Monday, November 09, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

1 Killed After Trucks Collide On I-78

November 13, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania - A tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer Friday morning on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County, killing one of the drivers. The cab of one truck and the trailer of the other caught fire, state police said. The driver of the truck that caught fire was killed. A passenger in that truck was flown to the hospital. The driver and passenger in the other truck were not hurt.

Worker dies after fall from Lynnwood hotel

November 12, Lynnwood, Washington - The worker who fell from a fourth-story window of a hotel under construction in Lynnwood has died. Investigators said the 45-year-old man was offloading carpet on the fourth floor of the building from a forklift outside when he fell from an opening and landed on the sidewalk below. Officers and medics were dispatched to the scene, the new Holiday Inn Express at 2515 196th Street SW, at about 10 a.m. He was rushed to the Harborview Medical Center, where he later died.

Man killed in trench collapse

November 13, San Antonio, Texas – A construction worker is killed while working at the site of the new Texas A&M campus on the city’s south side. The 43-year-old man died when the trench he was working in collapsed Saturday morning. Ralph Medina with the San Antonio Fire Department tells News 4 WOAI that crews were trying to dig out a large oak tree from a field at the new campus when the rocks and soil gave way. Medina says, “He was underneath there doing the final bit of digging when a big portion of the cone over his head fell on top of him and crushed him. It was a very heavy rock and soil.”

W.Va. worker killed in accident at plant

November 13, Inwood, West Virginia - A worker at the Guardian Fiberglass plant near Inwood has died after being caught in an insulation roller while doing maintenance work. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department says Bill Willison Sr. died Thursday morning at the plant. Willison was a lead mechanic at the plant. Police say the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration has been notified of the death and will conduct any follow-up investigation.

Worker killed at Quinnipiac University

November 13, Hamden, Connecticut - Hamden authorities say a construction worker has died after he was struck by a forklift at Quinnipiac University. Emergency workers were called to the school's York Hill Campus at about 9:15 a.m. Friday for the incident, in which a 58-year-old carpentry foreman was killed. Police and his employer, Torrington-based O&G Industries Inc., identified him as John Borovicka of Vernon. He was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Gunman Enters Clinical Laboratory in Oregon Yesterday, Two Dead, Two Injured

November 11, Portland, Oregon - Yesterday, in Tualatin, a quiet suburb city near Portland, Oregon, a gunman entered a laboratory facility owned by Legacy MetroLab and shot his estranged wife. He then killed himself. Two other individuals in the laboratory were injured, including a man admitted to a local hospital with Gunman Enters Clinical Laboratory in Oregon Yesterday, Two Dead, Two Injuredmultiple gunshot wounds... Shortly before noon on Tuesday, November 10, Robert Beiser, 39, entered the Legacy MetroLab facility in Tualatin. He immediately fired an undisclosed number of shots. When police arrived on the scene, just two minutes after the first 911 emergency call, they found Theresa Beiser, 36, an employee of Legacy MetroLab, dead of gunshot wounds. Robert Beiser was dead of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Kosciusko officer dies on duty

November 9, Jackson, Mississippi - A Kosciusko police officer died early Sunday morning from heart trouble while on duty. Officer Joseph Fulton, 45, was pursuing a vehicle along County Road 2101 around 3 a.m. when his vehicle swerved off the road, Attala County Coroner Sam Bell said. An autopsy revealed Fulton suffered a heart arrhythmia as the result of hypertension caused by heart disease, Bell said.

Maryland worker crushed and killed by construction truck

November 10, Frederick County, Maryland — Maryland police officials reported to a Route 85 construction site where an LAI Construction employee was run over and killed by a construction motor vehicle on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Frederick County, announced the Gettysburg Times. Police identified the fatally injured man as 57-year-old Carroll Michael Rehmert, resident of Brooklyn Park. Officials declared his injuries to have proved fatal at 2:52 p.m. at the scene of the accident on Route 85 near Lime Kiln Road.

DTE worker is electrocuted at utility substation

November 111, Detroit, Michigan - A DTE Energy Co. worker was electrocuted while working at a company substation on Detroit's northwest side. DTE spokesman John Austerberry says the employee came in contact with some electrical equipment about 9 a.m. Wednesday and was taken to Sinai Grace Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim's name hasn't been release. Austerberry says the company will conduct an investigation and has notified state workplace safety officials.

Man who died in Ohio River was riverboat worker

November 10, Liverpool, Ohio - A man who was found dead in the Ohio River yesterday has been identified as Michael Smith of East Liverpool, Ohio, Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said. Mr. Smith, 43, had been employed on a riverboat docked out of Ohio Township. The coroner said Mr. Smith drowned in a suicide. His body was pulled out of the Ohio River yesterday afternoon near the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge.

Workers’ identities released in performing arts center accident

November 11, Kansas City, Missouri - The worker killed Tuesday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts construction site has been identified as Ryan Goodman, 35, of Lee’s Summit. A second worker, 30-year-old Shane Wagener of Grain Valley, remained in serious but stable condition this morning, Kansas City police said. The men were roughly 50 feet up in the air on a cherry picker-type lift when the vehicle tipped over about 1:45 p.m., throwing them onto 16th Street just east of Broadway.

