2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007

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Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6001 Serious Injury 309506418

Date of Incident City 12/18/05 (reported 1/3/06) Cloquet

Employee Occupation

Truck Driver

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Paper Mill 2621 322121 8,000

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

6002 Serious Injury 309808459

12/5/05 (reported 1/10/06) White Bear Lake

Press Operator

Industrial & Commercial Fan & Blower Mfg. 3564 333412 70

6003 Fatality 309506939

1/19/06 Mantorville

Farm Worker

Dairy Farm 0241 112120 25

An employee was driving a semitruck/trailer rig while hauling scrap wood materials. While making a U-turn, the trailer, which was overloaded, jackknifed and tipped onto its side, causing the truck cab to tip. The driver was thrown around the inside of the cab and sustained numerous injuries. Two employees were operating a power press when a jam occurred. One employee went to the side of the press to pry the part out of the die when the other employee inadvertently actuated the press. The press cycled, resulting in the amputation of several fingers and part of the palm of the employee trying to free the jammed part. An employee was walking between two buildings. Another employee was driving a tractor with two large bales on it. The victim was knocked to the ground by one of the bales and run over by the tractor. An employee was standing inside the framework of a barrel dumper, helping clean product out of a grinder machine that had become jammed. The employee reached over & turned on the switch, causing the dumper to move upward and crush the employee between the support pole and framework of the barrel dumper.

Serious citations for operating an overloaded semi-truck rig, and for not enforcing the use of the seat belt in the truck cab [General Duty, 182.653, subd. 2]; AWAIR training deficiencies [182.653, subd. 8].

6004 Fatality 309574648

2/2/06 Melrose

Production Worker

Food Processing 2015 311615 7000

Serious citations for lack of lockout/tagout energy control procedures [1910.147(c)(4)(i)]; lack of barrier guarding on power press [1910.217(c)(1)(i)]; failure to conduct periodic and regular inspection of power presses [1910.217(e)(1)(i)]; failure to train power press operators in safe work methods [1910.217(f)(2)]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to make an oral report of a fatality within 8 hours [1904.39(a)]; failure to inform employees of practices regarding the operation of tractors on an annual basis [1928.51(d)]. Serious citations for failure to follow lockout/tagout procedures & to retrain employees on lockout/tagout [1910.147(c)(7)(iii)(A), (c)(9), & (d)(4)(i); the electrical switch on the control panel was not operating as designed [1910.303(b)(1)]; allowing an employee to perform work from inside a barrel dumper when the dumper was not designed to be used as a work platform [5205.0710].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6005 Serious Injury 309506962

Date of Incident City 2/1/06 Owatonna

Employee Occupation

Assembler

6006 Serious Injury 309983005

3/8/06 Minneapolis

Punch Press Operator

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Industrial & Commercial Fan & Blower Mfg. 3564 333412 54 Metal Stamping 3469 332116 120

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While working without fall protection on the top of an air handling unit, the employee stepped on foam that was not supported, falling 12 feet to the concrete.

Serious citation for failure to provide fall protection [General Duty, 182.653, subd. 2].

6007 Fatality 309984011 309983484

3/14/06 Bemidji

Laborer

Other Services to Buildings & Dwellings 7349 561790 600 Executive Office 9111 921110 900

An employee was operating a punch press, using pullback restraints. The employee dropped a small part, reached into the press to retrieve it, and actuated the foot pedal. The pullback restraints failed because the bolts had come out of the link bar. The employee’s finger tip was crushed and later amputated. An employee was cleaning the inside of the combustion chamber of a wood-fired boiler and lost consciousness. The employee died of natural causes.

Serious citation for failure to adequately inspect the pullback system [1910.217(c)(3)(iv)(d)].

6008 Serious Injury 309899045

3/15/06 Duluth

Utility Operator

While cleaning a sewer lift station, an employee lost control of a high pressure water hose. Two employees tried to control the hose, but the hose threw them against a truck and the hose cut one employee’s leg.

