Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Gas station clerk killed in armed robbery

July 26, Seattle, Washington - First on My Ballard: A man wearing a bandana over his face shot and killed a clerk at the 76 Station and “Pit Stop” on 15th Ave. this morning, police say. The employee suffered gunshot wounds to the stomach and thigh, and he died a short time later — the first murder in Ballard since March of last year. The suspect is at large.

City worker shot at housing unit

July 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - A Philadelphia Housing Authority carpenter was shot once in the back of his head yesterday as he prepared to work at a low-rise public housing unit in North Philadelphia. Rodney Barnes, 46, of Elkins Park, had just removed tools, paperwork, and sneakers from his red pickup truck parked at 41 W. Norris St. when a bullet came from close range, said Richard A. Zappile, chief of the authority's Police Department.

Worker dies days after falling off roof in Armonk

July 25, Armonk, New York - A contractor who fell off scaffolding July 17 while working on the roof of a Fordham University building has died of his injuries, officials said. Rosendo Bernao, 43, of 22 Madison Ave., Port Chester, died Thursday of skull fractures and brain injuries stemming from a 20- to 30-foot fall off scaffolding, the medical examiner and university officials said.

Worker killed in pipe rack collapse ID'd

July 26, Bakersfield, California - The man killed Saturday in an industrial accident at Dole Enterprises off Allen Lane has been identified as 49-year-old Jimmy Shannon. Kern County fire crews were called to the business on a report that the worker was trapped under several steel pipes. Shannon was pronounced dead at the scene.

54-year-old Riverton City employee found dead in manhole

July 22, Riverton, Utah - A 54 year old city employee was found dead in a 20 foot deep manhole near 11800 South and 1850 West in the city of Riverton. The Riverton City employee is Danny Crump. Police say Crump was reported missing after he did not respond to radio calls, and was later found by County Sheriff deputies. The incided does not look suspicious, however investigators are not sure how he died. Stay tuned to ABC 4 News as we bring you more on this story.

Fiery crash kills truck driver

July 24, Tuscon, Arizona - A Tucson couple is talking about the giant fireball from today's I-10 crash that killed one. It happened right before their very eyes. Earlier today there was a single-vehicle wreck, involving a tractor-trailer. It shut down the freeway and backed-up traffic for miles and hours. The driver, Shari Linder, died. Her husband Ricky Linder survived. News 4 learned a load of cleaning and automotive products created a Haz-Mat situation.

Autopsy: 3 NC Slim Jim plant workers were crushed

July 26, Raleigh, North Carolina — Autopsies show three workers killed in the collapse of a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina were crushed to death. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that autopsy results were released for workers Barbara McLean, Lewis Watson and Rachel Pulley. They died from blunt force trauma in the June 9 explosion at the ConAgra plant in Garner, where nearly 40 were injured.

Retired Farmer Dies After Tractor Rolls

July 23, Callaway, Minnesota - A retired farmer is dead after the tractor he was driving rolled one time, trapping him underneath. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, a 90-year-old man was operating his tractor in rural Callaway, Minn. when he attempted to drive onto the shoulder area located next to a culvert. Authorities said it appeared the front wheel of the tractor collapsed the culvert, causing the tractor to roll one time, trapping the man underneath the tractor at the bottom of the ravine.

Caltrans worker hit, killed on Highway 99 in Lodi

July 23, LODI, California — A California Department of Transportation worker hit and killed this afternoon on southbound Highway 99 has been identified as Donald Lichliter of Modesto. The 53-year-old Caltrans worker was doing abatement alongside the road when he was fatally struck by a van, according to the California Highway Patrol. “Donald Lichliter was a devoted and hard-working public servant, who worked for Caltrans for over 27 years,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our appreciation for Donald’s service and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Man killed in industrial accident remembered as active, friendly

July 24, West Valley City, Utah — Frank Guzman always told people "you're as old as you feel." "He was 63, but he acted like he was 18," said his son-in-law, Rex Randall. "He was just full of energy. Ready to take on the world at 63." Now Guzman's family is looking back on the good times, not Friday morning's unexpected phone call informing them that their father, husband, uncle and grandfather had been killed in a tragic industrial accident at Brody Chemical. Police say that, around 9 a.m., Guzman was trying to transfer a thick cleaning solution from a 55-gallon drum into smaller 1-quart containers when the lid of the large container blew off and struck him in the head and chest.

