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.

NOTE: This is a partial list, for instructional purposes only and is not meant for data or research purposes. In addition to being a partial list, fatalities associated with natural causes or suicides are not listed. The Worker Memorial Day ceremony and SHARP's FACE Program use different critera for counting worker deaths in Washington.

Workplace Fatalities in Washington State 2017
Event Date Description of the Event  Industry
4/6/17 A worker was fatally injured after being shot by two armed individuals during a robbery. Gasoliine Stations with Convenience Stores
4/11/17 A worker was fatally injured after two stumps, being used as a tail hold, pulled out of the ground and hit the worker. Logging
3/27/17 A worker was fatally injured after being thrown approximately 20 feet of a bus while drilling a hole on a natural gas cylinder that was on top of the bus. Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers
3/21/17 An owner was fatally injured after falling off a 3 story apartment building roof. Unknown
1/3/17 A worker was fatally injured after being crushed between a loader arm and the front bucket/cab of a  skid steerer. Site Preparation Contractors
3/1/17 A worker was fatally injured after a piece of equipment fell onto the worker’s head. Site Preparation Contractors
2/14/17 A worker’s shoulder was injured after being bitten but later died while at home. Residential Mental Retardation Facilities
11/3/16 A worker was fatally injured after the ATV the worker was riding hit a ditch and flipped and rolled approximately 2 times. Wheat Farming
1/15/17 A worker died after sustaining a blunt force trauma to the head and exposure to smoke due to a workplace violence incident. Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
1/10/17 A worker was fatally injured after being pinned between two belly dump trailers. Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction (PT)
1/5/17 A worker was fatally injured after being crushed between the rear portion of a truck and a trailer landing gear bracing. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Merchant Wholesalers

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