Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Man killed in collapse

June 21, Opelousas, Louisiana - A New Iberia man was killed Saturday afternoon when a portion of the underground salt dome at Weeks Island collapsed. Iberia Parish Coroner Dr. James Falterman said the victim was 53-year-old Carlton Pennier. He was found dead at the scene, Falterman said. An investigation into the exact cause of death is ongoing. No one else was injured in the collapse. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the salt mine, owned and operated by Morton Salt. The company is a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company.

Fiery Crash Kills Driver Of Tractor-Trailer

June 20, Anderson County, South Carolina - Troopers are investigating a fiery crash along Interstate 85 southbound near mile marker 11. Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said a 2007 Freightliner hauling a trailer ran off the interstate just before 10 a.m. Saturday. Gaskin said the 18-wheeler struck the guardrail then continued off the roadway, striking a number of trees before bursting into flames. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the driver was a 70-year-old man from Stone Mountain, Ga. His name is not being released at this time.

Metromover worker killed in accident on the tracks

June 21, Miami, Florida - A Metromover rolled over and killed a longtime maintenance supervisor as he inspected the tracks around midnight Saturday, according to police. The computerized vehicle, which is not driven by a conductor, was stopped but moved forward for an unknown reason, said police spokeswoman Rebeca Perez. Police found the body of Joseph Bryant of Hollywood about 100 feet from the platform at College North Station on Northeast First Avenue and Third Street. The 64-year-old was recently named Employee of the Quarter, an award given to ''stellar'' employees every three months, said Clinton Forbes, a Metromover spokesman.

Police: man falls in sludge, dies

June 20, Richmond, Virginia - Police in suburban Richmond report the death of a worker who fell into a vat of sludge. The death occurred early Saturday at a Henrico County water reclamation plant. Henrico Police Lt. D.C. Engels said the man fell into the semisolid material and had to be pulled out. The worker's identity has not been released.

Man falls into auger at work, dies

June 20, Minneapolis, Minnesota - A 49-year-old man died Saturday while working on an auger outside Lakeville. The man, whose name has not been released pending the notification of relatives, was working at Country Stone and Soil, 22447 Highview Av., south of Lakeville. Authorities say the man was feeding mulch into a hopper leading into an auger assembly at 12:11 p.m. when it became clogged. He was attempting to clear the clog when he fell into the auger and was killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

1 dead after gunmen open fire at NM Denny's

June 20, Albuquerque, New Mexico — Police in Albuquerque say a restaurant employee has been killed after several armed suspects attempted a takeover-style robbery at a packed Denny's Restaurant. Police spokeswoman Officer Nadine Hamby says "multiple" armed suspects rushed the northwest Albuquerque restaurant at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. As many as 100 people were inside. A female restaurant employee was shot and killed.

Utility director dies in accidental drowning
Hadaway named Southaven department head in 2001

Chris Hadaway
, Southaven's utility director, died in an accidental drowning Thursday night. He was pronounced dead at 10:03 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto after he was rushed by ambulance from his Nesbit home, said DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders. "He had been out in his pool swimming with his family and minutes later his wife came out and found him at the bottom of the pool," Pounders said. "CPR was performed and he was then taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he died." Pounders said Hadaway's death has been ruled an accidental drowning. Hadaway, 44, had worked for the city since 1987 in various jobs.

Worker killed in blast at chicken plant

June 20, Lumber Bridge, North Carolina - A ruptured ammonia line caused an explosion at a North Carolina chicken-packing plant that killed one employee Saturday, officials said. Fire Marshal Charles Britt said the Mountaire plant was evacuated about 10 a.m., WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported. A state highway near the plant in Lumber Bridge near Fayetteville was also closed for much of the day. In a preliminary finding, fire investigators blamed a broken high-pressure hose carrying ammonia for the blast. The dead man was identified as Clifton Swain of Fayetteville.

Dump Truck Kills Seat Pleasant Construction Worker

June 19, Arlington, Virginia - Authorities in Prince George's County today identified the worker killed last night at a construction site in the Seat Pleasant area as a 59-year-old Landover resident. Walter E. Izzard of the 3500 block of Hubbard Road was crushed when a dump truck loaded with asphalt backed over him in the 6300 block of Central Avenue, police said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Fiancee mourns barge worker killed on lake

June 20, Mooresville, North Carolina - Jose Figueroa and Annette Burgess met at a soccer match in Huntersville 15 years ago. On July 25, they were finally set to get married at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Mount Ulla. Now Burgess is mourning her fiance's death. Figueroa died on Lake Norman in Iredell County on Tuesday when a 11/2-ton pole struck him on a barge he was working on for a dredging company, according to a preliminary report of the incident received by the N.C. Department of Labor in Raleigh. Employers must notify the department within eight hours of a worker's death.

