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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 23, 2012

OSHA Fatality Report For September 2011

We continue our summary of OSHA fatality reports with the reports from September 2011.  Vehicle accidents account for a significant portion of the fatalities in these reports. Even small vehicles such as golf carts and law mowers are involved in fatal accidents. Whenever you are operating, or near a vehicle of any kind, including heavy equipment down to a lawn mower -- be careful. Be aware of your surroundings and things that could go wrong.

9/1/2011
A-1 Tree Service, Bradenton, FL 34203 - Worker trimming a tree died after falling 55 feet, head first, onto a concrete surface."

Titan Drilling, LLC., Dumas, TX 79029 - Worker was struck on the head and killed by the bottom of a blow-out preventer he was resetting.

Edison Park Fast, New York, NY 10036 - Parking garage attendent retrieving a customer's car was crushed between the car and a vertical post.

Miller Poultry, Orland, IN 46776 - Worker processing chicken was crushed while using a press.

Davey Tree Care, St. Peter, MN 56082 - Worker was killed by a falling tree branch.

SKF USA Incorporated, Hanover, PA 17331 - Worker died after he was severely burned by a molten salt mixture following an explosion.

9/2/2011
A C Morrison Farms LLC, Lillington, NC 27526-9581 - Worker fell ill from possible heat stress while working in a tobacco field.

Membrane Technology Research, Menlo Park, CA 94025 - Worker died in an explosion while transferring compressed gas from one cyclinder to another.

9/3/2011
Shultz Steel Company Inc., South Gate, CA 90280 - Worker died from head injuries after falling 19 feet into a service pit.

9/5/2011
Jessica Rodriguez, Patterson, CA 95363 - Worker harvesting peaches died from possible drowning when he drove into an aqueduct.

Tiller Sanitation, Farmland, IN 47340 - Worker was struck and killed by a sanitation truck.

9/6/2011
MaxYield Cooperative, Dickens, IA 51333 - Worker suffocated after being engulfed in corn inside a grain bin.

CMC Steel Arkansas, Magnolia, AR 71753 - Worker was killed when his lanyard became tangled in a rotating shaft pulling him into the equipment.

Bryan Shirk, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 - Worker was trimming trees from a truck-mounted basket lift, and was killed after being thrown from the basket and falling nearly 30 feet to the ground."

9/7/2011
Liverpool Coil Processing Division, Valley City, OH 44280 - Worker died after his head was caught between steel coil and another piece of equipment.

Fabrication International Inc., Houston, TX 77093 - Worker using an aerial lift to detach rigging was killed when a derrick hit the aerial lift basket, throwing the worker more than 20 feet."


9/8/2011
Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., Lake Jackson, TX 77566 - Worker was crushed by a front end loader while working on a highway drainage inlet.

Full Throttle Oil Field Services, Wilson, OK 73463 - Worker was struck and killed by a pump jack weight.

Undetermined Company Name, Los Angeles, CA 90011 - Worker performing maintenance underneath a bus was crushed when the bus fell off the jacks.

Freshmark Meat Plant, Canton, OH 44705 - Worker was electrocuted when he plugged a floor fan into an outlet while standing in water.

Caterpillar, Inc., Milwaukee, WI 53172 - Worker was crushed by a crawler piece that fell from a sling.

Ace Automotive, New Albany, IN 47150 - Worker struck by vehicle while performing automotive service.

9/9/2011
Liberty Swabbing Inc., Raymondville, TX 78580 - Worker was killed when pressure released from a wellhead struck him in the abdomen.

Express Glass and Mirror, Inc., Los Angeles, CA 90015 - Worker was fatally injured when he fell 15 feet through a 4-foot by 4-foot unguarded opening in a glass catwalk.

Walsh & Kelly, Griffith, IN 46319 - Worker struck by pieces of a large tire that exploded while adding air to it.

Dan Williams dba Dan Williams Roofing, Whitakers, NC 27891 - Worker repairing a building roof was electrocuted when an aluminum bar he was installing touched an electric power line.

Sanchez Corporation, Albertson, NY 11507 - Worker cutting tree branches died after falling nearly 40 feet to the ground.

9/10/2011
Ross Stores Inc - Moreno Valley DC, Moreno Valley, CA 92551 - Worker driving a golf cart was pinned after losing control and driving under a tractor trailer parked behind the warehouse.

Adventure Island, Tampa, FL 33612 - Worker was struck and killed by lightning.

