Monday, March 08, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Cab driver found dead outside cab: police

March 18, Chicago, Illinois - A North Side cab driver who was found lying on the ground outside of his cab early Thursday in the Loop has died. Angelis Kouzios, 62, was found at 239 E. Randolph St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. About 2 a.m., a cab with a passenger drove past when the passenger saw a man on the ground outside next to another cab, police said. The man had parked the vehicle and was apparently having a cigarette break when it appears he had a heart attack, police said. The passenger called authorities and an ambulance to the location, according to police.

Construction worker dies after headfirst fall into a hole

March 17, Hermosa Beach, California - Last week, area emergency and rescue crews spent nearly three hours in Hermosa Beach trying to recover the body of a construction worker who died after falling into a hole. The accident occurred March 10 at around 10:30 a.m. at 402 Sixth St. near Cypress Street. Alejandro Valladares, 29, fell approximately 30 feet headfirst into the bottom of a hole from a raised forklift and was killed. The investigation is still ongoing according to Cal/OSHA, the California branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PG&E worker dies on the job in Benicia

March 17, Benicia, California - An official with the Solano County Coroner's Office identified Maximilliano Martinez as the worker killed Wednesday. Martinez was from Windsor. PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith says the 26-year-old general construction lineman was electrocuted Wednesday morning.

VIDEO AND AUDIO: Officer killed responding to complaint

March 16, Elyria, Ohio — Elyria police Officer James Kerstetter yelled into his microphone, "I've been shot!" and thus began the terrible sequence of events Monday night where a routine call to handle a neighbor's complaint against another neighbor turned tragic. Kerstetter, 43, died from multiple gunshot wounds and a head injury and was pronounced dead at EMH Regional Medical Center, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus. He was allegedly shot by Ronald Palmer, 326 18th St., Elyria, inside the house.

Man killed while working on lawn mower

March 16, Bremen, Indiana - Marshall County police reported Jared Smith, 33, was killed after he was pinned underneath an industrial size lawn mower Monday evening. Police, fire and EMS responded to the accident in the 5700 block of 1st road just before 6pm. County police said Smith was working on the lawn mower when the jack failed and fell on top of him. Smith was killed by the weight of the machine. Marshall County police are investigating the accident with the help of the coroner's office.

Police seek driver who struck, killed construction worker in Lake County

March 16, Lake Station, Indiana — Police are searching for a driver who fled on foot after his speeding car struck and killed a construction worker on a northwestern Indiana highway. State police say a crew was patching potholes in a construction zone on westbound Interstate 80-94 in Lake Station when 45-year-old Christopher Jenkins was hit about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and thrown through the car's windshield.

Procession honors slain Ohio State employee

March 15, Columbus, Ohio - Hundreds have turned out on the Ohio State University campus to show support during the burial procession of an employee gunned down by a subordinate. Forty-8-year-old building services manager Larry Wallington was killed early last Tuesday in a university maintenance building by a janitor about to be fired. Nathaniel Brown also shot and wounded another of his bosses before taking his own life. Wallington's funeral was Sunday. For Monday's procession, Ohio State had encouraged students, faculty and others to line the route, and the crowd stood three deep in spots.

Motel worker's death ruled a homicide

March 14, Eustis, Florida- Authorities are calling the death of a woman whose body was found in an Eustis motel room a homicide. Kimmy Sue Edwards' body was reportedly discovered Friday at the Cara Mar Motel. The 46-year-old woman worked at the motel. A police sergeant told the Orlando Sentinel that the death was classified as a homicide Saturday. Investigators are looking for a man who they believe is a person of interest in the case.

Ohio cop dies of 'cardiac incident' after chase

March 15, Cleveland Heights, Ohio — The coroner's office lists a "cardiac incident" as the tentative cause of death for a Cleveland area police officer who died while on duty Saturday. Thirty-year-old Thomas Patton II collapsed while chasing a suspect on foot and later died at a hospital. He was the son of state Sen. Thomas Patton and had been an officer on the Cleveland Heights police force for seven years. Police Chief Martin Lentz says several officers were chasing a person around 8:45 p.m. Saturday when Patton stopped suddenly and doubled over, then began running again before collapsing. Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelley says Officer Patton loved protecting the city and died a hero.

Minden man dies in work-related accident

March 12, Minden, Louisiana – A Minden man died today from complications of a fall into rail car at Camp Minden, authorities said. The victim is identified as Shannon Sampson, 30, a supervisor with GATX Rail Field. Sampson suffered a loss of oxygen which caused him to pass out and fall, Webster Parish sheriff’s public information officer Jenny Reynolds said in an e-mail. Sampson was flown from the scene to a Shreveport hospital, where he later died. Bossier Parish Fire District No. 1 Assistant Chief Skip Pinkston told deputies the oxygen level in the rail car was 7.3 percent, “which is about half of what we need to function,” Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said.

