed in the outside grain pile.

Triangle Paving & Grading Inc, Durham, NC 27703",Two workers died from oxygen deprivation after getting trapped in a manhole.

Southern California Value, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 - Worker stepped through skylight on roof while flying a kite, falling 30 feet to concrete below."

Garza Contracting, Inc., Arvin, CA 93203 - worker died after falling from an 8-foot tripod ladder while thinning peach trees.

Institution Food House, Inc., Hickory, NC 28603 - Worker was killed when pinned between truck and loading dock as truck backed in.

6/8/2011
Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 - Worker cleaning a grinder's conveyor belt was killed when the equipment's screen fell, pinning the worker against the screen bar and the back of the grinder."

Bak Auto Inc., Scottdale, GA 30079 - worker was servicing a vehicle when it slipped off of the jack stand and crushed the worker.

Cairo Coop Equity Exchange, Cunningham, KS 67035 - Worker transferring herbicide into a tank was sprayed by the chemical and died three months later.

6/9/2011
Milestone Contractors, Lafayette, IN 47906 - worker was struck and killed by a car while painting stripes on the highway.

Sonny Jackson Roofing, Inc, Richmond, CA 94801 - worker installing plywood roofing died after falling nearly 20 feet off the edge of a residential roof.

Martin Marietta Materials, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023 - Worker, driving a truck in reverse that was filled with rocks, drowned when the truck rolled into the water after the worker failed to respond to warnings to stop."

Heller Brother's Packing Corp, Immokalee, FL 34142 - worker using ladder to perform tree maintenance was electrocuted after touching a power line.

Houston Electric, Waco, TX 76009 - worker was installing wiring to lights in an office when he came in contact with a live electrical connection.

Dakota AG Cooperative, Kindred, ND 58051 - worker exited a front-end loader and became caught in grain flow.

Imanna Laboratory, Inc., Rockledge, FL 32955 - worker testing a fuel tank without protective equipment died from burns after the tank exploded.

Frontier Industrial Corp., St. Petersburg, FL 33702 - worker cutting beams in preparation for a controlled building demolition died when the building collapsed prematurely.

6/10/2011
Rainbow, Inc., Minneapolis, MN 55427 - worker was in an aerial lift and was caught between the lift and a horizontal beam.

Campbell Maritime Inc., Seward, AK 99664 - worker fell from the edge of a platform into the water.

Squeegee Squad, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 - window washer died after falling from an 8-story building.

Commercial Lawn Management of Wichita, Wichita, KS 67209 - worker engaging in weed trimming along the curb was struck by a motor vehicle.

Autoridad de Energia Electrica de Puerto Ric,o Aguirre, PR 00704 - worker died after losing control of vehicle while traveling on an unpaved road.

D.C.G. Peterson Brothers, Inc., Manson, IA 50563 - worker installing heavy overhead door was crushed when the door fell.

6/11/2011
Robinson Drilling of Texas, Ltd., Lamesa, TX 79331 - workers were pushing the kelly towards a mouse hole. The kelly bushing blew apart and pieces struck two employees on the head.

Thermoclad Company, Inc., Erie, PA 16511 - worker suffered a heart attack.

Planet Organics Inc., Oakland, CA 94601 - Worker struck by rolling, unattended delivery van.

6/12/2011
Lowe's Home Center, Inc., Charlotte, NC 28203 - worker struck by roll-up door as he was closing it.

Resource Management Companies, Earth City, MO 63045 - worker fatally injured inside a baler attempting to free a jam when both legs were amputated.

6/13/2011
Fesco Ltd., Mansfield, LA 71052 - worker was relieved from work on a Friday and was found dead in the crew quarters on Monday. The cause of death has not been dertemined.

Hot Springs Awning, Hot Springs, AR 71913 - worker was removing an awning on the balcony of third floor. The worker fell 30 feet from the balcony.

Showcase Cinema Deluxe, Dedham, MA 02026 - Worker was climbing an extension ladder to clean a sign, and his feet slipped from under him."

Crown Health Care Laundr,y Selma, AL 36702 - worker was cleaning lint out of an industrial dryer when it fell on her crushing her at the waist.

Westside Wholesale Tire, Hamel, MN 55340 - worker was killed when he was struck by a barrel that burst while changing its nozzle.

6/14/2011
Pepper Contracting Services, Inc., Brandon, FL 33511 - The worker was picking up traffic-control devices when he was hit by a pickup truck.

Interstate Tree Service, Stockton, CA 95209 - worker fell from tree after cutting himself with chainsaw while trimming tree branches.

Corsicana Bedding, Inc., Middletown, NY 10941 - worker died from injuries after being crushed in a machine.

City of South Pasadena Police Dept., Azusa, CA 91702 - worker fell and struck head on railroad tie.

