Friday, January 22, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Worker killed at Erie locomotive plant

January 12, Erie, Pennsylvania - A crane operator at a locomotive plant is dead after being crushed by a part he was moving. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook says 46-year-old William Huff was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon at the GE Transportation plant in Erie. Mr. Cook says Mr. Huff was killed when a part that weighs several tons tipped over after he set it down with a remote-controlled crane. Mr. Cook says Mr. Huff was an experienced crane operator.

OCSO releases name of man crushed and killed

January 6, Orange County, California - The Orange County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man who was crushed and killed when the bed of a dumpster trailer fell on him at a debris removal area near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River. OCSO spokesman Chad Hogan tells KFDM News the victim has been identified as Martin Alanzo Sandaval, 34, of Beaumont. The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting the accident at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hogan says workers were using a pickup truck and pulling a dumpster trailer to haul concrete from a construction site to an approved debris removal area near the bridge.

UPDATED: Business owner crushed to death

January 6, Santa Clarita, California - A Castaic business owner died after being crushed by thousands of pounds of granite slabs at his warehouse, officials said Tuesday. Jacob Margalit, 44-year-old married father of two and owner of Golden West Tile and Stone, died Monday night in the 29000 block of Avenue Sherman in Castaic. He was trying to unload 12-by-8-foot slabs of stone tile from a trailer about 7:45 p.m. when they fell on him, authorities said. "The slabs came loose and fell against (Margalit) and pinned him against the side wall of the trailer," said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Bill Marsh of the Homicide Bureau. "Each of these slabs can weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds apiece."

Otay Mesa worker crushed by heavy load

December 24, A worker at an Otay Mesa lumber storage yard was killed Thursday when several 20-foot boards fell off a truck and knocked him to the ground, authorities reported. The 54-year-old man was helping unload the planks at the lot in the 9900 block of Marconi Drive when the accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to police and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The worker, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, fell backward and hit his head on the ground, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said. He died at the scene.

Norfolk Port Accident Kills Worker

January 20, Norfolk, Virginia - A longshore worker at the Norfolk, Va., port died Tuesday when a mobile container carrier knocked into a light pole, sending it crashing onto the man’s vehicle. Officials say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Norfolk International Terminals when a straddle carrier hauling a container struck a large light pole. Local television news footage of the scene showed the accident happened within 50 years of the terminal’s North Berth, where the tall light pole crushed the worker’s vehicle.

Plant owner crushed to death by machine

December 19, Huntersville, North Carolina – The owner and founder of Metrolina Greenhouses was killed Saturday morning in an accident inside the plant. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the plant around 3:30 a.m. after a worker was crushed by a machine. The victim has been identified as Tom VanWingerden, owner and founder of Metrolina Greenhouses. In a statement released by the family, "Dad was the visionary founder, a constant inventor, a generous businessman, a missionary in Haiti, a great leader, and most importantly, a great husband, Father, and Grandfather to all of us in his family.

Tow Boat Worker Dies After Falling into Ohio River: Name Released

January 19, Kenova, West Virginia - A man has drowned after falling off a tow boat and into the Ohio River. The accident happened around 1:00 Tuesday morning near Kenova. Kenova's Police Chief tells the man is Gary Adams, 25, of Waterloo, Ohio. That is in Lawrence County, Ohio.s Adams body was recovered a short time later by another tow boat operating in the area, according to a Kenova Police Dispatcher. Police tell the tow boat was pulling away from the barge when Adams went to remove a remaining rope line and was thrown into the river.

News worker dies after falling down hotel air shaft

January 18, Charlotte, North Carolina - A North Carolina television news station is grieving the death of one of their own this morning. According to WLOS in Asheville, photojournalist John Billingsley fell down an air shaft at the Omni hotel in Charlotte. It happened early Sunday morning, at around 5 a.m. The Charlotte Fire Department, Police, and EMS were called to the hotel. Billingsley is from Rutherford County. He worked as a photographer for the WLOS news team. An investigation into his death is underway.

Worker Dies After Being Run Over on Logging Site

January 15, Columbia, South Carolina - Authorities told WYFF-TV that 61-year-old Howard Wardlaw Junior was killed Thursday at a job site for Wilson Creek Logging near Calhoun Falls.Investigators say Wardlaw was run over by a skidder being used to load cut logs on to trucks. Authorities say Wardlaw worked for Wilson Creek Logging for eight years.

Worker Dies After Hospital Chemical Spill

January 15, Mason, Iowa - Officials at a Mason City hospital said Friday that an employee working near a chemical spill has died but that it's unknown if the man's death and the spill are connected. Emergency crews were called to Mercy Medical Center's west campus laundry facility Thursday evening on a report of a person not breathing. The hospital on Friday said employees contained the chemical, sodium hydroxide, to one room in the building. The hospital said during the situation, employee David Weaver had a "medical emergency" and died. The hospital did not immediately release Weaver's age or hometown.

