Call 1-800-423-7233, option 1

Report Hospitalizations, Amputations, or Deaths

To report an on-the-job fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, call 1-800-423-7233.

  • You have 8 hours to report a workplace fatality or in-patient hospitalization of any employee
  • You have 24 hours to report a non-hospitalized amputation or loss of an eye of any employee

If you, as an employer or an agent of an employer, do not learn about the incident when it takes place, you must still report it within these time frames after you are notified.

If your business is in another state, and your employee is injured in Washington state, you must follow these reporting requirements. These requirements also apply if your business is based in Washington and your employee is injured while working out-of-state.

What to report

When reporting an incident, make sure to provide:

  • Name and phone number of the best person to contact
  • The name of the establishment/business
  • The location/address where it happened
  • The date and time it happened
  • The names and number of employees harmed
  • A brief description of the incident

Preserve the scene

You can move equipment as necessary to assist a victim or prevent further harm, but you must preserve the scene of a work-related incident until L&I has investigated. This includes not moving machinery, tools, or personal protective equipment involved in the incident. (WAC 296-800-32010)

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 criteria for counting worker deaths in Washington.

03 Workplace Fatalities in Washington State 2020

Event DateDescription of the Event Industry
1/14/20 A worker sustained fatal injuries after a log rolled and crushed the worker between another log. Logging
1/9/20 A worker sustained fatal injuries after being trapped inside a collapsed trench. Temporary Help Services
1/11/20 A worker sustained fatal injuries after falling backwards off a new home under construction while setting trusses. New Single-Family Housing Construction
11/8/19 A worker sustained fatal injuries after a truck the worker was operating crashed into a tree. Sawmills
11/18/19 A worker sustained fatal injuries after moving rail cars crushed the worker against some jersey barriers. Cement Manufacturing
11/15/19 A worker sustained fatal injuries after a log carriage on a tower moved back over a hill of a landing dragging the worker and logs with it. Logging
11/12/19 A worker sustained fatal injuries after falling off a three story building ridgeline to the lower grade level below while installing a safety bracket. Roofing Contractors
11/5/19 A Police Chief sustained serious injuries but later died after a motor vehicle struck the police chief. Other General Government Support
9/1/2019 A Fire Chief sustained serious injuries on 9/1/19 but later died from those injuries while fighting a wildland fire. Fire Protection
9/4/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after falling 20 feet from a second floor deck to the concrete surface below. Framing Contractors
8/16/2009 A worker sustained fatal injuries after being trapped underneath a center point self-irrigator. All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming
7/29/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after the worker attempted to jump out of the way of a moving semi-trailer, fell, and crushed by the trailer. General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, less than
7/26/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after when a tractor, the worker was operating, tipped over while pulling out of an orchard row. Other Non-citrus Fruit Farming
7/22/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after a dump truck backed over the worker. Commercial and institutional Building Construction
6/15/2019 A worker was seriously injured but later died from those injuries after a large tire the worker was changing exploded. Tire Dealers
6/1/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after a motor struck the worker who was working in a field. Flowers, nursery stock, and florists' supplies /  flower, nursery stock, and florists' supplies merchant wholesalers
5/24/2019 A worker sustained fatal gunshot injuries while at work. Unsupported plastics film and sheet (except packaging)
4/30/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Plastering, Drywall, Acoustical, and Insulation Work/Drywall and Insulation Contractors
4/27/2019 Two worker sustained fatal injuries after the crane they were operating collapsed and fell across another building. All Other Specialty Trade Contractors (PT)
4/24/2019 An owner sustained a fatal gunshot injury while at work. Convenience Food Stores
3/14/2019 A worker was seriously injured but later died after falling to the ground while on a ladder. Roofing Contractors
3/26/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after being shot while at work. Poured Concrete Foundation and Structures Contractors
3/19/2019 A police officer sustained fatal injuries after being shot during a traffic stop. Executive and Legislative offices, combined
2/27/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Temporary Help Services
2/14/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries after falling backward off a truck onto a road and then being ran over by another truck. Unclassified Establishments
1/22/2019 A worker sustained fatal injuries during a shooting incident at work. Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
1/4/2019 A truck driver was fatally injured after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Industrial Launderers
12/31/2018 A worker was seriously injured but later died several days,( 1/2/19),  later after falling from a scaffold while climbing in between the space of the building and the scaffold. Addition, alteration and renovation (i.e., construction)