Serious citations for hazards that did not cause or contribute to the fatality: failure to implement a written permit required confined space entry program [1910.146(c)(4)]; failure to evaluate the designated rescue team’s ability to comply with relevant standards [1910.146(k)(1)]. Serious citation issued under General Duty for failure to provide a functional pressure gauge on a combination sewer cleaner pump [182.653, subd. 2]. Serious citations for failure to provide fall protection for employees working near edge of lift station [1910.23(a)(3)]; failure to provide a constant pressure control for the handheld spray gun [5205.0686].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6009 Fatality 309763449 6010 Serious Injury 310004668

Date of Incident City 3/21/06 Owatonna

Employee Occupation

Material Handler

3/28/06 Rogers

Trainer

6011 Fatality 309880797

4/4/06 Hines

Excavator

6012 Fatality 309880789

3/29/06 St. Cloud

Bakery Wrapper

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Glass Product Mfg. 3231 327215 2000 Commercial & Service Industry Machinery Mfg. 3589 333319 2800 Water & Sewer Line Construction 1623 237110 0 Grocery Store 5411 445110 4200

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While removing a steel chain sling from a crate that the employee had just moved, a crate tipped over, pinning him. An employee, working 10 feet above grade, fell from the top of a walk-in cooler and through a false ceiling.

Serious citation for failure to properly store material [1910.176(b)].

Serious citations for failure to provide fall protection [1926.501(b)(1)]; failure to provide adequate training to recognize and prevent fall hazards [1926.503(a)(1) & (2)].

The victim was trying to untangle a hose in a trench when the trench collapsed, partially burying the victim.

No inspection. No employee/employer relationship.

6013 Fatality 310023486

4/11/06 Bloomington

Tree trimmer

6014 Fatality 309984383

4/12/06 Grand Rapids

Electrician

Landscaping Services 0783 561730 1 Electrical Contractor 1731 238210 6

An employee was on a break outside at a picnic table. The employee got up to return to work, but the employee’s foot got caught on the table, causing the victim to fall and hit the corner of the adjacent picnic table bench. The employee died several days later from internal injuries. One worker was in a tree trimming branches and dropping them to the ground. While another worker walked under the tree to pick up debris, a branch fell and hit the worker in the head. An employee was electrocuted while working on a light fixture.

No citations issued.

No inspection. No employee/employer relationship – all workers were independent contractors.

Serious citations for failure to communicate lockout/tagout program to employees engaged in electrical work [1910.332(b)(1)]; failure to tag or guard energized electrical parts [1926.416(a)(1) & .417(c)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6015 Serious Injury 310023452

Date of Incident City 10/3/05 & 10/7/05 (reported 4/17/06) Jordan 4/20/06 St. Paul

Employee Occupation

Press Operators

6016 Fatality 310023411

Forklift Operator

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Sheet Metal Work Mfg. 3444 332322 41 Industrial & Personal Service Paper Wholesalers 5113 424130 7 Finish Carpentry Contractors 1751 238350 5

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

A temporary employee suffered an amputation while operating a punch press. In a separate incident, a temporary employee’s fingers were crushed in a press brake. An employee was operating a stand up forklift, without the overhead guard or load backrest in place. While the employee was moving two pallets of paper, each weighing 1,200 pounds, stacked one on top of the other, the top pallet fell onto the employee. An employee was removing brick from a doorway and chipped the middle of a pre-cut brick masonry wall with a powered jackhammer. A piece of the wall weighing 1166 lbs. fell on the employee.

No citations issued. Injuries reported after 6 months. One machine was guarded at the time of inspection and the other was not in use.

6017 Fatality 310132725 310069539

4/20/06 Minneapolis

Laborer

6018 Serious Injury 310069703 310069787

4/6/06 Bayport

Union Carpenter

6019 Fatality 310069729

4/26/08 Shakopee

Laborer

Commercial & Institutional Bldg. Construction 1542 236220 350 Landscaping Services 0783 561730 90

An employee was maneuvering sheets of plywood to a level 3 feet below when the employee fell through an opening and landed on a deck approximately 21 feet below.

