Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in The American Workplace

Worker killed by bulldozer at Austin Pike interchange identified

Miami Township, Montgomery County, Ohio — A construction worker from West Milton was killed Saturday morning, Sept. 19, when he fell from the bulldozer he was operating and got caught in the vehicle’s tracks. The Montgomery County coroner’s office identified the victim as Russell A. Fox, 50. An autopsy is to be done today. Fox, an employee of the Kelchner company, was moving earth at the Austin Pike interchange project along Interstate 75 at about 10:45 a.m. when, for some unknown reason, he fell from the bulldozer, said Deputy Chief John DiPietro of the Miami Twp. police.

Yale case puts issue of workplace violence in spotlight

September 17, New Haven, Connecticut - The killing of a Yale University graduate student, and the subsequent arrest of her co-worker, may be an indication that anti-violence policies in the workplace are inadequate, experts said. New Haven police Thursday charged Raymond Clark III, 24, with murder in the suffocation death of Annie Le, 24. Clark is a university lab technician in the research building where Le worked. Although no motive was given, New Haven police Chief James Lewis told reporters Thursday the crime was an instance of workplace violence, and indicative of a growing trend across the nation. But, with a few exceptions, labor statistics show that murders in the workplace have decrease

Police identify victim of plant accident

September 17, Concord, New Hampshire - The police have identified the man killed in a forklift accident Tuesday night at a Concord recycling plant as 33-year-old Todd Leach of Concord. Little new information about the accident at the Advanced Recycling plant was available yesterday, however, and a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said he couldn't anticipate how long an investigation would take. Until that's finished, OSHA will not release information about the accident, and employees of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc., the operator of the plant, said that barred them from discussing the circumstances.

Gillette man dies in mishap

September 16, Gillette, Wyoming - A 44-year-old Gillette man was killed Monday when a large wall of dirt collapsed on him during a work mishap. Authorities say David Allen Larson, a contractor for BNSF Railway, died while helping replace a culvert in Converse County. The mishap happened at about 9:30 a.m. on Highway 59, 26 miles north of Douglas, Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker said in a statement. A large wall of dirt collapsed on top of Larson when the culvert was removed.

Friends, Relatives Mourn Death of Detention Deputy

September 20, Bartow, Florida - As the funeral began, a solemn sea of green uniforms parted to make way for the family of fallen Polk County detention sergeant Ronnie Brown...Brown was 48 years old when he died Sept. 8 from complications after surgery to repair his broken back. He had been injured in an altercation Aug. 30 with Terrence Barnett, an inmate at South County Jail in Frostproof.

Family, friends mourn guard killed outside bank

September 19, Dallas, Texas - A deadly ATM ambush has left a family without their anchor. Family members of an armored car guard, shot and killed at a Dallas bank, are coming from all over Texas and Mexico to say goodbye. Cresencio Borquez drove more than 60 miles every day from his neighborhood in Melissa to his job in the Dallas area. His neighbors admired his daily sacrifice, but the 46-year-old husband and father, never came home Friday night.

Worker killed by bulldozer at Austin Pike interchange identified

September 18, Montgomery County — A construction worker from West Milton was killed Saturday morning, Sept. 19, when he fell from the bulldozer he was operating and got caught in the vehicle’s tracks. The Montgomery County coroner’s office identified the victim as Russell A. Fox, 50. An autopsy is to be done today . Fox, an employee of the Kelchner company, was moving earth at the Austin Pike interchange project along Interstate 75 at about 10:45 a.m. when, for some unknown reason, he fell from the bulldozer, said Deputy Chief John DiPietro of the Miami Twp. police.

Tree trimmer killed in 40 foot fall in West Boynton Beach, worker identified

September 18, The deceased in this accident has been identified as 27 year old Nicholas Vitrano. Preliminary investigation indicates that Vitrano, who owns Team Expo Inc., was on a 40' ladder being held by an employee and the homeowner in order to cut branches from a tree. Vitrano climbed the ladder with a pole saw. Before Vitrano was able to hook his safety belt around the tree, the saw touched the power line giving Vitrano a shock and sending him off the ladder. Cause of death is unknown at this time, whether it is electrocution or from the impact after the fall. This case will go to the medical examiners office for determination.

Postal worker fatally shot along route

September 18, Maple Heights, Ohio - A coroner's office spokesman says a 53-year-old postal carrier died several hours after being shot in the head while delivering mail in Maple Heights, Ohio. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Friday that Daniel Kondas of Garfield Heights, Ohio, was shot Thursday morning while making his first deliveries of the day.

