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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, May 07, 2012

OSHA Fatality Report For November 2011

This is the next to last report covering workplace fatalities in 2011. Workers getting caught between or objects falling on workers continues to be a major cause of fatalities. Read this list of fatal accidents and always be alert to possible ways machines or objects can hit, crush or fall on you or fellow workers.

Cenveo West Inc., Kent, WA 98032 - worker died from head trauma after falling while climbing pallet racks to pick orders of envelopes.

Tree Solution Incorporated, Houston, TX 77069 - worker died after he was hit by a falling tree.

Medley Communications, Inc. Sierrra Vista, AZ 85635 - worker died when he fell 18 feet while climbing a ladder.

Shintech Louisiana, LLC, Plaquemine, LA 70710 - worker was crushed by a 15-ton crane.

Exterran, Houston, TX 77086 - worker inspecting a large gas compressor fan was crushed when the fan fell on him.

Avalon Commons, Smithtown, NY 11787 - worker pumping sludge out of a sewage treatment tank died after falling into tank.

Indianapolis Logistics LLC, Indianapolis, IN 46219 - Maintenance worker received fatal injuries in electric pallet jack accident.

Western Dairy Transport, LLC, Portales, NM 88130 - worker was killed when strong winds caused the door of a transport trailer to strike him.

United Elevator Services, LLC, Memphis, TN 38103 - Mechanic was crushed between elevator and hoistway while riding on top of elevator's cab.

Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN 47903 - worker fell while climbing tower.

WS Packaging Group, Inc., Franklin, PA 16323 - Worker using a flammable solvent to clean a mixer blade was killed when a piece of equipment ignited the solvent, causing a flash fire.

Paul Mueller Company, Springfield, MO 65802 - worker serving as a spotter was crushed between a truck and tractor trailer.

Gordys Pump Service, Spring Valley, WI 54767 - worker connecting a newly installed pipe line inside of a trench died when the trench caved in.

S.J. Louis Construction of Texas Ltd., LLP., Fairview, TX 75069 - Two workers performing maintenance work on a sewer line died from exposure to a hazardous atmosphere after entering a manhole.

Morris Roofing, Savannah, GA 31419 - worker died after slipping off ladder and falling 33 feet.

Lykes Bros., Inc., Okeechobee, FL 34974 - worker riding a horse while performing routine work at a ranch fell off and was killed when the horse stepped on his torso and face.

Trucano Construction Company, Juneau, AK 99801 - worker loading construction equipment died when he was caught between a toppled crane and a railing off the deck barge.

Sun Chemical Corporation, Muskegon, MI 49442 - Worker was crushed by a 1,500 pound bag of pigment that fell on him."

U-Haul International, Inc., Philadelphia, PA 19138 - worker was crushed underneath a portable storage container after the container tipped over.

American Biltrite, Inc., Moorestown, NJ 08057 - worker was crushed in a coating machine.

Suchocki & Son, Inc., Lisbon, CT 06351 - worker performing tree maintenance was run over and killed by an excavator.

Midwest Coatings, LLC, Branson, MO 65616 - worker applying fire retardant material to steel beams of an apartment complex died after falling from the elevated platform.

Dick's Drive In, Seattle, WA 98109 - Janitor fell and struck head.

Adams Thermal Systems, Inc., Canton, SD 57013 - worker doing maintenance on machinery died after being caught between the machine and a moving part.

OAS Rigging Crane Corp, Mayaguez, PR 00680 - worker cutting a beam to a water tank was killed when the tank fell on him.

Horizon Energy Services, Foraker, OK 74652 - worker on an oil/gas well drilling rig was struck and killed by a block that fell to the rig floor.

BND Transport LLC, Mantera, CA 95336 - worker disconnecting a garbage trailer from a tractor was killed when the tractor and trailer ran over him.

Horn Packaging Corporation, Lancaster, MA 01523 - worker died after becoming entangled in the unguarded shaft of a gluing machine.

T. Mar Enterprises S.E., Inc., Brooksville, FL 34604 - A construction worker removing paint strips from road was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Brillion Iron Works, Brillion, WI 54110 - worker adjusting a limit switch on a molding machine died after he was struck by the machine and fell 6 feet to the floor.

