Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

Woman Killed Trying To Close Up Gas Station

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Elyria police have a man in custody in connection with the slaying of a gas station clerk. The clerk, 27-year-old Qiana Walton, was shot and killed as she was closing the store early Saturday morning. Police said they arrested 27-year-old Vincent W. Jackson Jr. at about noon after a four-hour standoff. Employees of the gas station are grieving the loss of a friend. "She was never rude to nobody. It was not fair," said her co-worker. Walton was shot and killed during the robbery at the Gas USA on Middle Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. "Qiana was the most beautiful person in the world. There was nothing anybody could do to make her angry. She was just so pleasant and beautiful and we all miss her terribly," said Rosetta Lankey.

killed 2 at bottling plant

CONCORD, NC - Police say shooting deaths possibly came from a botched robbery at the Concord Sun Drop facility.Police were continuing the search Friday night for a man who fatally shot two people at the Sun Drop Bottling Co. in Concord in what may have been a botched robbery. One victim was longtime office employee Donna Klinesmith Barnhardt, 59, of Concord, said Deputy Concord Police Chief Guy Smith. Barnhardt had worked at Sun Drop for 18 years. The other victim was Darrell Wayne Noles, 44, of Concord. He was applying for a job, said the Rev. Donnie Tomlin, whose wife is Noles' niece.

Ala. chemical weapons worker dies of heart attack

BIRMINGHAM, AL — A worker at an incinerator that destroys chemical weapons for the Army died of an apparent heart attack he suffered while working, a coroner said Thursday. There was no indication that Roderick Traylor's death had anything to do with nerve agents, Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said. Traylor, 45, experienced breathing difficulties in a car Wednesday outside the Anniston Army Depot, where a chemical weapons incinerator is located. The car's driver pulled over at a depot entrance and officers called an ambulance, but Traylor was pronounced dead. "It has all the appearances that it's going to be a natural death, but it's still under investigation," the coroner said. Traylor was a subcontractor for Westinghouse Anniston, which operates the incinerator. He worked for Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle, a nonprofit independent research and development organization.

Worker Falls 25 Floors To His Death

DIEGO, CA - A construction worker falls to his death, dropping from the 35th floor to the 10th-story balcony of a building under construction in downtown San Diego, fire officials said. It happened around 7 a.m. at the Vantage Pointe Building, located at 10th Avenue and A Street. A 911 call was made from somebody at or near the construction site, who saw the accident happen, according to Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department. A co-worker of the victim, who did not want to be identified, told NBC 7/39 the man was wearing a harness at the time, and whatever the harness was attached to came loose, causing the fall. The man landed 25 floors below on a platform. He was pronounced dead at the scene. San Diego police officials and Cal-OSHA were called in to handle the investigation. "Once it's determined to be a fatality, we remove ourselves from the scene and turn the investigation either to the police department or state officials," said Luque. The victim was later identified as Valentin Michel-Madrigal, 21, of Chula Vista. A co-worker told NBC 7/39 that two men, who he said were the victim's brother and father, went to the scene after the fatal fall. The relatives were seen being consoled by workers from the site.

City worker dies in hospital after fall from bucket truck

Bryan, TX - A city of Bryan employee died Tuesday, a day after he was thrown from the "cherry picker bucket" he was using to repair a traffic signal. Alex Constancio was tipped out of a bucket about 25 feet above ground on Texas 21 at the corner of Harvey Mitchell Parkway when the top of a Sanderson Farms truck hit the bottom of his bucket. Linda Constancio said Tuesday that her husband was full of plans for the future. The 50-year-old dreamed of retiring in two years to travel across the U.S. with his wife. "He talked about being a grandfather and about walking our girls down the aisle," she said. "We were looking forward to retiring. He wanted to go west." Constancio died just before noon at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Police said the driver of the truck was traveling west in the outside lane of Texas 21 behind a van that braked suddenly at the traffic light.

