Thursday, June 04, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Two Women Fatally Struck by Vehicles

May 31, Washington, District of Columbia - Two women were struck by vehicles and killed in the District on Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said. One was apparently at work on a paving project and the other, a caregiver, was crossing a street, authorities said. In the first incident, a construction worker was struck about 11:10 p.m. on southbound Interstate 395 near Maine Avenue SW, D.C. police said. John B. Townsend III, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic said he understood the woman was acting as a flagger, directing traffic, when she was struck by a piece of heavy equipment known as a road sweeper.

Fla. airport worker dies after falling from tower

May 29, Palm Beach, Florida - A contractor working for the Federal Aviation Administration has died after falling from a tower he was working on at Palm Beach International Airport. The man, who was not identified, fell around 11 a.m. Friday. Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies are investigating. Airport operations were not effected. They believe he fell 40 to 50 feet from the tower.

Worker at Salem County business dies after truck tire explodes

May 30, New Jersey -- A worker putting air in a retreaded tractor-trailer tire at a New Jersey business was killed when it exploded. State police say Bruce Coverdale of Commercial Township died instantly in Friday's accident at Advance Treads in Pittsgrove. Another staffer working nearby was not injured in the incident, which occurred around 8 a.m. Coverdale had just filled the large tire with air while it was in a safety holder, but it exploded shortly after he removed it from the holder and tried to check its pressure. An autopsy determined Coverdale died from multiple blunt trauma injuries caused by the force of the air escaping from the tire.

Gas Station Employee Killed In New Castle Shooting

May 29, New Castle, Pennsylvania - Police continue their investigation into an armed robbery and deadly shooting at a convenience store in Lawrence County.The shooting happened around 9 p.m. Thursday at the Marathon Gas Station on East Wallace Street in New Castle. Officials say a store employee was found lying outside the gas station with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Hussein Alghooran, of New Castle.


Construction Business Owner Killed in Industrial Accident

May 28, Tooele, Utah - The owner of Rocky Mountain Construction Services was killed in an industrial accident. 50-year-old Ron Samford and two other men were moving out of the way when the mining storage bin they were working on unexpectedly came crashing down.The incident happened Thursday afternoon at the Marblehead Quarry, northwest of Delle. The Tooele County Sheriff's office says the company was hired to demolish 100,000 lbs metal silos that were no longer in use. "They were just using torches and cutting the metal and the bracing down and they had just completed their cutting and were moving out of the way when it just came down on them," said Tooele County deputy Duke North. Unified Fire AUthority's Heavy Rescue Team and several other crews are still using cranes to try to lift the silo off Samford. Another worker suffered minor injuries, but was not hospitalized. The third worker was uninjured.

Depot worker found dead of natural causes

May 28, Anniston, Alabama - A woman died this morning of natural causes while working at the Anniston Army Depot. Alana Grant, 27, of Anniston, was found dead by a co-worker at 6:48 a.m., according to Clester Burdell, spokeswoman for the depot. Grant worked as a night telephone operator for a private contractor, Mutual TeleCom Services, at the operator offices on the installation's west side. Grant had underlying medical conditions that apparently contributed to her death, said Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown.

Sanitation worker shot in triple shooting

May 28, Flatbush, New York - A sanitation worker was shot in the stomach in a triple shooting outside a bodega in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Police say three men were hit by bullets as they stood outside the ND Food Market on Lenox Road just after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sanitation worker Anthony Pollard was shot in the stomach. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was stable following surgery. The 30-year-old Pollard, who may have been a victim of crossfire, had reportedly parked his street sweeper outside the bodega while on his break.

Man Crushed in Tooele County

May 28, Tooele, Utah -- A man in Tooele County was crushed Thursday afternoon when a massive metal tank fell on top of him. The man was reportedly trying to dismantle the tank in an area known as Marblehead, which is right outside of Delle. Somehow the tank tipped over, trapping the man underneath. Emergency crews are on scene working free the victim. His condition is not yet known.

Atlantic City casino worker killed

May 28, Atlantic City, New Jersey - A casino worker was shot to death Wednesday at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., and a suspect was in custody, police said. The victim was identified by casino Chief Executive Officer Mark Juliano was Ray Kot, KYW RadioNews in Philadelphia reported. Kot was a shift manager who had worked at the casino since it opened in 1990.

F.M. man dies from injuries after accident

May 27, Burlington, Iowa - Matthew Lane Parrott of Fort Madison was driving a pickup trying to pull another truck, which was stuck in the mud, when the accident at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant happened earlier this month. Parrott, 39, who was an IAAP employee, died as a result of injuries he suffered from the accident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City Saturday. Authorities who assisted in the investigation said Des Moines County Sheriff's deputies responded to the plant in connection with the accident.

Pottstown man dies after falling ill on trash route

May 27, Pottstown, Pennsylvania — A Pottstown man died Tuesday while working on a trash truck route in a residential area, according to state police at Skippack and a spokesperson for Waste Management. Adam Sabuacak, whose age was not known Tuesday, experienced what appeared to be a medical problem while working in the 1000 block of Clemmersmill Road, police said. He walked behind the Waste Management trash truck after picking up a trash can when the incident occurred around 7:30 a.m.

Farmer killed when tractor slips into gear

May 27, Benton, Kentucky - Authorities in the Kentucky Lake region say an elderly farmer has been killed in an agricultural accident. A release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in Benton said 78-year-old Elton G. Lee was found dead under his tractor. An investigation by deputies showed Lee had been using a tractor-mounted rotary mower to cut a field near Benton. The report said Lee had turned off the mower and stopped the tractor at a gate.

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