2 North Florida men among 4 dead in Ohio plane crash

January 20, Keystone Heights, Ohio — Flight was a passion and work was an extension of family for two Clay County men who died in an Ohio plane crash Monday that also killed the two others on the plane. “That was his life,” said Jessica Roemer, whose husband Wesley was flying the plane when it crashed in the afternoon while approaching the runway at Lorain County Regional Airport in Elyria, Ohio. “He loved to fly.” The 30-year-old Wesley Roemer began working at Kenn-Air when he was 17, his wife said, and met John Mengelson there. Mengelson, 46, a mechanic for Kenn-Air and co-pilot, also died in the plane along with Donald Brown, 89, and his wife Shirley Brown, 87, of Vermillion, Ohio, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Fire on Apache platform off Louisiana is fatal to worker

January 13, Houston, Texas - A fire aboard an Apache Corp. oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico left one contract worker dead and halted production at the facility. The fire occurred about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Apache's East Cameron 2 processing platform, two miles off Cameron Parish in south Louisiana, Houston-based Apache said. All three workers on the platform were rescued by a commercial vessel working in the area. But Frank Richard, 34, of Mowata, La., died later at an area hospital. The other two workers were discharged from the hospital.

MythBusters’ Erik Gates Dies in Freak Accident

December 21, Thousand Oaks, California - Erik Gates, who has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, was killed in a freak accident last week. He was 47. According to the Ventura County Star, Gates fell through a skylight on Sunday December 21 in the afternoon, dying from blunt force chest injuries. The cause of death was announced after an autopsy. Gates owned electric company Gateco Electric in Thousand Oaks, California. He was walking across the roof before he fell through the skylight in the Xirrus Inc. building in Newbury Park, coroner’s officials said. Gates was doing contract work for Xirrus Inc. Gate’s brother, Dirk Gates, is the president and CEO of Xirrus.

Worker dies at Roseburg lumber mill

December 29, Roseburg, Oregon - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a worker died in an accident at a Roseburg lumber mill. According to spokesman Dwes Hutson, 39-year-old Holger Fussell of Winston was found severely injured beneath a lumber stacker at Douglas County Forest Products. Co-workers administered CPR and first aid Monday until emergency responders arrived. Fussel was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. It is not known if Fussel fell or became entangled in the machinery.

Ford worker dies after incident

December 26, Louisville, Kentucky - A SCHOTT Gemtron worker has died after an accident at the Kentucky Truck Plant. The Jefferson County Coroner's office Sunday identified the victim as 54-year-old Ronald S. Cassady of Louisville. Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said Cassady was pronounced dead Saturday morning at University Hospital of multiple blunt force injuries.

Worker dies after cave-in

December 24, Shelby, North Carolina - This year’s Christmas Eve brought with it the requisite holiday cheer, but also brought tragedy for at least one family and kept emergency officials on their toes. A construction crewman working in Lawndale Thursday morning died after the dirt collapsed around him at a sewer line construction site, officials said. Chris Parkhurst, 30, of Connelly Springs, was working for Hickory-based Neill Grading around 9 a.m., said Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chapman. Co-workers told sheriff’s deputies they believed Parkhurst fell into the hole at Martin and Brackett streets. Workers rushed to dig him out.

Worker struck by glass dies from apparent accident

December 23, Sweetwater, Tennessee - Sweetwater police said a man has died from injuries while working with glass at a manufacturing plant. Police told The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens that 51-year-old James Bales of 10 Mile was killed when he was struck by a piece of glass Tuesday afternoon at the SCHOTT Gemtron plant. Police spokesman Kenny Wilkins said Bales' job was to cut glass and place excess pieces in a hopper. He said somehow Bales in doing that was struck by a piece of glass. Wilkins said "it looks purely accidental."

Airport Worker Falls 40 Feet To His Death

December 20, Denver, Colorado - A worker at the Denver International Airport fell 40 feet to his death down a manhole at the airport's heating and cooling towers Saturday morning. The Denver Post reports that the man was found by Denver Fire Department divers in 20 feet of water that was about 38 degrees. The water is used for the airport's air conditioning. The man fell through an opening of about 4 feet by 8 feet.

