Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Construction worker killed in Rockville

December 18, Rockville, Maryland - A construction worker was struck and killed Friday morning in Rockville when a solid waste truck backed into him, police said. Randall Hart, 44, of Jordan Road in Fairplay, in Washington County, was crossing a heavily used construction road in the 5700 block of Fishers Lane in Rockville around 7:20 a.m. when a solid waste truck struck him, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. Hart was pronounced dead at the scene, and police ruled the death an accident.

Survery worker killed after being hit by car in Meade County

December 18, Louisville, Kentucky - A survey worker from Louisville has died after he was hit by a car in Meade County. The crash happened Thursday afternoon on Old State Road. 47-year-old Vernon Findlay of Louisville was part of a survey crew near the road. Police say a 19-year-old driver slammed on the brakes when he saw the crew, lost control and hit Findlay. He was flown to University Hospital and died Thursday evening.

Officials identify man struck and killed at flea market

December 17, San Antonio, Texas - Officials have released the name of the man who was struck and killed at a local flea market. Raul Reyes was hit Wednesday morning at the Mission Open Air Market on the South Side. The 63-year-old man was a maintenance worker at the market. Police say Humberto Munoz Gonzalez had been drinking and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit Reyes and dragged him 30-feet. Reyes died at the scene.

Firefighters union: Clerk killed before rescuers arrived

December 17, Atlanta, Georgia - The president of Atlanta Professional Firefighters said emergency workers called to a fatal armed robbery at a Moreland Avenue package store walked away after only a cursory look at the man on the floor because it was obvious he was dead. Store surveillance video showed two paramedics and a firefighter briefly looking over a counter, presumably at Martez McKibben, and then walking away, angering his family and raising accusations that mistakes were made. The Atlanta Fire Department is conducting an internal investigation and has no comment on what appeared to be a lack of interest on the parts of the first responders. But Lt. Jim Daws, president of the firefighters’ group, said Thursday that rescuers did not try to treat McKibben because he had “wounds [that] were of such catastrophic nature as not to be surviviable.” Also, police had asked the rescue team to leave as soon as it could so the crime scene could be preserved, Daws said...Daws said “there was nothing more that could be done” for the 21-year-old McKibben.

Henderson Police Officer Dies

December 13, Henderson, Tennessee - The community of Henderson is in mourning, after one of the town's police officers passes away, just days after being shot during a grocery store robbery. A spokeswoman at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital says Capt. Dennis Cagle died Sunday morning. He was shot once in the stomach Thursday night, at a grocery store in rural Chester County, just outside Henderson. Henderson Police say two suspects in that robbery have been arrested. 48-year old Ricky Steward is charged with aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder. He was shot several times during the robbery and is being treated at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Steward's wife, Cheryl, is also charged with aggravated robbery.

Worker crushed to death at Brooklyn warehouse by granite slabs

December 14, New York, New York - Seasoned New York construction accident attorney advises that New York Police Department (NYPD) police reported to a warehouse in Brooklyn where a worker had been tragically crushed to death, Monday, December 7, 2009, according to the New York Daily News. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported to the scene to investigate the scene of the fatal incident. Police reported that the worker was at the First Choice Supply warehouse in Borough Park when large slabs of granite happened to fall onto the worker’s head killing him instantly. The granite tiles, which were used to make kitchen counter tops, toppled over onto the worker. It was unknown what prompted the heavy slabs of granite that were stacked from the ground up, to cascade onto the worker. Witnessing co-workers tried desperately to remove the slabs from their injured colleague with the use of a forklift. OSHA authorities arrived on the scene to determine if there was any safety-related or workplace violations that may have contributed to the construction accident.

Construction worker dies six days after fall from jail

December 14, A worker who fell at the new Onslow County Jail last week died in the hospital this morning, authorities said. On Dec. 8, Liandeo Medina Molina fell at least 20 feet to a concrete floor, landing on his head. He died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital at 4 a.m. today, Sheriff Ed Brown said. Molina's supervisor Tommy Pounds, who is overseeing the new jail construction for Brennan and Associates, described Molina as a hard worker who loved his wife and three children very much.

