You can’t miss it: smack in the center of OSHA’s homepage on its website is a new section on “Weekly Reports of Fatalities, Catastrophes and Other Events.”

This is similar to the “Weekly Toll” of workplace deaths that acting OSHA boss Jordan Barab would post on his popular blog, “Confined Space,” in his pre-OSHA days.

The most recent report on the OSHA site is dated August 28, 2009. Among the recorded events:

  • Victim was operating a knuckle boom truck and was crushed between the boom and controls.

  • Victim was installing asphalt shingles and fell 40 feet to the ground.

  • Victim was working in the basket of an articulating truck mounted boom. During movement of the boom, victim was catapulted out of the basket.

  • Victim was in a 60-foot high silo unclogging a discharge hole. While in the process of drilling a hole and removing the pipe, the victim clutched his chest and fell over.

  • Victim was working in an aerial lift upgrading three phases of an electrical distribution line. He was on the pole during the process of hoisting and moving the existing energized "A" phase and contacted energized conductors and was exposed to 7,620-volts of AC voltage. Victim was electrocuted.