Worker dead after found on top of NY elevator

January 13, New York, New York - Police are investigating the death of an elevator worker who was found unconscious on top of an elevator in a building on Manhattan's upper West Side. Police say EMS responded to the Co-op building just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced the 24-year-old elevator mechanic's assistant dead on arrival. The Medical Examiner is to determine the exact cause of death. The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

One Dead, Another Injured After Chemical Leak at NE Texas Gas Plant

January 13, Dallas, Texas - Federal authorities are investigating to determine exactly what happened at natural gas processing plant in northeast Texas that left one worker dead and another severely injured. The fatal accident occurred when toxic hydrogen sulfide was accidentally released or leaked from an Enbridge Inc. processing plant near Bryan Mill, Texas on Saturday night. An Enbridge spokesperson said she did not know the cause of the leak, but that OSHA officials and the company are still investigating the accident. A 56-year-old, 30 year veteran of the plant was pronounced dead at the scene, and another injured worker was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Worker electrocuted at Pretium plant

January 7, Hazelton, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania State Police have identified the victim of an electrocution at a bottle molder Pretium Packaging LLC plant as an outside contractor working on an air compressor. Steven Koffel of Canton, Ohio, worked for Gardner Denver Inc. and was working at Pretium’s Hazleton plant on Dec. 17 when he touched a live connection inside a control panel, police said. Koffel was treated at the scene, but pronounced dead at Hazleton General Hospital, police said.

Barksdale pipeline explosion kills civilian worker

January 7, Barksdale, Louisiana - One person is dead as a result of a natural gas pipeline explosion about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in a remote, sparsely settled area on the southeast side of Barksdale Air Force Base. The dead person, whose identity had not been released, is a civilian who did not work for the Defense Department, 2nd Bomb Wing spokeswoman Maj. Carie Parker said. The explosion occurred near Union-Texas Road, which runs north off Sligo Road in the southern part of the parish near the base fence, Bossier sheriff's officials said. The area is miles from Barksdale's inhabited cantonment, runway and weapons storage area.

Worker dies in accident at Edaleen Dairy near Lynden

January 6, Bellingham, Washington - Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a worker at the Edaleen Dairy north of Lynden Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, but believe it was an accident. Deputies were called to the dairy at 8:10 a.m. after a large, overhead door fell onto Nick L. Spoelstra, 30, and pinned him against an interior cattle gate, Undersheriff Jeff Parks said. Spoelstra was pronounced dead at the scene. Parks said the door falling was likely a mechanical failure, but deputies will continue to investigate and will forward their findings to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Man found dead on Grand Haven railroad tracks

January 5, Grand Haven, Michigan - Grand Haven Police are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man, found lying on the railroad tracks. WZZM 13's partner, the Grand Haven Tribune reports a railroad worker discovered the body Monday afternoon near the area of Taylor and Robbins Road. Investigators believe the unidentified man was walking along the railroad tracks, and at some point became disoriented. However, police don't believe foul play was involved.

Worker dies at ISU while removing collapsed column

December 26, Normal, Illinois - A massive concrete column collapsed at Illinois State University on Christmas, and a 57-year-old worker died while trying to remove it. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Stephen White of Bloomington was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday’s accident. No other injuries have been reported. Authorities say White was using an excavator to move part of the four-story column when it broke lose and crushed the cab of the vehicle. A university spokesman says the piece that fell on the excavator weighed about 18,000 pounds.

Worker dead after fall from roof

December 22, Mehuen, Massachusetts — One man is dead and another was flown to a Boston-area hospital after the two workers fell from a roof this afternoon, police said. Police received 911 calls about two men falling off a roof at 28 Annis St. at 1:47 p.m., said Lt. Greg Gallant. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and discovered the men fell while working a construction job on the home. One man was pronounced dead upon arrival at Lawrence General Hospital and the second was airlifted to a Boston-area hospital, Gallant said. Police are withholding the victims' identities pending notification of their family members, Gallant said.

Worker crushed to death at construction site

January 16, Ocala, Florida - An Orlando construction worker died after a heavy metal beam fell on him at an Ocala site. Ocala Fire Rescue reports that 40-year-old Victor Lizarraga was attaching a safety cable to the beam Friday morning when it fell. He was working for Metal-Bilt Construction LLC, an Orlando-based subcontractor on the commercial construction project.

Asthma Attack Likely Cause Of Au Bon Pain Worker's Death, Attorney Says

January 8, New York, New York - The attorney for the family of a pregnant woman who died after emergency medical technicians allegedly refused to help her at a Brooklyn cafe, says early indications show she died of an asthma attack. The attorney says the preliminary results of a private autopsy show Eutisha Rennix died from the attack. A final determination of the cause of death has not yet been released by the medical examiner.