One Dead Following Tower Collapse (VIDEO)

December 14, Horseheads, New York - A maintenance worker is dead after the tower he was suspended from collapsed. Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman tells WENY-TV News there was a crew of four or five people working on a 100-foot tall radio tower off County Route 16. The Sheriff's Office got the call around 2:45 p.m. Monday, and at this point Yessman says details are limited. “One worker was strapped in on the tower some distance up and the tower collapsed which resulted in a fatality at the scene,” explained Yessman. Yessman says the first unit responded within minutes, but there was nothing they could do. The tower was about 100 yards off CR 16 on private property. The investigation is underway. Officials are withholding the victim's name until the family is notified.

Delaware BJ's worker struck, killed by beer truck

December 12, New Castle, Delaware - A 39-year-old BJ's Wholesale Club employee was killed Friday morning after she was struck by a beer delivery truck in the store's parking lot off U.S. 13. According to New Castle City police, the truck, owned by NKS Distributors of New Castle, had just arrived and was backing up when it hit Dana Martino of Penn Acres in New Castle about 8:35 a.m. Police Chief Kevin McDerby said police are determining whether charges will be filed against the driver, Frank Pragg, of Brookside Park, near Newark.

Worker killed in construction accident on island

December 12, Guemes Island, Washington - A construction worker has been killed in a construction accident on Guemes Island. The Anacortes Fire Department says a house fell off of its foundation Saturday afternoon and crushed a 57-year-old construction worker to death. The department says workers were lowering the house to comply with building codes when it slipped. All of the workers except one was able to safely get away from the structure.

Updated 2:30 p.m. One dead after train strikes snow plow

December 9, Gansevoort, New York – Winter’s first major snowstorm resulted in tragedy on Wednesday when a Town of Northumberland employee was killed when the snow plow he was riding in collided with a Canadian Pacific freight train on Saunders Drive, near the town highway garage. James Shea, of 75 Gurn Springs Road, was a part-time Highway Department worker manning the truck’s wing plow. The truck, driven by Kerry Garnsey, a 30-year highway department veteran, was headed east when it was struck by the northbound train. Garnsey was transported by Moreau Emergency Squad to Glens Falls Hospital where he’s listed in stable condition.

Man shot dead at Omaha gas station

December 8, Omaha, Nebraska - A 40-year-old Omaha gas station employee was shot dead this afternoon inside the station, according to police. The man, identified by police as Johnathan Gerber of Omaha, was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. Medics at the scene had performed CPR on him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The shooting happened shortly after 1 p.m. at the Howell's BP station, 7166 N. 30th St., which is on the southwest corner of Martin Avenue and 30th Street. Police have been searching the area for suspects, including a man last seen running westbound on Read Street. They are still trying to determine whether the employee died during the commission of a robbe

Coca-Cola employee killed in wreck with semi

December 8, Paramus, New Jersey – A Coca-Cola truck crashed into another semi truck on Route 17, on Saturday morning, December 5, 2009, according to and Emergency medical services (EMS) arrived at the scene where 58-year-old Edward G. Kading, of New Windsor, New York, was fatally injured. Police reported that the Coca-Cola tractor-trailer had collided with another semi truck just south of Midland Avenue around 4:20 a.m., when traffic had slowed due to a construction work zone. The driver of the other semi truck, 55-year-old Albert Wendlin, of Millville remained uninjured in the wreck, while Kading was tragically killed.

Claude ISD employee killed in wreck

December 8, Claude, Texas - A Claude ISD employee was killed this morning when his vehicle hit some ice and went over the edge of Palo Duro Canyon. Sixty-four-year-old Tom Cruise was in a Claude suburban on a bus route in the area, when the accident happened. No students were on board at the time. It took crews several hours to find the accident which was approximately 90 feet down in the canyon.