Utility worker killed by car in Roosevelt

November 11, Salt Lake City, Utah - A telephone company repairman died Tuesday after he was struck by a car in eastern Utah. Roosevelt Police Chief Rich Harrison said Wednesday that 49-year-old Richard Adams, an employee of Strata Communications, was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after being rushed to Uintah Basin Medical Center. Adams, of Roosevelt, was working on a telephone junction box near 1800 South and State Street about 11:30 a.m. when a Ford Crown Victoria struck the box and Adams. The 36-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released, Harrison said. The chief said it appeared the southbound car crossed the center line, went off the left side of State Street, hit a wooden fence post, jumped a sidewalk and went airborne before hitting Adams. The car came to rest in a residential yard, about a foot from the home's wall.

Cable worker killed in hammer attack

November 9, Victorville, California - Neighbors were in shock when they learned a man who moved into the neighborhood on Sunday attacked and killed a Charter Cable installer with a ball-peen hammer Monday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station officials said. Rescue workers were called to a home in the 15200 block of San Jose Drive near Amargosa Road and Mojave Drive at about 5 p.m. and found the victim struggling to breathe. The victim, who is in his twenties, was taken to Victor Valley Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Construction accident kills one, injures another at performing arts center site

November 9, Kansas City, Missouri - A construction accident at the future home of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts killed one man and critically injured a second this afternoon.A portable boom lift with a basket on top toppled over about 1:45 p.m. just north of the building under construction at 16th Street and Broadway. Both workers were in the basket before it plummeted about 50 feet to the pavement, said Kyle McQuiston with J.E. Dunn Construction Co. The workers apparently fell from the basket on the way down, police said.

Two tree trimmers shot, one dies in suburban West Palm Beach neighborhood

November 09, Palm Beach County, Florida - Two tree trimmers were shot, one fatally, this afternoon during an argument, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reported. The two Asplundh workers were trimming trees along power lines behind a home in the 5000 block of Pat Place when the homeowner saw one fall from the ladder about 3:20 p.m., sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. When deputies arrived at the neighborhood north of 45th Street and west of Haverhill Road, they realized it wasn't an electrocution, but a shooting, and a second man was also wounded, she said. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was in critical condition tonight.

Worker fatally hit in Frederick County

November 9, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - Police are continuing to investigate the death of a construction site employee who was struck and killed by a construction vehicle Thursday in Frederick County. According to the Maryland State Police Frederick Barracks, Carroll Michael Rehmert, 57, Brooklyn Park, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene in the area of Route 85 and Lime Kiln Road around 2:52 p.m. Police reported that Rehmert was working at the time as a flagman at a construction area where damaged lines were being repaired.

Two workers killed on I-75

November 9, Clinton, Tennessee — Two workers working on cable barrier along Interstate 75 between the Clinton/Norris exit and the Knox County line were killed Monday when they were struck by a truck, an accident which the state's transportation chief says is "all too common." "The death of these two men should serve as a reminder to all motorists of the importance of using the utmost caution when workers are present along the roadway," Gerald Nicely, Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner, stated in a news release a few hours after the 10:45 a.m. wreck... They were identified as 18-year-old Cheyenne Dakota Burke of Bulls Gap and Jeffrey Bryan Thompson, 19, of Rogersville. Both died at the scene.

Farmer Killed When Trench Collapses

Joice, Iowa - A North Iowa farmer dies when a wall of dirt falls on top of him. It happened sometime Saturday afternoon, just East of the community of Joice, in Worth County. Joice Fire Chief Mark Delawyer said the unidentified 79 year old man went out to fix a field tile sometime around 2 or 3 p.m., on Saturday afternoon.

Kosciusko Police officer killed in chase

November 8, Jackson, Mississippi - The Koscuisko Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Officer Joseph Fulton was killed early Sunday morning. Koscuisko Police Chief Ronnie J. Adams would not make any comments Sunday, but according to a source on the scene, Officer Fulton crashed his patrol car on Stonewall Road outside of Ethel. Sources say it all started around 2:45 Sunday morning when officers tried to stop a Buick Roadmaster on East Jefferson Street. The vehicle sped away and a chase ensued outside the city limits. That's when Fulton lost control of his car. Chief Adams is expected to release a statement about the death of officer Fulton Monday.

Worker dies at food company

November 6, St. Joe, Missouri - A contract employee died in an apparent industrial accident Thursday at Lifeline Foods, the chief executive officer of the food-processing company confirmed. Christopher Caraway, 36, who worked for IHP Industrial, was on the roof of the Lifeline building at the time of the accident, St. Joseph police said. It was believed the accident happened sometime between 4:30 p.m., when Mr. Caraway was last seen by another worker, and 9 p.m., when the body was discovered. St. Joseph police were called to the scene and found Mr. Caraway, of Stewartsville, lying on the roof of the building near a condenser unit he had been working on earlier in the day. Paramedics on the scene checked Mr. Caraway and confirmed that he was deceased.

Construction Worker Killed in Buckeystown

November 6, Buckeystown, Maryland - Maryland State Police say a road construction worker was killed after a co-worker backed over him with a bucket truck on Friday.It happened just before 3:00 p.m. Police say Carroll Michael Rehmert of Brooklyn Park, Maryland was working as a flagman near the intersection of Route 85 and Lime Kiln Rd when he was killed. Authorities say the 57-year-old had stopped north bound traffic when Anthony Lamburn backed into him.

6 Shot, 1 Killed, at Orlando Office Building; Suspect Caught

November 6, Orlando, Florida - A gunman opened fire Friday in the offices of an engineering firm where he was let go more than two years ago, authorities said, killing one person and injuring five others. Jason Rodriguez, 40, surrendered about three hours later, after officers saw him through the window of his mother's home and asked him to come outside, Orlando Police Chief Val Demings said.

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