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
11/15/17 A worker was fatally injured after a tree fell onto the worker while working 20 feet up in the air inside a man-lift. Landscaping Services
10/31/17 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers
10/24/1 7 A worker was fatally injured after being pinned against a wall by a van. Janitorial Services
9/28/17 A worker was seriously injured but later died from those injuries after falling through an uncovered hole while cleaning glass awnings. Janitorial Services
9/30/17 A worker was fatally injured after being crushed under a truck while working on motor mounts. Nursery and Tree Productions
9/22/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling from a roof to the ground below. Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractor
9/20/17 A worker was seriously injured but later died from those injuries after the worker’s head came into contact with the overhead protection of a PIT. Other Building Material Dealers
9/16/17 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Local Messengers and Local Delivery
9/4/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling 24 feet off a scissor lift to the ground below. Berry (Except Strawberry) Farming
8/29/17 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Solid Waste Collection
8/5/17 A worker was fatally injured after a tractor the worker was operating rolled over. Apple Orchards
8/3/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling from a truck while loading bundles of shingles on a conveyor mounted to a roof loading truck. Roofing, Siding, and Insulation Material Merchant
7/5/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling approximately 17 feet from a ladder to the ground below. Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
6/23/17 A worker was fatally injured after a tree fell onto an excavator the worker was operating. All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
6/26/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling off a compact roller and then being struck by the roller. Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
6/6/17 A worker was fatally injured after falling approximately 30 feet through a skylight while cleaning a roof. Roofing Contractors
5/30/17 A worker was seriously injured but later died from those injuries after a heavy metal injection mold, used for manufacturing plastic parts, fell off a shelf onto the worker. All Other Plastic Production Manufacturing
5/15/17 A worker was fatally injured after a truck, the worker was operating, hit a power pole and burned up. General Freight Trucking, Local
5/11/17 A truck driver was fatally injured after a container, the truck driver was hauling, became dislodged from the chassis and impacted the cab of the truck. General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
4/28/17 A worker was seriously injured but later died on 5/13/17 from those injuries after not returning from a break and later discovered on the ground. New Single-Family Housing Construction (Except For-Sale Builders)
4/24/17 One worker was fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while operating a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV). All other Grain Farming
4/22/17 A worker was seriously injured but later died from those injuries after falling 71 feet down an asphalt mixing conveyor and stairway. Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
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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