Two dead in Elgin power line mishap

Chicago,IL - Two workers who were painting the Route 20 bridge over the Fox River in Elgin died late Wednesday morning when their truck came in contact with a power line. The accident occurred about at 11:25 a.m. west of Raymond Street, which is on the river's east side. City spokeswoman Sue Olafson said firefighters arrived on the scene to find the truck on fire. Two workers, both men, were badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene. Neither has been identified. The men worked for a company hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation to paint the bridge, Olafson said. They had just begun painting when they came in contact with the wires.

Meadows trainer died of chest injuries

Pittsburgh,PA - Even though caring for race horses was a seven-day-a-week job for Clarence Walters, the Washington County man couldn't wait to get to work in the mornings to be with the animals. "Most days he'd be out there at 5 a.m. warming up the horses and doing whatever needed to be done. He was a great horseman and he loved his job," said David Palone, whose family employed Walters as a horse caretaker. "Knowing how much he cared about those horses is what makes this tragedy so difficult to deal with." Walters, 58, died Wednesday after a horse kicked him in the chest about 7:30 a.m. while he was working alone at a farm the Palones lease on Armstrong Drive in Canton.

Killed MoDOT Worker Was Department Veteran

KANSAS CITY, MO - Missouri highway workers were in mourning after learning that one of their own was killed on the job on Wednesday. The accident happened about 9:30 Wednesday morning on eastbound I-70 near Charlotte Street. Michael York, 51, from Drexel, Missouri was a maintenance crew leader and has worked for MoDOT for more than 27 years.

1 worker dead, 1 injured after being struck by motorist on I-57, Driver hit truck picking up traffic barrels

Chicogo, IL - A 41-year-old IDOT worker with four children was killed and another worker injured Wednesday when they were hit by a vehicle on Interstate Highway 57 on Chicago's Far South Side. Jose Manuel Chavez of Berwyn was the first worker killed in an Illinois highway work zone this year, an IDOT spokesman said. He died shortly after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Nicolas Tapia, 39,of Melrose Park was treated at Stroger Hospital for a head injury and released.

Body found in debris of Goodyear plant explosion, Victim's husband angry over delay in accounting for her

Huston, TX - Rescue workers should have searched sooner, and more thoroughly, in an area of the Goodyear Houston chemical plant where an employee died in an explosion, her husband said today. Raymond McInnis, a Goodyear retiree who worked for 38 years at the same plant, said he has many questions about plant officials' actions in the hours after his 55-year-old wife, Gloria M. McInnis, died early Wednesday. "They let her lay there seven hours," said McInnis, 71, who retired 12 years ago. "Was she dead at the time (of the explosion), or did she die later?" Goodyear confirmed today that the worker who was killed was Gloria McInnis. A company spokesman said she had worked there for 32 years. The family expects to file a lawsuit against the company, their lawyer said this afternoon. The suit will charge "gross negligence'' against the company, attorney Terry Bryant said.

Ashdown sanitation worker arrested in clerk's fatal shooting

NASHVILLE, Ark. - Authorities say they've arrested an Ashdown sanitation department employee in connection with last month's shooting death of a Nashville clerk. Authorities arrested 37-year-old Harry Eugene Surber Tuesday morning on suspicion of murder. Prosecutor Tom Cooper says the particular murder charge has not yet been determined, and that Surber faces a June 18 arraignment. Surber was arrested in the death of 42-year-old Robin Camp, who was found shot to death inside a Nashville Family Dollar store. A customer found Camp's body on May 26. Authorities would not discuss a possible motive and wouldn't say whether Camp and Surber knew each other.

Man killed in industrial accident in Woodburn

Fort Wayne, IN - A Fort Wayne man was killed after being crushed in an industrial accident Tuesday morning at Midwest Tile & Concrete in Woodburn, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Jose G. Gomez-Jimenez, 39, was pinned by a U-shaped arm weighing 600 to 800 pounds and used to carry cement slabs on a forklift, Sgt. Terry L. Furnish wrote in a report on the death. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. Midwest Tile, 4309 Webster Road, makes sanitary and storm products, according to its Web site. The company was fined for safety violations by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in April as well as in 2006 and 2003.

