Sunday, June 08, 2008

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

Construction Worker Killed In Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. - A construction worker was killed Saturday after a dump truck backed over him. Nelson Rivera, 45, of 3821 Brentwood Rd. in Raleigh was behind the dump truck when he apparently fell. The driver did not see him and backed up over him, killing him. The case is being investigated as an accident, and not charges have been filed.

Two Painters Killed in Scaffold Accident

Saturday, in Bayonne, a scaffold holding three painters collapsed, killing two of the painters and injuring the other. According to The Associated Press, Henryk Wyetecha, 56, of Garfield, Stanislaw Bryjak, 55, of Elmwood Park and Creslaw Saniewski, 56, of Passaic, were painting a 60-foot-tall fuel tank at the International-Matex Tank Terminals in Bayonne when the scaffold collapsed. Authorities said that a bolt which was securing a cable failed, causing the scaffold to fall. The accident occurred around 11 a.m. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said that the accident was classified as an industrial one, but the investigation would continue. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also present to the scene for examination. The three painters were from Poland and worked for the West Virginia Paint & Tank Co. of Clifton. They had been working there for about 3 weeks.

Officer shot in weekend Ariz. shooting spree dies 6 days ago

TUCSON, Ariz. — A police officer who was shot in the head during a crosstown chase and shooting spree died Monday, authorities said. Officer Erik Hite, 43, was struck during an hour-long pursuit Sunday of a camouflage-dressed gunman who shot at homes from a car. Two Pima County sheriff's deputies were also shot and wounded less seriously. Hite, 43, died at University Medical Center, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Robinson said. Hite joined the police force four years ago after 21 years in the Air Force.

Deadly shooting at local restaurant

BRADENTON, FL - A Saturday morning breakfast turned deadly at a Bradenton restaurant. Peach's Restaurant on Cortez Road is a popular place for locals, but this morning it was the location of a deadly shooting witnessed by numerous people. It happened around 10:30 am, the time of day that many people are out and about the Cortez Shopping Plaza. Peach's was packed full of customers. "We had a full dining room with a waiting line inside and outside. Fifty people out here, eating breakfast and going through the shopping center, so we had a lot of witnesses and a lot of chaotic on the scene this morning." That's when officials say an ex-boyfriend of one of the managers, 39-year-old Pamela La Rose, entered the crowded restaurant through the back door.

Power worker electrocuted, two others seriously injured

PARIS, AR - A young husband and father was electrocuted earlier today while working to restore power to the city of Paris. Several other crew members were severely injured. It's being described as a terrible accident. Workers for C&N Electric, Power and Line Construction were cutting debris away from a downed power line. Apparently the dead line they were working on bounced back up and struck OG&E's live wire above. The men were shocked when the line they had just freed became energized. It happened around 12:30 this afternoon on Wiggins Drive. C&N is a private contractor hired by the City of Paris to help repair their power lines.

Construction worker killed at Kapiolani site

A 50-year-old construction worker was killed today in a construction crane accident at a Kapiolani Boulevard luxury condominium project. The man was hit in the face by concrete pumping equipment after an accident involving the construction crane at the 1039 Kapiolani Boulevard site, according to emergency workers. The accident happened at about 11:20 a.m. and the man was pronounced dead at 12:08 p.m. at Straub Hospital. The man's son also works at the Moana Vista condominium project, according to other workers.

Construction worker dies after being 'catapulted' from pickup

BELLEVILLE, IL - A 39-year-old East St. Louis man died Monday after being "catapulted" from a pickup truck that was hit by a tractor-trailer about 10 a.m. in a construction zone on Illinois 15, according to police. Cedric L. B. Gasper, an Illinois Excavators employee, was sitting on the rear bumper of a company pickup truck when a Beelman Trucking Co. tractor-trailor traveling west on Illinois 15 hit the truck after striking several large orange barrels that were being used to direct traffic, Capt. Don Sax said.

Construction worker dies after being 'catapulted' from pickup

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Man dies in Philadelphia underground explosion. A worker connecting a water line from a West Philadelphia house to the line under the street is dead after an explosion. The worker cut into an underground electric line, causing an explosion that killed him instantly. Philadelphia police Lt. John Walker says the Tuesday afternoon explosion appears to be "a tragic accident," not a crime. Police didn't immediately release the dead man's name, but said he was in his 50s and lived in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Wellington man dies when lawn mower flips over, pinning him under water

Fort Lauderdale,FL - A landscaper died Tuesday after his lawn mower flipped over into a pond outside a Wellington restaurant and pinned him under water, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. Antonio Felipe Perez, 39, was the latest to die in South Florida while riding a lawn mower tractor on a hill too close to a waterway. As many as eight people a year died that way between 2000 and 2004, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The numbers began dropping four years ago after OSHA began educating landscaping companies on the dangers of using lawn mowers on slopes, especially near water, OSHA officials have said.

