Monday, October 05, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Business owner dies after being pinned under roll of carpet

October 6, Mesa, Arizona -A Valley business owner is dead after being crushed by a 1,000-pound roll of carpet. Jerry Price, 56, was the co-owner of Ace Flooring in Mesa. His business partner arrived at work Tuesday morning and found Pierce pinned under the fallen roll of carpet. His partner used a forklift to remove the carpet, but Pierce was already dead. Outside Ace Flooring friends held back tears as they told 3TV about the wonderful man they have lost.

Employee collapses,dies at Rush Oak Park Hospital

October 5, Chicago, Illinois - A hospital employee was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after collapsing at work in Oak Park, authorities said. Jerry Cash, 52, of 4006 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, was pronounced dead at Rush Oak Park Hospital at 4:30 p.m. after he collapsed at work at 520 S. Maple Ave., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. He was a hospital employee. No one witnessed the collapse.

Tree Worker Killed

October 5, Millburn, New York - A 45-year-old man fell to his death last Tuesday while cutting tree limbs at a Taylor Road home in Millburn. Elides Urena of Bound Brook fell from about 50 feet, according to the Millburn Police Department. Officers responded to a 911 call at 10:50 a.m., and C.P.R. was performed. Mr. Urena was taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:35 a.m. The cause of the fall has not been determined.

Worker killed in drilling accident in W.Va.

October 5, Salem, West Virginia - Authorities are investigating a fatal accident at a natural gas drilling operation in Harrison County. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department says a 20-year-old worker was killed Sunday while working on a drilling rig. The man was operating a piece of equipment when it released or broke away and swung him back against the rig. The man died at the scene. He was not identified.

Employee Shot, Killed At DeKalb Auto Repair Shop

October 5, Dekalb County, Georgia -- DeKalb County police said they are trying to piece together what led up to the shooting death of a auto shop employee in front of the business Monday afternoon. Officials said 46-year-old George Thrones was shot and killed. DeKalb County police identified the suspect in the killing as 41-year-old Troy Johnson. Investigators said the shooting happened while other employees were in the building of the European Autocare Center on LaVista Road in Tucker.

Jackson mechanic killed in work accident

October 4, Jackson, Mississippi - A Jackson man died after being injured Saturday night on the job. Hyreese Loftin, 26, died at University of Mississippi Medical Center around 12:15 a.m. Sunday after being transported from the Petro truck stop on I-20 in Jackson, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said. Loftin, a mechanic at the truck stop, was working on an 18-wheeler late Saturday when compression equipment exploded and hit him in the head, Grisham-Stewart said. He died of head injuries less than an hour after being transported to UMC.

Man held in blaze that killed firefighter

October 3, Yonkers, New York — A recently fired forklift operator has been charged with murder in the arson death of Yonkers firefighter Patrick Joyce Jr. Police said Rafael Roldan, 33, broke into a house from which he had been evicted and set Friday’s blaze, in which Joyce died. Roldan lit the fire in anger after he returned to retrieve some belongings and thought that his clothes had been tossed around, police said. “We do believe he is fully responsible for setting the fire at that location,” First Deputy Police Chief Charles Gardner said during a news conference Saturday. “He did implicate himself in the crime.” Joyce, a 39-year-old firefighter and 16-year-veteran of the department, either jumped or fell from the top floor of the burning three-story, four-family home at 149 Waverly St., along with two other firefighters who remain hospitalized — one, Lt. Joe Murray, critically.

Texas Deputy Dies En Route to Accident

October 3, Beltsville, Maryland - A Burnet County Deputy was killed early Saturday after hitting a deer while responding to a crash scene, according to Deputy Francis David Blake was responding to a major accident with injuries at about 1 a.m. when he struck the deer. He then lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree, the website reported. Blake, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Two killed, one injured in Market Street Bridge crash

October 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - A cab driver and one of his passengers were killed and another passenger was injured early Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on the Market Street Bridge. Michael Amissah, 34, of Harrisburg, the taxi driver, and Kristin Bowser, 28, of Camp Hill, one of the passengers, were killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a vehicle crossed into the cab’s lane and hit it head-on, Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said. He said that autopsies are scheduled on both on Monday.Christopher Bowser, Kristin Bowser’s husband, was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition on Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Construction Worker Dies from Fall on the Job