Josephine County worker killed in transfer yard accident

GRANTS PASS, OR - Officials say a road worker has died at the Josephine County transfer yard. An official of the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division says he was crushed Monday between a dump truck and a trailer. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports he was identified as 51-year-old Terry Smith, a 16-year county worker. Melanie Measaros of the state agency says he was caught between the truck and a trailer that slides into the dump truck area when not in use.

Oroville Worker Found Dead

Oroville, CA - In Oroville, a power plant worker is found dead in the workplace. 44 year old Paul Smith of Oroville was found dead early Tuesday morning at the Pacific Oroville Power Facility. Officers believe early Tuesday morning, Smith became caught in a piece of equipment that grinds wood chips. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death. It's the second workplace death in the North State in the past week. Over the weekend 22 year old Branden Dent of Paradise was fatally injured at a drilling rig in Glenn County when a piece of equipment hit him in the head and chest.

Ambushed Tucson Police Dies, Shooter Faces Murder Charges

Tucson, AZ - A Tucson police officer shot in the head on Sunday by a man driving a car to escape pursuing police died Monday. Erik Hite, 43, passed away at 1 p.m. at the University Medical Center in Pima County, where he and two other deputy sheriffs shot by the suspect, David Nicholas Delich, 25, were taken for treatment. The deputies were released from the hospital on Monday. Delich was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault. The Pima County filed separate charges of attempted murder and shooting into a structure. Rick Kastigar, criminal investigations chief for the sheriff's department, recounted the shooting incident to and the Tucson Citizen.

3 dead, 1 missing in Midwest flooding

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Wicked weekend storms with tornadoes and heavy rain pounded the Midwest, where at least three people drowned and one was missing in floodwaters that swallowed roads and neighborhoods. Rescuers in boats continued to pluck people from rising waters in Indiana, a day after more than 10 inches of rain deluged much of the state. At least one person drowned, and another person was missing after falling off an airboat in a flooded area, state police said. In Michigan, two delivery workers for The Grand Rapids Press drowned early Sunday when their car became submerged in a creek that washed out a road about 4 a.m. near Lake Michigan in Saugatuck Township, the newspaper said. At least one tornado hit the Omaha, Neb., area with little to no warning as people slept Sunday morning, damaging several dozen homes and businesses. No major injuries were reported. "I'd say it was a miracle no one got killed," said Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey as he toured a heavily damaged neighborhood in the west Omaha area of Millard

18-wheeler driver killed in crash with train

WALKER, LA - Another train accident involving a vehicle has happened in south Louisiana, and again, someone has died. It was just last Wednesday that two people were killed in Independence when an Amtrack train collided with their car. Monday's deadly accident was in Walker. It happened along Highway 190 near Sunland Road, which is on the eastern part of town, where Highway 190 begins to turn north back towards the tracks. The accident happened around 7:00 a.m. Walker police Chief Hunter Grimes says a tanker truck belonging to a mineral company out of Harahan slowly crossed the tracks and was hit on the passenger side by a train heading east.

Driver killed after truck bursts into flames

Columbia,SC - A man was killed after the cab of his truck burst into flames during a wreck about five miles east on Pelion on U.S. 178 on Monday afternoon. His name has not been released by the Lexington County coroner’s office, pending notification of next of kin. A John Deere combine traveling east pulled over to let traffic pass when a 2005 Freightliner truck and trailer loaded with cotton lost control, striking the combine and several trees, and then bursting into flames, the S.C. Highway Patrol said. The driver of the Freightliner was trapped in the cab. He was traveling too fast for conditions, the patrol said.

Man, 43, killed in head-on collision

Columbia,SC - A Lexington County man was killed in a head-on collision Sunday night. Edward Friendly Jr., 43, of Batesburg-Leesville, a press supervisor for The State newspaper, was killed when the 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis he was driving crossed the center line on Charter Oak Road, sideswiping one vehicle and then striking another head on, state Highway Patrol officials say. The driver of the first vehicle that was hit, a 2004 Ford pickup, was uninjured. The driver and passenger in a 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Four-wheeler rolls, kills area farmer

Oneonta,NY - A Morris man tending to a sugar bush on his family's farm in New Lisbon died Friday when his four-wheeler rolled on top of him, according to the Otsego County Sheriff's Department. Dale L. Parker, 68, was using a device attached to his ATV to spray for tent caterpillars along the sap lines for his maple syrup business when the four-wheeler flipped sometime in the late afternoon, deputies said in a media release.