Willful citations for failure to equip the forklift with an overhead guard [1910.178(e)(1)]; and failure to equip the forklift with a load backrest extension [1910.178(e)(2)]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to train the forklift operator prior to operation [1910.178(l)]. Serious citation issued under General Duty for failure to provide a scaffold or work platform while demolishing a doorway opening [182.653, subd. 2]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd.8]; failure to instruct employees in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions [1926.21(b)(2)]; inadequate lighting [1926.56(a)]. No citations issued.

An employee was driving a tractor down a steep gravel road while pulling a hay wagon, loaded with 21 spruce trees. Both the tractor and hay wagon tipped over. The employee was thrown from the tractor and crushed.

Serious citations for failure to equip the tractor with roll-over protection structures and a seatbelt [1928.51 (b)(1) & (b)(2)(i)(A)]; failure to train employees who operate agricultural tractors [1928.51(d)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6020 Fatality 309985505

Date of Incident City 4/29/06 Crookston

Employee Occupation

Handyman

6021 Serious Injury 310103411 6022 Serious Injury 310139159

5/9/06 St Paul

General Public

5/16/06 Anoka

Melter

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Civic & Social Organization 8641 813410 30 Construction 1623 237130 85 Steel Foundry 3325 331513 49

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While carrying a bag of garbage down the stairs, an employee fell approximately 8 steps, suffering fatal head injuries.

A person was walking on a city sidewalk when a portion of a power pole being cut fell, striking the victim on the head. An employee was burned when molten metal burned through the side of a furnace and contacted ethylene glycol causing a molten metal explosion.

Serious citations issued for lack of standard handrails [1910.23(d)(1)(iv)]; handrails failing to meet height requirement [1910.23(e)(5)(ii)]; and lack of emergency lighting [5205.0140 subp.1]. No inspection. No employee/employer relationship.

6023 Serious Injury 310218144

5/31/06 Minneapolis

Construction Workers

6024 Serious Injury 310206669 6025 Fatality 310069927

5/18/06 (reported 6/4/06) Ramsey 6/6/06 Grand Rapids

Laborer

Pressure Ground Wood Operator

Plumbing & Heating Contractors 1711 238220 225 Highway Constr. 1611 237310 20 Paper Mill 2621 322121 510

Employees were installing a new gas line and did not cut off the gas supply. When they cut into the line, it sparked and caused an explosion, resulting in burns to two employees. While setting traffic cones from the flatbed of a truck, the employee lost balance, fell, and was run over by the single axle utility trailer being pulled by the truck. The softwood disk thickener overflowed 180 degree water, and an employee was burned.

Serious citation issued under the General duty clause for failure to provide a safe work environment by not preventing molten metal explosions in the furnace department [182.653 subd 2]. Serious citation issued for failure to utilize personal protective equipment whenever hazards capable of causing injury and impairment were encountered [1910.132(a)]. Serious citation for failure to conduct work in a manner designed to avoid damage to dangerous underground facilities [1926.956(c)(1)].

Serious citation issued under the General duty clause for failure to provide adequate safeguards to ensure the employee was protected from falling [182.653 subd 2]. Serious citations for inadequate lockout/tagout procedures [1910.147(c)(4)(i) & (ii), (d)(2) & 1910.261(b)(1)]; failure to periodically inspect lockout/tagout procedures [1910.147(c)(6)(i) & (ii)]; inadequate lockout/tagout training and verification [1910.147(c)(7)(i) & (iii)(A)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6026 Serious Injury 310218102

Date of Incident City 6/9/06 Chanhassen

Employee Occupation

Laborer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Water & Sewer Line Construction 1629 237110 188 Other Animal Food Manufacturing 2048 311119 60

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

6027 Fatality 310218193

6/11/06 Rosemount

Material Handler

While removing sheets of plywood from inside a water tank, an employee stepped on a sheet of plywood from which the nails had been removed. The plywood flipped, causing the employee to fall 12 feet to a concrete floor. An employee was in the process of loading feed through a grated hole in the floor when the flow of feed stopped from a bridged condition that created a void between the feed and the floor grate. While the employee was standing on top of the feed, and attempting to clear the bridge by poking a long pole into the feed, the feed below the employee collapsed, drawing the employee into the void. While others attempted to rescue the employee, the feed shifted and completely engulfed the employee.

