Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

A 49-year-old man who worked for Waste Management Inc.

Septemter 4, Fenway Park, Massachusetts - A 49-year-old man who worked for Waste Management Inc. was killed in an accident this morning involving a garbage truck at Fenway Park, police said. The incident was reported at about 8:35 a.m. at 24 Yawkey Way, at the back of Fenway Park. Police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel responded to the scene, said Officer Joe Zanoli. Zanoli said the 911 caller told police he was with Waste Management, which had two trucks on the scene, and one of the trucks had struck one of his employees.

Landscaper dies in Washington Twp. when branch falls on his head

September 4, Parsippany, New Jersey - A landscaper died this morning at a home in Washington Township after a tree branch fell on his head, police said. Police responded to a home in the Port Murray section of the township at about 10 a.m. after receiving a 911 call with CPR in progress, according to Lt. Art Adams, a department spokesman. Adams said the 41-year-old Dover man -- whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin -- was on the ground, assisting with cutting down a tree when a branch fell from 50-feet above. The branch was about six to eight inches in diameter. "The victim sustained massive head trauma, resulting in his death,'' Adams said.

Window washer dies in fall in St. Louis Park

September 4, St. Louis, Missouri - A window washer died and another was seriously hurt Thursday afternoon when they fell three stories while working at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Authorities were called about 3 p.m., said city spokesman Jamie Zwilling. When rescue personnel arrived, they found one man dead. The injured window washer was alert and talking, Zwilling said.

Falling crane crushes worker in Georgetown

September 4, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - A Bucksport man, whose brother said he liked "everything outdoors," was killed Thursday when part of a crane boom he was disassembling fell and crushed him, said Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson. Thomas "Tommy" Grainger died at the scene around 12:22 p.m., Johnson said. Grainger was working on a new boat landing in Georgetown for Carolina Marine Construction Inc. when the incident happened.

Worker Dies After Clairton Coke Works Explosion, Fire

September 4, Clairton, Pennsylvania - Sky 4 flew over a part of the Clairton Coke Works where flames were seen coming through the roof of one building. Flames could be seen coming through the roof of one building at the plant along State Street in Clairton. Two workers told WTAE Channel 4's Bob Mayo that they heard the explosion and that it happened in a section called the "control room" -- an area that controls byproducts of the coke-making process...The injured worker -- Nick Revetta, 32, of Pleasant Hills -- was taken to a hospital and later died. His identity was confirmed by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office.

Farm worker killed when tire ruptures

September 3, Buffalo, New York - A 37-year-old farm worker was killed this morning when a tire ruptured and he was hit in the head by the rim, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported. The accident at 8814 Onthank Road, Portland, was reported at about 7:20 a.m., deputies said. Michael T. Cettell apparently was filling a tire with air when the tire ruptured and the rim hit him in the head, deputies said. Cettell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tree trimming incidents kills 1, injures 2

September 2, Tucson, Arizona - Two separate tree trimming incidents Tuesday has left one worker dead and two others injured. The first happened this morning at a home near Wilmot Rd. and Broadway Blvd. Firefighters say the man was trimming old palm fronds when they fell on him. The man slid about 20 feet down the tree. The man was wearing protective gear and a harness. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is being investigated.

Man Killed in Accident with Wood Chipper

September 2, Atwood, Indiana - An employee of a northern Indiana tree trimming company was killed Tuesday morning when he was apparently pulled through an industrial wood chipper. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says 37-year-old James Vician of Plymouth was feeding tree limbs into the chipper at a job site in Atwood. His co-worker walked away briefly, but when he returned he couldn't find Vician. After briefly searching the area, he discovered that Vician's body had been shredded into the hold of the truck.

Worker killed at base gate

September 2, Lexington Park, Maryland - A civilian construction worker was killed Monday night at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, authorities report, while he was working on the Gate 1 reconstruction project. Ronald Halgerty, 45, of Waterloo, Ind., was killed at 9:50 p.m. Monday, according to Charles Rossi, the project manager for Bob White Construction Co., the general contractor on the gate project.

Road worker killed in rural Ingham County

September 2, White Oak Township, Michigan - A 32-year veteran of the Ingham County Road Commission was killed Tuesday while doing shoulder repair work on a rural road, authorities said. Ingham County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Sopocy said Road Commission employees had just finished spreading asphalt on a section of the road, and 54-year-old Thomas James Doyle was run over by the truck as it was backed up to begin leveling the asphalt.