Worker dies in accident after wrestling event in Southaven

SOUTHAVEN, MS - A crew member with the TNA Wrestling promotion was killed Sunday night in an accident at the DeSoto Civic Center. The accident happened Sunday night around 11pm, shortly after a televised wrestling event concluded. Officials said a group of men was working to break down a metal backdrop, which was about 15 to 20 feet off the ground, when a scaffolding collapsed. Witnesses said two men were perched on opposite ends of the scaffolding when it fell. One of the men, a TNA Wrestling crew member, fell and hit the concrete. He was rushed to Baptist DeSoto hospital in Southaven, where he later died. Another worker with a local group, Crew 1, lost his thumb in the accident. He was taken to The MED, where he is expected to recover. Sunday's night accident was the second time a worker died in such an accident Southaven in the past two months. In April, Charles Christopher Houston died when he fell nearly 30 feet from a scaffolding at Southaven's Springfest. Monday, Holland's sister said Sunday's night's accident was a prime example of the need for increased safety regulations surrounding the type of work her brother did. Holland has started a petition aimed at encouraging venue organizers to use safety nets and take other steps to keep workers safe. "Each venue has to be responsible for making this different, so someone else's family doesn't have to go through this, and some other kid doesn't have to grow up without a father," she said. Holland said her brother knew the man who died in Sunday's accident, and had worked with him. The identity of the man who died Sunday night has not yet been released.

Chocolate factory fumes leave 1 dead, 2 sickened

A 30-year-old Blommer Chocolate Company worker died Sunday after he was overcome by a substance being used to process candy at the Near West Side factory, officials said. The man, whose name was not released (Geraldo Castillo, 30), was apparently working alone at a top floor of the factory at 600 W. Kinzie when he was overcome, Chicago Police said. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Air ambulance crashes near Houston, 4 die

HOUSTON, TX - Four people died Sunday after their medical helicopter crashed inside Sam Houston National Forest in Texas, officials said. The PHI Air Medical team was based at Coulter Field in Bryan, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported. The company that owns the private air ambulance identified three dead crewmembers as pilot Charles Wayne Kirby, flight nurse Jana Bishop and flight paramedic Stephanie Waters. The identity of the 58-year-old male patient who died in the crash was not released. "The helicopter was totally disintegrated upon impact," said Department of Public Safety Trooper John Sampa. "It took down a couple of pine trees." The helicopter was a Bell 407. It went down about 2:45 a.m. in a desolate area of the forest, while en route to Houston, the newspaper said. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were working to determine the cause of the crash.

Woman in 70s killed on Valley farm

Mesa,AZ - Authorities were investigating the shooting death of a woman in her late 70s Sunday on a dairy farm outside of Buckeye. The woman was killed on the farm that has been in her family for more than 30 years, said Deputy spokeswoman Lindsey Smith of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The slaying took place about 1 p.m. and 15 to 20 farm workers were in the area at the time, she said. The woman, Path Van Leeuwen, was found in the home on the dairy farm on South Airport Road where she lives with her son, Smith said. She said the woman’s son called 911. The farm workers were outside of the home at the time of the shooting, Smith said. Homicide detectives were at the dairy farm all day Sunday investigating and interviewing the workers, Smith said. Police have yet to identify a suspect in the shooting, she said. “It doesn’t appear that it was self-inflicted,” Smith said. “It’s clearly a homicide

Shores officer dies in crash

Mount Clemens, MI - Off-duty accident may have been due to medical condition. A popular St. Clair Shores police officer was killed Friday night when his truck veered into the path of an oncoming Hummer on Jefferson Avenue in Harrison Township. "He really didn't see it coming," Sheriff Mark Hackel said. Officer Clinton Rice, in his early 50s, had to be extracted from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver and passenger in the Hummer were treated for minor injuries at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Paradise Man Killed in Work Accident

Branden Dent, 22, of Paradise, was killed Friday night while working for Ensign United States Drilling Company just south of Willows on County Road 68. According to Ensign officals, the accident happened around 10 p.m. Friday, when a cable broke, setting loose a piece of machinery that fell onto his chest. Dent, who was working with a crew of about five men at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cal-Osha, the Glenn County Sheriff's office and Ensign are interviewing crew members, taking measurements and pictures to figure out why the cable broke.