Building Washer Falls 4 Stories to His Death in Brooklyn; Officials Cite Safety Omissions

NY - A worker who was power-washing the upper facade of an apartment building in Brooklyn without wearing a safety harness died on Monday after he fell four stories to the ground, officials said. The victim was identified by friends as Houssain Mosharrf, who turned 50 on Sunday. Investigators at the scene said they had not yet determined what caused Mr. Mosharrf to fall. Mr. Mosharrf, of 1212 Newkirk Avenue in Brooklyn, and another worker had been cleaning the six-story building at 789 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights for about five days, the building’s superintendent said. On Monday, Mr. Mosharrf and Joishim Uddin, his partner, hoisted themselves up the building using suspended scaffolding: a rigged aluminum platform and rope.

Texas Police Officer Dies In Early-Morning Crash

Waco,TX, - A 23-year-old Carthage policeman died Tuesday when his patrol car crashed during a pre-dawn chase. Carthage Police Chief Duane Baushke said Officer Everett Dennis was part of a pursuit on Highway 79 north early Tuesday. The wreck happened near the Panola County airport. Authorities say the patrol car did not have a dash cam because the recording device was in the shop for repairs. Police say the accident happened before Dennis was able to radio specific details about whom he was pursuing and why. Carthage is about 150 miles southeast of Dallas.

Rural Houston, MN man, Larry Thorson killed in tractor accident

Coon Rapids,MN - A rural Houston man, Larry Ellsworth Thorson, 63, died Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained in a one-tractor accident near his Sheldon Township home. According to the Houston County Sheriff's Department, the Houston Ambluance, Fire Department, and sheriff units were called to 8404 County Road 4, in Sheldon Township to the scene of the accident at 3:52 p.m. It appeared as if the accident was a tractor rollover, with Thorson being the only passenger. Thorson was pronounced dead at the scene. Cause of death was unknown as of Tuesday morning, pending an autopsy.

Mechanic Killed On The Job

The Tuscola County Sheriff Department is investigating the death of a Kingston man found pinned underneath a truck he was working on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies were called to 56-year-old Randall Truax's home on White Creek Road in Kingston about 4 p.m., where he owned and operated an auto repair business. He had died by the time rescue personnel arrived. Investigators say Truax had put the truck on a wooden ramp so he could work underneath it, but had left it in neutral with no blocks behind the wheels. A work order for the truck indicated it had a parking brake that wouldn't hold.

Construction worker dies playing with firearm

Bradenton, Florida – A construction worker shot himself in the head while playing with a hand gun, the sheriff's office said today. Witnesses said Hector Canto, 35, of Bradenton was playing with a semi-automatic handgun that had a laser attached. He pointed it at his friends and then to his temple and the gun went off. Deputies said the victim and witnesses were all from West Palm Beach doing construction work in Manatee County.

Volunteer firefighter dies after exercise

STILLWATER, Okla. - A volunteer firefighter from Bartlesville who was participating in training at Oklahoma State University died following a burn exercise, officials said. Rusty Topping, who worked for the Barnsdall Fire Department, collapsed inside the OSU Fire Service Training Center 45 minutes after the exercise on Saturday, school spokesman Gary Shutt said Tuesday. Topping, style="font-weight: bold;">28, was discovered unresponsive at 6:10 p.m. as his class, which had 25 students, was preparing to leave for the day, Shutt said.

Worker dies in building mishap at school Interstate repairs today

JACKSONVILLE, FL A construction worker was killed in an accident at Jacksonville High School. According to Calhoun County Coroner Patrick Brown, the worker died Monday afternoon when a piece of heavy equipment overturned and landed on him. The man's name was withheld. School officials said the worker was part of a crew finishing work on a site to build a junior high academy next to the high school. Brown said the investigation would be conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Man, 26, killed in work accident recalled as scholarly, personable

CHULA VISTA, CA – A 26-year-old man who was killed at a Chula Vista construction site last Thursday was recalled by friends and relatives as a down-to-earth scholar who loved to counsel children. AdvertisementIn spite of his youth, Austin Sawicki had earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees and spoke Spanish, Italian and French fluently. He had applied to start working on a doctoral degree in philosophy and cognitive science at the University of California San Diego.

