Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in The American Workplace

Ray Mine worker killed in vehicle accident at mine

September 28, Kearny, Arizona,- Government inspectors are looking into a truck crash that killed a worker at Asarco's Ray Mine near Kearny. An assistant inspector with the office of the Arizona mine inspector, Tim Evans, says 29-year-old Robert Christopher Stewart of Globe drove the truck into a berm Sunday while making a turn and the truck flipped. Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene. He had worked at the mine for more than 2 1/2 years. Asarco's chief executive officer, Joseph Lapinsky, released a statement saying the company is cooperating fully with the investigation.

School worker killed by Fed Ex truck

September 28, Rosenburg, Texas - Rosenberg Police were called to a automobile and pedestrian accident at the Lamar Consolidated School District's bus barn located along Ave I in Rosenberg. Officers arrived at the location to find a male LCISD employee had been hit, allegedly by a Fed Ex delivery truck. Police say the truck was leaving the bus barn facility after making a delivery when the driver struck a pedestrian. The driver reportedly did not see the pedestrian, as the pedestrian was in the vehicle's blind spot.

Accident at ASARCO's Ray Mine kills employee

September 28, Kearny, Arizona - An ASARCO employee died in an accident early Sunday morning, at the Company's Ray Mine near Kearny, Arizona. The haul truck he was driving made contact with a safety berm and tipped on its side. Officials tell us the cause of the accident is unknown. No one else was injured in the incident. "ASARCO is cooperating fully with federal and state authorities in their investigation of this accident," said Joseph F. Lapinsky, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our sympathy and prayers go out to family members, friends and fellow miners who are affected by this loss," he said.

UPDATED: Deceased IP worker is identified

September 28, Mansfield, Louisiana — Authorities have identified the contract worker killed today at International Paper Company’s Mansfield Mill as Toby Lynn Gardner, 35, of Castor. Gardner died shortly after noon today when he fell into a linerboard white water tank that holds recycled water used in the paper making process. Gardner was working from a catwalk on a valve above the tank when he fell in, DeSoto sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Cooper said. The tank, which is about three stories tall, was not full, but the water was about 150 to 200 degrees.

Road Construction Worker Killed in Beaverton

September 26, Beaverton, Oregon - Update: The person killed today in the road construction incident has been identified by police as 51 year old John Thomas Sparks. Mr. Sparks was killed this afternoon, according to Beaverton Police. Detective Sergeant James Shumway, says officers were called to the road construction accident on SW 173rd near SW Walker Road in Beaverton at 3:47 p.m. "Officers arrived to learn that a road construction worker was killed when one of the dump trucks involved in the repaving backed over him. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene."

Utility worker killed in Indiana County

September 26, Brookville, Indiana - A utility worker from Brookville, Jefferson County, was killed yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a coal truck while standing near Route 422 in Indiana County.Robert S. Conner Sr., 48, was working on the south shoulder of Route 422 near Parkwood Road shortly after noon Friday when he was struck by a truck driven by Carl White, 59, of Avonmore, Westmoreland County. Mr. Conner was pronounced dead at the Indiana Regional Medical Center at 12:56 p.m.

Farm worker dies from fall in grain bin

September 25, Columbus, Ohio - A worker fell to his death this morning while cleaning the inside of an Ohio Fresh Eggs grain bin in Marion County. Fermin Luna Garcia was on a ladder when he fell at least 15 feet and landed on the bin's metal floor. Authorities said Garcia, 50, lived in La Rue and was a subcontractor hired by the egg farm. The Scioto Valley Fire District was called to the scene near Rts. 309 and 37 at 8:30 a.m., said Chief John Boyd. He said Garcia was dead when emergency crews arrived.

Lee Co. deputy dies in the line of duty

September 24, Smiths Station, Alabama - A Lee County Sheriff's deputy has died of injuries suffered in the line of duty. He is identified as 39-year-old Deputy James Anderson, a three-year veteran to the department. Anderson was rushed to Columbus Medical Center around 1:00pm Thursday in critical condition. He died a short time later. The man accused of running him down with a car, 31-year-old Gregory Lance Henderson of Columbus, Georgia is being held in the Russell County Jail. He now faces one count of Capital Murder.

Wrightsville construction worker killed in accident

September 25, Hancock County, Georgia - One worker was killed and four others were hurt Wednesday in an accident at the Hickory Grove Baptist Church construction site in Hancock County. Timothy Tyrone Dixon, 32, of Wrightsville, died from injuries he sustained when roof rafters fell as crews were setting them in place, said Ricky Brown, an investigator with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Two other members of the Hines Construction crew were airlifted to Augusta with serious injuries: James Anthony Hines, 39, of Wrightsville, and Edward Lawrence of Hancock County, whose age was not immediately available, Brown said.

