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Fatality Summaries

Use the information in this table to build hazard awareness and prevent risk for similar occurrences in your workplace.

This table shares preliminary details about many of the fatalities reported to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (DOSH). When further details are available, entries may be updated in the annual summary.

This is not a complete list and is not meant for data or research purposes. Fatalities associated with natural causes or suicides are not listed.


Workplace Fatalities in Washington State 2014
Event Date Description of the Event  Industry
09/26/2014 A worker was seriously injured but later died from the injuries sustained after falling 70-80 feet to the ground below while topping an 85 plus foot tree. Landscaping Services
09/25/2014 A worker was fatally injured after a tree was felled onto the worker. Logging
09/22/2014 A worker was fatally injured after being ran over by a dump truck that was being pushed by another worker in a dozer. Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local.
09/21/2014 A worker was seriously injured but later died from the injury received when a hop support pole fell onto the worker's head. Apple Orchards
08-31-2014 A worker was fatally injured after being crushed by a trailer while towing it with a tractor. Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming
08-20-2014 Two employees were fatally injured after an assailant pulled out a gun and shot both workers. Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
08-20-2014 A worker was fatally injured after coming into contact with a 7200 volt line while jackhammering to remove excess concrete from a duct. Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
08-11-2014 A worker was fatally injured after falling 6 feet from a ladder onto concrete below. Residential Remodelers
07-21-14 A worker was fatally injured after jumping down from a stepladder onto a covered floor that gave way causing the worker to fall 42 feet through the opening. Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
07-08-14 A worker was fatally injured after being shot multiple times while at work. Office of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialist)
07-07-14 A worker was fatally injured after being caught and crushed by auger while feeding beauty bark into it. Nursery, Garden Center, and Farm Supply Store
07-06-14 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in an altercation with another worker. All Other Travel and Reservation Services
06-23-14 A worker was fatally injured when an 11,500 pound press brake machine, being moved with a forklift, tipped over and fell onto the worker. Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
06-18-14 A worker was fatally injured after an explosion occurred while the worker was assembling fireworks. All other Amusement and Recreation Industries
05-30-14 A worker was killed while operating a forklift that rolled off a dock and fell on top of the worker. Tour Operators
05-28-14 Two workers are presumed dead due to being caught in an avalanche while guiding a group up Mount Rainier. Floor Covering Stores
05-28-14 Two workers each driving a dump truck were fatally injured when they collided head on into each other in a motor vehicle accident. Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
05-23-14 A worker's legs were severed from an earlier accident and the worker later died from complications. Other Building Material Dealers
05-21-14 A worker was fatally injured after being struck by a skyline carriage while it was being lowered down. Logging
05-14-14 A worker sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung from an earlier accident but later died from complications. General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
05-11-14 A worker for a boat manufacturer died due to long-term exposure to air borne aluminum particles. Boat Building
04-17-14 A worker was fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while walking on a sidewalk. Automobile Dealers, New only or New and Used
04-02-14 An owner was fatally injured after falling from a scaffold. Painting and Wall Coverings Contractors
03-27-14 A worker was fatally injured when large tree limb fell and struck the worker on the head. Logging
03-22-14 An owner was fatally injured during a natural disaster while installing a water heater at a residence. Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
03-18-14 Two workers were fatally injured in a helicopter accident. Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing
03-14-14 A worker was fatally injured after a lawnmower the worker was operating struck a low rock wall and flipped over. Golf Courses and Country Clubs
03-03-14 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
03-02-14 A truck driver was fatally injured after being involved in a multiple motor vehicle accident in Oregon. General Freight Trucking, Long Distance, Less than Truckload
02-28-14 A worker was fatally injured after falling off a ten foot ladder backwards and landing and on the floor. Family clothing stores
02-21-14 A worker was fatally injured when the truck the worker was operating rolled backward crushing the worker between two semi-trucks. Specialized Freight (Except Used Goods) Trucking Local
02-10-14 A 21 year worker was killed after being struck by a log. Logging
02-03-14 A worker was shot and killed by a co-worker while at work. Paint, Varnish, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
01-23-14 A worker entered a septic tank to shovel access waste to a suction hose and was later found deceased at the bottom of the septic tank. Water and Sewer Line Related Structures Construction
01-06-14 A worker was fatally injured after falling 75 feet from a scaffold to the asphalt ground below. Framing Contractor

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