Natural Gas Rig Worker Dead After 20 Foot Fall

March 12, Towanda, New York - A gas drilling worker is dead after falling from a rig in Towanda. Police say 31-year-old Greg Henry of Athens, Tennessee was trying to dislodge a handrail on a moving drilling unit. The handrail gave way, and Henry fell at about 20 feet. Police say the fall caused a severe head injury and Henry was pronounced dead at the scene. OSHA is investigating. If the inspector finds safety violations at the site, the rig operator, Chesapeake Energy, will be fined.

Construction Worker Killed In Trench Collapse

March 10, Hermosa Beach, California - Officials say a construction worker died Wednesday when he became buried head-first during a trench collapse in Hermosa Beach. It took firefighters more than two and one half hours to extricate the man. The construction worker remains unidentified until his next of kin can be notified. Firefighters were sent to Sixth Street and Cypress Avenue about 10:30 a.m., said Mick Gaglia of the Hermosa Beach Police Department. The man was buried head-first, with only a portion of his leg exposed, according to authorities. He was declared dead at the scene.

Collapsed sewer trench killed construction worker in Alamo, TX

March 5, Alamo, Texas — A worker who was trapped in a collapsed trench died Friday afternoon, March 5, 2010. The 25-year-old construction worker was about six feet underground near the intersection of South Tower and Ridge roads when the fatal workplace accident occurred, as reported by The Monitor. The worker, Rigoberto Tovar, a Mexican national, was installing a storm swear line around noon when the trench collapsed, pinning Tovar to a sewer main. Tovar was reportedly standing in a 6-foot-deep trench when the dirt sides of the trench collapsed onto Tovar, knocking him into the sewer main, killing him instantly. Responding emergency medical services (EMS) teams pronounced Tovar dead at the scene.

Frankfort man dies in work-related accident

March 11, Frankfort, Illinois - Frankfort resident Mike Gryga, 41, was killed on the job with Peoples Gas Wednesday, March 3, during a pressure test he was conducting below Jackson Boulevard and Wacker Drive in Chicago, according to Chicago Fire Department officials. Gryga and his co-workers were testing a 20-inch pipe for air pressure when the accident occurred, said Bonnie Johnson, manager of public relations for Peoples Gas. The test was part of the Wacker Drive reconstruction project. According to witnesses, Gryga and his partner were in a construction hole testing the pipe when there was a loud pop and dust billowed above the street.

Officer killed in Lake Shore Drive crash honored

March 10, Chicago, Illinois - A Chicago police officer who died in the line of duty last month was honored Wednesday at City Council. Aldermen paid tribute to Officer Alan Haymaker. His family and police superintendent Jody Weis were on hand. Haymaker died last month as he was responding to a burglary. His squad car crashed on Lake Shore Drive.

Prince George's police officer, 27, dies after car crash

March 11, There's a photo that shows Thomas P. Jensen wearing a Prince George's County police uniform when he was 4 years old, friends said. Sure, it was just a Halloween costume, but everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Jensen would be wearing the uniform for real. Maybe it was because Jensen's dad was a Prince George's officer who didn't mind taking his son to work. Maybe it was because many of Jensen's friends became cops, too. Whatever the case, Jensen knew from a young age that he was meant to be a police officer, and almost as soon he was 21, he made the dream a reality. But one day last month, Jensen, 27, was rushing to a call about a man who had gotten high on PCP and broken into a woman's apartment by throwing concrete through a window, police said.

Police: Man dies in shootout after killing 1 officer, wounding another in Jackson, Mich.

March 9, Jackson, Michigan — A man opened fire at two police officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call, killing one officer and wounding the other early Tuesday before being fatally shot, authorities said. The shootout occurred around 12:30 a.m. when the officers entered 63-year-old Elvin Potts' home in Jackson, a city about 70 miles west of Detroit. Potts revealed a handgun and shot at the officers three times, police said. One officer returned fire, killing Potts. Jackson police Officer James Bonneau, 26, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco said.

Ohio State Employee Kills Co-Worker, Then Self, Police Say

March 9, An Ohio State University custodian who had been told he was being fired killed a co-worker and wounded another before killing himself early Tuesday morning at a university maintenance building, officials said. No students were involved in the 3:30 a.m. shooting, and classes were held as scheduled on Tuesday. The gunman was identified as Nathaniel Brown, 51. The university released documents indicating that Mr. Brown’s supervisors had complained that he was often late to work, frequently slept on the job and refused to follow instructions. The university sent him a letter on March 2 informing him that he was being fired and that his last day of work would be Saturday.

Worker killed when truck strikes pole

Kanawha County, West Virginia - A man was killed over the weekend when the Appalachian Electric Power truck he was driving crashed into a utility pole in eastern Kanawha County. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said the accident happened about 6 a.m. Sunday on Kellys Creek Road near Mammoth. The large pickup ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole and tree, deputies said. Investigators said a fire ignited by the crash was mostly contained to the cab. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning. His body was transported to the state Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.