Worker dies at Sugar Camp mine

September Franklin County, Illinois - An Elizabethtown man died Wednesday night as the result of injuries suffered in a fall at a Franklin County coal mine. Robert Comer III was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:48 p.m. Wednesday at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room, Franklin County Coroner Marty P. Leffler said. Comer was an employee for a company that was sinking the shaft at the Sugar Creek M-Class Mine north of Akin, Leffler said.

Officer dies after car crash

September 24, Townson, Maryland - Baltimore County police say a seven-year veteran of the force has died after a single-vehicle accident on Black Rock Road.
Thirty-two-year-old Jason Simons
died after he was flown to Shock Trauma. Police said Simons, who was off duty, was on his way to work about 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Officers say he was traveling east on Black Rock Road in his pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle on sharp turn on the wet roadway. The truck hit a guardrail and flipped onto its top, trapping the officer. The crash is under investigation.

Addison man killed in tractor accident

September 24, Northfield, Maine — Jonathan Brock, 21, of Addison was killed Thursday morning when the tractor he was operating plummeted off a wooden bridge over the Machias River in a remote area of Washington County near Holmes Falls. Brock was coming down an incline and was hauling an empty utility trailer when he apparently lost control, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Parker said. The 80-foot-long wooden bridge has small wooden bumpers along its outside edge that were visibly chewed up by the tractor as it left the bridge deck.

Idaho construction accident - Pocatello, ID construction worker buried alive!

September 23, Pocatello, Idaho — A construction worker was killed after a 10-foot deep trench collapsed and buried the man alive. The worker was reportedly working on a sewer line project. The construction accident happened on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at a construction site on the corner of North Kraft Road and North Gathe Road, as reported by KIFI. According to the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, Kelly Smith was working on a sewer line project just eight feet away from a trench box, which is designed to keep the workers safe, when the trench collapsed and buried the worker alive. It is currently unknown why the trench gave way.

Worker Killed At Sugar Camp Mine Franklin Co.

September 23, Franklin Co., Illinois - A southern Illinois man was killed Wednesday night at the Sugar Camp Mine off Thompsonville Road in Franklin County. Robert Comer III, 38, of Elizabethtown, Illinois, was working for Cowin Company -- an independent contractor -- that was sinking the shaft for the mine, according to Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler. Comer was among a group of workers pouring concrete. It appears Comer was moving his safety harness when he stepped through an opening in the raised work platform above the shaft and fell 39 feet. He was air lifted to Franklin Hospital in Benton. He was pronounced dead at 10:48 PM, according to Leffler.

BNSF Worker Killed Near Hereford

September 23, Hereford, Texas - A worker with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad was killed Wednesday near Hereford. The Deaf Smith County Justice of the Peace's office says Larry Craig Green was working near the track around 6:30 Wednesday morning when he was hit by a train. The incident happened near the old Caviness meat plant about three miles west of Hereford on highway 60. It is unclear right now how the events transpired. Green was 54 years old.

Teacher killed in stabbing at high school in Texas

September 23, Tyler, Texas — Police say a teacher has been stabbed to death at a high school in Texas. Tyler police spokesman Don Martin says the male teacher was stabbed around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities have taken a juvenile into custody after the attack at John Tyler High School. No other details were immediately released. Martin referred further questions to the school spokeswoman, who did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press. Tyler is located about 95 miles southeast of Dallas.

AP source: Census worker hanged with 'fed' on body

September 23, Washington, D.C. — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery. A law enforcement official says the word "fed" was scrawled on his chest. The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. Investigators have said little about the case.

Ferry Worker Fatally Hit By SUV

September 23, Port Aransas, Texas - An accident at the Port Aransas ferry crossing has left a man dead. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Aransas Pass side of the ferry crossing. A lane has been closed off at the Harbor Island Ferry Landing ever since 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening when a 23-year-old woman driving an Explorer hit and killed a ferry traffic director. Preliminary investigations suggest Jeronda Horton, 23, was driving off the ferry when she had an epileptic seizure. Horton lost control of her Ford Explorer and struck
Tommy Lee Rubell, Jr., 32, and slammed into a light pole. Police believe it was Horton's vehicle that caused Rubell's fatal injuries, not the pole.

