Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE)

Flooding Fatal Injury Facts

picture of truck over the washed out road

During severe flooding conditions between June 22 and June 30, 2006, 4 workers died as a direct result of the weather. Below are real-life descriptions of the workers who were killed on the job.

  • A 74-year-old male was killed while helping his brother pull a skid-steer loader out of the mud with a farm tractor. The tractor flipped over.
  • A 55-year-old electrical utilities worker was electrocuted while installing a new transformer when he placed an aluminum ladder in an electrical vault that contained three feet of water.
  • Two male truck drivers, aged 55 and 42 years, were killed when the trucks they were driving went into a washed out section of an interstate highway.

How Can Flooding Accidents Be Prevented?

  • Exercise caution when operating tractors or other mobile equipment.
    • Loads should be properly hitched.
    • Ensure all tractors are equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts. Equipment can slip easily on muddy ground.
  • Proceed with caution when entering a building that has been impacted by severe weather.
    • Turn off power and outside gas lines at the meter or tank before entering.
    • Watch for electrical shorts and live wires.
    • Air out building to remove escaping gases.
    • Wear rubber boots and gloves.
  • Stay off roadways impacted by severe weather events unless there is an emergency.
    • Turn around if you come to a flooded road, whether driving or walking. There is no way to estimate the depth of the water nor the condition of the road under the water.

New York Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (FACE)

The NY FACE program is supported by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Additional information can be obtained by contacting:

Center for Environmental Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower, Room 1325
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 402-7900