Upstate NY worker dies in garage explosion

September 18, Syracuse, New York - A 77-year-old Syracuse man is dead after an explosion at a Syracuse auto garage. Fire officials say an employee of K&C Auto Body Center was preparing 55-gallon steel barrels for disposal outside the garage when one exploded just before 11:30 a.m. Friday. The injured man was taken to University Hospital, where he died a short time later. Authorities say his name is being withheld until relatives are notified of his death.

Man Dies In Forklift Accident

September 18, Corpus Christi, Texas - A local tire service worker was killed Friday morning in a forklift accident. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning at the H&S Constructors Property on Valero Way. However, it was not an H&S worker who was killed. KRIS 6 News told the victim was with Strouhal Tire Service and was in the process of changing a tire on a forklift when something went wrong. He was taken to the hospital.

Man who fell from pole barn dies of injuries

September 17, Shakopee, Minnesota - The 49-year-old Shakopee man who fell about 14 feet from a pole barn in the 7400 block of Casey Parkway in Credit River Township on Tuesday morning has died. Douglas Edmund Busch was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after the fall, where he was listed in critical condition on Wednesday. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed that Busch died.

PD: Missing nuclear power plant worker found dead

September 17, Glendale, Arizona – Glendale police confirmed on Thursday that a nuclear power plant worker missing since Saturday was found dead in his car, apparently having committed suicide. According to officials, the man was found in his vehicle, a silver Honda Ridgeline, in Yavapai County. Cornelius "Neil" Hardy was last seen at his home near 69th Avenue and Deer Valley Road Saturday night, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Karen Gerardo.

Roof worker dies after accident

September 17, Davenport, Iowa - An unidentified man died Thursday after falling from a roof he was working on at a house in Mt. Joy, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff deputies and Eldridge police officers responded at 9:27 a.m. to a medical emergency at 20644 Brady Street. When they arrived, they found the man on the ground with serious head injuries, according to a release from the sheriff's department. Medics treated the man at the scene before transporting him to Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, where he was pronounced dead

Crushed worker could have easily been avoided - chock the wheels

September 17, Des Moins, Iowa - Chocking the wheels and setting the parking brake would probably have saved the life of this liquid asphalt truck driver. OSHA fined a trucking company $9,100 for failing to use precautionary measures that allowed a truck loaded with liquid asphalt to roll, crushing the worker between two trucks. The driver was 62-year-old Brian Cellar.

Officials name worker killed in Clay County construction accident

September 17, Clay County, Missouri - The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified a 57-year-old worker who died Wednesday in a construction accident near Excelsior Springs as William Ormsby. The Kansas City, Kan., resident was operating an asphalt roller when the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. at a bridge construction site where N.E. 144th Street crosses over Williams Creek northwest of Excelsior Springs

Connecticut Construction Accident: Worker at Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. plant killed!

September 17, Concord, Conecticut – A worker at Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. factory was killed after being trapped underneath a forklift Tuesday evening, announced the Concord-Monitor. The Advanced Recycling factory worker suffered fatal injuries after he was crushed to death by a forklift. No one at the factory would comment on the industrial accident as of yet. Police and Fire Rescue officials reported to the scene. Authorities have not released how the accident occurred.The Steel factory employee was identified as 33-year-old Todd Leach announced WMUR.

Construction worker killed when wall falls

September 17, Lake Charles, Louisiana - The Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office has identified a construction worker who died after a frame wall fell on him. Chief investigator Zeb Johnson said Wednesday that 32-year-old Jose Morales and another man were rushed to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Tuesday. Johnson said it appeared that winds shifted the wall and caused it to fall. Morales was pronounced dead on arrival at the emergency room. The other man is reportedly in serious condition.

Construction Worker Killed After Equipment Falls on Him

September 16, Clay County, Missouri - A worker is dead after a construction accident Wednesday afternoon when a roller fell on him near Excelsior Springs, Mo. According to Highway Patrol, the crew of 15-20 people were laying asphalt on a new section of roadway in the 25,000 block of NE 143rd Street in Clay County. The roller was too close to the edge of the road and started to go off the road. The operator jumped out of the machine. But, the equipment fell on top of him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The employee is said to have been an employee with Phillips Paving for more than 10 years.

