Investigation Stories

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Green mechanical timber harvester grabbing a tree and in sawing the branches offThese short, narrated presentations depict real events where the investigating safety and health inspectors describe briefly what happened, how the workers were killed or injured, and how the incidents could have been prevented.

These presentations are developed by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), to alert employers, labor groups, and employees to potential hazards associated with specific work activities. The information provided includes suggested guidance on how to avoid workplace hazards and describes relevant mandatory safety and health rules, but creates no new legal obligations. Additional rules may apply to similar workplace situations based on incident-specific conditions.

For more information on hazard awareness and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses, rules, training, videos, publications, and other workplace safety and health resources, visit L&I's Safety page.

Fatality and serious injury investigation stories

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These presentations make use of audio. If you don't have headphones or speakers, or if you are hearing-impaired, you can still follow along with the text.

To open up the view showing the text, click the button in the bottom-right corner of the screen:

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This will open the "Notes Screen" view where you can read the text on the left, pause/continue, change the audio volume, and jump forward & backwards through the presentation:

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Keyboard Shortcuts used in this software:

  • Arrow Left, Arrow Up, or Page Up: Play Previous Slide
  • Arrow Right, Arrow Down, or Page Down: Play Next Slide
  • Home key: Play First Slide
  • End key: Play Last Slide
  • Spacebar: Play/Pause
  • V: Toggle Display View Modes
  • N: View Slide Notes (once in Notes/Outline view)
  • O: View Presentation Outline (once in Notes/Outline view)
  • M: Toggle Audio Mute


For a text-only transcript of these presentations, click on the sample transcript link icon next to the link.

Other fatality information

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