Caterpillar contract worker killed in accident

MOSSVILLE, Ill. - Investigators are looking into an accident at Caterpillar's Technical Center in Mossville that left a contract worker dead. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Kevin Fay was pronounced dead just after 3 p.m. Tuesday at a Peoria hospital. The 44-year-old lived in Metamora (met-uh-MOR'-uh), about 10 miles northeast of Peoria. Ingersoll says Fay suffered chest injuries while working at the Caterpillar facility. An autopsy is planned. No other details about the accident are yet available. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted, and an investigation continues.

Worker hospitalized after being felled by tree

CLIFTON PARK, NY -- After lot-clearing mishap, man airlifted to hospital with head, chest injuries. A 32-year-old man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after being injured when hit in the head by a falling tree, Saratoga County sheriff's dispatchers said. The man, whose identity and condition were still not available early Wednesday evening, was helping to clear a lot just before 1 p.m. off Moe Road, said Jim Ryan, first assistant chief of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Volunteer Fire Department.

Transportation worker killed near Wilmington

Fayetteville,NC - A North Carolina Transportation Department worker has died after he was crushed by a backhoe near Wilmington. The Star-News of Wilmington reported the accident happened about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in the median of the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass just east of Interstate 40. The Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Jimmy Lee Phillips of Leland was standing behind the backhoe when it backed up and struck him. Trooper K.A. Lee says Phillips died en route to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Lee said several workers had been using the backhoe to pull posts out of the ground as they replaced wires damaged by an earlier wreck. No charges had been filed late Tuesday but the investigation was continuing.

Allen's Hatchery Worker Killed In Grain Silo Accident

Salisbury,MD - A typical afternoon Wednesday at Allens Hatchery in Delmar turned fatal for 46 year old Herbert Mitchell. Delmar Fire Department Captain Andrew Rementer said, "we arrived on location with a subject trapped under 20 tons of soybean meal." At approximately 2:30 on Wednesday, Delmar Fire Captain Andrew Rementer says the Allens employee was on a forklift, working on a silo. Rementer said, "the trap door he was working on opened up and the meal poured out on the side of him, trapping him on top of a forklift that he was working off of." At first, crews treated the scene as a rescue, but it eventually became a 3-hour recovery operation. A Sussex County rescue team was called in and a local construction company offered their equipment. Rementer said, "there was 1 gentleman who was an allen worker who was overcome by fatigue trying to get his fellow co-worker." That worker was transported to the hospital, but everyone's efforts simply weren't enough.

Construction Fatality Shocks Co-Workers, Neighbors

HONOLULU, HI - Shock and sadness Monday night after a construction worker is killed in an accident. It happened at a condominium construction project on Kapiolani Boulevard Monday morning. It is the most dangerous industry in America. More people die while working construction than any other profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 1,200 people died while working at construction sites in 2006, about a fifth of all work-related fatalities. That's exactly how a local man died Monday. Co-workers describe 50-year-old Greg Wong as a gruff but loveable guy, who worked with them close to 20 years. They and people who live nearby are shocked he is no longer here..."It's sad," said Kawika Leopoldo, Wong's colleague. "He's a good worker. He worked with us for long time." Witnesses told police strong winds caused the boom on this pump to hit Wong in the face. He was taken to Straub hospital where he died.

Millsboro man dies in industrial accident

DELMAR, DE — A Millsboro man was killed Wednesday when several thousand pounds of soybean composite fell on him around 2:25 p.m. as he was working in a silo at Allens Hatchery located at 10392 Allens Mill Rd in Delmar, officials said. Emergency crews were called after it was reported Herbert Mitchell, 46, of Millsboro was trapped under the soybeans. Investigators said he was working in the silo attempting to clear out the soybeans and repair damages to the structure.

Mine worker crushed to death

PRINCETON, Ind. - Authorities say an Illinois man was crushed to death when rock fell on him as he worked in a southern Indiana coal mine. Gibson County Coroner Rick Hickrod says Justin Wilkin of Lawrenceville, Illinois, was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour after the accident at the Gibson County Coal Company near Princeton. The 25-year-old Wilkin was working underground when the accident happened Tuesday morning. Hickrod says the federal Mine and Safety Health Administration will investigate. Three people who worked for independent contractor Frontier-Kemper Constructors fell to their deaths in April 2007 at Gibson County Coal.

