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OSHA Reports Of Workplace Fatalities

December 2009

12/1/2009 - Model Dairy, Reno, NV - Worker suffered a heart attack and died while walking to meet a forklift driver to get supplies.

12/2/2009 - Dempsey Electric, Houston, TX 77079 - Worker was making an electrical connection in a junction box, working from an 8-foot ladder, and fell striking his face on a concrete floor.

12/3/2009 - McPherson Enterprises, Inc., Lemon Cove, CA 93657 - Worker was crushed when the equipment he was standing on slid off the trailer it was loaded on. The worker was crushed between the bag house and the remaining equipment on the ground.

12/4/2009 - Pioneer Surverying and Engineering, Goldendale, WA 98620 - Worker was on DNR property scouting for well sites for a municipal water system. Worker was riding an ATV, and it appears that the vehicle slipped on the steep terrain throwing the worker off and then landing on top of him.

12/5/2009 - Bank of America, Atascadero, CA 93422 - Worker complained about not feeling well. The worker went home and collapsed about 3 hours later and died before taken to hospital.

12/5/2009 - Kane Kauffman, Lebanon, OH 45036 - Two workers were in a horse barn fire.

12/5/2009 - SUNY Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902 - A professor was assaulted while providing mentoring services in an assigned office space. Event occurred during normal office hours. Multiple stab injuries to abdomen and torso.

12/6/2009 - Exel Inc., Lancaster, PA 17061 - Worker was operating a picker and was pinned between the horizontal rack bar and the controls of the picker.

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 - Anderson & Shah Roofing, Inc. of Florida Clearwater, FL 33761 - Worker was climbing a ladder and fell backwards 6 to 7 feet to the ground, striking his head on the concrete floor.

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.

12/17/2009 - Manion & Associates, Inc., Brandenburg, KY 40108 - Two workers were doing road surveying each on either side of the road. A civilian driver came over the hill and suddenly applied his brakes, even though no person, equipment, or car was in the road. This caused his car to spin off the road, running over the workers.

12/17/2009 - TBM, Inc., Visalia, CA 93277 - Worker fell from a ladder while working inside an airplane.

12/18/2009 - Pro-Tech Contracting of Georgia LLC, Lawrenceville, GA - Worker was securing tarp on a roof (not wearing fall protection, although it was available) and fell 35 feet to lower level.

12/18/2009 - Sonoma Compost Company, LLC, Petaluma, CA 94952 - Worker was on ground when he was run over by a front loader.

12/18/2009 - Gabe's Services, Inc. Rockville, MD 02850 - Worker was run over by a roll-off trash truck.

12/19/2009 - Auto Zone Store, Oakland, CA 94603 - Security guard worker was shot three times during robbery. The assailants took his weapon.

12/20/2009 - Gateco, Newbery Park, CA 91360 - Worker, who is the owner, was doing electrical work and fell through the skylight. (No inspection planned).

12/20/2009 - Premier Asphalt and Masonry, Inc., Coram, NY 11727 - Worker was found in vehicle with engine running; carbon monoxide over exposure.

12/21/2009 - County of Los Angeles - Office of Education, Downey, CA 90242 - Worker was found unconscious in her cubicle by a janitor. (Inspection planned)

12/21/2009 - Country Club Auto Repair, Inc., Lake Charles, LA 70305 - Worker was repairing a roof insulation and fell 14 feet to the ground.

12/21/2009 - Estes Express Lines, Seekonk, MA 02771 - Worker was crushed between the forklift he was operating and a concrete bollard next to the loading dock door after stepped off the forklift.

12/21/2009 - Kenvelm, Inc. dba KE Beal Company, Cape Coral, FL 33919 - Worker was part of a four man tree trimming crew and was in the process of cutting down a 25-foot palm tree. Worker walked into the path of the falling tree and was struck by the tree.

12/21/2009 - Building For You Brentwood, TN 37027 - Worker was working on the roof when he fell. He was taken to the hospital, where he passed away on 12/24/2009.

12/22/2009 - Schott Gemtron Corporation Sweetwater, TN 37847 - Worker was working with glass product when glass struck worker in the neck.

12/22/2009 - 3 ML Construction Company, Inc., Methuen, MA - Worker was installing shingles and moving planks on a roof and fell 20' 6"" from the roof to a driveway below.

12/22/2009 - ANF Engineering, Inc., Redwood City, CA 94061" ,Worker was cleaning up on side of the road and was run over by a dump truck backing up.

12/22/2009 - South Dakota Wheat Growers Association, McLaughlin, SD 57642 - Worker entered a storage bin through a track side access hole that was 15 feet above ground and was engulfed by sunflower seeds.

12/22/2009 - City of Corona, Public Works Department Corona, CA 92882 - Worker, an Inspector, was walking in a crosswalk when he was hit by a city vehicle.

12/23/2009 - Golden Empire Concrete Products, Inc., Bakersfield, CA 93311 - Worker, a Quality Control Manager, was found lying face down. (Inspection planned).

