Thursday, November 06, 2008

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Another death at BP Texas City
OCT 9, TEXAS CITY, TX - A contractor was killed this morning while working at the Texas City land farm, which is located one mile south of the BP Texas City refinery. Authorities say he died from injuries sustained after he was pinned by a backhoe against a fence. An employee of Gai Environmental, he was the 4th to die in accidents at the facility since the tragic 2005 explosion that killed 15.

Worker killed in bulldozer rollover
OCT 8, BENSON, NC - A construction worker making repairs to railroad tracks died this afternoon when the bulldozer he was riding slipped over an embankment and overturned, pinning him beneath. Chris Smith, 33, an employee of Mideast Railroad Services, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Construction worker killed when beam falls from crane
OCT 7, COLUMBUS, OH - Westerville police say a construction worker died today at a site along Polaris Parkway after a large metal beam fell from a crane. The name of the man has not been released. Police say someone called 911 at 11:40 a.m. and said there had been an accident at 460 Polaris Parkway. The man was trapped under the beam. He was taken to Mount Caramel St. Ann's hospital and pronounced dead, police say. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Road commission employee killed
OCT 7, JACKSON COUNTY, MI - Jackson County Road Commission worker Charles "Chuck" Gibson, 45, was part of a crew working to cut down a dead tree this morning that may have become a traffic hazard. The tree fell and struck him in the head. It is the second time a tree accident has claimed the life of a Road Commission worker in less than three years. Mr. Gibson, described as a family man who loved being outdoors, was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild.

Quarry worker killed
OCT 7, PERRY COUNTY, PA - Friends and family are mourning the death of Larry "Ric" Trimmer, 56, a welder who had been working at Pennsy Supply since 1990. Mr. Trimmer was working on a conveyer belt this morning when a collapse occurred and he was pinned under rocks. Despite efforts of his coworkers to save him, Mr. Trimmer did not survive. His wife of 25 years, Tracy Trimmer, remembered kissing him goodbye that morning and telling him that she loved him. "We did that every day," she said. "We got along so well that people called us Ken and Barbie. He was my sweetheart, an awesome husband. We always worked so good together. Our honeymoon never ended."

Construction worker falls 20 stories
OCT 7, PITTSBURGH, PA - Brian Obermeier, 33, of Etna, was last seen this morning taking the stairs leading to the roof of the Commonwealth Trust Co. building, from which he had planned to access a construction site at an adjacent building being converted to luxury condominiums. He apparently fell 20 stories and landed in the construction site below. Foul play is not suspected.

Man killed in accident at work
OCT 7, BURLINGTON, NC - An employee at a Burlington industrial electrical supply company is dead after a piece of heavy equipment he was operating overturned. Emergency personnel were called at about 10 p.m. Tuesday to Southland Electrical Supply. Police are investigating the death of Matthew John Ford, 28, of King Street, Greensboro, although at this point the incident is considered an "industrial accident." Ford was a 2005 Elon University graduate. The N.C. Department of Labor is also investigating the incident, according to spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry.

Richmond Officer Dies After Life Support Pulled
OCT 7, RICHMOND, VA ― A Richmond police officer died after he was taken off life support early Tuesday. Officer Bradley Moody was left brain dead by a weekend crash in his police cruiser. Moody, 29, was responding to a felony assault incident unfolding in Richmond's Belding-Woods neighborhood when the accident occurred around 8 a.m. Saturday.He was driving northbound on Marina Bay Parkway near Regatta when he lost control of his car, it left the roadway and slammed sideways into the pole, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said.Moody, a seven-year veteran of the 170 officer Richmond force, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He was declared brain dead and remained on life support until 3:00 a.m. Memorial Web Site

Muncie man killed in accident at salvage yard
OCT 6, MUNCIE, IN - A Muncie auto salvage yard worker was killed when a sport-utility vehicle fell from a winch, crushing him underneath. The Delaware County coroner said Michael L. "Tiny" Bodenhofer, 30, probably died instantly when the SUV fell Monday. Mr. Bodenhofer had used a flatbed wrecker and a winch cable to lift the 1,200-pound SUV by the bumper so he could climb beneath it and remove some parts. Unfortunately, the bumper gave way, dropping the vehicle on Bodenhofer's chest. Co-workers at Northwest Auto and Truck parts found his body about 10 am, but Clevenger says the accident occurred earlier in the morning.

