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 2016
Event Date Description of the Event  Industry
9-23-16 A worker was fatally injured after being shot during an active shooter incident. Department Stores (Except Discount Department Store)
9-22-16 A worker was fatally injured after rolling a log yarder 380 feet down a steep hill. Logging
9-12-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling through a roof and landing on concrete below. No info available
9-5-16 A worker was fatally injured after losing control of a tractor, and flipping it while backing it up. Apple Orchards
8-27-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling off a roof. Roofing Contractors
8-25-16 An owner was fatally injured after rolling a tractor while trying to regain control of it. Other Non-citrus Fruit Farming
8-17-16 A truck driver was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident Repair Services and Related Services, Not Elsewhere/Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment
8-15-16 A worker was fatally injured after a semi-truck the worker was operating ran into a concrete warehouse building. No info available
8-13-16 A worker was injured but later died from the injury after falling off a ladder. Other Building Material Dealers
8-2-16 A worker was injured but later died from the injury after tripping and twisting an ankle while walking up some steps. Residential Property Managers
7-31-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling 6 floors from a lift opening while walking towards a belt manlift. Passenger Car Rental
7-8-16 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Warehouse Clubs and Superstores
7-1-16 A worker was fatally injured after being ejected from a work platform and falling 48 feet to railroad tracks below. New Single-Family Housing Construction (except for Sale Builders)
6-28-16 A worker was injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident but later died from those injuries. Non Residential Property Managers
6-27-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling from a ladder to the ground while installing overhead telecommunications line. Wired Telecommunications Carriers
6-15-16 An owner was fatally injured after being shot in the back of the head by another person. Offices of Chiropractors
6-3-16 A worker was injured after being struck by a truck that was backing up but later died from those injuries. Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming
5-31-16 A worker was fatally injured after losing control of a bike and riding it into a building wall. Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
5-25-16 On 12/15/15 a worker was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle while flagging. On 5/25/16 the worker died as the result of those injuries. Power and Communication Line and Related Structure
5-19-16 A worker was fatally injured after getting stuck between the cab and arm of an excavator. Landscaping Services
5-16-16 A worker died after driving through a pedestrian barrier and going over the edge of a bridge into the water below. Regulation and Administration of Transportation PR
5-15-16 A worker was seriously injured after falling from a mezzanine to the floor below, but later died from those injuries. Hydroelectric Power Generation
4-15-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling into a grease trap and drowning. Plumbing, Heating and Air conditioning Contractor
4-13-16 A worker was found dead while painting a car in a shed/garage. All Other Miscellaneous Crop Framing
4-4-16 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. General Freight Trucking, Local
4-4-16 A worker was injured after falling from a ladder but later died from those injuries. Sporting Goods Stores
3-26-16 Two workers were fatally injured after being attacked in a parking lot while opening up an establishment. Other Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
2-29-16 A worker was fatally injured after falling off a two story roof to the ground below. Framing Contractors
2-20-16 A worker was fatally injured after being shot by a person while starting a shift at work. Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
1-27-16 A worker was seriously injured after falling 24 feet from a ladder but later died from those injuries. Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
1-26-16 A worker was fatally injured after a trench collapsed and engulfed the worker. Site Preparation Contractors
1-10-16 A worker died after being stabbed several times by an unknown person. Convenience Stores

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