7-Eleven Employee Killed During Shift

September 23, Irvine, California - In February 2003, Suresh Dass came to the United States looking for what many people are hopeful for in the land of opportunity: a better life. Dass, an immigrant from the North Indian city of Kurukshetra, had held a career as an assistant professor. After being sponsored to come to the United States by his sister, Mona Bhatia, Dass began working the graveyard shift at the 7-Eleven on Culver Drive and Deerfield Avenue. On the morning of March 2 at around 2:20 a.m., two men walked into the store pushed Dass to the ground and reportedly beat and stabbed him to death, as shown on a two-minute surveillance video. According to Lt. Jeff Love of the Irvine Police Department, the two men quickly ran out of the store after unsuccessfully trying to pry the cash register open.

Woman dies of injuries in Vermont eatery crash

September 23, Williston, Vermont — One of five people injured when a pickup truck crashed into a Williston, Vt., food stand has died. Hospital officials say 68-year-old Barbara Gregory died Tuesday following the Sept. 17 crash at Tim’s Snack Shack. She was ordering food when the crash happened. One of injured remains hospitalized in fair condition. Police said the accident happened when 38-year-old Timothy Hill of Williston apparently lost consciousness while driving. Police said Hill, a construction worker, said he had been hit in the head with a shovel shortly before leaving work.

Sam's worker dies of injuries

September 23, Salina, Kansas - A Sam’s Club employee who was injured Friday in a forklift incident died Monday, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.Shaun D. Smith, 31, of Salina, was flown to Wichita’s Wesley Medical Center following the incident, which occurred about 5 a.m. Friday at Sam’s Club, 2919 Market. He remained in critical condition until he died Monday...He had also worked for the former Lamone Candy and Tobacco Co. for several years.

Worker dies in accident at new high school

September 23, Trinity, California — A man measuring equipment at Wheatmore High School was found dead Tuesday night inside the school in what authorities are calling an accident. Cleaning personnel had noticed a work van parked outside the school but had not seen anyone working, according to a news release from the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. They searched the school to look for the van's driver before leaving for the day. Maintenance workers later found the body of John Wayne Neal of Randleman about 10 p.m. He was at the base of a stairway that leads to the air-handling units on the second floor. Neal had been at the new school to measure air-handling units for filters, and he had not been heard from since mid-day on Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Construction Worker Dies in Accident

September 24, Hidalgo County, Texas - Raquel Garcia Mata, 28, says she can't talk about her husband's death. She can't let her kids see her cry anymore. She did say she'd talk about the accident though. An accident claimed the life of her husband, Urbano Garcia Mata. His wife says it's not fair. She says her husband shouldn't have been up there, unprotected without a harness or safety net. Urbano Mata was working in Alton just off Conway and 5 Mile. He was putting up a sign. He and his boss decided to stop, because it was too hot. A week later, he would die in the hospital from massive brain injuries after falling 25 feet.

Man crushed to death in paper compactor

September 23, Camden, Arkansas - Officials say a worker at a paper recycling facility in Camden was crushed to death in a paper compactor. Camden police say 42-year-old Mike Singleton was extinguishing a fire in the machine Monday afternoon when the machine unexpectedly turned on. The accident occurred at the Paper Tigers Inc. plant at the city's former International Paper mill.

Worker killed after touching live wire on power pole

September 22, San Clemente, CA – A 22-year-old man working on an electrical pole was killed Tuesday after apparently touching a live wire, according to coroner officials. Paramedics with the Orange County Fire Authority attempted to resuscitate Aaron Dineen for about an hour after he was electrocuted near El Camino Real and Avenida Valencia, said Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Man killed Monday identified

September 22, Corpus Christi, Texas — A man who died during a suspected fight Monday between two employees at a recycling business in Petronila has been identified as Hector Veliz, 53, of Honduras, police said. Veliz’s preliminary cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds, Dr. Harminder Narula, forensic pathologist with the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office, determined Tuesday. The preliminary results show Veliz had three gunshot wounds, according to medical examiner officials. Nueces County Sheriff’s Department officials initially reported Veliz suffered gunshot and stab wounds.

Utility worker dies after burns

September 22, Florence, Wisconsin - A Coleman man has died after being shocked and burned while working on a power line. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old Michael Rhode died as a result of the injuries suffered Saturday morning. Officials said a neighbor found Rhode hanging from his safety harness about 40 feet in the air. His clothes were burned off, but he was still conscious. He was initially flown to a burn center for treatment.

Two Dead Following Workplace Shooting

September 21, Fresno, California - Sheriff’s Deputies say James Badasci shot and killed a fellow employee at the Fresno Euipment Company near Chestnut and Highway 99 Tuesday morning, before taking his own life. The shooting happened on South Bagley near Malaga around 9:00 AM in Fresno County. Employees heard the shots fired and ran for cover and called 911 for help. Deputies arrived at the scene within 6 minutes and surrounded the facility before entering the rear of the business. Once inside, they found two men dead from gunshot wounds.

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