Worker falls to death at Decatur silo

December 30, Fort Wayne, Indiana - A man died Tuesday in Decatur after he fell 80 feet into a grain silo, according to Adams County officials. Deputies were called about 2 p.m. Tuesday to Peterson Grain, at 4815 North 400 West, on a report of a fall. A company employee was doing routine cleaning and maintenance when he fell into the grain silo, said Leslie Cook, a deputy coroner for the Adams County Coroner's Office. It took paramedics and firefighters about 2 1/2 hours to get to the victim. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene, Cook said.

State Investigating After Death At Chemical Plant

December 28, Longview, Washington - Washington State is investigating the death of a worker in a chemical plant on Christmas Day. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports. The body of 25-year-old Justin Florek was recovered early Sunday morning from a large salt pile at the Equa-Chlor plant. He was apparently was making rounds at the Longview plant on Christmas Day and never returned to his station. Workers told authorities he may have fallen into the pile and been buried. Searchers used tracking dogs to find him after locating an article of clothing.

Kmart Worker Greg Wainio Run Over for $400 in Compact Discs, Say Police

January 19, Waterford Township, Michigan - Greg Wainio, a Michigan father of two who was killed in a Kmart parking lot, died for nothing more than $400 worth of compact discs, according to county prosecutors. Wainio, a 36-year-old Kmart "loss prevention specialist," died last Thursday in Waterford, Mich. after grabbing onto the vehicle of two alleged shoplifters after a parking lot confrontation, according to Michigan police.

Goodhue County farm worker killed on the job

January 19, St. Paul, Minnesota - A farm worker in northwestern Goodhue County gotcaught in a conveyor belt and was killed, authorities said Tuesday morning. Robert Fuerte-Chavelas, 28, died Saturday after his jacket became stuck on the equipment at Ries Farms in Welch Township, the County Sheriff's Office said. Fuerte-Chavelas lived in a bunkhouse at the farm and was from the Red Wing area, the Sheriff's Office said.

ID released of worker killed in garage mishap

January 18, Knoxville, Tennessee - Authorities have released the name of an auto body shop worker who died Sunday afternoon when a mechanical lift crashed down on him, pinning him under the device. The victim has been identified as Phu Viet Bui, 38, police said today. Knoxville police were alerted at 4:55 p.m. Sunday of the incident at Bao Auto Repair, 1100 Bradshaw Garden Drive, just off Clinton Highway. Knoxville Police Department Lt. Doug Stiles said investigators determined a chain had failed on a mechanical lift, causing an elevated 15-foot-long flatbed trailer to fall. The victim was standing under the lift operating the device when the failure occurred. The lift crashed down on the victim, causing a severe head injury, Stiles said.

Ga. Man Killed in Diesel Explosion

January 17, Tucker, Georgia - Firefighters said an explosion at a non-operational gas station killed a man. He was working on the BP at the corner of Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Hugh Howell Road. Alan Dobbs said he, his brother, his son and another man were contracted to work on the gas tanks. Dobbs said, “It just so happened so fast. It was a total explosion. I knew immediately." At about 5 p.m. on Friday, a day at work changed Dobbs' family forever. He said, “"I just saw someone blow away in the air and was like, 'That's not my brother.'" Larry Dobbs was underground working on the vapor line that captures vapors escaping from the gas tanks when something went wrong, causing an explosion rocked the nearby area.

Worker killed while removing tree in North Richland Hills

January 14, Fort Worth, Texas - A worker was killed Thursday morning as he fell from a tree that he was hired to remove from a home in North Richland Hills, police said. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Bobby Gaddy, 46, of Sagniaw. Emergency crews were called at 10:06 a.m. to a home on Oak Court, a cul-de-sac off of Davis Boulevard on the north side of the city. Gaddy was hired to remove a tree in the front yard of a one-story home, said Detective Keith Bauman said. The spokesman estimated that the tree was about 30 to 40 feet high, with a base of about 30 inches.

Worker killed after falling from scaffolding in Milwaukee's Third Ward

January 11, Milwaukee, Wisconsin — A worker has died after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Witnesses say the man fell from scaffolding at an elevator shaft Monday. Co-workers at the site were sent home. The man was not immediately identified.

NJDOT worker killed on I-76

January 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - An emergency worker was killed this afternoon as he helped a stranded motorist on Interstate 76 in Camden County. The 45-year-old Lindenwold man, who worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, was assisting the driver of a broken down minivan near the I-295 interchange when he was struck by a southbound Dodge Magnum shortly after 1 p.m., said Sgt. Stephen Jones, spokesman for the state police. The Dodge, driven by a 28-year-old Berlin woman, also hit the minivan, injuring that vehicle's driver and a passenger, Jones said.