Ark. police officer killed 2 weeks from retirement

June 19, Plumerville, Arkansas — A rural Arkansas assistant police chief only two weeks from retirement was shot dead Friday during a traffic stop, authorities said. The officer, Joey Cannon, 49, pulled over a pickup truck just after 6 a.m., with about 40 minutes left in an otherwise routine nightshift, Plumerville Chief Bill Hartman said. He had information the truck was stolen and had a sheriff's deputy to back him up as he approached the driver's side of the truck, said Sheriff Mike Smith. A single shot fired by the truck's driver struck Cannon in the chest. Hartman said he didn't know whether the 27-year law enforcement veteran had a bulletproof vest on or if the deputy returned fire.

On-the-job accident fatality identified

June 19, San Antonio, Texas - Authorities have identified a 41-year-old man who was killed Wednesday when a front-end loader ran over him at a Northeast Side business. Stevan Vargas of Pleasanton was in front of the machine at Cribley Enterprises, in the 12000 block of Nacogdoches Road, when he asked a co-worker to drive the loader forward. Authorities said he was accidentally run over just before 4 p.m. and was killed immediately.

Worker Dies After Exposure to "Toxic Gas" at Grain Elevator

June 19, Sioux City, Iowa - A Norfolk, NE man is dead, and toxic fumes at a grain elevator may be to blame. Officers responded to the Stanton Coop around 9:30 Friday morning. That's where they found an employee, 67 year-old Donald Stodola, dead inside an enclosed pit. A second employee, 58 year-old Gary Carson, was found nearly unconscious. It's believed both men were overcome by invisible toxic gases that had built up inside the pit.

Worker at Soap Opera Laundry in Cleveland shot dead by robber

June 19, Cleveland, Ohio - A 38-year-old woman was robbed and killed early Thursday in the 24-hour coin laundry she managed on West 25th Street in Cleveland. Tracy Pickryl died about 4:30 a.m. from a gunshot wound to the head. She worked the overnight shift at the Soap Opera Laundry. A gunman walked into the business about 4:30 a.m. and confronted Pickryl. He took her necklace and tried to grab her bracelet. She jerked back and he shot her in the head, police Lt. Bob Romoga said.

JSO: Wendy's Employee Kills Co-Worker

June 18, Jacksonville, Florida - A Wendy's employee was killed Thursday afternoon after being shot by a co-worker, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Gunshots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. inside the Wendy's in the 3000 block of St. Johns Bluff Road on the Southside. Police said they are searching for Thomas Theo Brown, whom they've identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting....Police said Brown returned to work with a gun and shot and killed fellow employee 22-year-old Juanese Miller.

Volunteer firefighter dies after helping to fight fire

June 18, Alton, Kansas — Lyle Lewis is remembered as a "happy guy," a hard worker and a generous man, said his pastor, Homer Smuck. Friends, the town of Alton and two families — the Lewis family and the firefighters of Osborne County Rural Fire District No. 3 — are mourning Lewis' death Tuesday night after fighting a house fire near Alton. "You didn't hardly ever see him down about anything," said Rev. Smuck, of the Mt. Ayr Friends Church in rural Alton. "It's such a shock. He was young," Smuck said. A husband, father of five, and a grandfather, Lewis, 50, also "loved being a firefighter," Smuck said. “He was a volunteer firefighter wherever he lived.”

Construction Worker Struck, Killed By Dump Truck

June 19, Capital Heights, Maryland - Prince George's County police say a construction worker is dead after being hit by a dump truck. The worker was hit around 10:15 p.m. Thursday at a construction site in the 6300 block of Central Avenue in Capitol Heights. Police say the driver of a dump truck was backing up and did not see the worker and the worker was pronounced dead on the scene.