In Holiday Crush, a Fatal Shootout in Times Sq.

December 10, New York City, New York - Officers gathered at the shooting site, near the entrance to the Marriott Marquis Hotel. From inside his unmarked patrol car, the sergeant — in plain clothes — recognized the vendor. He left the car and asked a question. The vendor answered by darting off through the crowd, the sergeant at his heels, running along Broadway. A quick turn down a side street, another fast turn into a covered outdoor promenade — a gift shop on one side, the revolving doors of a hotel on the other...The vendor fell to the pavement, dying. The sergeant was not wounded. And suddenly, the crossroads of the world was a very public crime scene, and the tourists had a story they could tell when they got back home.

Ala. workers killed in bulldozer accident

December 9, Desoto County, Alaska — The bodies of two private bulldozer operators who worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were pulled from the frigid waters of the Coldwater River around midnight Tuesday, DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said. “We did recover the bodies out of the cab of the bulldozer about midnight Tuesday,” Rasco said. The two men could have perished as early as Thursday or Friday of last week, but they were not discovered missing until Monday. The sub-contractors were tasked with clearing debris from the river. Rescue and recovery operations were launched between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, according to Rasco.

W. Pa. farmer killed in machinery accident

December 10 Aliquippa, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania farmer is dead after being pulled into a piece of machinery. Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi identified the man as 73-year-old Norman Jodikinos of Aliquippa, about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Police say hunters found the man around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators do not know exactly when the accident occured. Tatalovich-Rossi ruled Jodikinos' death accidental. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Charles Douglas (Charlie) Brown Jr.

December 8, Williamstown, North Carolina - Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Charles Douglas (Charlie) Brown Jr. - [Williamston, North Carolina] Age: 38 Cause of Death: Gunfire Deputy Charlie Brown was shot and killed during a confrontation with a suspect in Williamston on West Main Street at 9:15 am. Deputy Brown, along with other deputies and officers from the Williamston Police Department, had responded to reports of a man walking down the street firing a long-gun. The responding units located the man in front of a residence and confronted him. As they ordered him to drop the weapon he opened fire, striking Deputy Brown. The other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect. Deputy Brown was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Ohio Valley Officers Will Attend Fallen Officer Funeral in Pittsburgh

December 09, Moundsville, PA - Funeral arrangements are now set for the Pittsburgh Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Michael Crawshaw, 31, was killed in the Penn Hills section of the city Dec. 6. According to KDKA, visitation is Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Schellhass Funeral Home. The funeral will take place Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Church. Officers from the Moundsville Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will attend the funeral service. Murder charges have been filed against the man who is believed to have committed the crime.

FHP: Turnpike worker killed in accident

December 8, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Florida Highway Patrol says a dump truck operator accidentally struck and killed a fellow employee as they both worked on the turnpike. The accident was reported just before early Tuesday at the Commercial Boulevard exit ramp. FHP says both employees of Community Asphalt Corp. were working on a road-widening project in the outside northbound lanes. A telephone message left at the company was not immediately returned. The driver of the dump truck was backing up and did not see a co-worker standing behind the vehicle, authorities said. FHP says the man died on the scene.neral arrangements are now set for the Pittsburgh Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Michael Crawshaw, 31, was killed in the Penn Hills section of the city Dec. 6. According to KDKA, visitation is Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Schellhass Funeral Home. The funeral will take place Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Church.

Polk Road Worker Struck, Killed by Truck

December 9, Lake Hamilton, Florida - A county maintenance worker died and another was injured Wednesday morning when a vehicle left the road and struck them on Lake Hatchineha Road east of Lake Hamilton, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Jimmy P. Justice, 59, of Lake Wales, an equipment operator with the county's Dundee maintenance facility, died in the accident, which happened about 11 a.m. as county maintenance crews were working along the shoulder of the road. Thomas U. Davidson, 51, of Haines City, was treated at the scene for minor injuries, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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