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The weekly toll: Crushed by palm tree; shot during robbery; buried in sunflower seeds (2/1)

Here are the fatality cases reported to federal OSHA for the week of December 26, 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 one of the workers.

TBM, Inc.,Visalia, CA 93277 Worker fell from a ladder while working inside an airplane.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Country Club Auto Repair, Inc., Lake Charles, LA 70305 Worker was repairing roof insulation and fell 14 feet to the ground.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Storage Battery Systems, Inc., Alsip, IL 60803 Worker was working beneath an elevated hydraulic platform

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 electrocuted.

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 façade from the building, the strap broke and the concrete façade fell on the cab of the track hoe, fatally injuring the worker.

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.

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