Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation


Washington is one of seven states that receives funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to track fatal work-related traumatic injuries. WA FACE’s goal is to prevent work-related fatal injuries through:


WA FACE collects basic information on all work-related traumatic fatalities in the state, including worker and employer demographics, cause of injury and a short description of the incident. This information comes from the Department of Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), L&I’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) group, the Washington State Department of Health, public safety officials, newspapers, medical examiners and coroners and other sources.


WA FACE staff conduct in-depth site investigations of some fatalities that occur in Washington State. Investigations are voluntary for employers and focus on finding root causes.


Once an investigation is complete, WA FACE publishes a report that includes a short summary, details of contributing events and factors, the cause of death, and recommendations for prevention and how to protect workers from similar hazards.

WA FACE also publishes hazard alerts, data summaries, and shorter form narratives and slideshows about fatalities in the construction, agriculture, and logging industries that can be used in safety meetings and toolbox talks.

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Fatality and Injury Narratives

WA FACE fatality and injury narratives and slideshows describe real incidents and give recommendations and requirements for prevention.

WA FACE publications are free to use.

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Narratives and Slideshows


Roofer Falls 20 Feet through Rotten Roof      Slideshow

Roofer Falls 30 Feet through Skylight      Slideshow

Framer Setting Roof Trusses Falls 20 Feet      Slideshow

Roofing Foreman Falls 19 Feet from Extension Ladder      Slideshow

Spotter Pinned between Excavator Bucket and Trench Box      Slideshow

Ironworker Falls 80 Feet through Bent Plate Gap       Slideshow

Roofer Falls 18 Feet from Wet House Roof      Slideshow

Trabajador cae 18 pies de un techo mojado      Slideshow


Operator Dies When Orchard Tractor Rolls Down Embankment      Slideshow

Operator Crushed By Irrigation System Wheel      Slideshow

Vineyard Laborer Falls from Grape Harvester      Slideshow

Operator Crushed When Tractor and Sprayer Roll Over      Slideshow

Orchard Manager Dies When ATV Crashes into Apple Bin      Slideshow

Laborer Burned Cutting 55-Gallon Drum when Leftover Fuel Explodes      Slideshow


Truck Driver Crushed Between Two Trailers      Slideshow


Service Technicians Receive Electrical Burns When Electricity Arcs from Power Line to Boom Lift      Slideshow 

Window Cleaner Falls 50 Feet      Slideshow

Fatality Investigation Reports

WA FACE Fatality Investigation Reports describe root-cause based investigations of fatal incidents.

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Supervisor at Used Clothing Processing Facility and Warehouse Dies When Struck by Falling Clothing Bales      Summary

A Boat Maintenance Crew Supervisor Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning While Using a Gasoline-Powered Pressure Washer      Summary

Maintenance Mechanic Dies After Being Burned by Hot Boric Acid Solution While Removing Pump      Summary

Forklift Operator Dies When Crushed between Forklift Overhead Guard and Mast      Summary

A 19-Year-Old Landscape Laborer Dies When Entangled in Auger after Entering the Hopper of a Bark Blower Truck      Summary

Orchard Laborer Dies When Run Over By Rotary Mower After Falling From Tractor      Summary

Bark Company Owner Dies After Being Crushed By Ecology Block Wall      Summary

Forest Crew Worker Electrocuted While Trying to Cut Tree Fallen on High-Voltage Power Line      Summary

Coffee Stand Owner Dies When Leak from Propane Cylinder Causes a Fire      Summary

Fertilizer Company Worker Crushed to Death by Falling Concrete Ecology Block      Summary

Truck Driver Dies after Being Struck by Semi-Trailer Truck in Trailer Lot of Customer Yard

Orchard Laborer Dies after Being Struck and Run Over by Dump Trailer

Log Truck Driver Dies When Struck by Logs Being Loaded Onto Trailer

Two Propane Gas Supplier Workers Electrocuted when Boom Truck Crane’s Boom Contacts 7,200 Volt Overhead Power Line

Operator Dies after Excavator Tips Over Bridge and Falls into River Below

Timber Harvester Operator Killed Following a Chain Shot Incident      Summary

Orchard Tractor Operator Dies when Run Over by Trailer-Mounted Water Tank Towed by Tractor      Summary

Truck Driver Dies after being Run Over by Propane Transport Rolling Backward at Bulk Plant      Summary

Orchard Laborer Dies when Crushed Between a Motor Grader and Semi-Truck in Washington State      Summary

Operator Dies after Being Caught between Bulldozer's Track and Fender      Summary

Machinist Dies After Being Struck by Rotating Steel Bar Stock in Lathe in Washington State      Summary

Deck Engineer on Barge Dies When Struck by Crane Counterweight in Washington State       Summary

Carpet Installer Dies after Falling 32 Feet at a Commercial Jobsite       Summary

Crane Operator Dies after Falling From Crane Turntable Deck in Washington State      Summary

A Commercial Cleaning Company Worker Dies of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning at a Warehouse in Washington State

Assembler / Fabricator Dies When Struck by “L” Rack Loaded with Glass Mirrors in Washington State

A 16-Year-Old Worker Dies When Struck by a Portable Gantry Crane used as an Engine Hoist

Maintenance Worker Electrocuted While Attempting to Change a Light Bulb in Washington State

Two Teen Workers Asphyxiate in an Agricultural Silo

Temporary Construction Worker Dies After Falling from a Scaffold Plank in Washington State

Maintenance Worker Killed When Struck by a Vehicle Along a Highway in Washington State

Flagger Fatally Injured When Struck by a Car at a Highway Work Zone in Washington State

Utility Construction Supervisor Killed When Struck by a Pickup Truck at a Work Zone in Washington State

Temporary Worker Killed when Caught in Machinery at a Bottling Plant in Washington State

City Worker Killed When Struck by a Dump Truck in Washington State

Lineman Killed After Being Struck by a Car in Washington State

Logger Killed by Log

Flagger Killed When Struck by Dump Truck

A Fifteen Year-old Worker was Killed After he Fell From the Roof of a Building While Helping Wash its Windows

A Sixteen Year-old Farm Worker was Killed While Driving a Tractor Pulling a Hay Baler on a Public Roadway

Cedar Salvage Logger Killed When Struck by Falling Cedar Blocks

Construction Contractor Killed by Fall From Ladder

Night Foreman Killed After Falling From a Hay De-Stacker

Tree Faller Struck by Tree

Sawmill Unscrambler Operator

Hazard Alerts and Data Summaries