12/23/2009 - I.G. Express Electric, New Braunfels, TX 78130 - Worker was being elevated from a trash box on a forklift to reach a light pole. The trash box and worker fell to the parking lot.

12/23/2009 - Storage Battery Systems, Inc., Alsip, IL 60803 - Worker was working beneath an elevated hydraulic platform and the platform failed, crushing the worker."

12/23/2009 - Walls Contractors, Inc., Newport, AR 72112 - Worker was preparing drywall to be painted and found a coil of wire hanging from the ceiling. He attempted to throw the coil over a beam in the ceiling. The coil of wires struck the beam and fell back down. The wires contacted the worker and he was electricuted.

12/23/2009 - Sugar Hill Farm Fairfield, VT 05455 - Machine guarding was removed from the Houle Alley Scraper for maintenance and not reinstalled after servicing. Worker was caught in moving machinery and suffered fatal injuries.

12/23/2009 - Diamond D Ranch, Inc., Stanley, ID 83278 - Worker was operating a front end loader on a narrow mountain road and the loader rolled over.

12/24/2009 - Neill Grading and Construction Company, Inc. Hickory, NC 28603 - Worker was in a trench installing 8-inch pipes for a new sewer line. As another worker operated the excavator, he noticed the worker covered waist deep in dirt. After 20 minutes the worker was removed from the trench and transported to the hospital where he died.

12/24/2009 - Trinidad Bustillos San Diego, CA 92154 - Worker was loading lumber onto a flatbed truck. Worker climbed the load to put spacers under forklift load. As he climbed, the lumber collapsed onto him, crushing him.

12/25/2009 - Stark Excavation, Inc., Normal, IL 61790 - Worker was operating a track hoe to remove columns lodged against a building. The columns were rigged with a nylon strap and were attached to the track hoe. While hoisting the facade from the building, the strap broke and the concrete facade fell on the worker.

12/26/2009 - Tomcat Drilling, LLC, Ames, OK 73718 - Worker on a derrick board fell with the collapsing mast. The derrick board broke loose from the mast and the worker was thrown against a metal structure on the ground.

12/26/2009 - Ford Motor Company, Kentucky Truck Plant Louisville, KY 40241 - Worker, a maintenance employee, was removing steel beam for the installation of new assembly equipment. After one end of the beam was cut by a welder, the beam apparently slid off the forklift it was raised on and struck worker.

12/27/2009 - Moran Towing Corp. Secaucas, NJ 07094 - Worker was crushed by a cable after being pulled into a motorized capstan.

12/28/2009 - Gladhill Tractor Frederick, MD 21703 - Worker was crushed by the boom of a skid loader while performing maintenance.

12/28/2009 - Ajm Framers Inc. Broomfield, CO 80020 - Worker was removing icicles from the roof line of a building. Worker was located in a box attached to a forklift, the box shifted, and the worker fell 30-feet to the concrete below.

12/28/2009 - Douglas County Inc. Roseburg, OR 97471 - Worker was caught in the unscrambler.

12/28/2009 - Selbach Construction Amargosa Valley, NV 89020 - Worker was in a basket of an all-terrain forklift at 40 feet, when it tipped over.

12/28/2009 - SMM Business Corp. dba Tedes Chi Food Shop Jamaica Plein, MA 02130 - Worker was shot by an armed robber.

12/29/2009 - Burlington Northern Santa FE Railroad Fridley, MN 55421 - Worker was killed when a rail car jumped its tracks and pinned him against a building.

12/29/2009 - USF Holland, Inc. Rock Island, IL 61201-7314 - Worker was at a trucking dock, unloading one truck and loading another. While parked at the dock, his truck caught fire; worker died in the fire.

12/29/2009 - U.S. Postal Service Bethlehem, CT 06751 - Worker was driving a postal service truck on a town road and a tree fell, striking the truck.

12/29/2009 - Peterson Grain Decatur, IN 46733 - Worker fell 80 feet in grain silo.

12/30/2009 - Fab Steel Inc. Lexington, KY 40511 - Worker's death believed related to long-time exposure to chemicals used in painting operations. Worker used paint, mineral spirits, and ylene. Worker passed away at his residence. (Inspection planned)

12/30/2009 - America Granite & Marble Concepts Solon, OH 44139 - Worker was unloading granite slabs from a truck, the weight shifted. The worker was crushed by a slab.

12/30/2009 - Dixie Crane Service, Inc. dba Dixie Erectors - Worker was working on an I-beam 20-feet above ground when another I-beam above came loose and fell, crushing hi between the two I-beams.

12/31/2009 - Scott Company Marysville, OH 43040 - Worker in the process area was found under a freight elevator.

12/31/2009 - Golden Star Market Pittsburg, CA 94565 - The worker was handing a gun to a co-worker when the gun accidentally fired and shot the worker in the face.

12/31/2009 - Thundercloud Ranch LLC Scottsdale, AZ 85262 - A 78-yr ranch worker died while supervising the operation of a powered auger. The event is described as am amputation.

12/31/2009 - Hyatt Penns Landing Philadelphia, PA 19106 - Worker was in the basement's mechanical rooms and suffered a heart attack.

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