Car wash worker killed by SUV driven by coworker

Long Island, NY - An employee at a Queens car wash is dead and police are searching for another employee who they say ran him over. Police say the accident happened Thursday morning after one car-wash employee got behind the wheel of an SUV and struck two other employees. Police say one of the workers, 48-year-old Felipe Alvarenga, was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. The second employee is in stable condition at a hospital.

Store Owner Shot to Death in Mount Healthy

Cincinnati,OH - Witnesses chase after the gunman who murdered an employee during a robbery at a store.
Alassane Diallo, 35, was found shot to death at the HD & MD Clothing Store on Hamilton Avenue in Mt. Healthy at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Diallo was a native of South West Africa and believed to be either owner or co-owner of the store. Deputies say money was missing from the register. Witnesses saw the gunman running from the store, but weren't able to catch up with him.

Worker dies at Cheshire factory

CHESHIRE, CT - A Consolidated Industries worker died after he was found unconscious at work Wednesday night. Another worker was treated and released from the hospital on Thursday. According to the state medical examiner, a determination on the cause of death of Caleb Torres was pending further study. Torres' age and address were not available. Torres and the other employee, whose name was not released, were found unconscious in a remote part of the building by a fellow employee, according to a statement released by the company. Both men were taken to Waterbury Hospital.

Worker crushed at South San Francisco asphalt plant

SAN FRANCISCO - A worker at a South San Francisco asphalt plant was killed Wednesday when the machine he was repairing turned on and crushed him, authorities said today. Police and state workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of Tony Ponce, 37, of Hayward, who was killed about 7:30 p.m. at the Graniterock plant at 1321 Lowrie Ave. "It looks like an industrial accident, but we have to make sure all the T's are crossed and everything," said South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee. Police said three employees including Ponce had been on duty at the plant, which produces asphalt and other paving material.

Brunswick Steel Worker Killed

BRUNSWICK, GA - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a manufacturing plant worker who was killed by falling steel plates in Brunswick. Rodney Wayne Gunn Sr. of Brunswick died Tuesday after the accident at the Jered LLC plant. Company spokesman Tom Donovan says Gunn was moving and storing the plates when they shifted and fell on top of him. Jered LLC manufactures cranes and other heavy machinery for ships. Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden says a preliminary investigation indicates Gunn was trapped beneath several steel plates that had fallen like dominoes.

Division of Highways Worker Killed in Preston County

COOPERS ROCK -- Rickie Sanders was crushed when a truck fell on him. A Division of Highways worker was crushed to death by a pickup truck. Rickie H.Sanders, 60, died Wednesday morning at the DOH garage near Coopers Rock. Sanders was working under the truck, when it rolled off the ramp onto him. He had worked for the DOH for more than 30 years. The Preston County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the accident. Investigators have sent Sanders' body to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston.

Man Killed in Industrial Accident

Midland,TX - A man has been killed in an industrial accident. It happened Thursday morning at 7:30 in the 2800 block of Steven Road at B&H Construction. The Ector County Sheriff's Department says Clayton Gray Wooten was killed in accident involving a tractor trailer. Wooten was an employee of B&H Construction. Investigators with the Ector County Sheriff's Office were on the scene gathering information and talking to witnesses. The Odessa Crisis Center was also on the scene assisting employees and family members. The investigation into the incident continues.

Feds probe worker death

MADEIRA, OH – Federal officials are investigating an accident earlier this week that killed a 32-year-old Batavia construction worker. Christopher Standring was moving a retaining wall at an excavation site at Kenwood Road and Whetsel Avenue about 3 p.m. Monday when a chain holding up a large protective box somehow broke loose and hit him in the chest, said Madeira Police Officer Rick Byram. A handful of other workers were around at the time, but no one else was injured. The husband and father of four children stopped breathing and CPR was initiated but he was never resuscitated. He was pronounced dead at Jewish Hospital in Sycamore Township, Byram said.

Police officer shot in the head, killed in line of duty

WASHINGTON -- A Fredericksburg police officer was killed while on the job last night.
Officer Todd Bahr was shot in the head while searching for an armed suspect in the 2500 block of Manor Court, according to Fredericksburg Police. Moments later police exchanged gunfire with 47-year-old Gerry Berryman, the suspect in Bahr's murder. Berryman was shot twice by police before shooting himself. Officer Bahr was 40 years old.