Serious citation for lack of fall protection [1926.501(b)(1)].

6028 Serious Injury 309957785

6/6/06 Claremont

Volunteer Firefighter

Fire Protection 9224 922160 26

A portion of a burning structure collapsed on an employee.

Willful citations for failure to provide a lifeline or other means for employees who walk in or on stored grain to prevent them from being engulfed in feed further than waist-deep [1910.272(h)(1)], and permitting employees to walk down grain or engage in similar practices to make grain flow within or out of a storage structure [1910.272(h)(2)(ii)]. Serious citation under the General duty clause for subjecting the wall of a building to loads exceeding the design limit [182.653, subd. 2]. Serious citations for failure to test and monitor atmospheric conditions, to complete confined space entry permits, and to provide training before entering confined spaces [1910.146(d), (e), & (g)]; failure to develop & annually inspect lockout/tagout procedures [1910.147(c)(4)(i) & (ii) & (c)(6)(i)]; failure to develop emergency response procedures for rescue of employees exposed to engulfment hazards [1910.272(d)]; failure to train employees assigned special tasks in grain handling facility [1910.272(e)(2)]. No citations issued.

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6029 Serious Injury 310218441

Date of Incident City 6/15/06 Jordan

Employee Occupation

Press operator

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Sheet Metal Work Mfg. 3444 332322 65

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

An employee was operating a press in single stroke mode and was removing a part by hand. The press dropped into continuous mode as the employee reached into the machine, resulting in the amputation of several fingers.

6030 Fatality 309957918 6031 Serious Injury 309957868

6/19/06 Sauk Rapids

Assistant Director of Public Works Journeyman Lineman

7/17/06 Jackson

Public Works 9111 921110 72 Electric Power Distribution 4911 221122 26

An employee was coming out of a manhole and was struck by a motorist.

6032 Serious Injury 310359344

7/25/06 Excelsior

Tree Trimmer

Landscaping Services 0783 561730 5

Employees were moving utility poles. While dropping a neutral line, the phase line was left unsecured and unattended on the side of a broken pin. The phase line and insulator were pulled from the pin, and whipped through the air because of tension on the phase line. The phase line caught an employee on the wrist, resulting in electrical shock injuries. A tree trimmer was in a tree, making a cut approximately 41 feet up the trunk, and was tied off to the tree trunk below the area being cut. After making the cut, the tree shook and broke off at about 36 feet. The employee was tied off at a point above the break and fell with the upper portion of the tree.

Serious citations for failure to provide point of operation guards & ensure the press had a control system to prevent successive stroking in the event of a system failure [1910.217(c)(1)(i) & (c)(5)(i)]; failure to use dies & operating methods to eliminate operator exposure to hazards [1910.217(d)(1)(i)]; failure to conduct periodic & regular inspection of the press & maintain certified records [1910.217(e)(1)(i) & (ii)]; failure to train maintenance personnel [1910.217(e)(3)]; failure to train press operator [1910.217(f)(2)]. Serious citation for failure to adequately mark and protect the work zone with legible traffic sins, barricades or other devices [1926.200(g)(2)]. Serious citation for failing to use measures to minimize the possibility that conductors and cables would contact energized power lines or equipment [1910.269(q)(2)(i)].

Serious citation for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6033 Serious Injury 310112263 310112255

Date of Incident City 8/2/06 Austin

Employee Occupation

Owner

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Site Preparation Contractors 1795 238910 3

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

An employee made contact with live electrical parts while in the process of scraping out portions of a substation.