Orchard worker dies in ATV crash

July 23, Portland, Oregon - An orchard worker died last night when his ATV crashed and rolled on top of him in The Dalles. Lt. Gregg Hastings, a spokesman for the Oregon State Police said Ricardo Romero Camacho, 49, of The Dalles, was killed while working at the Geiger Orchards, 2845 E. 12th Street. Hastings said Romero was found underneath the ATV he was riding through the orchard at around 8 p.m.

Female Worker Crushed by Machine

July 22, Los Angeles, California - Authorities identified a worker crushed to death by a packaging machine at a food processing plant in Industry. Ana Maria Vital, 40, of La Puente was fatally injured about 8 a.m. Tuesday at Golden State Foods in the 600 block of South Sixth Avenue, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

SC utility worker electrocuted by power line

July 22, Macedonia, South Carolina - A South Carolina electric utility worker has died after he was electrocuted while working on a power line. Multiple media outlets reported that 25-year-old Jeremy Thomas of Moncks Coroner was electrocuted late Tuesday morning while working on a high-voltage power line near Macedonia. Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury says the Santee Cooper lineman was working on the line on U.S. Highway 17A about five miles north of Moncks Corner when he was shocked.

UPDATED: Allens Inc. Worker Buried Under Ton of Beans, Sheriff's Office Says

July 22, Little Rock, Arkansas - A worker - possibly employed by Staffmark - died Wednesday morning at the Allens Inc. plant near Siloam Springs, and the Benton County Sheriff's Office identified him as John D. Haney, 44. Sheriff's investigators were told that a coworker found Haney "buried under a two-thousand pound bag of red beans," according to a statement issued by the Criminal Investigations Division.

Worker found dead outside middle school

July 21, Palm Springs, California - An autopsy was pending today in the apparent electrocution of a 50-year-old man at John Glenn Middle School in Indio. James Jeffredo, apparently a groundskeeper, was fatally injured at the school at the school at 45250 Dune Palms Road about 12:45 p.m. Monday, according to a coroner investigator. The man came in contact with an electrical circuit, he said.

Man Found Dead at Bottom of Manhole in Riverton

July 21, Riverton, Utah - A 50-year-old Riverton city water worker was found dead at the bottom of manhole Tuesday night at 11800 South 1850 West. The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office call it a tragic accident. The dead man was last seen alive at 3 p.m. When he did not return to the city office, other city workers started searching for him. One worker spotted an open manhole cover, looked into it and saw the victim at the bottom of a 20 foot drop manhole.

Worker found dead at Calif. food processing plant; authorities believe death was accidental

July 21, Industry, California — A 40-year-old woman has been found dead in a machine at a Southern California food processing plant that is a major supplier for McDonald's restaurants. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives say the woman's body was found early Tuesday at Golden State Foods in the City of Industry, an east Los Angeles suburb. Investigators believe her death was accidental.

Worker Dies After Being Pinned Under Forklift

July 20, San Benito, Texas - A construction worker injured in a forklift accident in San Benito has died. NEWSCHANNEL 5 confirmed Ruben Villegas died at the hospital last week. We're told his injuries were too severe. Officials say he was trying to put bricks on a scaffold, when the forklift tipped over. Villegas was trapped underneath.

NJ police officer dies from shootout wounds

July, 21, Jersey City, New Jersey — A city police officer who was critically wounded in a shootout with two armed robbery suspects last week died Tuesday, one day before his 38th birthday and the same day police engaged in another gun battle nearby. Detective Marc A. DiNardo, a 10-year veteran who had been on life support, was pronounced dead around 9:35 a.m. after doctors harvested his organs for transplant. The 37-year-old was hit by a shotgun blast to the face July 16 as his SWAT team stormed the apartment where the suspects had taken cover. DiNardo had no signs of life when he arrived at Jersey City Medical Center that day and had to be revived several times before being stabilized in critical condition.

Coroner: Pa. farmer killed in equipment accident

July 20, Dayton, Pennsylvania - A coroner says an 88-year-old farmer has been killed on his western Pennsylvania tract in an accident involving machinery. Armstrong County Coroner Robert Bower on Monday announced that Beryle (BAYRL) Lee Calhoun was found dead by relatives Saturday afternoon. The farmer was last seen alive on his property in Wayne Township Friday night. That's about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Update: Worker killed by accident at TVA Kingston plant

July 20, Knoxville, Tennessee - A driver delivering 20-inch diameter pipes to the TVA Kingston plant has died, after part of the load fell on him. Larry LaCroix was delivering the pipes on a flat bed. Upon arrival, he released the straps to unload the pipes. LaCroix was taken to Roane County Medical Center and later declared dead.

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