Deadly accident at car wash

QUEENS, NY - A hit and run accident at a local car wash left one person dead on Thursday. Police are looking for the employee who set off a chain reaction, hitting a car that struck two workers, before taking off. The accident happened at South Conduit Ave. and 248th Street around 11:30 this morning in Rosedale, Queens. Investigators said two workers were drying an SUV when the Jeep driven by another worker plowed into them before speeding away. "They were drying the car, and the other guy hit the car and the guys," said Nathan Benjamin, the manager of the car wash. Relatives of one of the victims showed up at the scene as police conducted their investigation.
"I don't know how anything could happen in a freaking car wash. It's supposed to be safe," one relative told reporters before rushing off to the hospital. Olsten Kilkenny watched in horror as one of the men cleaning his SUV was hit.

Man killed in mine accident

NY - Worker crushed when rock ceiling collapses; second miner suffers minor injuries. One man died and another suffered minor injuries in a mine accident Saturday morning at St. Lawrence Zinc Co. Willard Paul Clewis, 40, of 84 Depot St., Gouverneur, was drilling into a wall on a platform 2,100 feet below ground about 10:30 a.m. when the ceiling above him collapsed. He was pinned beneath a slab of rock that measured 8 feet by 4 feet, state police said. "We had a fatality and we're coming to grips with that," General Manager Michael J. "Mick" Lawler said. "It's been a number of years since we've had a fatal accident. It's a pretty big shock." St. Lawrence Zinc is owned by HudBay Materials, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Gunman kills Perry official, employee, himself

HAZARD, Ky. - A man shot and killed a Perry County official and a county employee at a convenience store yesterday before killing himself, authorities said. Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Watts said the shooting happened between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. outside Ben's Quick Stop in the Chavies community of Perry County. Deputy Perry County Coroner Kyle Wolfe identified the gunman as Jerry Fugate, 55, of Rowdy. Kentucky State Police said in a press release that Fugate pulled a shotgun from his truck and shot fiscal court Magistrate Jimmy Darrell Neace, 54, of Hazard, and road department employee Lew Caudill, 60, of Jeff, once each at close range in the convenience store's parking lot. He then shot himself, police said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. Perry County Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble said Fugate had taken a leave from a county job as a truck driver last October because of a back problem.

Veteran state police officer dies in rollover

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. - A 26-year veteran state police officer died today after a single-vehicle rollover crash in Rio Arriba County. Lt. Michael Avilucea, 51, was pronounced dead at the Tierra Amarilla clinic. Avilucea was a Las Cruces resident who served as commander of the state police's explosive ordnance disposal team. He also was assistant commander of the Alamogordo district office. Avilucea was returning from Chama, where he had been on assignment to help with the recovery of explosives. The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 84 about three miles south of Tierra Amarilla. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Kiefer police officer dies in crash

Oklahoma City,OK — A Kiefer police sergeant died Thursday morning after his cruiser was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Rogers County, authorities said. Les Wilmott, 54, died at the scene. The accident happened shortly after midnight on northbound U.S. 169 at State Highway 88, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Troopers said Wilmott was driving north on U.S. 169 when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer driven by Luis A. Lara, 33, of Laredo, Texas. Lara was not hurt.

GE Rail Services employee dies when struck by railcar

WATERLOO, IA - An employee of GE Rail Services died Friday afternoon, authorities said. Waterloo Police Lt. Michael McNamee confirmed the employee was struck by a railcar just before 2:30 p.m. at the company's facility at 200 Nevada St. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. McNamee said the death appears to be accidental. "There's no reason to believe it's not," he said. According to a previous published report, the Waterloo facility is one of six locations in the nation that maintains and repairs General Electric-owned railcars. About 1,800 are leased to various companies.