6034 Serious Injury 310362975

8/9/06 Brooklyn Park

Tree Trimmer

Landscaping Service 0783 561730 7

6035 Serious Injury 310377130

8/14/06 Chaska

Mechanic

Commercial Bldg. Construction 1522 236220 56

6036 Fatality 310377189

8/14/06 Burnsville

Mower

6037 Serious Injury 310377171

8/8/06 Shakopee

Seasonal Laborer

Landscaping Services 0782 561730 3 Electrical Contractor 1731 238210 28

A tree trimmer was cutting down a section of a tree from an aerial lift basket 25-30 feet above ground. The cut section of the tree hit the top arm of the lift. The arm of the lift snapped and threw the employee out of the basket and onto the ground, resulting in shoulder, hip, and head injuries. An employee was performing maintenance on a Bobcat Skid Loader. The loader was up on jack stands, the bucket was removed, and the arms were up, but not secured. When the employee rocked the loader off of one of the jacks, it bounced, and the arms came down, hitting the employee in the head. While an employee was cutting grass on a rider mower, down a sloped area that ran adjacent to a retaining wall, the mower went over the retaining wall. The mower fell on and crushed the employee. An employee was struck on the shoulder blade by the bucket of a backhoe operated by another employee and knocked to the ground.

Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to document and use procedures for control of potentially hazardous energy [1910.269(d)(2)(iii)]; failure to determine before work began whether energized circuits were located near work area [1926.416(a)(3)]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to wear a body belt with a lanyard when working from the basket of an aerial lift [1910.67(c)(2)(v)]; failure to provide a hard hat to employee who was exposed to falling tree branches [1910.135(a)(1)]. Serious citations for lack of lockout/tagout procedures [1910.147(c)(4)], lack of lockout/tagout training [1910.147(c)(7)]; and Non-serious citation for failure to conduct an annual inspection of the lockout/tagout procedures [1910.147(c)(6)]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; no Right-to-Know program [5206.0700, subp. 1(B)]; no Right-toKnow training [5206.0700, subps. 1 & 2]. Serious citation for failure to wear a protective helmet while working near earthmoving equipment [1926.100(a) & .28(a)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6038 Serious Injury 310432091

Date of Incident City 8/7/06 Roseville

Employee Occupation

Painter

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Painting Contractor 1721 238320 11 Surveying Services 8713 541370 22 Temp. Agency 7361 561310 452 Plastics Product Mfg. 3089 326199 Private Household 8811 814110 0 Water & Sewer Line Construction 1781 273110 38 Highway, Street, & Bridge Construction 1611 237310 130

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

6039 Fatality 310361589 6040 Serious Injury 310342100 310342092

8/21/06 Kimball

Field Service Worker

An employee was painting soffits on a house while working from an extension ladder about 30 feet above ground level on a plastic surface. The ladder slipped, causing the employee to fall to the ground. An employee was found pinned beneath an overturned all-terrain vehicle.

Serious citation for failure to secure extension ladder or provide slip resistant feet when working on a slippery surface [1926.1053].

No citations issued. Lack of evidence; no witnesses.

8/3/06 Hayfield

Temporary Employee

An employee was using a miter saw and reached up to rub his eye. As he was lowering his hand, he knocked the guard of the saw, severing five fingers.

No citations issued.

6041 Fatality 310361589 6042 Serious Injury 310432356

8/22/06 Blooming Prairie 8/30/06 Andover

Truck Driver

The victim was working on a tractor trailer when it tipped over, crushing the victim.

No inspection. Not under MNOSHA jurisdiction because the farm did not have any employees. Serious citation for failure to initiate and maintain safety and health programs as necessary and provide for frequent and regular safety inspections of the jobsite, materials, and equipment by competent persons designated by the employer [1926.20(b)(1) & (2)]. No citations issued. Lack of evidence; no witnesses.

Well Driller

Employees were drilling a well when a guard on the drill rig broke loose from its weld and hit an employee’s hard hat, resulting in head lacerations.