GMC Services, LLC, Lafayette, LA 70507 - worker was changing a compressor on a rooftop unit when he came into contact with an energized wire and was electrocuted.

6/15/2011
Fabrizi Trucking and Paving Co., Valley City, OH 44280 - worker was struck by a bucket that fell from an excavator.

City of Muncie Fire Department, Muncie, IN 47305",Firefighter killed after being trapped inside building when roof collapsed during fire.

US Dept of Interior USFWS, Guthrie, OK 73044 - worker was sampling endangered species of fish when he fell into water that was over his head.

City of Redding, Redding, CA 96001 - worker received fatal injuries in water pressure tank explosion after tank wall failed as it was being reloaded.

Stafford Development & Construction, Inc., Guntersville, AL 35976 - worker was removing a tree when he was struck by another tree being moved by a machine.

Charleston Electrical Services, Charleston, SC 29403 - worker conducting live work to isolate circuits electrocuted by arc from two wires.

6/16/2011
Associated Marine & Industrial Staffing, Inc., Houston, TX 77015 - worker was crushed by bundles of steel as he attempted to put a strap around them at the bottom of the ship.

Hayward Bakr, Inc., New Orleans, LA 70127 - worker hit his head on the ground when he fell from a cargo trailer while moving materials.

Indiana Dept of Transportation, Rensselaer, IN 47978 - worker struck and killed by vehicle.

Sabina Landaverde, Olathe, KS 66062 - worker fell from the rooftop while engaging in work.

6/17/2011
LAD, INC. dba Roto-Rooter, Fayetteville, NC 28301 - A worker killed and another injured after making contact with electricity during plumbing work in crawl space.

City of DuQuoin Fire Department, Pinckneyville, IL 62274 - Firefighter crushed by collapsing wall while fighting fire.

Labor Ready/ Allied Waste, Imperial, CA 92251 - Employer pulling empty residential garbage bins collapsed and later died.

6/18/2011
SJ Stucco and Stone Inc., Elmwood Park,NJ 07407 - worker fell from a roof while working.

Trevcon Inc., Plano, TX 75024 - worker installing concrete panels was caught in between the tires of a telehandler.

6/20/2011
Chamberlin Building Services, Hollywood, CA 90038 - worker washing windows fell 50 feet when climbing from building into a boatswain chair.

Sunrise Farms, Pixley, CA 93274 - worker pinned under tire while attempting to jump-start tractor that rolled.

Fiberspar LinePipe LLC, Houston, TX 77041 - worker was run over by a forklift while in the process of moving a 16-foot spool.

Fernandes Construction, Woonsocket, RI 02895 - Construction worker died after falling through a building's skylight.

Lawman Heating & Cooling, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 - worker was crushed when the tree he was removing fell on the excavator cab.

6/21/2011
Intercoastal Repair Service, Jefferson, LA 70181 - worker was cleaning up hopper barge. He was found between two barges downriver from where he fell.

JB Hunt Transport, Inc., Grove City, OH 43123 - worker was caught between two trailers.

P G & E, Tracy, CA 94105 - worker electrocuted while working on power line from a bucket truck.

Prince, Inc., Savage, MT 59262 - worker was trying to remove an object stuck in the rollers on a hotplant when the worker was pulled into the rollers.

Portland Mechanical Construction Inc., Hubbard, OR 97032 - worker fell 10-12 feet from a ladder.

York Excavating Company, Incorporated, Lancaster, PA 17601 - Worker went into a trench to insert a test ball when the wall caved in, burying him."

Chevron Lease, Taft, CA 93268 - worker at an oil and gas work site died after falling into a sinkhole filled with an unknown liquid at about 180 degrees.

6/22/2011
Gilbane Building Company, Sanford, NC 27330 - worker fell 20 feet through roof decking damaged during tornado while performing an inspection.

BP West Coast Products, Carson, CA 90749 - worker pinned between railcar and loading rack.

Best Buy Tire 11 Inc., Charlotte, NC 28208 - worker struck by cast iron spacer that broke while putting tire on a rim.

Golden Alley, Inc., Rozel, KS 67574 - worker was sweeping the elevator when he stepped into a manhole and fell 70 feet into the grain bin.

Ridgeway Electric, Ozona, TX 76943 - worker went out to repair a power line. The line was energized when the worker touched the wire and he was electrocuted.

Personnel Plus, Carson, CA 90745 - worker fell backward and hit head on floor while pulling a pallet jack.

6/23/2011
Robert B. Marshall Inc., Shelbyville, IN 46176 - worker crushed in building collapse while performing deconstruction work.

Matrix Electrical Contractors, Philadelphia, PA 19148 - worker was holding a tag line when a 10-ton hook and block fell and struck his head.

PNM Service Center, Santa Fe, NM 87508-9667 - worker fell 25 feet while conducting a man down pole rescue training exercise.