Family: Mobile Home Worker Killed In Collapse Died Trying To “Help Us”

September 15, Asheville, North Carolina - 53 year old Nathaniel Teasley never had much. Still, his family says, what he did have he gave away. “To me, he was the best father in the world,“ says daughter Tiffany. She says that’s one of the reasons Teasley ended up in Anderson County. He and his brother in law had agreed to take apart a mobile home off Travis Road. The property owner wanted it removed because it had become an eyesore. Teasley offered to do the job for free. He only wanted the scrap lumber, so he could sell it at a junkyard and provide for his family. “Anything he could do, he would do it,“ says Tiffany. “And that was for anyone. If he could do anything to help anyone, that’s what he would do."The family never imagined Teasley’s huge heart would lead to tragedy. The two men were taking down the 40 year old home around 12:00 on Tuesday afternoon. That’s when the property owner says the whole thing suddenly collapsed. Teasley was trapped inside, underneath 5000 pounds of wood, and never made it out.

Fatal accident at recycling plant

September 16, Concord, New Hampshire - A man was trapped under a forklift and killed last night in an accident at a Concord recycling plant, though police and fire officials wouldn't say how it happened. Concord Fire Battalion Chief Aaron McIntire said emergency responders were called to the Advanced Recycling plant on Sandquist Street for reports of a man trapped under a forklift. When they got there, he was dead. He had suffered "crushing injuries," McIntire said. McIntire and others there did not identify the man. Officials would not say whether he was an employee or where he lived.

Charleston gathers to mourn patrolman killed on duty

September 16, Charleston, Virginia - On Wednesday, family, friends and fellow officers gathered for Patrolman Jerry Jones’ funeral. Virginia Street was blocked off and police officers from around the state lined up to pay their respects to Jones. Early Sunday morning, Jones, 27, tried to apprehend a driver who had been ramming cars on the West Side of Charleston. A police chase ensued, and the driver was cornered on a gravel lot in Pinch. When he began ramming the police cars with his pickup truck, officers opened fire. Both Jones and the driver were killed.

Man dead after trench collapse in Pocatello

September 16, Pocatello, Idaho - A man is dead after a trench he was working in collapsed Wednesday morning. It happened around 11 a.m. Crews were working on a sewer line in a 10 foot deep trench when a portion of it collapsed. The man who was trapped was working outside of the trench box, which provides protection in case of a problem. Workers on scene and emergency responders attempted to dig the man out of the dirt, but after two hours they are still trying to get his body out. Mike Williams, Pocatello Assitant Fire Chief said, "We'd strongly urge anybody inside of a trench, be inside of a box, be safe, don't take a chance, take the time to move the box when you need to."

Worker dies from injuries in construction accident

September 16, Kansas City, Missouri - A worker died today from injuries suffered in a construction accident near Excelsior Springs. The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. at a bridge construction site where N.E. 144th Street crosses over Williams Creek northwest of Excelsior Springs, according to Leslie Ensign, director of community relations for Clay County. Details of the accident, including the name of the worker, were not available, Ensign said. The name of the company involved was not being released pending notification of the victim’s family.

Gillette man dies in mishap

September 16, Gillette, A 44-year-old Gillette man was killed Monday when a large wall of dirt collapsed on him during a work mishap. Authorities say David Allen Larson, a contractor for BNSF Railway, died while helping replace a culvert in Converse County. The mishap happened at about 9:30 a.m. on Highway 59, 26 miles north of Douglas, Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker said in a statement. A large wall of dirt collapsed on top of Larson when the culvert was removed. Workers scrambled to dig him out but failed to revive him. Larson was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:04 a.m. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, Becker said.

Prem Kumar Walekar, 54, of Olney, Md. Killed Oct. 3 at a Mobil gas station in Aspen Hill, Md., while filling his cab with gas.

Person Killed In Concord Forklift Accident

September 15, Concord, New Hampshire - An emergency call at about 5 p.m. indicated the employee was crushed by a forklift at Schnitzer Steel, also known as Advanced Recycling, at 25 Sandquist Road. The identity of the victim and the circumstances of the accident were not immediately released. "Upon arrival, the forklift had been removed from the male victim, at which time, our crews pronounced it a fatality," Concord Fire Battalion Chief Aaron McIntire said.

Metro Loses Another as Rail Accident Victim Dies

September 15, Washington, D.C. - The Metro employee who was struck by a train last week died Monday, becoming the most recent fatality in a series of tragic events afflicting the system's operations in recent months.John Moore, 44, of Arlington County, a communications technician, died four days after being hit by a train between the National Airport and Braddock Road stations, Metro said. Moore was the third Metro employee to die on the job since the June 22 Red Line crash in which a train operator and eight passengers were killed. In addition, a subcontractor was electrocuted at a Metro bus garage.