6043 Serious Injury 310320825

8/29/06 Rochester

Roller Operator

An employee was driving a roller to park it for the night and either fell off or jumped off of the roller. The employee was found in the middle of the road.

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6044 Fatality 310436498

Date of Incident City 9/5/06 Moorhead

Employee Occupation

Pipelayer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Water & Sewer Line Construction 1623 237110 50

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

An employee went down a 26-28 foot manhole to remove a sewer plug. The employee lost consciousness while climbing up the sewer ladder and fell approximately 16-18 feet to the bottom.

6045 Fatality 310530134 310530126

9/13/06 Prior Lake

Equipment Operator

Site Prep. Contractor 1794 238910 12

6046 Fatality 310361738

9/23/06 Moorhead

Laborer

Sugarbeet Mill 2061 311311 1700 Siding Contractor 1761 238170 21

6047 Fatality 310573720

10/4/06 Orono

Gutter Installer

Two employees were in the process of repairing a leak in a water pipe, when they noticed that a wall in the trench was coming loose. One employee leaned against the collapsing wall in an attempt to hold it up. When the employee realized that holding the wall was impossible, both employees tried to exit the trench, but it collapsed, completely engulfing the victim and covering the other employee to knee level. A forklift driver was approaching a turn near the end of a conveyor line where pallets were stacked, when the driver struck an employee. The driver did not see the employee prior to the accident. An employee, working on a scaffold, was installing a steel gutter and was electrocuted when the gutter made contact with an 8,000 volt main power line.

Serious citations for failure to implement an entry permit system, develop written operating and rescue procedures, and conduct employee training [5207.0302, subps. 2-3, 5207.0303, subp. 1]; failure to establish and implement operating procedures that are specific for the class of confined space that is entered [5207.0302, subp. 5]; failure to provide training to employees who enter confined spaces [5207.0302, subp. 6(A)]. Serious citations for failure to inspect a trench by a competent person and allowing employees to work in a hazardous trench [1926.651(k)(1) & (2)]; failure to properly slope a trench or provide a protective system [1926.652(a)(1)].

Serious citations for failure to mark permanent aisles or passageways [1910.176(a)]; failure to provide driver with clear view of the path of travel [1910.178(n)(6)]. Serious citations for erecting scaffolding too close to energized power line [1926.451(f)(6)]; lack of fall protection on scaffolding [1926.451(g)(1)]; failure to instruct employees in recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions [1926.21(b)(2)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6048 Fatality 310112107

Date of Incident City 10/5/06 Fairfax

Employee Occupation

Transportation Generalist

6049 Serious Injury 310580584 6050 Serious Injury 310496146

10/11/06 So. St. Paul

Adhesive Formulator

9/11/06 Owatonna (reported 10/16/06)

Cable installer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Regulation & Admin of Transportation Programs 9621 926120 5000 Adhesive Mfg. 2891 325520 21 Power & Communication Line Construction 1623 237130 70 Specialized Freight Trucking 4212 484220 7

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

An employee was driving a tractor with a mower attachment, mowing the ditch area of a highway, and collided with a semi-truck and trailer that had crossed over a doubleyellow line into a no passing zone. There was a fire and explosion in the plant. Employees were evacuated and no one was injured. An employee was working from the bucket of an aerial lift installing cable through an exterior wall, when the cable got stuck. The employee pulled on the cable, it came loose, and the employee lost his footing and fell out of the bucket approximately 8 feet to concrete. An employee was on top of a railcar loaded with telephone poles, cutting the metal strapping that secured the poles. After cutting the bands, the wooden side stakes broke, and three poles rolled from the railcar, causing the employee to roll off with the poles. A grain bin collapsed and landed on a truck, pinning the driver.

Serious citation issued under the General duty clause for failure to enforce the use of seatbelts [182.653, subd 2].

No citations issued.

Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to provide and enforce the use of personal fall arrest equipment [1926.453(b)(2)(v)].