SP&K Construction, Inc., Brooklyn, NY 11235 - One worker died and three others were hospitalized when multiple floors collapsed in the structure where they were pouring concrete.

White County Lumber Co., Sparta, TN - worker died when struck in the chest by a pack of lumber.

Black Crow Candle Co., Canton, IL 61520 - worker died after falling 9 feet in an elevator shaft to the basement.

Town of Lucama, Wilson, NC 27893 - worker attempting to move a service pole while inside a bucket truck died after falling more than 50 feet when the pole fell on the bucket.

Con-Fab Inc., Morgan City, LA 70380 - Maintenance worker trying to remove a hose from a forklift was fatally crushed by the forks when the hydraulic pressure was released.

Kokosing Construction Company, Inc., Brecksville, OH - worker setting up a traffic control board was struck and killed by a semi-truck.

Mamaroneck Tn Hwy Dept., Mamaroneck, NY 10543 - worker was struck and killed by a local government truck in a recycling yard while performing leaf collection.

Gilyard Enterprises, LLC., Palatka, FL 32177 - worker was struck on the head and killed by a log that fell from his load.

FM Home Improvement, Inc., York, PA 17404 - Forklift operator was killed when he jumped out of the cab as the forklift tilted sideways, and was struck on the head by the extendable arm of the lift."

Danco Construction, Inc., Evansville, IN 47715 - worker died after falling six feet from a scissor lift.

C-Steel Erectors, Tiki Island, TX 77554 - Worker tightening a nut while sitting on a horizontal beam slipped and fell 14 feet, landing on his head and shoulders.

E-Light Electrical Services, Oil Center, NM 88040 - Solar farm worker died after developing a respiratory ailment (Desert Fever) while working in the field.

J R Excavating, Fairborn, OH 45324 - Worker replacing a sewer line inside a trench was killed after natural gas contacted an ignition source, causing an explosion and fire.

Big Lots, Livermore, CA 94551 - worker died after collapsing while working in a home furnishings store.

Century Link, Loveland, CO 80537 - worker died after falling from an extension ladder in the back yard of a residential home.

Evans Contractors, LLC., China, TX 77613 - A tractor driver drowned when his tractor flipped over and landed upside down in a ditch, trapping him inside the cab.

Terry & Joe Baker Farms, LLC., Norman Park, GA 31771 - Worker attempting to gain access to a moving trailer, slipped and was killed after being run over by another trailer.

Wertling and Sons, Inc., Burkettsville, OH 45310 - worker died from an apparent electrocution after being found in the boiler room with multiple burns.

Vollers Excavating & Construction, Inc., Newark, NJ 07102 - worker was struck and killed by a vehicle at the edge of a parking lot driveway.

Brookman Iron and Metals, Inc., Washington, PA 15301 - worker was crushed after part of a bulldozer bucket being cut for scrap collapsed on him.

Vista Paints, Fullerton, CA 92831 - One worker was killed and another hospitalized after being overcome by fumes while using a paint stripping chemical in a confined space.

Leelaunau Fruit Co., Suttons Bay, MI 49682 - worker was asphyxiated in a brine pit while transferring cherries from a brine pit to truck.

Heneghan Wrecking Company, Chicago, IL 60619 - worker performing building demolition operations was fatally crushed when a section of the wall collapsed on him.

Producers Gin of Belen, Inc., Marks, MS 38646 - worker operating a cotton press was killed when she was hit by parts of the machine after it blew up.

William P Bearne Produce, LLC., Palmetto, FL 34221 - worker was electrocuted when the tractor he was driving touched an overhead power line.

Reilly Painting and Contracting, Cleveland, OH 44135 - Worker cleaning up after repairing a roof, died when he fell off the roof and landed on his head.

Andrew T. Jacos, Belleville, IL 62220 - worker operating a wood chipper was killed after being pulled into the machine.

Jan's Roofing Co., Inc., Chicago, IL 60618 - worker repairing a roof died after falling three stories to the ground.