Worker found dead at Tyson Foods plant

March 8, Houston, Texas - A Tyson Foods employee died during what appears to be an accident at an east Houston plant Sunday evening, authorities said. Police received a call around 7 p.m. from the unidentified victim's co-worker, who found him dead in the attic of the Tyson Foods Plant at 300 Portwall, authorities said. At this time, the man's death appears to be accidental, authorities said. No further details about the incident were available at this time.

Second death at New Mexico refinery confirmed

March 8, Artesia, New Mexico — A second man is confirmed dead in last week's refinery explosion and fire at Navajo Refinery in the southeastern New Mexico community of Artesia. Authorities located one body immediately after the March 2 fire, but had said a second man was missing and presumed dead. Navajo Refinery's parent company, Holly Corp. of Dallas, announced this weekend that the second fatality has been confirmed. Artesia police earlier identified the two men as Natividad Andajo of Odessa, Texas, and Victor Villa of Midland, Texas.

OPSO confirms death of officer shot on Thursday

March 7, Monroe, Louisiana - The Ouachita Parish sheriff’s office has confirmed the death of Cpl. J.R. Searcy. An eight-year veteran deputy of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Searcy was in critical condition for two days at St. Francis Medical Center after being shot while on an aggravated assault call. Searcy was shot once Thursday evening by Michael Tanner. Tanner was suspected of trying to run over some people with a vehicle when Searcy accompanied another deputy to the scene. Upon arriving at the scene, Searcy, with a stun gun in his hand, ordered Tanner to put his hands behind his head. As Tanner was raising his hands, he pulled a hangun and fired, shooting Searcy once.

Worker found dead at Tyson Foods plant

March 8, Houston, Texas - A Tyson Foods employee died during what appears to be an accident at an east Houston plant Sunday evening, authorities said. Police received a call around 7 p.m. from the unidentified victim's co-worker, who found him dead in the attic of the Tyson Foods Plant at 300 Portwall, authorities said. At this time, the man's death appears to be accidental, authorities said. No further details about the incident were available at this time.

Backhoe operator killed in an accident at the Hanford BPA project

March 5, New York, New York - A fatal accident at a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) substation on the Hanford nuclear reservation left a backhoe operator dead on Monday, March 1, 2010. The Castle Rock resident was killed around 9:00 a.m., in an undisclosed accident, as reported by the Tri-City Herald. Kelly Loyd of Castle Rock, was reportedly operating a Bobcat with a backhoe while doing some excavation work at the White Bluffs substation with a BPA crew when the accident occurred. The details of the accident, including what caused it and what exactly happened, have not yet been released by officials. Emergency medical services (EMS) teams were dispatched to scene, where they then transported Loyd to Kadelc Regional Medical Center in Richland for treatment of his serious injuries. Shortly after arriving Lyod was pronounced dead by attending medical professionals. His injuries were not specified. Christenson Electric Inc. reportedly employed Loyd at his time of death.

Construction worker killed Alamo accident

March 5, Rio Grande Valley, Texas - A 25-year-old construction worker lost his life following an accident at a road expansion project in Alamo. Authorities told Action 4 News that the accident happened of South Tower and Ridge Roads around noon Friday. Investigators said the man normally worked as a flagger to direct traffic. But authorities said he went to help co-workers working in a trench on Friday. The 25-year-old worker had been inside the trench for 10 minutes when he started to leave. Investigators said dirt gave way underneath causing him to fall and hit his cheekbone on a pipe.

Frederick Harrington killed in fall from construction site

March 5, Rochester, New York - Rochester police have identified the 44-year-old East Rochester man who died Thursday after falling from the top of an office building under construction at Monroe Avenue and Alexander Street. Frederick Harrington was pronounced dead at 4:05 p.m. at the Strong Memorial Hospital, according to police. Harrington was not conscious when he was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, said LaShay Harris, spokeswoman for Rural/Metro Medical Services. He was pronounced dead at 4:05 p.m. at the hospital, according to Rochester police.

Man killed in fight over Laurens Co. parking spot

March 5, Gray Court, South Carolina — Investigators say a 50-year-old employee at a South Carolina car lot was killed by a fellow worker in a fight over a parking space. Authorities told multiple media outlets that Randy Lyn Fuller became upset on Thursday because a car was blocking in another vehicle that was about to be shipped at Classic Cars of South Carolina in Gray Court. Investigators say Fuller got into a scuffle with the other employee and died during the fight.

Man dies after falling off roof at NY work site

March 5, Rochester, NY - Authorities say a 44-year-old man has died after falling from the top of an office building under construction in Rochester. Police say the construction worker from East Rochester was at the Alexander Park Professional Center site when he fell Thursday afternoon. The man was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital, where police say he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police say the man, an employee of the Finger Lakes Service Group, was working on the two-story roof when he fell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

March 12 accident occurred in Towanda, PA.

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