University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 - University worker died from head trauma after falling from the parking garage's fifth level.

Clawson Tank Co., Clarkston, MI 48346 - welding worker died after being pinned between a roller and tank.

St. James Leasing, Romulus, MI 48174 - worker was struck and killed by forklift.

Tri-State Planting & Polishing, Inc., Huntington, WV 25703 - worker was electrocuted while operating an overhead hoist.

DH Roberts Construction of Jonesville, Battle Creek, MI 49036 - Construction worker was crushed between boom lift and steel beam.

6/24/2011
Hughes Towing & Recovery, Orlando, FL 32805 - worker off-loading a motor home was killed when the RV rolled over him.

Ralsdeck Painting and Staining, Stockton, IL 61085 - worker painting a barn in an aerial lift was electrocuted when he contacted a power line.

Ada Energy Services LLC, Stonewall, OK 74871 - worker drilling oil inside an oil well collapsed and later died from apparent heat stress.

Wayne Steel Erectors, Cameron, LA 70631 - A sheet metal worker died from head injuries after falling from a ladder.

Abayla Construction Services, Conway, AR 72032 - worker removing electrical cable died from a 277-volt shock.

Green Golf Management dba Stansbury Park Golf Course, Stansbury Park, UT 84074 - worker drowned when he was pinned underwater after his mower rolled into lake.

6/25/2011
Acme Energy Services Inc., dba Big Dog Drilling, Midland, TX 79701 - Oil drill worker repairing a leak was killed after he was struck on the head by a steel cable.

Shumate Mechanical LLC., Atlanta, GA 30331 - worker installing duct pipes was killed when the pipes fell on the scissor lift causing him to fall 16 feet.

6/26/2011
Fesco Ltd., Newton, TX 75966 - Worker was killed when pressure released from a natural gas line threw him into a piece of iron, while another piece of iron fell on him.

6/27/2011
Tyson Foods, Inc. - Processing Plant, Springdale, AR 72764 - worker died from chlorine gas exposure after mixing chlorine with an acid.

Unknown company, San Mateo, CA 94401 - worker died after falling more than 15 feet from ladder while moving telephone line.

Carter Lumber, Franklin, IN 46131 - worker died after being struck in head without hard hat while removing trusses. Unknown if work related.

Davey Tree Surgery, Co., Livermore, CA 94550 - worker was struck by a tree.

Chisholm Tree Cutting Service, Saguache, CO 81149 - worker was cutting trees when he made contact with power lines.

RMDS, Indianapolis, IN 46204 - worker was struck and killed by yard truck.

United Telephone Southeast, Erwin, TN 37650 - worker inside a bucket truck parked on an unstable gravel road died after the truck tipped over.

Hill's Tree and Stump Grinding Services, LLC, Durham, NC 27705 - worker was struck and killed by falling dead tree branch while performing a back cut.

Delta Oil Mill, Greenwood, MS 38930 - worker trying to put out a pit fire with an extinguisher was killed when a flash fire and explosion occurred.

Sepulveda Air Conditioning, San Juan, PR 00925 - worker repairing an air conditioning unit was electrocuted.

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. , Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 - Truck driver ejected and crushed by truck that flipped over after losing control while making a turn on restricted airport roadway.

6/28/2011
Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District, Beaumont, CA 92223 - Utility worker marking a water line was killed by vehicle.

Granbury Contracting & Utilities Inc., Granbury, TX 76048 - Worker evaluating a sewer lift station died from gas exposure when he ruptured the sewer pipe, releasing liquid sewage and methane gas.

Hardware Resources, Inc., Bossier City, LS 71111 - worker was electrocuted while using a scissor lift to replace a light bulb.

Herzing Roofing, LLC, Universal City, TX 78148 - worker repairing a roof died from head injuries after slipping and falling nearly 20 feet to the concrete.

Wild Bayside Jewelry, El Sobrante, CA 94803 - worker suffered heart attack while cutting logs and stacking wood at employer's residence.

AEE Oficina Tecnica Humacao, Nagvabo, PR 00718 - worker restoring power to a business was electrocuted while working on a public utility pole.

6/29/2011
SAVE-A-LOT Foods, Greenup, KY 41144 - worker fatally burned when the tractor trailer was struck and caught on fire.

Green Thubm Landscape Design, Inc. Miami, FL 33187 - Worker standing under the arms of a skid-steer loader was crushed when the arms/bucket came down, pinning him."

Coral Construction Co, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043 - worker fell while performing residential roofing work.

6/30/2011
Precision Tree and Landscaping, Apple Valley, MN 55124 - worker died after falling nearly 50 feet while trimming trees.


Related Past Posts:
May OSHA Fatality Report
April OSHA Fatality Report
March OSHA Fatality Report

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