Marshall employee dies, five injured in chase

Huntsville,AL - A Marshall Space Flight Center employee was killed today when a woman being pursued by Huntsville police crashed into the man's truck on Redstone Arsenal. The woman's vehicle T-boned 50-year-old Darren Spurlock's truck at Martin and Rideout roads. He died at the scene, police said. Five other people were injured in the chase on Memorial Parkway and Martin Road that ended about four miles inside Gate 1. Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said drug agents were serving warrants in the area of McVay and Patton roads about 1:15 p.m. when they noticed two women making what appeared to be a drug transaction. When the agents approached the women and identified themselves as police officers, the women fled, Johnson said.

Solano County Syar driver killed

A 52-year-old Syar Industries truck driver was killed in an industrial accident at the company’s Vallejo sand and gravel business on Lake Herman Road. William Hall, 52, of Vallejo, died on Tuesday when the 75-ton truck he was driving at the site backed down a 20-foot embankment, according to California Occupational and Health Safety Administration spokeswoman Kate McGuire. The trailer of the truck flipped over and landed on the cab, crushing Hall, she said. McGuire said CalOSHA is investigating the accident to determine if there are any violations to the state health and safety codes. She said the investigation could take three to four months to complete.

Wreck Kills Driver

CHESTERTON, IN - Chain reaction splits box truck in two, but occupant survives decimation of vehicle in cab. A truck driver was killed Tuesday on Indiana 49 after he apparently slammed into the back of a steel hauler, causing a chain reaction that split a small box truck in two. The driver, whose name was not yet released, was piloting a Centrella Foods semi north just south of Chesterton when he struck the back of an 18-wheeler hauling three steel coils. The crash occurred on Indiana 49 near the Indiana Toll Road at about 11:15 a.m. Conditions were dry at the time. On impact, the coils were knocked from the flat-bed trailer. One coil, according to Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspector Scott Fleming, apparently rolled onto the cab of the Centrella truck, crushing it and killing the driver.

Worker crushed to death in Grand Chute supply yard identified
Oshkosh, WI — The Waupaca man who died Wednesday night after being crushed by a piece of equipment in a company's yard has been identified as James A. Beatty, 53. Police, fire and medical personnel were called to Lincoln Contractor Supply and Fabco Rents, 5663 Neubert Road, about 6:50 p.m., and responders found Beatty trapped under heavy equipment, pulseless and not breathing. An autopsy is scheduled for today, the Outagamie County Coroner’s office said. Beatty was employed by an area trucking company and was pinned under a large platform lift. Fabco and LCS are two separate businesses in the same building, officials said.

Atlantic City employee shot and killed on street; suspect at large

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Marcus Hayes, a city Public Works employee — less than three months out of prison after serving 11 years for cocaine charges — died of gunshot wounds Friday after he was shot multiple times in front of the Chelsea Heights fire station in Atlantic City, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. His shooter, described as man in braids and a sweatshirt last fleeing the scene towards a tan truck, was still at large hours later, McMenamin said. Firefighters at Station No. 5 heard the gunshots shortly after 11:30 a.m., Battalion Chief Michael Mooney said. They rushed out to find Hayes lying in the middle of the intersection at North Annapolis and Crossan avenues. Fire Chief Dennis Brooks said he was driving his sister Kathy Whelan — former Mayor Jim Whelan's wife — home when he got the call. He went straight there without dropping her off. “When I got here, I was stepping on bullet casings,” he said. “There were bullet casings everywhere. This place is like the Wild West.”

Worker killed by falling beam

Baltimore, MD - State safety workers are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania man who was struck on the head by a wooden beam at a construction site in northern Harford County yesterday. A 1,000-pound header beam that was being installed over a doorway of a wooden barn struck and killed Christopher Kohler, 42 of Wrightsville, Pa., authorities said. "The victim was on a lift and in the process of setting the header when it fell," said Sgt. David Betz, spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's office. The wooden beam, which was 18 feet off the ground, came loose and fell eight feet, striking Kohler, authorities said.