Employee Killed By Shredder

MICHIGAN CITY, IN - Becky Schlies, 54, La Porte dies instantly Friday night at city’s ThermoSafe operation. An industrial accident at ThermoSafe killed an employee - a 54-year-old woman from La Porte - on Friday night. Becky Schlies died instantly, La Porte County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman said. Authorities were alerted to the accident at about 7 p.m. Friday at the complex, 955 S. Woodland Ave. Employees standing outside were dismissed from work at about 7:20 p.m. as emergency authorities were arriving at the scene. Several employees were visibly shaken and angry. None at the scene would speak on the record. A local safety official from ThermoSafe noted corporate officials with the Arlington Heights, Ill., based company would be arriving later to address the accident... Schlies died of severe head trauma, Huffman said. The machine she was using was a packaging foam shredding machine used to shred polyfoam material so the company could reuse it, Huffman said. It was raised off the ground, and Schlies apparently fell into it.

Weatherford, Texas, city employee struck, killed by train

Los Angeles,CA - City employee Cody Alan Hill, 24, was killed when a front-end loader he was operating was struck by a Union Pacific train at about 11 a.m. Thursday. Hill was traveling on a private city road, going east on the 900 block of Eureka Street. He was attempting to cross the railroad tracks when he was struck. It appeared that he was traveling from one work site to another. The crossing is owned by the city and does not use railroad crossing arms, but does have stop signs.

New York crane collapse, kills two more workers

NEW YORK—A crane collapsed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan May 30 killing two construction workers and seriously injuring one other. Dead were crane operator Donald Leo, 30, who was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14, and Ramadan Kurtaj, 27, a recent immigrant from Kosova. Three days later, a man power-washing the facade of a building in Brooklyn fell four stories to his death. Houssain Mosharrf, originally from Bangladesh, was not wearing a safety harness.

Cleveland City Worker Dies on the Job

CLEVELAND, OH - A Cleveland city worker died on the job Friday morning. Herman Marshall, 55, was found next to a tree unconscious. Marshall started with the city's Parks and Recreation Department last September. He was cutting grass at E. 160th and Sorrento Avenue when a falling tree branch struck him in the throat and obstructed his breathing. Neighbors noticed Marshall lying on the grass unresponsive and they called 911. Marshall was pronounced dead at Metro Health Medical Center.

Pregnant Farmworker Dies After Being Denied Shade, Water; Family Calls for Action

LODI, California — The death of a pregnant teenager pruning grape vines in scorching heat has outraged California's farmworking community and sparked calls for safety reforms as laborers prepare for the long summer harvest. Authorities in California — the only state with a heat-illness standard — suspect Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, a 17-year-old undocumented Mexican immigrant, collapsed last month because her farm labor contractor denied employees proper access to shade and water.

Rivesville man killed at Robinson Run Mine

FAIRMONT, WV — A 55-year-old Marion County coal miner was killed Thursday morning at the Robinson Run Mine while he was operating a locomotive underground, officials said. Gary A. Hoffman of Rivesville was found lying near the electrically powered machine at about 11:30 a.m. Hoffman was dead at the scene, said a spokesman in Pittsburgh for Consol Energy, the mine’s parent company. “There are lots of unanswered questions,” Thomas Hoffman, Consol’s vice president for investor and public relations, said Thursday afternoon. Hoffman, who is no relation, said he was told by mine officials that Hoffman, a veteran miner, was “badly injured” when he was found by a co-worker. The Consol spokesman expressed his sorrow, and he offered the firm’s condolences to Hoffman’s family. Hoffman is the second coal miner in the state to be killed on the job in less than a week and the fourth this year. Adam J. Lanham, 18, of Mill Creek, a “red hat,” or new miner, was killed last Friday afternoon at the Sentinel Mine in Barbour County. Lanham was struck by an electrically-powered scoop machine while he was walking in front of it, according to a preliminary accident report by MSHA. Lanham had five weeks of experience underground.

When Sons Die, Hard-Hat Pride Becomes Grief

NY - They worked hard for decades, scaling miles of scaffolding or sitting long hours behind the levers of a high crane. It was hard and dangerous work, but when their sons were old enough to follow in their footsteps, the fathers watched with pride. When the fathers retired, the sons were their link to the job, their dinner conversations threaded with stories of projects in the works and newer, bigger machines. Then their sons died, killed in accidents on the job. Killed by the job that had not killed them. They are a small, haunted fraternity, a group that no one would ever want to join: construction workers who have lost their sons in construction accidents. The group’s number grew by one last Friday, when a crane operator, Donald C. Leo, 30, of Monmouth Beach, N.J., fell more than 23 stories to his death.