Wife remembers man killed in Beta Steel explosion

January 9, South Bend, Indiana - The wife of the worker killed in this week's explosion at the Beta Steel plant in Portage says her husband was a loving family man devoted to her and his four children. Officials say Michael Kies of Griffith died from head injuries suffered in the Thursday explosion. Four other workers were injured when they became caught in a blast of superheated steam after water met with molten steel in a plant furnace. Kies' wife Beverly says her husband was at the end of his 12-hour shift that day.

Fatal blast at BAFB: Victim identified, investigation underway

January 7, Barksdale A.F.B., Louisiana - An explosion at a natural gas gathering site on Barksdale Air Force Base rocked the guard shack located just a few hundred yards away Wednesday night, in a deadly blast that took the life of a 27 year old Chesapeake employee. An investigation is now underway into the blast that killed Jared Maus. The Shongaloo father of two young children was engaged to be married and had been working as a 'pumper' for Chesapeake for the past two years. Part of his work involved checking on the company's natural gas wells and gathering facilities like the "M & M North" site, located on the southeast side of the base property in an area known as the East Reservation.

Police Release Names Of Victims Killed During Workplace Shooting

January 18, Maryland Heights, MO - St. Louis Police have released new information about the victims from Thursday's deadly workplace shoot in North St. Louis. A disgruntled worker is accused of shooting co-workers at the ABB industrial plant on Semple Avenue near Interstate 70. Police say Carlton Carter, 57 of St. Louis, Terry Mabry, 55 of Moscow Mills, and Cory Wilson, 27, of Collinsville, Ill were all killed Thursday morning.

Las Vegas tire store worker shot, killed

January 18, Las Vegas, Nevada — Las Vegas police say a tire store employee has been shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt. The man has not been identified. Police say he was shot early Wednesday inside Llantera (yan-TARE'-ah) Del Norte, a tire store near Lamb Boulevard and Craig Road. He was taken to University Medical Center, where he died. Police say they are looking for two people in connection with the investigation. Police Lt. Lew Roberts says the case looks like a robbery that went bad.

Worker Shot, Robbed Outside Employer's Home

January 18, Rocky Mount, North Carolina - An employee who was dropping off a night deposit bag was shot and robbed Sunday night. Rocky Mount police say George Applewhite was dropping off the Andy's Cheesesteak deposit to his employer's home on Beverly Road around 10:20 p.m. Police say when he got out of his car he was approached by a masked man saying "give me the money". The gunman then fired a handgun, which struck Applewhite in the right pinky finger. Police say the victim ran behind a parked car and the gunman got into a dark colored SUV. Applewhite was treated and released from Nash General Hospital and police say at this point there have been no arrests.

Report: NIT worker killed when light pole crushed his car

January 5, Norfolk, Virginia – The report is back on a man killed in an industrial accident at Norfolk International Terminals last month. David Weiland died when a light pole fell on his car on December 22. According to port officials, a machine used to move cargo containers ran into the 105-foot pole, which crashed onto Weiland’s vehicle. Nearby workers used a fork light to remove the pole and get Weiland out of the vehicle, but he died at the scene. Weiland, who lived in Va. Beach, was a dock foreman at NIT.

Man accidentally shoots, kills co-worker

January 4, Pittsburgh, CA - A man killed a co-worker in what appears to have been an accidental shooting at a Pittsburg convenience store on New Year's Eve, Lt. Brian Addington said Monday. Police received a call at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday reporting that a man had been shot in the face at the Golden Star Market at 44 W. 10th St. When they arrived, officers found 25-year-old Oakley resident Ehab Ahmed dead from a single gunshot wound. Police believe that Ahmed had been showing a co-worker his gun in a backroom of the store when the co-worker, a 21-year-old Pittsburg man, accidentally shot him, Addington said. Ahmed had taken the magazine out of the gun and turned it around to hand to the co-worker. As the co-worker was adjusting the grip in his hand, he accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a bullet that had been left in the chamber, Addington said.

Worker killed at Myrtle Beach recycling plant

December 30, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach, SC—A workplace accident at Lee Disposal Services in Myrtle Beach left one worker dead, after he was struck by the back of a dump truck. The fatal accident occurred on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 800 Seaboard Street, as reported by The Sun News. According to Myrtle Beach police officials, Raul Chavez, 39, of Galivants Ferry was hit when a U.S. Sanitation dump truck began to dump its load of cardboard at the recycling center. A gate on the back of the dump truck swung open, and struck the worker. The rear door of the truck apparently was not secured, which prompted it to swing around and hit Chavez from behind. Emergency medical services (EMS) crews rushed to the scene to transport the badly injured worker to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment for his serious injuries by doctors and nurses.

