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.

This is not a complete list and is not meant for data or research purposes. Fatalities associated with natural causes or suicides are not listed.


Workplace Fatalities in Washington State 2014
Event Date Description of the Event  Industry
12/12/14 A worker was fatally injured after being entangled on a drive roller shaft while unjamming a rough cut lumber on a roll case. Sawmill
12/7/14 A worker was injured but later died of the injury after being struck by a piece of debris while changing out an aircraft seatbelt/airbag assembly. Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
12/1/14 A worker was fatally injured after jumping out of a vehicle that lost control on an icy road and being pinned under that vehicle. New Single-Family Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders)
11/24/14 A worker was fatally injured after being struck in the head by a log while standing below a turn being sent to the landing. Logging
11/13/14 A worker was fatally injured after falling 30 feet from a ladder while cleaning out gutters. Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings
9/26/14 A worker was seriously injured but later died from the injuries sustained after falling 70-80 feet to the ground below while topping an 85 plus foot tree. Landscaping Services
9/25/14 A worker was fatally injured after a tree was felled onto the worker. Logging
9/22/14 A worker was fatally injured after being ran over by a dump truck that was being pushed by another worker in a dozer. Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local.
9/21/14 A worker was seriously injured but later died from the injury received when a hop support pole fell onto the worker's head. Apple Orchards
8/31/14 A worker was fatally injured after being crushed by a trailer while towing it with a tractor. Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming
8/20/14 Two employees were fatally injured after an assailant pulled out a gun and shot both workers. Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
8/20/14 A worker was fatally injured after coming into contact with a 7200 volt line while jackhammering to remove excess concrete from a duct. Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
8/11/14 A worker was fatally injured after falling 6 feet from a ladder onto concrete below. Residential Remodelers
7/21/14 A worker was fatally injured after jumping down from a stepladder onto a covered floor that gave way causing the worker to fall 42 feet through the opening. Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
7/8/14 A worker was fatally injured after being shot multiple times while at work. Office of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialist)
7/7/14 A worker was fatally injured after being caught and crushed by auger while feeding beauty bark into it. Nursery, Garden Center, and Farm Supply Store
7/6/14 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in an altercation with another worker. All Other Travel and Reservation Services
6/23/14 A worker was fatally injured when an 11,500 pound press brake machine, being moved with a forklift, tipped over and fell onto the worker. Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
6/18/14 A worker was fatally injured after an explosion occurred while the worker was assembling fireworks. All other Amusement and Recreation Industries
5/30/14 A worker was killed while operating a forklift that rolled off a dock and fell on top of the worker. Floor Covering Stores
5/28/14 Two workers are presumed dead due to being caught in an avalanche while guiding a group up Mount Rainier. Tour Operators
5/28/14 Two workers each driving a dump truck were fatally injured when they collided head on into each other in a motor vehicle accident. Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
5/23/14 A worker's legs were severed from an earlier accident and the worker later died from complications. Other Building Material Dealers
5/21/14 A worker was fatally injured after being struck by a skyline carriage while it was being lowered down. Logging
5/14/14 A worker sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung from an earlier accident but later died from complications. General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
5/11/14 A worker for a boat manufacturer died due to long-term exposure to air borne aluminum particles. Boat Building
4/17/14 A worker was fatally injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while walking on a sidewalk. Automobile Dealers, New only or New and Used
4/2/14 An owner was fatally injured after falling from a scaffold. Painting and Wall Coverings Contractors
3/27/14 A worker was fatally injured when large tree limb fell and struck the worker on the head. Logging
3/22/14 An owner was fatally injured during a natural disaster while installing a water heater at a residence. Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
3/18/14 Two workers were fatally injured in a helicopter accident. Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing
3/14/14 A worker was fatally injured after a lawnmower the worker was operating struck a low rock wall and flipped over. Golf Courses and Country Clubs
3/3/14 A worker was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
3/2/14 A truck driver was fatally injured after being involved in a multiple motor vehicle accident in Oregon. General Freight Trucking, Long Distance, Less than Truckload
2/28/14 A worker was fatally injured after falling off a ten foot ladder backwards and landing and on the floor. Family clothing stores
2/21/14 A worker was fatally injured when the truck the worker was operating rolled backward crushing the worker between two semi-trucks. Specialized Freight (Except Used Goods) Trucking Local
2/10/14 A 21 year worker was killed after being struck by a log. Logging
2/3/14 A worker was shot and killed by a co-worker while at work. Paint, Varnish, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
1/23/14 A worker entered a septic tank to shovel access waste to a suction hose and was later found deceased at the bottom of the septic tank. Water and Sewer Line Related Structures Construction
1/6/14 A worker was fatally injured after falling 75 feet from a scaffold to the asphalt ground below. Framing Contractor

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