APER Construction, Port of Miami, FL 33132 - Worker operating an excavator died when he was thrown forward in the cab and hit his head on the machine's support bar.

9/12/2011
Stella-Jones, Inc., Warrior, AL 35180 - Worker was caught in or between rotating machinery during cleaning operations.

Jesco Industrial Services LLC, Calvert City, KY 42029 - Worker was struck and killed by high pressure water after the hose ruptured.

9/13/2011
Ashton Inc., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 - Worker on a riding mower struck a large pipe and was pinned between the pipe and the mower.

J. B. James Construction Company, LLC, Hosston, LA 71043 - Worker repaving a roadway was run over and killed by a dump truck.

Barnhill Farms of North Carolina , Inc., Stokes, NC 27884 - Worker refueling a tractor was killed when the tractor ran over him.

Foxworth Forestry Consultants, LLC., Coffeeville, AL 36524 - Worker operating a four-wheeler was thrown off and run over by a log truck.

Austin Maintenance & Construction, Inc., Augusta, GA 30901 - Worker testing a wiring system was electrocuted when he touched energized parts carrying nearly 14,000 volts."

Bath Magic, Inc., Toledo, OH 43614 - Worker for a bathtub reglazing company was found deceased, slumped over a bathtub and wearing a half mask tight-fitting respirator; cause of death is suspected asphyxiation from methylene chloride in the stripping compound."

Sam Critchelow dba Critchelow Backhoe Service, Hardinsburg, KY 40143 - Worker jumped out of a sliding backhoe and was killed when the backhoe's bucket struck and landed on top of him.

9/14/2011
Verizon Communications, Brooklyn, NY 11212 - Worker making electrical repairs was electrocuted when he touched a live wire.

J.C. Masonry and Concrete Pumping, Inc., La Follette, TN 37766 - Worker laying bricks while standing on a scaffold died after falling 35 feet when a scaffold plank shifted.


9/15/2011
Network Construction Company, Inc., Atlantic City, NJ 08401 - Worker pouring concrete on building's roof was struck and killed by lightning.

LVI Environmental Services, Seattle, WA, 98121 - Worker removing debris with skid loader died when punctured in the neck by protruding rebar.

9/16/2011
Cardinal Health, Groveport, OH 43125 - Worker using a forklift was killed after being pinned against a support beam.

Hi-Plains Millwright & Supply, Inc., Plainview, TX 79072 - Worker was killed when a shelving unit frame fell and struck him on the head.

9/17/2011
Glen Cove DPW, Leech Circle Water Station, Glen Cove, NY 11542 - Worker died after being stung by bees while clearing overgrowth.

TDG General Contractor, Inc., Cleveland, TX 77328 - Worker connecting a pipe to the bottom of a 3,000-pound water tank was crushed when the tank fell on him.

Knecht Farm Drainage, Charles City, IA 50616 - Worker was crushed between the front of the track and the back of a bucket while checking the track on a skid loader.

9/18/2011
First Energy Generation Corp., Haywood, WV 26366 - Worker inside of a coal tunnel was crushed between a concrete shelf and a guardrail.

9/19/2011
Wayne's Welding Service, Monahans, TX 79756 - Worker helping to install a 30-foot water tower was killed when the tower fell on him.

Furrer Construction Inc., Woodland, WA, 98674 - Worker pressure washing exterior of silo was electrocuted after contacting a high voltage line.

Faria Brothers Dairy, LLC., Dumas, TX 79029 - Worker in a dairy production facility was killed after his head was caught in a rotary carousel system.

The Indian Club, Irons, MI 49644 - Worker suffered burns and died from asphyxiation after a storage facility fire.

KG Construction, Saltsburg, PA 15681 - Worker moving an aluminum materials lift was killed when the lift touched an energized power line.

9/20/2011
Riverview LLC, Hancock, MN 56267 - Worker was killed after hitting a tree while driving an ATV on the work site.

Morrow Meadows Corp., Los Angeles, CA 90045 - Worker was electrocuted while installing new wires.

Halliburton Energy Services, Carlsbad, NM 88220 - Worker was fatally injured when a blowout preventer fell and struck him on the head.

A-1 Tree and Landscape, Lansing, MI 48911 - Worker cutting trees died after a falling branch struck him, causing him to fall 40 feet."

Al and John, Inc., T/A Glen Rock Hams, Paterson, NJ 07503 - Worker cleaning a meat mixer died when he fell into the machine.

Gedek Trailer, Indianapolis, IN 46201 - Worker was possibly electrocuted after being found with small electrical burns on hip.