Fulton logger killed by falling tree

September 14, Atlanta, Georgia - For more than 70 years, trees have sustained the Thompson family in south Fulton County. They have made a living from clearing land and selling timber. But on Monday, the family was reminded again that the staple of their success has also brought them heartbreak. John F. Thompson III, 60, died Monday when a tree fell on him outside his Chattahoochee Hills home -- the same way and the same place his father was critically injured, police said.

Metro worker hit by train dies

September 12, WASHINGTON, D.C. - Metro says an employee who was struck by a train last week has died. Metro says 44-year-old John Moore, of Arlington, Va., died Monday of injuries suffered in Thursday's accident. The communications technician was hit by a six-car train between the Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations.

Man dies after being pinned by truck, trailer

September 11, Fort Campbell, Tennessee - A man died Thursday after he was pinned between a truck and a trailer at Clayton Homes. At about 11:35 a.m., 911 received a call about a worker hurt at the business on Alfred Thun Road, according to Clarksville Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll. Apparently workers were trying to hook a mobile home to a truck, but a cedar tree was in the way, Knoll said. The trailer was on blocks. Workers used a chain to try to pull the trailer over to get it onto the ball of the truck. The blocks gave way, and the vehicles came together, pinning a worker in between, Knoll said. People at the scene were able to free the man, but his injuries were severe. Emergency Medical Services Capt. Gary Perry said when paramedics arrived the man had gone into cardiac arrest. He was taken to Gateway Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Man dies after collapse in Bedford Co.

September 11, Bedford Co., Virginia - The Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office says they were called to 4177 Falling Creek Rd Friday afternoon concerning a trench collapse. The caller advised dispatchers that a man was trapped. Once on scene, rescue workers and deputies did find a man trapped. They say 38-year-old Michael Lapradd of Moneta was pronounced dead a short time later.

Man Crushed Under Front-End Loader

September 11, Boston, Massachusetts - Halifax fire officials said a worker at the Liddell Brothers Inc. plant was killed Thursday evening when the front-end loader he was operating tipped over, pinning him beneath the cab. They said the unidentified 29-year-old man was operating it as a forklift when it rolled onto its left side, trapping him about 6:20 p.m. Other workers used a larger forklift to lift the vehicle off him but he massive head, chest and abdominal injuries, the Patriot Ledger reported. He was pronounced dead at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital.

Officials Release Name Of Worker Killed By Gas Leak

September 11, Stockport, Ohio - Kenneth L Hanson, 28, died in the accident. Officials with Chipco Oil and Gas Service said that Hanson was the Service Rig Operator at the site. News9 was also told by company officials that Hanson was from Stockport, Ohio, where he was a fireman. Aaron Dumolt, one of five others injured, remains in the ICU at Ohio State Hospital

Worker electrocuted at thrift center

September Houston, Texas - A worker has been killed in an accident at a family thrift center. Around 1:40pm, the man was working inside a wall as a crew was installing a sign at a business on Bellaire Boulevard near Marinette. The man was severely shocked. By the time the crew was able to turn off the power and reach the victim, he was already dead. The victim's name has not been released.

Worker Dies After Inhaling Deadly Gas In Ohio

September 10, Antrim, Ohio - A fire official says one man died and four others were sent to hospitals after a work crew shutting down a natural-gas well in eastern Ohio encountered a pocket of deadly gas. Antrim Fire Chief Don Warnock says firefighters found several men suffering the effects of gas inhalation Thursday after being dispatched to a vacant field in Guernsey County on report of a gas leak. Warnock says the work crew was flushing the well with water when they disturbed a pocket of hydrogen sulfide, commonly known as sour or poison gas. He says one of the workers fell to the ground when he inhaled the gas, and the other workers were overcome when they tried to help him.

Worker electrocuted at supermarket work site in Stow

September 10, Stow, Massachusetts — An Athol man was electrocuted while working on renovations at a Stow supermarket last week. Stow Police Chief Mark Trefrey said the 33-year-old electrician was killed Sept. 1 while working on the expansion of Shaw's Supermarket, 150 Great Road. Police are withholding the name of the electrician. Police and fire personnel received calls for medical assistance at 2:50 p.m., according to police records. The Maynard Fire Department was also called for assistance. Trefrey said the man was either working on the roof or the second floor.

Concrete slab crushes truck driver

September 9, Valley City, Ohio - A 61-year-old Ohio man died after he was crushed by a slab of concrete at a construction site on M-59 in Livingston County this morning. Richard Browand, a truck driver from Medina working for Mack Transport Inc. of Valley City, Ohio, had been hauling concrete slabs for a construction job between Grand River and Byron Road in Howell Township. The piece fell off the tractor trailer at 7:53 a.m. while it was being unloaded, according to the Livingston County Sheriff Department.