New York Maintenance Worker Killed by Collapsing Radio Tower

January 4, New York, New York - Experienced New York work-place accident attorney-Jonathan C. Reiter-alerts the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigates the death of a Central New York maintenance worker killed when a radio tower collapsed on him at 2:45 p.m. December 15, 2009, according to WIVB. The fatal workplace accident took place in Dix, New York, where a maintenance worker had been performing some routine work on a radio tower structure when it suddenly toppled over and fatally injured him.

Construction worker killed at Shaw AFB

December 30, Sumter, South Carolina - A contract worker has been killed while doing construction at Shaw Air Force Base, the Sumter County Coroner said Wednesday. According to a Sumter County deputy coroner, 38-year-old Brian Lowrey of Copperfield, Tennessee was working on the new headquarters building at the base when he was struck by a piece of iron. He fell 20 feet from the air and was killed. Authorities with Sumter County are awaiting the results of an autopsy. A spokesperson with the Air Force declined comment, referring us to the project's general contractor, Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama. When we reached them by phone, they would only tell us the accident is currently under investigation.

Worker killed in silo fall is identified

December 30, Fort Wayne, Indiana - A worker at a grain elevator who died Tuesday in Decatur after he fell 80 feet into a silo has been identified. Timothy J. Bulmahn, 26, of Bluffton, was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday and an autopsy was conducted Wednesday, according to a written statement from Leslie Cook, Adams County deputy coroner. The death has been ruled an accident.

Scotts worker pinned by elevator

January 1, Columbus, Ohio - A worker was killed at the Scott's Miracle-Gro Co. plant in Marysville yesterday in an accident involving a freight elevator. Marysville police and emergency crews were sent to the plant at 5:43 p.m. on a report of an unresponsive person. There they found 53-year-old Kelly Swartz pinned beneath a freight elevator on the ground floor of the plant. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Jim King, the company's senior vice president for public affairs, said Swartz had worked for the company for 15 years. He was working by himself yesterday, and fellow employees went looking for him after they hadn't seen him for several minutes.

Broomfield worker killed in fall from bucket lift

December 29, Broomfield, Colorado — A worker died Friday when a bucket lift malfunctioned while he was working on an overhead electrical line. The fatal accident happened about 10:15 a.m. at Sheridan Boulevard and West 120th Avenue, according to North Metro Fire Rescue. The victim was identified late Friday as 53-year-old Ross K. Thompson of Lakewood. Fire rescue said Thompson and a co-worker, who work for Sturgeon Electric Company Inc., were "putting up a line, which was not live," when an overhead bucket gave way. Thompson died at the scene. The surviving worker was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital with "traumatic injuries."

Conn. postal worker killed by tree felled by wind

December 29, Bethlehem, Connecticut - Authorities say a 52-year-old postal worker was killed when high winds knocked a tree onto her vehicle. Connecticut State Police say Barbara Satula of Naugatuck, who is also known Barbara Berner, died at the scene Tuesday morning in Bethlehem. She was killed when high winds apparently uprooted a tree, knocking it across the cab of her truck and striking her in the head. The incident is being investigated by state police and the U.S. Postal Service. Connecticut Light and Power says nearly 24,000 customers in the state were without power as of 4 p.m. as high winds snapped tree limbs. About 8,600 customers in Plainville, or 93 percent of the town, were without power.

Railroad worker killed by train in Minneapolis

December 29, St. Paul, Minnesota — A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway worker was killed in Minneapolis Tuesday morning when a railcar derailed and slammed the man against a building.
Samuel Lundy was dropping off loaded railcars at a customer facility at about 11:30 a.m. when the railcar jumped the tracks and killed him. Lundy, 44, had worked for the company for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. "This is a very sad reminder that safety must continue to be our top priority," said company spokesman Steve Forsberg.

Man allegedly kills restaurant co-worker

January 17, Buffalo, New York - A man employed as a dishwasher in a Buffalo, N.Y. restaurant allegedly opened fire on his co-workers, leaving one man dead and another injured, police said. Ernesto Arechavaleta-Taureaux, 51, of Buffalo, was charged Saturday with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and criminal possession of a firearm. Arraignment was scheduled for Sunday morning, the Buffalo News reported. The alleged killer shot randomly at his co-workers, at least one of whom narrowly escaped being shot, the newspaper said. The slain man, Rick Costner, Jr., 18, was a sous chef at Merge restaurant. His father, Rick Costner Sr., 40, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was in stable condition in the hospital, the News said.

