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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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.
2019 Narratives and Slideshows
WA FACE Fatality Investigation Reports describe root-cause based investigations of fatal incidents.
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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
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
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