Conneautville man dies in industrial accident

Meadville, PA — A Conneautville man was killed in an industrial accident Tuesday morning at a Springboro area manufacturing plant Michael E. Robinson, 35, of 3384 Route 198, died at Erie Tool & Forge Inc., 25035 N. Center Road near Springboro, according to Pat McHenry, Crawford County coroner. Robinson was operating a grinding machine when a grinding wheel “exploded,” McHenry said. Emergency personnel were called to the plant at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday. “We don’t know exactly what happened,” McHenry said of what triggered the machine and wheel to explode. A grinding wheel is composed of abrasive material and runs at high speed to remove unwanted material. Robinson was grinding a metal clamp, using a grinding wheel that had a 24-inch diameter and was 3 inches wide, when the incident took place, McHenry said.

Man dies after construction accident on North Side

Chicago, IL - A Chicago man died Sunday night, two days after falling several stories at a Northwest Side construction site. James Ross, of the 500 block of Belden Ave., was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 9:06 p.m. Sunday, a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman said. The man fell about 8 a.m. Friday from a building near 3400 W. Lawrence Ave., according to police News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright. The building is a four-story condo project. Ross, 58, was initially taken to the hospital in critical condition, after falling three or four stories. An autopsy is scheduled for later Monday.

Bibb County officer dies of motorcycle injuries

MACON, GA - A Bibb County Sheriff's Office motorcycle patrolman has died from injuries suffered in an April 26th crash. Twenty-six-year-old Deputy Michael Sean Thomas collided with a pickup truck, which was pulling out of a liquor store parking lot. Thomas hit the passenger side of the truck. A Sheriff's Office investigation determined that the driver - 49-year-old Levi Bonner of Macon - failed to yield the right of way. Bonner and his passenger Lewis Bonner Jr., also 49, suffered only minor injuries. The Macon Telegraph reports that Thomas, who suffered multiple injuries, died Sunday at a hospital. He was an eight-year veteran of the department.

Probe continues into crash that killed utility worker

IN - The Clinton County prosecutor's office plans to look into whether Indiana's "Move Over" law applies to a crash that fatally injured a Frankfort City Light and Power Utility employee. Bryan Osbon, 25, of Frankfort died at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was flown after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday morning and pinned against a truck. He had been working on the street in the 2600 block of Indiana 28 East. The driver, Shelvie J. McDole, 41, of Clarks Hill was listed this afternoon in good to fair condition at Methodist, said Margie Smith-Simmons, a spokeswoman for Clarian Health Partners, which runs the hospital.

Farmer killed in tractor accident

NY - A man is dead after doing yard work in his back yard in Livingston County. It happened on Price Road in Livonia. That's where sheriff's deputies say 44-year-old Roger D. Barber's body was found this afternoon. They believe he was cleaning brush on his farm Friday night, when he fell down a ravine and his tractor fell on top of him. Barber was later found by his brother who called the police.

Macoupin County mechanic killed

PLAINVIEW, Ill. - Macoupin County authorities say a mechanic helping a 16-year-old boy with an old pickup truck was killed when the vehicle lunged forward, pinning the man between vehicles. The county's deputy coroner says 57-year-old Earl "Eddie" Adams of Palmyra died after the accident Sunday night. The coroner says Adams was helping a friend and the friend's teenage son work on the truck at a home in Plainview. When the teenager got in the truck and started it at Adams' direction, the truck was in gear and lunged forward, hitting Adams and pinning him against another vehicle. Adams died later at a Carlinville hospital.

Medical copter lacked two safety upgrades, Recommended technology hard to get.

Madison, WI - The company that operated the medical helicopter that crashed near La Crosse is updating its fleet with the latest safety equipment but had not retrofitted that aircraft, officials said Monday. The Med Flight helicopter from the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics crashed into a bluff minutes after takeoff Saturday night from La Crosse, killing all three crew members aboard. Killed in the crash were physician Darren Bean; nurse Mark Coyne, 53; and pilot Steve Lipperer, 39.

Arkansas Plant Employee Killed by Co-Worker

TRUMANN, AR - Trumann, Arkansas police say security guard was gunned down by a fellow employee Monday, May 12, 2008. The shooting happened at the Columbia Forest Products plant around 4:30 a.m. and investigators say the accused shooter immediately turned himself in to police. Police say the accused shooter came to the plant, walked up to the door where 26 year-old Dorman "Ray" Cooper was standing, and opened fire. "This happened in a few seconds," said Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg "There was no confrontation. He came on with a gun and shot him." Blagg says within five minutes of the shooting, Bruce Pennington drove his truck to the police station, walked inside, and confessed.

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