Railroad worker killed by train in Minneapolis

December 29, St. Paul, Minnesota — A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway worker was killed in Minneapolis Tuesday morning when a railcar derailed and slammed the man against a building. Samuel Lundy was dropping off loaded railcars at a customer facility at about 11:30 a.m. when the railcar jumped the tracks and killed him. Lundy, 44, had worked for the company for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Worker killed at SCHOTT Gemtron plant in Tennessee

January 14, Sweetwater, Tennessee - Police in Sweetwater, Tenn., say an employee at a SCHOTT Gemtron manufacturing plant died while working with glass. Officials say 51-year-old James Bales was employed to cut glass and placed excess pieces in a hopper. While doing that, officials say Bales was somehow hit by piece of glass, leading to a fatal injury. Officials are calling his death "purely accidental."

Driver dies from injuries in wreck that killed 2 MDOT workers

January 14, Hattiesburg, MS - Dorothy Crawley, who was driving the car that struck and killed the two on an icy patch of U.S. 11 just north of Lumberton, died Wednesday at Forrest General Hospital from injuries sustained in the accident. Crawley, a Lumberton resident, was 82. "It is an unacceptable situation, but I'm not going to make any more statements until after the funeral," said Gloria Phillips, Crawley's daughter. The two workers, Leon Sims, 43, and Tyler Kilsby, 25, were part of an MDOT crew that had been dispatched Monday morning to apply sand to ice that had formed under a railway trestle spanning U.S. 11. Crawley's Mercury Marquis struck both men before colliding with an MDOT truck.

Tugboat worker dies during accident on Hackensack River

December 27, Secaucus, New Jersey - A worker on a tugboat in the Hackensack River was fatally crushed early this morning after becoming tangled in cables connected to another vessel, authorities said. Ricardo Young, 50, of Queens, N.Y., was killed about 2 a.m. while trying to tighten the connections between the tugboat Turecamo Girls and another vessel it was pulling, said State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones. Young's body was taken to a nearby dock in Secaucus.

Driver killed in fiery truck wreck on I-64

December 23, Scott Depot, West Virginia - The driver of a tractor-trailer traveling to Indiana died in an accident on Interstate 64 near the Winfield exit early Wednesday morning. Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said the driver veered off the highway and hit the underside wall of the bridge at the Crooked Creek interchange around 1:30 a.m. The truck caught on fire, and the driver was badly burned, Smith said. The driver died at the scene, he said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Smith said because of the burns to the man's body, an ID has not immediately been made.

Worker killed in fall at Denver airport

December 19, Denver, Colorado - A worker was killed Saturday morning when he fell into a deep pit full of water at Denver International Airport. DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon said the contract worker fell into about 20 feet of water at the bottom of a 40-foot-deep pit at the airport's heating and cooling plant. The worker's name has not been released. Rescue divers said the water temperature was 38 degrees when the removed the man. Denver International Airport spokesman Jeff Green said the man is a paint inspector, but airport officials weren't certain what he was doing or how he fell.

Construction worker killed in Newbury Park accident

December 21, Newbury, California - A construction worker fell through a skylight and later died of his injuries Sunday, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Capt. Stephen Wade said the man was walking on the roof at 2101 Corporate Center Drive in Newbury Park when he fell through the skylight. He was taken to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The coroner’s office was looking into the accident Sunday, and the Sheriff’s Department planned to look into it further today, Wade said. He did not identify the man.

Worker kills man in beer store

January 4, Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania - A burglary suspect was shot and killed at Shermans Dale Beer & Beverage on Saturday night during a confrontation with a store employee, state police at Newport said. Perry County Coroner Michael Shalonis said he pronounced Jeffrey Thomas Harless, 25, of New Bloomfield, dead at the scene at 10:55 p.m. Saturday. Shalonis said Harless died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and an autopsy is not planned. The shooting occurred after an alarm sounded at 9:44 p.m. Saturday at the beer distributor along the 4900 block of Spring Road in Carroll Twp., Trooper Thomas Pinkerton said.

Clerk Shot Multiple Times At Hazel Dell Store

December 31, Hazel Dell, Washington - Deputies said a Hazel Dell convenience store clerk was shot multiple times Wednesday night. Clark County deputies were called to Bi-Lo Foods, located at Northeast 88th Street and Highway 99, at about 10 p.m. They found 29-year-old Jose Muro, of Vancouver, suffering from gunshot wounds outside the store, according to the sheriff's office. Muro was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center. His condition was not released.

Grocery store worker killed in Cobb

December 29, Atlanta, Georgia - Angelica Robledo De La Rosa, 32, of Marietta was shot about 12:15 p.m. at the Brito Supermarket at 1991 South Cobb Drive, police said. She was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she died Tuesday night. The gunman also shot at a truck in the parking lot before fleeing in a white van. The shattered glass injured a man, who also was taken to the hospital.