Sharon Gulf Club, Sharon Center, OH 44274 - Worker was killed after the golf cart he was operating collided with a tractor.

9/21/2011
Yellow Brick Properties, LLC., Springfield, MA 01109 - Worker making repairs to a residential building died after falling from a 34-foot ladder.

Livengood Excavators, Palmerton, PA 18071 - Worker was killed when his dump truck overturned, rolled down a hill and landed on top of him."

Stevens Electric & Pump Service, Inc., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 - Two workers died from overexposure to hydrogen sulfide while inside a sewer tank.

Gozip LLC, Hilo, HI 96720 - One worker was killed and another worker was hospitalized after a zipline tower collapsed.

Otis Elevator Company, Brookwood, AL 35444 - Worker performing operations on top of an elevator car was struck and killed by another elevator car.

Mid-State Equipment, Inc., Jackson, WI 53037 - Worker making repairs underneath a piece of equipment was killed when the equipment fell, crushing him.

Wedekemper's Construction, Inc., Pinckneyville, IL 62274 - Worker died when struck-by or caught between a grain elevator leg that was under construction.

9/22/2011
Aloha Tree Experts, Kailua, HI 96734 - Worker was killed when he fell 28 feet from a tree that fell over at its base.

Reproduction Services, Inc., Stillwater, OK 74075 - Worker, on the roof of a barn he was building, died when he fell through a skylight, hitting the floor below.


9/23/2011
QTI Management Services, Inc., Madison, WI 53714 - Worker died after being found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase.

George Pagany Farms, West Sacramento, CA 95691 - Field laborer died from possible heat illness.

Witten Logging Co., Tehachapi, CA 93561 - Logger cutting trees was struck and killed by a large falling limb.

9/24/2011
E&R Construction, Washington Boro, PA 17582 - Worker died from head injuries when he slipped and fell 15 feet from a ladder.

9/26/2011
Murphy-Brown, LLC, Laurinburg, NC 28352 - Worker trying to access an auger motor died after becoming entangled in the machine.

Mohawk Industries, Orlando, FL 32819 - Worker was found unresponsive on a warehouse floor.

Kenai Drilling Limited, Ventura, CA, 93001 - Worker was crushed by a piece of drill equipment while working in oilfields.

GreenLeaf's Tree Service, Inc., Chelmsford, MA 01824 - Worker performing tree removal activities died after falling 70 feet while climbing from a crane to the tree.

Demas Enterprises, Inc., Dallas, TX 55210 - Worker who was cleaning while standing on the roof of a gondola lift died after striking his head and falling off the lift.

9/27/2011
Monroe Drywall Construction, Panama City, FL 32405 - Worker installing drywall was electrocuted when he touched a 480-volt wire.

Blooming Prairie Well Co., Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 - Worker was killed after he was struck in head by a 35-pound weight that fell 30 feet from a broken cable.

9/28/2011
R & R Construction, Inc., Westlake, LA 70669 - Worker attempting to attach slings from a metal bar to a crane was electrocuted when he touched an energized bus bar.

Performance Welding & Machine, Fresno, CA 93725 - Worker was electrocuted while using a welder that was not grounded properly.

9/29/2011
Integral Bldrs LLC, Dewitt, MI 48820 - Worker building an addition on a barn was electrocuted after touching a 4,800-volt powerline."

Greenes, Inc., Draper, UT, 84020 - Worker hit and killed by dump truck while removing temporary traffic control barrels.

9/30/2011
F & T Farms, Caruthers, CA 93609 - Worker operating a farm vehicle was killed when he hit a gate and a metal pipe struck his head.

Commercial Construction, Inc., Kearney, NE 68924 - Worker using a dozer to fill a lake with sand drowned when the sand could not support the equipment's weight.

Art Rodriguez, Colfax, IA, 50054 - Roof worker died when he fell 20 feet after stepping on a fiberglass skylite.

Austin Tyler Construction, LLC., Lockport, IL 60441 - Worker was struck by a truck.

Steve Wolota General Contractor, McKees Rocks, PA 15136 - Worker performing roofing work died after falling more than 10 feet to the ground.

Greenstar Recycling, Northampton, PA 18067 - Worker performing maintenance on a baler was killed when falling cardboard caused him to fall back onto a protruding machine part.

Art Rodriguez, Colfax, IA, 50054 - Roof worker died when he fell 20 feet after stepping on a fiberglass skylite.

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