Ohio man killed in drilling accident near Meadville

June 19, Meadville, Pennsylvania - An Ohio man was killed Thursday when he was hit by drilling equipment while working in a field in Cussewago Township, Crawford County. Kenneth E. Geog II, 37, of Brinkhaven, Ohio, was working with a crew drilling exploratory holes for gas and oil wells when his head became caught between a control box and the drilling rig, Crawford County Coroner Patrick McHenry said. Geog's skull was crushed and his neck was fractured in the accident, said McHenry, who pronounced Geog dead at the scene at 9:50 a.m. Thursday.

Man dies after crane accident

Lighthouse Point, Florida - A Broward County construction worker has died from the injuries he suffered when a crane collapsed. Police say 43-year-old Albert Phillips was helping shore up a seawall in Lighthouse Point on Tuesday when a crane fell and pinned his legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that evening. Kyle Martinez, a foreman with Ray Qualmann Marine, said the Pompano Beach-based company canceled work at the accident site Wednesday, out of respect for Phillips, who was hired in 2007.

Man killed in work-related accident

June 17, Chicago, Illinois - A man working at a Southwest Side business was killed Tuesday after being run over by a heavy-duty machine. Luis Sanchez was working at 3200 S. Kedzie Ave. when he was killed in the incident, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. The spokesman said Sanchez was working at a scrap metal business when he was run over by a Bobcat, which can be used as a forklift, loader or excavator.

Man killed in work-related accident

June 17, San Antonio, Texas - A 42-year-old Pleasanton man was killed Wednesday afternoon after a front-end loader ran over him at a Northeast Side business, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, had asked a co-worker to move the loader forward, when the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m., authorities said. The accident happened at Cribley Enterprises in the 12000 block of Nacogdoches Road. Company officials declined to comment on the accident.

Huntersville man killed on construction site

June 17, Mooresville, North Carolina - A Huntersville man was killed when he was hit in the head with a metal pole while working at a construction site on Lake Norman late Tuesday afternoon. Guadalupe Figuerora, 45, died at the scene off Culpeze Road, which is located off Blume Road off Brawley School Road. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office investigated the death and said it appears to be accidental. Lt. Todd Carver said Figuerora was working on a barge building a sea wall at a residence on Culpeze Road Tuesday afternoon.

Worker killed in downtown construction accident

June 18, Indianapolis, Indiana - A worker was killed in a construction accident at the site of the new convention center Wednesday afternoon. Video from Chopper 13 showed a bucket ladder at the site buckled sideways next to a structure under construction. Stanley Roberts, a 55-year-old worker for Harmon Steel of Indianapolis, died from a fall of about 50 feet. "It appears to be one of two things. Either the device was in transit at the time of the accident and toppled, or it may have been stationary and toppled," said IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson.

Worker dies in manhole accident

June 16, Chicago, Illinois - A Chicago park district worker died after falling
into a sewer on the southeast side. William Daniels, 59, was doing maintenance work in Mann Park when the accident happened. It has been a rainy season. Chicago park district workers told ABC7 on Tuesday they have a great deal of repairs and work that needs to be done. One of their own was out on Tuesday morning cleaning a manhole when he fell in and died. William Daniels the third was known by his friends as gene. He worked for the Chicago park district.

20-Year-Old Worker

June 16, Mesa, Arizona - A 20-year-old man is dead after a tragic accident at a construction site. Mauricio Ganadara was working with his father when he was electrocuted. Ganadara's father was at the controls of a crane, which touched an overhead power line. Electricity surged down into the truck -- where Ganadara was leaning up against it. Mesa firefighters hosed down the construction truck after a lethal jolt from a power line killed Ganadara.

Miami-Dade Metrorail security guard shot to death

June 17, Miami, Florida - For much of his life, security guard Chevor Wint had trained for that one moment. The one where he'd stop the bad guys, save a life, keep chaos in order. But it came to a violent end Sunday night, when two young men surprised the 60-year-old Wint as he patrolled the garage at Metrorail's Earlington Heights station, according to police. Miami-Dade detectives believe the two men, both in their early 20s, fled the garage after shooting Wint several times at about 10:10 p.m.