Polk deputy dies after violent struggle with inmate

September 9, Polk County, Florida - A Polk County Sheriff's Deputy has died following a violent run-in with an inmate. Detention Sergeant Ronnie Brown was trying to restrain the out-of-control inmate at South County Jail when he fractured a vertebrae. Detectives are trying to determine whether to charge the inmate, Terrence Barnett, with murder. Barnett, who was already being held for a murder in Highlands County, became violent and broke the fire sprinkler head in his cell, causing water to continuously spray.

Set of wheels kills worker on I-80 in Nebraska

September 9, Chappell, Nebraska - A highway worker was killed and two others injured by a set of wheels that broke off a semitrailer on Interstate 80 in Nebraska's Panhandle. The Nebraska State Patrol says the set broke off around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday east of Chappell. The set bounded onto the median and struck a Nebraska Department of Roads pickup in the driver's door. Fifty-3-year-old Robyn Pittman of North Platte was killed. She was standing near the door.

Washington man killed in incident at dock

September 8, Thorne Bay, Washington - A Washington man died Tuesday in an early morning industrial accident in Thorne Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers say Robert Lundberg, 46, of Ocean Shores, Wash., was pronounced dead at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock following the accident. The accident took place about 4 a.m. at the Northland Barge Services dock in Thorne Bay. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she did not have, nor could she get, any further information on the incident.

Accident kills worker at Stow supermarket construction site

September 8, Stow, Massachusetts - An Athol resident was fatally injured last week while working on renovations at a Stow supermarket. Stow Police Chief Mark Trefrey said the 33-year-old electrician was electrocuted on Tuesday, Sept. 1, while working on the expansion of Shaw’s Supermarket on Great Road in Stow. Police are withholding the name of the electrician. At 2:50 p.m., the Stow police and fire departments were called for medical assistance to 150 Great Road, according to police records. Trefrey said the Maynard Fire Department was also called for assistance due to the location of the accident. Trefrey said the man was either on the roof or the second floor when the accident happened.

Police Look At Surveillance Video In TSU Death

September 8, Nashville, Tennessee - Metro police said they are looking at surveillance video from a Tennessee State University poultry farm where a longtime worker was found dead on Tuesday afternoon from multiple stab wounds and blunt-force trauma. TSU president Melvin Johnson met Thursday with faculty members who worked with Nathaniel Adefope, the man who was killed. A letter was being e-mailed to students about the homicide and to inform them on how to get counseling.

Worker dies after fall from roof

September 8, Kingston — A 28-year-old man died of massive internal and head injuries Tuesday after falling 2{ stories from the roof of a house on Albany Avenue where he was working, police said. Detective Sgt. Wayne Maisch said Jose Cortez, a native of Honduras, was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center at about 6:15 p.m., about five hours after the accident. Maisch said Cortez had no paperwork or driver’s license on him, but authorities believe he had been in the United States for the past six months.

Raikes, former state senator, dies in farm accident

September 6, Lincolon, Nebraska - Former state senator Ron Raikes, considered one of the Legislature's brightest minds of recent years, died Saturday on his farm near Ashland. A neighbor found Raikes, 66, just after 10:30 p.m. He had been working with a machine that grinds hay for feed and got caught, said Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz. Raikes became chair of the Legislature's Education Committee in 2001, and was a key player in the consolidation of small schools in rural Nebraska and also in the formation of the Omaha-area learning community.

Looking for answers in officer's death

September 6, St. Paul, Minnesota - Officer Richard Crittenden was about 90 minutes into his shift Monday morning when the call came for him to head to a familiar trouble spot. Just the day before, police had gone to the same unit at the Aspen Village apartments in North St. Paul for a domestic disturbance. Crittenden, not wanting to take any chances, called for and received backup from an officer in neighboring Maplewood...Within minutes of the officers' arrival there was a struggle, and then Crittenden was dead from a gunshot and his partner was wounded in the arm. Dockery also was dead.

Loved ones mourn construction worker killed in Shrewsbury River dive

September 6, New Jersey, New Jersey - Contruction worker Robert Renner's family and friends had agonized all afternoon. Then, when divers finally pulled his body from the Shrewsbury River, they were left to mourn his loss in an accident they may never completely understand. They know the man who just celebrated his 42nd birthday was looking for a piece of construction equipment. But most are perplexed as to why he decided, on his day off, to dive into the river's rough currents to try to retrieve it. State Police could say only that Renner, a man his family and friends called unfailingly generous, was trying to do someone a favor.

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