Sheriff's employee killed in crash

September 2, Belle Glade, Florida - Authorities say a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office employee died after veering off the road and flipping into a canal. The sheriff's office reports that the 58-year-old community service aide, who has not been identified, was driving from his Belle Glade home Tuesday morning when his marked cruiser went off the road. The car flipped and he became trapped upside down underwater. Several witnesses tried to help the man, but the water was too deep and the roof had been crushed. He wasn't freed until rescuers were able to pull to vehicle out of the water. The man was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

2 cops shot in Georgetown, 1 killed

September 1, Georgetown, Delaware - Georgetown officer Chad Spicer was killed and another officer wounded Tuesday evening when they were shot as they chased three men wanted in a shooting near the McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 113. The officers followed a car suspected in the restaurant shooting to a spot near Kimmey Street and Rosa Street in the Kimmeytown neighborhood on the town’s northeastern side. Three men bolted out of the car and started to run and the officers gave chase. Shots were fired and both officers were hit, according to Cpl. Bruce Harris, a spokesman for Delaware State Police. Spicer, 29, was killed, and Cpl. Shawn Brittingham was struck by a bullet fragment, according to Police Chief William Topping. Both were taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Brittingham remains in good condition.

Climbing Accident Kills Yosemite Worker

September 1, Yosemite, California - A Yosemite National Park wildlife biologist who previously taught at University of California, Davis, died in a climbing accident in the east end of the park, officials said Tuesday. Jeff Maurer, who was knowledgeable about birds of prey, died on Sunday after falling from the Third Pillar, a technical rock climbing route on 13,061-foot Mount Dana, which sits southeast of Tioga Pass. Maurer, 47, has worked in the park for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked at the Yosemite Institute and did research for many conservation organizations.

Powder Plant Employee Dies After July Explosion

August 31, Columbus, Ohio — A female powder plant employee died early Monday from injuries she suffered in an industrial explosion more than a month ago. Marletta Betts, 43, died at 2:11 a.m. Monday from complications of burns, according to the Franklin County coroner. Betts had been at OSU Medical Center since the Tuesday, July 28, incident at the Vinton County Austin Powder Company. Ten employees were injured, and three were seriously or critically injured in the explosion, including Betts, Becky Castor and Debbie Hagerty.

Worker dies after fall in Taunton warehouse

August 31, Taunton, Massachusetts - A 51-year-old Stoughton man was killed Monday morning in a work-related accident after he fell off a forklift and struck his head, police said. The victim, Alan Forsyth, of 45 Meadowbrook Lane, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Morton Hospital and Medical Center, roughly one hour after the mishap.

Caldwell farmer struck by train dies

August 31, Monroe, Louisiana - A Caldwell Parish farmer who was struck by a train on Aug. 15 died from his injuries on Sunday at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, his daughter said. Leobardo Guerrero, 59, of Bosco, was pulling a trailer with his John Deere tractor on Sugar Farm Road near Bosco about 6:15 p.m. when he was hit by the train at the crossing, which is marked by what is known as white cross bucks. State police issued Guerrero a citation at the hospital for failure to yield.

Covington construction worker dies from fall in Ohio

August 31, Cincinnati, Ohio - A construction worker from Covington who fell off a scaffold in Ohio last week died from his injuries on Sunday, according to his family and authorities. Edmond Gourdon, 45, fell Wednesday while painting the underside of an overpass along Interstate 75 in Liberty Township, Ohio, north of Cincinnati, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said. He suffered a serious head injury and was hospitalized at University Hospital in Cincinnati, authorities said.

Water Dept. Worker Hit, Killed By Minivan

September 1, Boston, Massachusetts - An Attleborough Water Department worker was hit and killed by a minivan as he was working to close a gate on a broken water main Monday morning, police said. Jeffrey Burgess, 35, was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital where he died of his injuries, the Attleborough Sun Chronicle reported. He was working in the Dodgeville section of town on the side of South Main Street, also known as Route 152, when the collision occurred about 8 a.m.

Fourth NYC-area cabbie shot, killed in 4 months

August 31, Yonkers, New York — A cab driver has been shot and killed in Yonkers, the fourth fatal cabbie shooting in the New York City area in four months. Yonkers police Capt. William Cave says his department is consulting with the New York Police Department to determine whether the shootings could be linked. Pericles Salas was found with a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday. The 32-year-old was a driver for Mexicana Taxi Service in Yonkers. He died at a local hospital.

Two firefighters killed battling 'out of control' California blaze

September 1, Los Angeles, California - RAGING wildfires in Calfifornia have claimed the lives of two firefighters - as state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the blazes were "still totally out of control". More than 6000 firefighters have been battling the infernos - which are being fuelled by record high temperatures - since last week. Residents of 10,000 homes near Los Angeles have been told to evacuate the area. The men who died have been named as fire captain Tedmund Hall, 47, and firefighter Arnaldo Quinones, 35. They were killed when their vehicle rolled off a mountainside as they battled a blaze in the Angeles National Forest.

Philadelphia man dies in industrial accident

September 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - A 23-year-old Philadelphia man died in an industrial accident at a packaging plant in Montgomery Township on Friday, police said. Still, the circumstances surrounding Peter Uon's death remained mysterious Saturday as authorities were not immediately releasing details on what occurred at Mid-Atlantic Packaging's facility on the 100 block of Commerce Drive. A fire official said that the man died after getting trapped in a box forming machine. The Fire Department of Montgomery Township was dispatched around 4:50 p.m. to help retrieve the man's body from the unit. They left the scene after 7 p.m.

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