October 2, New York City, New York - Police Lt. Charles Campbell confirmed yesterday that Frank Puglisi, 66, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a fall last Friday at a Hoboken construction site. Frank Puglisi, of Lodi, was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center on Friday after a he fell backward off a loading dock platform while working at the construction site for the Berkshire, a 14-story rental building at 14th Street and Shipyard Lane, according to Police Lt. Charles Campbell. Although Puglisi fell only a few feet, he suffered serious head trauma. Campbell noted that it remains unclear how or why Puglisi may have fallen

Semi Rollover Kills Driver in Pueblo Industrial Accident

October 1, Pueblo, Colorado - An industrial accident left the driver of a semi dead after it rolled over on Wantland Lane in South Pueblo County Wednesday. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an overturned semi truck pulling a doublewide trailer in the 4700 block of Wantland Lane in South Pueblo County around 8:20 a.m. The driver of the vehicle, whose identity was not released, was pinned in the vehicle. Upon arrival deputies realized the accident scene was extremely unstable due to the terrain and the angle of the vehicle and trailer. The efforts to make the scene safe for emergency services personnel and workers took nearly four hours with a combined effort from the Rye Fire District, Colorado Department of Transportation and Pueblo County Roads and Bridges.

Taxi driver dies in Covina store parking lot

October 1, West Covina, California - A taxi driver was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in his cab Tuesday, authorities said. The dead man was identified Wednesday as 63-year-old Gholamreza Mohammadkani of Covina, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. An autopsy determined he died from natural causes, Dietz said. According to Covina police Sgt. Trevor Gaumer, someone called officials to report seeing the man "unresponsive" in his taxi shortly before 6:20 a.m. in the parking lot of 7-Eleven, 1085 N. Citrus Ave.

Texas personal injury - FedEx truck hit and killed ISD employee

October 1, Houston, Texas — A Federal Express truck hit and killed a Lamar Consolidated Independent School District employee at the school district’s bus barn. The fatal accident happened on Monday, September 28, 2009 around 1:30 p.m., at the Lamar Consolidated ISD bus barn along Avenue I, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. According to police officials, a Federal Express (FedEx) truck had just finished making a delivery at the bus barn when a Lamar Consolidated ISD employee, identified as Robert Judd Whitman, 61, of Fulshear, happened to be standing in the “blind spot” of the FedEx truck.

Grady County employee struck and killed by train identified

October 1, Pocasset, Oklahoma — A Grady County worker who died Wednesday when his mowing tractor was struck by a train was identified today. Dale Mosier, 76, of Amber, had worked for the Grady County District One maintenance barn since April 2008. He was retired from a career as a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base, said Sharon Shoemake, Grady County clerk. Mosier worked part-time mowing county road right-of-ways with a tractor that pulled a mower. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the accident happened at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday near U.S. 81 south of Pocasset.

Worker dies in fall from McKees Rocks Bridge

October, 1, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - A 54-year-old Ohio man fell to his death while he was working on the McKees Rocks Bridge by Pier 16 at Alcosan, police said. A sandblasting crew was working under a gray tarp on the bridge when a staging platform the man was standing on gave way, causing him to fall 100 feet shortly after 2 p.m. The man, Michael L???Hereaux, Oberlin, Ohio, was contracting with Odyssey Contracting Corporation, based in Houston, Pa.

Police Release Name Man Killed In Industrial Accident

September 30, Oxford, Michigan - The Oakland County Sheriff's department has released the name of the man involved in an industrial accident in Oxford Wednesday morning. Gerald Setter, 52, was hit by a gravel hauler in a parking lot on Glaspie Road around 4:45 a.m. Police said his coworker at TKMS Limited was driving the gravel hauler that hit Setter as he was backing into a parking lot. Setter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nevada mine blamed for worker's death

September 30, Las Vegas, Nevada - A federal investigation blamed a Nevada gold mine in the death of a 57-year-old driller who was struck by a flatbed truck. Steven L. Halverson was fatally injured last June at the open-pit Genesis Mine in Carlin, Nev. In a report issued late Tuesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said Newmont USA Ltd. failed to designate safety lanes for trucks working inside the pit. Managers adopted new procedures to correct that violation.