Miami Police Officer Dies in Turnpike Crash

June 16, Miami, Florida - A Miami-Dade police officer has died after a horrific car crash early this morning on the Turnpike. The officer, 23-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez, was struck on the southbound side of the road just after 4 a.m. Several officers responded to the scene, finding the Gonzalez's patrol car severely damaged on the driver's side. Firefighters attempted to save the officer, cutting him from the twisted wreckage of his squad car, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kent Officer Dies Dealing With Road Crash

June 15, Front Royal, Virginia - A police officer has died following an incident on the A249 at the junction with the A2 near Sittingbourne shortly after 8am on Sunday 14 June. PC Philip Pratt, aged 26, was injured by a vehicle as he attempted to introduce diversions at the scene of an earlier accident. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to The Royal London hospital in Whitechapel by air ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short while later.

Yosemite worker killed

June 15, Modesto, California - Yosemite National Park officials said a worker who had been reported missing Sunday was found dead Monday afternoon. Rangers found Christopher Hale, 23, of Gainesville, Fla., at 1 p.m. He apparently fell from a cliff face above Mirror Lake in eastern Yosemite Valley, authorities said. Hale was an employee of concessionaire DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite Inc. He was training in Yosemite Valley and was slated to work at White Wolf.

School Worker Killed After Woman Runs Stop Sign

June 16, Ruffin, North Carolina - A woman is in critical condition after running a stop sign and hitting another car, killing the driver. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says the wreck happened at the intersection of Oregon Hill Road and Guerrant Springs Road in Ruffin around 8:15 am Tuesday morning. Investigators determined 34-year-old Evie Holt ran a stop sign and hit a county school maintenance truck. The truck rolled into a ditch and ejected the driver, 41-year-old Timothy Wilson. Wilson died from his injuries. He was not wearing his seatbelt, according to the patrolman.

Sacramento pest worker killed when concrete porch collapses on him

June 15, Sacramento, California — Sacramento fire officials say a pest control worker has died after a concrete porch collapsed on him. Fire Department Capt. Jim Doucette says the man was under a house in the Curtis Park neighborhood Monday afternoon when a 1,000-pound concrete slab crushed him. He says firefighters arrived within one minute of receiving the call but could not extract the worker from under the 6-foot by 6-foot slab until nearly 30 minutes later. Officials have not released the victim's name.

Arenac County farm worker killed when tractor rolls into ditch

June 15, Sterling, Michigan - A Monday afternoon tractor crash killed an elderly farm worker in Arenac County. About 3 p.m., someone reported a John Deere had tipped over in a ditch along Bishop near Bourgeous in Clayton Township, reports indicated. Authorities have not named the man who was pinned under the tractor when emergency responders arrived. An autopsy was to take place to pinpoint the cause of the man's death but authorities said there was no water in the ditch.

Tarpon Springs man dies in crane accident

June 15, Tampa, Florida - Pinellas County authorities have identified the man who died Monday in a Palm Harbor marina accident. Authorities said the victim is Ivan Hubbert, 71, of 56 Drury Lane, Tarpon Springs. Hubbert was killed at about 5:30 p.m. when the crane he was operating fell over on its side as he was working at the Home Port Marina, 135 Orange St. Hubbert was thrown from the crane to the pavement. Responding paramedics said he suffered severe head trauma.

80-year old Orange County farmer dies in tractor accident

June 16, Goshen, New York — An 80-year-old farmer died on Sunday a few hours after a tractor ran over him while he was working on his black dirt farm on Madura Lane in Goshen. Around 12:15 p.m. Daniel Madura Sr. was attempting to jump-start his tractor when it bolted forward into gear. Madura was run over by the back wheels and sustained serious internal injuries, Sgt. Allen Faust of the Goshen police department said. He was taken by ambulance to the Arden Hill campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 4:09 p.m., Faust said.

2 men, including driver, killed at Va. bus station

June 16, Woodbridge, Virginia — A bus driver and another man were shot and killed Monday in the employee lot of a northern Virginia bus station about a mile from a busy shopping mall. Police launched an extensive manhunt and searched by helicopter for the shooter, who escaped on foot and may be armed. A handgun was found near the shooting scene, as was a bullet-ridden sport utility vehicle. The shootings occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the employee lot of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission bus terminal in Woodbridge, about a mile from the Potomac Mills shopping center.

Workers discover employee dead inside mechanic shop

June 15, Lufkin, Texas - Lufkin Police are investigating the death of man found Monday morning inside the mechanic's shop where he worked. The man, found inside Gene's Front End Repair Service on Ford Chapel Road in Lufkin, was identified by fellow employee Brad Mitchell. The Lufkin Daily News is withholding the man's name until police finish notifying relatives of his death.

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