Lankford Protective Services, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 - worker died when he slipped down the stairs and struck his head.

SEI Aaron's, Inc., Lynn, MA 01901 - worker was struck and killed by an overhead door.

Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation, Seven Springs, NC 28578 - worker performing electrical repair was killed when he was thrown from the bucket truck after it was hit by a tractor trailer.

Northern Lights Auto Service, Inc., Mattydale, NY 13211 - worker was helping a driver whose vehicle was disabled and was struck and killed by a passing tractor trailer.

ESE Alcohol Inc., Leoti, KS 67861 - worker walking on a catwalk that connects to a fermentation tank died when he fell inside the tank.

New River Tree Company, Inc., West Jefferson, NC 28694 - worker died when he fell 10 feet from a trailer while unloading trees.

Experience Works Inc., New Port Richey, FL 34668 - worker died after slipping and falling on a wet floor.

Texas Highway Maintenance, LLC., Houston, TX 77090 - Road worker repairing guardrails was struck and killed by a car.

Paramount Pictures, New Orleans, LA 70129 - worker died of head injuries when he fell out of a scissor lift that tipped over.

Javco Trailer Sales Inc., Franksville, WI 53126 - worker was checking numbers on a trailer and was crushed between two trailers.

DBI Services, LLC., Ft. Myers, FL 33905 - Road maintenance worker was killed when he was hit by a car.

Parnell & Son Drywall Inc., Raleigh, NC 27614 - Worker making repairs in a church attic without using fall protection, died when he fell through the ceiling to the concrete floor.

University of Illinois at Chicago - Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60637 - worker was shot by a co-worker.

United States Department of Agriculture, South Fallsburg, NY 12779 - Federal safety inspector died of respiratory system complications.

81 Saxon Avenue Corp., Bay Shore, NY 11706 - Laundry services worker was crushed by a conveyor shuttle.

D & J Construction Co., W. Monroe, LA 71292 - worker operating an excavator in a sand pit was killed when the machine became engulfed in wet sand.

Vivid Image, Inc., Theresa, WI 53091 - worker died after being exposed to a chemical following a chemical spill.

Ethical Exteriors, Ann Arbor, MI 48198 - worker died after falling nearly 50 feet from a ladder.

Joe's Towing and Recovery Service, Commerce City, CO 80022 - worker unloading a semi-truck was crushed by a tow truck.

LNB Farms, LLC., Homestead, FL 33030 - worker was electrocuted after bobcat carrying trees touched an overhead power lines.

Jones County Cotton Gin, Inc, Trenton, NC 28585 - Worker was killed after four bales of cotton, each weighing 500 pounds, fell on top of him.

Sigma Services, Inc., Plant City, FL 33596 - worker repairing company's front gate was found unresponsive inside utility vehicle.

Nichols Farms, Hanford, CA 93230 - worker was struck and killed by the seal from an over-pressurized diesel fuel tank.

Inoxum, Calvert, AL 36513 - worker operating an overhead crane connected to a roll of steel was crushed between falling and stationary rolls of steel placed in the layout area.


Plaza Shopping Center Inc., dba Plaza House Furniture, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 - warehouse worker died from head trauma after falling from ladder.

Related Past Posts:

OSHA Fatality Report - October 2011
OSHA Fatality Report - September 2011
OSHA Fatality Report - August 2011

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at all of these people being killed by their employers. Where was OSHA? Where are the police? Why aren't company owners being arrested and jailed for these murders? These big companies have the big money and they get away with literal murder getting more profits while their employees die. It's shameful!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Well to be honest, nobody likes OSHA. Most of the people in the trades think of them as an inconvenience, that is funded in part (or completely..) by taxpayer dollars, and really makes their work that much more inefficient, in some cases, in order to adhere to the standards that OSHA sets. . . Just to play the flipside of the coin.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Laundry Services said...

Make it a behavior of protecting on high of the laundry supplies. Ensure there are always plenty of soap, stain fighter and material softener available. Nothing may be extra aggravating than finding no laundry cleaning soap available when you will have six hundreds to be done.

2:54 AM  

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