Texas construction accident - Worker killed at International Paper mill

October 1, Dallas, TX — A construction worker was killed a the International Paper Company’s Mansfield Mill after he fell into a water tank filled with hot water. The fatal incident happened on Monday, September 28, 2009 around 12:30 p.m., south of Mansfield in Desoto Parish, as reported by the Shreveport Times. According to police officials, a contract worker identified as Toby Lynn Gardner, 35, of Castor, was working from a catwalk on a valve above a tank, when he fell into a linerboard white water tank. The white water tank is three stories tall, and holds recycled water used in the paper making process, which is around 150-200 degrees. The tank was reportedly not completely full when the worker fell in.

Birdsong Peanuts worker dies Monday following accident

September 30, Blakely, Georgia - A cold storage worker at Birdsong Peanuts has died from injuries he received in an accident at approximately 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at the company’s cold storage warehouse on Bay Street in Blakely. Howard Thompson, 23, suffered critical injuries when he was reportedly caught in a conveyor belt. He was transported by ambulance to Early Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries before being air lifted by helicopter to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was later transferred to a Birmingham hospital where he died Monday night. In a statement released Tuesday the company stated, “We were saddened to learn this morning that Howard Thompson died from injuries he sustained while working at Birdsong Peanuts’ cold storage facility in Blakely. He was a good worker and will be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Howard’s family.

Moped rider dies after Duke crash

September 30, Raleigh, North Carolina - A Duke University worker involved in a campus moped accident over the weekend has died.Saber Benson, 26, was critically injured Saturday night when he struck an iron gate on Union Drive while operating a moped. He subsequently died, Duke officials said Tuesday. Police are trying to determine whether Benson was trying to get through the gate as it was closing, according to Aaron Graves, associate vice president for campus safety and security. Benson ofChapel Hill was a contract worker at The Loop, a campus restaurant.

Birdsong Peanuts worker dies Monday following accident

September 30, Blakely, Georgia - A cold storage worker at Birdsong Peanuts has died from injuries he received in an accident at approximately 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at the company’s cold storage warehouse on Bay Street in Blakely.

Escondido man dies in landfill accident

September 30, Miramar, California – A 38-year-old Escondido man was killed Tuesday at the Miramar Landfill when he was trapped under the bin of the dump truck he had been driving, authorities said. About 11 a.m., the man finished dumping a load of an unknown type of garbage when he apparently drove away and noticed the bin of the Dodge 3500 was still in the up position, said Jose Ysea, a public information officer with the San Diego's Environmental Services Department. Authorities believe he may have crawled in the space between the cab and the bin to fix the problem when the bin fell and pinned him to the chassis, authorities said.

Breaking News: A Grady County worker was killed when struck by a northbound train

September 30, Grady County, Oklahoma - A Grady County worker was killed Wednesday morning when the tractor he was driving was struck by a northbound train. The victim, an Amber resident, was mowing on Cardinal Road (CR 1260) near the railroad track which parallels Hwy. 81 in Pocasset. The train struck the tractor with enough force to separate it from the mower attachment it was pulling, throwing the tractor east of the railroad track and the mower attachment west of the track.

Orem man killed in Eagle Mountain accident

September 29, Eagle Mountain, Utah — A construction worker died Monday when he was crushed in an industrial accident.Joshua Parks, 23, of Orem, was working on a sewage plant in Eagle Mountain and was driving a roller compactor over a large mound of dirt when he tipped over, said Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Brower. He worked for Nelson Brothers Construction. Another construction worker at the plant had seen smoke from where Parks was working. He tried to get the roller off of Parks and called 911, Brower said. A medical helicopter was called but then canceled because medical responders said Parks died almost immediately.

Truck driver killed in wreck on I-30

September 30, Morris county, Texas - A truck driver was killed and two others were injured early Tuesday when one 18-wheeler was rear-ended by another on Interstate 30 in Morris County. The accident happened about 7 a.m. Tuesday in the westbound lane of Interstate 30 just west of the Bowie County line. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety said one 18-wheeler had just pulled onto the interstate from a rest area when the collision occurred.

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