Saturday, November 29, 2008

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Desperate shoppers trample Wal-Mart worker to death
Nov 29, Nassau County, NY, USA

A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when "out-of-control" shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store.When told to leave, they complained that they had been in line since Thursday morning. The impatient crowd knocked the man, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour, 34, of Queens, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion. Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd,

Prison identifies employee killed by dump truck
Nov 29, Pendleton,IN,
The Pendleton Correctional Facility has identified a Hamilton County man as the employee who was struck and killed by a state-owned dump truck operated by another Department of Correction worker. Superintendent Brett Mize says Joseph Statzer, 59, of Cicero was struck Tuesday by a dump truck operated by another employee in a parking area of the prison. Mize says Statzer was employed as a maintenance electrical foreman and had worked for two years at the maximum-security prison about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
State police and the prison's internal affairs staff are investigating the accident.

Worker killed in accident `loved life'

Nov 27, - Kalamazoo,MI,USA
As the oldest of nine kids growing up in Oshtemo Township, Kenneth H. ``Kenny'' Dark Jr. wanted to live the kind life that could be modeled by his brothers and sisters.``He always wanted to be the big brother to look up to,'' said one of those younger siblings, Clay Dark. ``He loved life. For this to happen to him, it's unbelievable.''
Kenneth Dark, 57, was working at MillAssist Services Inc. in Otsego Monday when he was killed and two other workers were injured in an accident at about 10:10 a.m. Dark had worked for many years with Beloit Wheeler, which is currently named MillAssist. Funeral services for Dark are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Worker dies at Hoover Dam bypass bridge project
Nov 25,
Las Vegas,NV,USA
A Las Vegas construction worker died at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge project on Monday. The Clark County coroner's office said 48-year-old Sherman Jones's death was accidental. The cause of his death was lacerations on his chest and heart and liver lacerations due to blunt force trauma injuries, the coroner said. Valley Funeral Home said there are no services yet planned.Project officials released a statement Tuesday saying the accident occurred while workers were adjusting a cable aligning temporary concrete towers that support the construction of twin arches for the bridge.

Albion worker is struck, killed by bulldozer

Nov 25, Fort Wayne,IN,USA
Roger Delbecq, 46, enjoyed construction work, being outdoors and helping others, his family said. The 46-year-old Auburn man was killed Monday when a bulldozer ran over him at an Albion construction site. Delbecq was an employee of Monarch Development Inc., The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. as two bulldozers moved earth at the site, Gaff said. After talking to one of the bulldozer operators, police said, Delbecq stepped into the path of the other bulldozer as it backed up. Although the operator Delbecq had spoken to tried to alert the other bulldozer operator, the machine ran over Delbecq.

Worker killed in mill accident in Ashburn
Nov 25, Ashburn, GA, USA
A peanut company worker in Ashburn has died in a mill accident. The Turner County Coroner's Office said
Keith Branch, 24, an employee at the Golden Peanut Co. was pinned between a railroad car and a tractor trailer rig. The accident occurred Monday. Branch suffered extensive chest injuries and died at Tift Regional Hospital.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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