Pawn Shop Worker Found Shot To Death Inside Family's Store

December 28, Granite Falls, North Carolina - Investigators gathered evidence well into the night Monday at a family-owned pawn shop in Granite Falls where customers found the father of the owner shot to death hours earlier. Granite Falls police said they plan to bring in a sketch artist on Tuesday in hopes of getting a good picture of the suspect. Police said they got a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. Monday from two customers who said they walked in to find Tony Lee Myers, 65, dead from a gunshot wound.Police said Myers worked at the shop, which is owned by his son. Investigators wouldn't say if anything was taken from the store.

Charity worker is slain in kids' sight

December 26, Little Rock, AR - A Salvation Army worker was shot and killed Christmas Eve in front of his three young children by a man who tried to rob him outside the charity's community center in North Little Rock, a Salvation Army official said yesterday. Police were looking for the two men who accosted Salvation Army Maj. Philip Wise, 40. Wise and his wife, Cindy, had just adopted their children - ages 4, 6, and 8 - last year, said Maj. Harvey Johnson, area commander of the Salvation Army. The three are siblings who came from an abusive family. They were receiving counseling after their father's death, he said.

Slain Oakland Security Guard Remembered As A Good Worker

December 21, Oakland, California - A security guard who was shot to death at an East Oakland auto parts store over the weekend was remembered Monday as a good worker. Bounhom Manyvong, 59, "was a good employee," said Kevin Smith, the senior vice president at St. Moritz Security Services, where Manyvong worked. According to Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason, Manyvong was shot at about 7 p.m. Saturday at the AutoZone store at 1011 International Blvd. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m. Saturday.

Reward offered in Dallas donut shop slaying

December 21, Dallas, Texas — A worker at an East Oak Cliff donut shop was found dead by a customer Monday morning. Police said the victim — 46-year-old Kee Shun Chung — appears to have been shot during a robbery. The incident was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at NY Donuts in the 330 block of East Ledbetter Drive. Surveillance video released by police late Monday afternoon what happened. Chung was shot as he tended the shot by himself.

Cory Wilson remembered at funeral: 'He left this world a better place'

January 11, Belleville, Illinois - Friends, relatives and co-workers crowded into the funeral Monday for Cory Wilson, a volunteer Collinsville High School football coach who was killed last week in a workplace shooting. About 30 people were forced to stand outside the funeral home due to the size of the service's crowd, which was in the hundreds. Wilson, 27, was a supervisor at ABB Inc. in St. Louis. He and two co-workers were shot and killed Thursday by a fellow employee who then took his own life, police said. An attorney for Wilson's family spoke to members of the media.

Owosso native killed in Chicago-area plane crash

January 8, Chicago, Illinois - Ryan Daenzer, an Owosso native, has been identified as one of the two pilots killed when a commercial plane crashed earlier this week near Chicago. According to the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Daenzer was a former Jackson Community College student and flight instructor. He was killed when the Learjet 35A he was co-piloting plunged into the Des Plaines River less than 2 miles from Chicago Executive Airport. Emergency workers pulled his body and another crew member's body from the wreckage Wednesday. Daenzer was 40. Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday they had no indication of what caused the plane to crash. It had been expected to pick up cargo in Chicago and transport it to Atlanta.

Worker killed in industrial accident in Bethany

January 1, Bethany, Oklahoma - An oil field worker was killed New Year's Day in an industrial accident in Bethany. The accident happened at about 8 a.m. Friday at Northwest 27th Street and Rockwell Avenue. Police say 35-year-old Donnie Vickery of Noble died as workers were winching up a pipe to change a drill bit when the pipe broke loose and fell uncontrolled onto a mobile trailer where other workers stay. The accident is under investigation by OSHA and the Department of Labor. No one else was injured in the accident.

Postal worker killed by falling tree

December 30, Torrington, Connecticut — A postal worker was killed by a tree that fell onto her vehicle on Weekeepeemee Road on Tuesday just after 11 a.m., state police said. Barbara Satula, 52, of 35 Hayes Road, Bethlehem, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to police. The road was closed for several hours as troopers worked at the scene, and the accident remains under investigation. Strong winds knocked down numerous trees and branches in northwestern Connecticut on Tuesday. The falling trees fell onto power lines, knocking out power.

UPDATE: Man killed in accident identified

December 28, Columbus, Ohio - A 19-year-old Columbus man was killed overnight Monday when he was struck by a pay-loader removing snow from the west parking area at Columbus Middle School. Christopher Johnson was approaching the pay-loader to get some information from the driver when he slipped under the piece of equipment in the icy conditions, Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said on Monday morning. Johnson was transported by Columbus Rescue Unit personnel to Columbus Community Hospital following the 12:27 a.m. incident. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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