Recordkeeping (OSHA 300 Log)

Employers covered by recordkeeping rules are required to record workplace injuries and illnesses on an OSHA 300 log. In addition, you can use this information to find and fix hazards affecting your workers and refine your workplace health and safety programs.

You must post the annual summary portion of the OSHA 300 log from February 1 through April 30 of each year.

Businesses that are exempt from OSHA 300 reporting requirements

Small employers and low-risk businesses may be exempt from these requirements if:

  • They have 10 or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year at all of their combined business locations.
  • The business is included on the industry exemption list in Table 1 under WAC 296-27-00105.

Note: This exemption does not apply if the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), OSHA, or DOSH notifies you to comply.

Resources to help

New electronic reporting requirements are coming to Washington State

Washington State is currently updating rules to mirror OSHA's electronic injury and illness reporting requirements. These changes will affect employers with establishments of certain sizes and in certain industry sectors and require routine submission of their completed OSHA Form 300A summary directly to OSHA using the Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

For affected employers, 2019 summaries are due March 2, 2020. The OSHA 300 Forms remain unchanged.

If you would like to stay informed of Washington State's rulemaking activities for this rule, subscribe to "Safety & Health, WISHA Safety Standards (rules)" email updates and visit the "Rules Under Development" web page. To learn more about the OSHA requirements, visit OSHA's rule information page.

Recordkeeping Rules

WAC 296-27-011 through 296-27-02117 lists the main record keeping rules for businesses. Depending on your industry, hazards, or activities, additional reporting requirements may apply.

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Accident Investigations

An accident is typically a preventable incident where someone is harmed or fatally injured.

Required investigations

You must investigate any accident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. Employers are also required to investigate other accidents that cause serious injury and/or illnesses per WAC 296-800-320.

Recommended investigations

Accidents requiring only first aid, or “close calls” (i.e., near-misses) where no one is hurt, are not required to be reported. These should still be investigated because they can help predict and prevent future accidents.

Benefits of investigations

Investigating accidents makes good business sense. Accidents are predictable – they are the logical outcome of hazards.

Investigations help you:

  • Identify hazards to prevent future accidents
  • Discover and correct deficiencies in training, work practices, and/or equipment
  • Reduce direct and indirect costs associated with accidents, including workers’ compensation costs
  • Improve worker’s confidence and morale
  • Strengthen your required Accident Prevention Program (APP)

How to Investigate

Have a plan in place before an accident occurs! A plan can reduce the chaos during an incident and help you ensure a safe and efficient investigation. For best results, make finding the “root cause/s” the focus of your investigations, not fault finding.

Once your plan is in place, be sure to inform and train everyone so they know who does what. Revisit your plan when it might need updating and keep everyone informed and trained on any changes you make.

When investigating:

  • Preserve the scene and keep unauthorized personnel away. Cones, warning tape, and/or guards can help you do this. Be sure to check for danger and ensure victims’ safety.
  • Document the scene. Take notes and use photo, video, and/or sketching to detail the who, what, where, when, and how details about the incident.
  • Collect information from witnesses. Obtain other relevant information like equipment manuals, safety data sheets (SDSs), and company documents (like safety policies, operating procedures, training and injury records, logs, reports, etc.).
  • Determine the root causes and best corrective actions to take. This requires technique (e.g., keep asking “Why” questions) and time for a deep evaluation, but will make it easier to focus on the most effective corrective actions to take to prevent further incidents.
  • Implement corrective actions. Some actions may take more planning and implementation time than others.