Injured Thomas County EMT dies

THOMASVILLE, GA — Charismatic. Patient. Enthusiastic. Genuine. Those are words used by Thomas County Emergency Medical Services Shift A personnel to describe their co-worker, Jeffrey Todd Harris, 37, a paramedic who died suddenly Monday from undetermined medical causes. Harris, an employee at county EMS since 1997, had an accident while on duty and went home to recuperate. He went to sleep and never woke up. “He was exactly what a paramedic should be,” Lonnie Bass, a co-worker, said Wednesday. “He was awesome at his job. He was an awesome professional and person.”

Apple Tree worker dies of injuries, Maiden man helping to cut down tree struck in head by limb

HICKORY - A Maiden man died Tuesday evening after being injured while on his tree-cutting job. Michael Wayne Redman, 39, was on the job with Apple Tree Services, owned by his brother, William. He was on the ground with another employee working the pulley when tragedy struck.“When the tree hit the ground, a piece of dead limb ricocheted and hit him in the back of the head,” William Redman said. “He was about 20 feet away, what he thought was a safe zone, but he had his back toward the tree.”

McHenry school bus driver dies on way to get students

A school bus driver heading out to pick up students for his morning route died at the wheel early Thursday morning. McHenry Deputy Chief Bill Brogan said the driver, Robert C. Belletynee, 66, of McHenry, was slowing down to turn onto Crystal Lake Road from Route 120 in McHenry when he slumped over and died from a medical condition, possibly a heart attack. The bus continued eastbound on Route 120 before jumping a curb, hitting a fence and coming to a rest in a vacant lot near the intersection. The bus was empty at the time except for Belletynee, Brogan said. There were no injuries reported. "The bus wasn't going too fast because he was slowing down to make the turn onto Crystal Lake Road," Brogan said. "We're fortunate there were no other vehicles involved and no one else was hurt in the accident."

Bizarre accidental death at Orangeburg Foods farm

ORANGEBURG, SC - The end of the work day at Orangeburg Foods was marked by the bizarre death of one of the workers. After 2 p.m. Thursday, 39-year-old Jorge Narvaez of St. Matthews died at the bottom of one of the corn silos. The coroner says Narvaez and two other co-workers had just finished cleaning the silo. The trio were on top of the silo as a new batch of corn was being poured in. The coroner says that's when Narvaez accidentally fell into the silo. It wasn't the fall that killed him, but the torrent of falling corn that did. He died of suffocation. Narvaez's co-workers tried to dig him out of the corn for ten minutes, but were unsuccessful.

Beloved farmer killed: Family carries on in wake of tragic accident

FARMINGTON — Less than a day had passed since Arthur Scruton was killed in a farming accident, yet Monday, his family was back at work. There was grass to cut and an appointment with a veterinarian to keep. As his son, Jason, said, "You just can't forget about all of the animals that were under my father's care." Arthur's daughter, Katherine Carroll, knew there would be no pause. "I was raised on the farm, so I was thinking the cows have to be milked," she said. "Unfortunately, with the business that my Dad ran, you can't take a day off." Arthur William Scruton, who was 58, born in Rochester and raised in town, knew the life well. "He always knew he was going to be a farmer, since he was a little boy," his daughter said...The family still harvested the fields there, and Arthur was finishing up work before supper when he attempted to open a harrow connected to a tractor and there was a hydraulic failure, his family said. A side bar to the soil-leveling machine, which flips open for use, struck him and landed on him, they said.

Worker, 53, dies after being found pinned under equipment

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Authorities in Outagamie County are investigating the death of a trucking-company employee who was found pinned under a piece of heavy equipment. Grand Chute police who responded to the call Wednesday evening say they found the 53-year-old Waupaca man unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police Lt. Jerome Martin says the man was last seen preparing to unload the equipment from a flatbed truck. The man's name hasn't been released.

