Monday, July 06, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Concrete form collapses at Tenn. construction site, buries 2 workers, killing 1

July 6, Lenoir City, Tennessee — Authorities say one of two workers buried in concrete at a Tennessee construction site has died and the other has been taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police Lt. Mike Tinnel tells The Knoxville News Sentinel that a form for a 30-foot wall collapsed during a concrete pour Monday afternoon at the Lenoir City Utilities Board sewage treatment plant. Deputy Fire Chief Tony Brock says rescue crews used rappelling equipment and baskets to pull the workers from the concrete.

Death toll rises to 4 after Outer Banks fireworks explosion B3

July 6, Ocracoke, North Carolina - Two more workers who had been preparing for an Independence Day celebration died of injuries suffered when a truckload of fireworks exploded on a dock, authorities said. One of the workers died at the scene Saturday, and three others died later at area hospitals, including one who died yesterday, said Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell. Another person was listed in fair condition at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

Civilian worker dies at MCLB-Albany

July 6, MCLB-Albany, Georgia - Official with Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany have reported that a civilian worker has died at the base. According to reports from MCLB's Public Affairs Office, the worker was found in the individual's work area about 7:30 a.m. today and was unresponsive. The person was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital where the person was listed as deceased. Base officials say the worker's identity won't be released for 24 hours under Defense Department policy.

Disney Employee Killed In Monorail Crash

July 5, Orlando, Florida -- A 21-year-old Walt Disney World employee was killed when two monorails carrying several guests collided at Magic Kingdom, emergency officials said. Austin Wuennenberg, the operator of one of the monorails, was pronounced dead at the scene after the monorails collided at about 2 a.m. Sunday near the Ticket and Transportation Center. Disney said it was the first fatal crash in the monorail's 38-year history in the park.

Truckload of fireworks explodes in N.C., killing 2

July 5, Ocracoke, North Carolina - A truckload of fireworks exploded Saturday morning on a dock at a remote North Carolina island, killing two workers and critically injuring three others preparing for an Independence Day celebration, authorities said. The explosion shook homes and businesses and was heard across a village on the southern end of Ocracoke Island, which is the only inhabited part of the 15-mile spit of land, accessible only by boat.

N.C. officer dies in crash with Horry County patrolman

July 3, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - A North Carolina correctional officer was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash involving an Horry County police officer on S.C. 544 and Singleton Ridge Road. Around 2:15 p.m., Ricky Ruggerio, an Horry County patrol officer, was traveling west on S.C. 544 in a department cruiser and collided with a Dodge traveling east on S.C. 544, as the Dodge attempted a left turn onto Singleton Road, according to Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Timmy Fulmore, a 42-year-old from Orrum, N.C., was killed. He worked for the Department of Corrections in Tabor City, N.C., according to the Horry County Coroner's office.

Cab Driver Shot to Death in East Palo Alto

July 3, East Palo Alto, California - Police in East Palo Alto are searching for a gunman, after a 31-year-old Yellow Cab driver was killed overnight. The initial investigation suggests robbery was not the motive in the shooting. The San Jose man still had cash on him when police arrived on the scene, on the 2700 block of Hunter Street. "The first call was fireworks, through our shots fired system," explained East Palo Alto Police Department Captain Carl Estelle. "While officers were en route to the location, it was determined that it was multiple gunshots."

Officers believe robbery was motive

July 3, Dallas, Texas - taxi driver was found stabbed and then burned Thursday night in rural Denton County. The Freedom taxi driver’s name has not yet been released. Justin firefighters found his body near State Highway 114 and John Day Road, about five miles west of Texas Motor Speedway, as they were extinguishing a grass fire at a petroleum well lease site about 9 p.m. Denton Sheriff’s Office officials said the man was stabbed in the chest and his throat cut.

Man killed in collision with train

July 2, Springfeild, Missouri - A 30-year-old Ozark man died Wednesday afternoon when a coal train slammed into the van he was driving east of Springfield. Michael Biggs was pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash on River Walk Lane, just west of the intersection of Farm Roads 193 and 199, south of Sunshine and southwest of Turners. An employee of Long Refrigeration in Ozark, Biggs was hit by a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe engine pulling empty coal cars as he crossed railroad tracks that intersect River Walk, according to Sgt. Dan Bracker of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Worker dies from electrical shock suffered while repairing machine at Fort Wayne bakery plant

July 2, Fort Wayne, Indiana — Authorities say a worker died after he suffered an electrical shock while repairing a machine at a Fort Wayne bakery plant. The Allen County coroner's office ruled that the death of 50-year-old Richard Warren of Morris, Ill., was accidental following an autopsy Wednesday. Warren died at a Fort Wayne hospital soon after he was shocked Tuesday while working at the Aunt Millie's Bakeries plant.

Worker killed at RI submarine plant

July 2, North Kingston, Rhode Island -- A North Kingstown man has been died while working at the Electric Boat Corporation manufacturing plant. North Kingstown police said Wednesday that the 31-year-old worker, who was not identified, had been using a transport device to move a section of steel outside. When it started raining, the steel had to be moved back inside. The machinery was not moving as the worker got out. But he became trapped between it and a large door that was being closed. Officials say the employee, who had worked at Electric Boat for 10 years, was treated on the scene this morning and died at Kent County Hospital.

Willows orchard worker killed in tractor accident

June 30, Artois, California — A 53-year-old man was found dead Monday night after a tractor he was operating near County Road 35 apparently ran over him, pinning him beneath a rear wheel. The victim, Reginaldo Correa Talamantes, of Willows, was discovered by his wife, who went to look for him about 9:30 p.m. when he failed to return from work, and didn't answer his cell phone. Colusa police officer Juan Perez, a relative of Talamantes, was assisting in a search for the man and said he was directed to a shop area in a field owned by Trinity Orchards of Chico. Perez told Glenn County Sheriff's officials he found the tractor wedged against a tree, still in drive, with its rear wheels spinning. Talamentes was pronounced dead at the scene.

3 cleaning workers killed in putrid NYC well

June 30, New York, New York — Three workers hired to clean out a putrid well at a waste transfer station on Monday apparently were overcome by toxic fumes, fell down a narrow shaft and died, the fire department said. Initially one worker went into the shaft, and the other two went in after him when he didn't return, said John Sudnik, fire department deputy assistant chief of the Queens borough command. They all fell through the shaft and into the well.

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