OSHA has begun publicizing weekly summaries of fatalities and catastrophes resulting in the hospitalization of three or more workers. Employers must report these incidents to OSHA within eight hours. The summaries below (for the week of November 23-27, the most recently posted information) include only preliminary information, as reported to OSHA area offices or to states which operate OSHA-approved state plans. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities and catastrophes. OSHA will link the data on its summary chart to the inspection case file, also on the OSHA public website.

Bradens Towing & Collision, Wheeling, WV 26003Worker was performing detail work on a vehicle and ingested a wheel cleaning solution.

Resource Management-Chicago Ridge, L.L.C. Worker was walking back to his location and was struck by a forklift.

Nicor Gas, Naperville, IL 60564Worker was operating a Vermeer ditch witch backfilling a hole. The stringer was struck by a passing vehicle and the ditch witch tipped over, landing on top of the worker.

Pfeiffer & Sons, La Porte, TX 77571Worker was in the process of installing a wireless point at a facility. He was using a 6-ft ladder to access the ceiling, fell backwards off the ladder, striking his head on the concrete floor.

Palacios Marine and Industrial, Corpus Christi, TX 78469Worker was working on the 2nd floor of a building and fell through an open door way to the ground.

Ross Construction, Spicewood, TX 78669Worker was changing the hydraulic fluid in a dump truck with the dump bed raised. The dump bed fell, pinning him.

OSHA’s weekly fatality reports can be accessed by clicking on the “Worker Fatalities” link front and center on OSHA’s web site homepage.