Construction Worker's Death Ruled 'Homicide'

NEW YORK - A man who was found dead at a Brooklyn construction site earlier this week was the victim of homicide, police said. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday the victim was a night watchman at a construction site on Park Place in Crown Heights. He was found toward the back of the site and his wallet and keys were missing, Kelly said. The victim had a blunt impact to his head, resulting in skull fractures and brain injuries, the medical examiner said. He was found on the site Monday by another construction worker, police said.

Cab driver shot in head in Salem

SALEM, Ore. - Police say a cab driver survived a gunshot wound to the head during a weekend robbery. Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said the shooting occurred Saturday after the driver dropped off a passenger in northeast Salem. Okada would not say how much money was stolen, if any. No arrests have been made. The cab driver's name has not been released, but he's in his 50s and had been working with the Affordable Taxi Co. for about a month. He was treated and released from Salem Hospital. Okada could not recall the last time a cab driver was shot in Salem. But 10 years ago, 36-year-old Michelle Howard was found dead in her cab, killed by a single gunshot to the head. The author and economist had been on the job only two weeks before her death.

Houston farmer found dead after tractor rolls

HOUSTON, Minn. -- A farmer died Sunday, apparently in a tractor rollover, at his farm about three miles south of Houston, the Houston County Sheriff's Office reports. Larry E. Thorson, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 8400 block of Houston County Road 4 in Sheldon Township. It appeared the tractor had rolled, a sheriff's deputy reported. The accident involved just Thorson, according to the report. The cause of Thorson's death was listed as unknown Monday, pending an autopsy, the sheriff''s office said.

Farmington farmer killed in equipment accident

FARMINGTON, N.H. - A Farmington, New Hampshire, dairy farmer has been killed in an accident on his farm. Fifty-8-year-old Arthur Scruton died Sunday when a piece of equipment fell on him. Scruton was in charge of his family's dairy operation, waking each morning at 3:30 to milk the cows before tending to the crops.

Anderson Speedway worker killed on track

ANDERSON, Ind. — A safety crew member killed by a race car at Anderson Speedway entered the track too soon on a caution and had his back to oncoming traffic, track officials said. The coroner said 49-year-old Roy Hiatt died from blunt-force injuries to the head and chest. It was not clear why Hiatt went onto the track when he did during Saturday's Pay Less Little 500. Track owner Rick Dawson said Hiatt was trying to clean up an oil spill. Dawson added that driver Tyler Underwood did not see Hiatt in time to avoid hitting him and witnesses shouted to get Hiatt's attention. Dawson said it was the first death on the track since he bought it about 12 years ago.

Worker killed in crane accident was a young father and veteran

Providence,RI - The construction worker killed when a massive crane boom collapsed Friday at the Iatan Power Plant near Weston was identified Tuesday as 23-year-old Terry Eugene Stimpson of Peculiar. A U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war, Stimpson is survived by his wife, Alexandria, and two children. He grew up in of Chillicothe, Mo. The boom for the crane collapsed as it was being lowered after a test of wind speed determined that its use was unsafe. It has been used to install pollution control equipment on Unit 1, the operating plant next to a second unit under construction by the Kansas City Power & Light Co. Three other workers injured during the collapse were treated and released, said Steven Goldberg, a spokesman for Alstom Power Inc. of Windsor, Conn., the general contractor for the new plant and the pollution control retrofit for Unit 1. Construction crews returned to the job site Tuesday, said Bill Downey, chief executive officer of KCP&L. The site and the collapsed crane are quarantined as teams investigate what caused the accident, Downey said.

Man who died in crushing accident remembered as 'awesome'

SANTA ANA, CA – Randy Ribota, crushed at Anaheim work site last week, will be buried in Santa Ana today. A 49-year-old man with a big laugh and a love of family will be buried here today, a week after he was crushed to death in an industrial accident at an Anaheim work site. Investigators believe that Randy Ribota, 49, was working near a metal bin filled with rocks and rubble when it toppled over and pinned him. A fellow worker found him face down and unconscious; he was dead by the time paramedics arrived. Ribota grew up in Santa Ana but was living in Garden Grove, according to his niece, Denise Fernandez. She said his twin brother died last year of medical problems.

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