6051 Serious Injury 310577556

10/17/06 Lakeville

Laborer

Serious citation issued under the General duty clause for failure to ensure adequate stakes were in place on railcars loaded with telephone poles before the bands securing the poles were cut [182.653, subd 2]; serious citation for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8] No inspection. Farm exemption.

6052 Fatality 310436357

10/18/06 Altura

Truck driver

Crop Harvesting 0722 115113 3

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6053 Fatality 310583331

Date of Incident City 10/31/06 Blaine

Employee Occupation

Laborer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Site Prep Contractor 1629 238910 15

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

An employee’s arms were caught in a conveyor system, resulting in multiple crushing injuries.

6054 Serious Injury 310436290 6055 Fatality 310632211 310632203 6056 Fatality 310648522

11/3/06 St. Cloud

Instructor

11/6/06 Minneapolis

Laborer

11/10/06 Independence

Laborer

Technical College 8222 611210 300 Other Bldg. Exterior Contractor 1791 238190 270 Landscaping Services 0782 561730 15

While climbing the side of fabricated scaffolding, an employee was able to hoist his upper body to the top level, but fell approximately 17 feet to concrete steps. While dismantling a tower crane, an employee stumbled and reached for a midrail. The midrail slid out of its eyelet, causing the employee to fall approximately 35 stories. Three employees were lowering the boom of a skid-steer. The skid-steer slid backwards off of the front blocks, propelling the driver forward who was struck in the head by the falling boom.

6057 Serious Injury 310699020

11/15/06 Lakeville

Roofer

6058 Serious Injury 310699392 310699236

11/21/06 Lakeville

Roofer/Owner

Roofing & Sheetmetal 1761 238160 60 Roofing 1761 238160 6

An employee was accidentally sprayed in the face with tar when a valve on the tar pump malfunctioned, causing the tar to unexpectedly flow. A worker lost footing, slipped 3 feet down the pitch of a roof, and fell approximately 12 feet from the eave of the roof to the ground.

Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to guard rotating rubber guide roller [1926.307(e)(2)(i)]; failure to lock-out a conveyor prior to performing maintenance work [1926.555(a)(7)]; making unauthorized modifications to conveyor [5207.0720]. Serious citations for failure to provide safe access to scaffolding platform [1926.451(e)(1)]; lack of fall protection on scaffolding [1926.451(g)(1)]. Serious citations for dismantling an tower crane without adequate fall protection [1926.760(a)(1)]; failure to provide a guardrail that meets the requirements 1926.502 [1926.760(d)(1)]. Serious citations for failure to implement a lockout/tagout program [1910.147(c)(4)(i) & (ii)]; failure to train employees in lockout/tagout [1910.147(c)(7)(i)(A) & (B)]; failure to ensure that the boom on the skid-steer was operationally intact before releasing the safety pins [1910.147(e)(1)]. No citations issued.

Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to provide fall protection for employees conducting roofing work [1926.501(b)(11) & (13)].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6059 Serious Injury 310700596

Date of Incident City 12/1/06 Shakopee

Employee Occupation

Detailer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Rec. Vehicle Dealer 5561 441210 22

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While riding the forks of a forklift, an employee fell off the forks and the forklift ran over the employee’s right leg resulting in a compound fracture.

6060 Serious Injury 310512686

11/30/06 St. James

Plasma Punch Operator

Motor Vehicle Body Mfg. 3714 336399 236 Commercial Bakery 2051 311812 10

An employee was operating a press brake when a part slipped. As the employee reached to grab the part, the press cycled, resulting in the partial amputation of the employee’s fingers. An employee was lubricating a moving chain and sprocket on an oven conveyor while the oven was still hot. The lubricant splashed back at the employee, resulting in 2nd degree burns on the employee’s face, neck, arms, and hand.

6061 Serious Injury 310700711

11/19/06 Minneapolis

Baker

6062 Serious Injury 310663059

11/22/06 Hutchinson

Driver

Bldg. Material Dealer 5032 444190 25

An employee exited a hydraulic dozer to remove debris from the track. While removing debris, the dozer moved, throwing the employee down and under the tracks. The employee sustained leg and torso injuries.