Tree branch blamed in worker's death
OCT 6, SUMMIT COUNTY, OH - A worker for a tree service company died Monday after he a branch he was lowering to the ground split and a portion of the limb hit him. Joe Beckman, 33, was working to cut limbs from a tree when he was struck by the falling branch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man dies after tractor flips over on him
OCT 5, MEADVILLE, PA - A 60-year-old Meadville man died Sunday after the tractor he was operating flipped over and landed on top of him, according to state police. Terry Lee Williams was operating a John Deere tractor and towing three cut trees through a field at 3 p.m. when the accident happened. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, as well as his 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, his mother, sister, and brother.

Victim identified in fiery crash Sunday night
OCTOBER 5, CHATTANOOGA, TN - A traffic accident at 1000 Interstate 75 involving two tractor trailers claimed the life of one of the drivers Sunday night. The incident occurred after 11 p.m. when two freightliners traveling south collided, said Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. One truck was rear-ended by the other and the driver of the second vehicle was killed after the cab of the truck caught fire. Police have identified the victim as 37-year-old Horace Cook of Atlanta. The driver of the first vehicle told police he was slowing down to compensate for the change in speed limit when he was struck from behind. The impact of the collision caused the second truck to become engulfed in flames, and Mr. Cook wasn’t able to escape.

Pizza Worker Dies After Shooting
OCT 3, NASHVILLE, TN - A Green Hills pizza worker who was shot in the head Wednesday night during a robbery died tonight at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Karim Khakimov was working at the Roma Pizza & Pasta restaurant on Wednesday night (OCT 1) when someone came into the business, pulled a gun and demanded money. Police said Khakimov complied with the order, but the robber shot him. Employees from Roma Pizza & Pasta and other Green Hills businesses were expected to gather at the Green Hills Starbucks around 1 p.m. on Monday to raise money for Khakimov's family.

Farmer Found Dead In Barn
OCT 2, JESSAMINE, KY - A death investigation began in Jessamine County after a farmer's body was found inside a barn. He was discovered around 10:00 Thursday morning in a barn off Brannon Road. He's believed to have been dead for a couple of weeks. His body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy, but investigators do not suspect foul play.

Arizona prison guard dies on wildfire duty
OCT 2, PHOENIX, AZ - The Arizona Department of Corrections says a prison guard who was working with an inmate firefighting crew has died while fighting a blaze near Lake Havasu City. Douglas Falconer was working on a fire on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge when he collapsed shortly after beginning to work the fire line on Wednesday. A corrections spokesman said he died of apparent natural causes despite lifesaving efforts by fellow crewmembers. Falconer was assigned to an inmate firefighting team based in Globe. The 46-year-old Globe resident first joined the corrections department in 2004 and is survived by his wife.

Laundromat worker shot
SEPT 29, YORK, SC- Ernest Tolbert, 63, worked for the city sanitation department in York by day, but worked a second job cleaning up at two area coin laundries before closing them for the night. Sunday night, someone shot Mr. Tolbert outside the laundromat. He died an hour later at Piedmont Medical Center. Said his wife: "He was a good husband, a good provider, a hard worker." Update, 10/6/08: A week after Mr. Tolbert's death, police are revealing something they hope is a key to solving the case. York police want residents to take a look at a flip flop found its matching behind the laundromat where Mr. Tolbert was killed. Police said they aren't sure if the shoes belong to the shooter or a possible witness.

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