Serious citations for failure to train and provide refresher training to forklift operators [1910.178(l) & (l)(4)(ii)(B)]; allowing an employee to ride on the forks of a forklift [1910.178(m)(3)]; no Right-to-Know program or training [5206.0700, subps. 1, 1b, & 2]; no AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]. Serious citations for an AWAIR program that was not fully established [182.653, subd. 8]; failure to guard points of operation on the press brake [1910.212(a)(3)(ii)]; failure to provide bloodborne pathogens training [1910.1030(g)(2)(i) & (iv)]. Serious citations for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8]; no lockout/tagout procedures or training [1910.147(c)(4)(i) & (7)(i)]; failure to guard projecting shafts and chains and sprockets [1910.219(c)(4)(i) & (f)(3)]; failure to guard live electrical parts on a disconnect switch [1910.303(g)(2)(i)]; improper wiring on an electrical cord set [1910.304(a)(1)]; no Right-to-Know training [5206.0700, subp. 1 & 2]. Non-serious citations for failure to conduct annual lockout/tagout inspections [1910.147(c)(6)(i)]; no Right-toKnow program [5206.0700, subp. 1(B)]. Serious citation for lack of an AWAIR program [182.653, subd. 8].

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6063 Fatality 310577804 310577812 310577820

Date of Incident City 12/6/06 Two Harbors

Employee Occupation

Iron Worker

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Employer 1 Steel & Precast Concrete Contractor 1791 238120 210 Employer 2 Line-Haul Railroads 4011 482111 251 Employer 3 Plumbing, Heating, & Air-Conditioning Contractor 1711 238220 500

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While preparing to lower a swing stage scaffold, an inadequate strap that tied the swing stage scaffold to the dock broke loose, causing one end of the swing stage to swing out from the dock. The ironworker standing outside the motor on the end of the swing stage scaffold fell 50 feet to the dock.

Employer 1 – Willful citations for failure to provide fall protection [1926.501(b)(15)]; and failure to provide adequate access for employees when accessing a swing stage scaffold [1926.1051(a)]. Serious citations contributing to the fatality for failure to properly secure scaffold and prevent it from swaying [1926.451(d)(18)]; failure to ensure that employees were wearing personal fall arrest systems [1926.451(g)(1)(ii)]; and failure to provide a vertical lifeline, independent of the scaffold [1926.451(g)(3)(i)]. Additional serious citations issued. Employer 2 – Willful citations for failure to provide fall protection [1926.501(b)(15)]; and failure to provide adequate access for employees when accessing a swing stage scaffold [1926.1051(a)]. Additional serious citations issued. Employer 3 – Serious citations issued for violations relating to use of the scaffold prior to the accident. Serious citations for failure to adequately train employees in safety-related work practices [1910.332(b)(1)]; allowing unqualified persons to work on electric equipment that had not been de-energized [1910.333(c)(2)]; allowing unqualified persons to perform testing work on electric equipment [1910.334(c)(1)]; failure to provide electrical protective equipment [1910.335(a)(1)(i)].

6064 Serious Injury 310496229

12/1/06 Spring Valley

Maintenance Supervisor

Cheese Mfg. 2022 311513 100

An employee was trying to determine the nature of a problem with a stuffer pump. The employee opened the electrical cabinet and while starting the checkout of the pump system, the employee received an electrical shock.

2006 MNOSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary Log (updated through June 30, 2007)
Note: Citations reflect those originally issued following investigation

Log # Type Insp. # 6065 Fatality 310512710

Date of Incident City 12/26/06 Spring Valley

Employee Occupation

Laborer

Type of Business SIC NAICS Size of Business Grain & Field Bean Merchant Wholesaler 5153 424510 60

Description of Accident

Result of MNOSHA Investigation

While attempting to open a hatch in a bin, an employee inadvertently activated a remote control unit to an auger and was crushed.

Serious citation for failure to train employees annually and cover hazards when a job assignment changed [1910.272(e)(1)].