Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

April 6, Tuesday afternoon, the state Medical Examiner identified the first seven victims of the disaster: Steven J. Harrah, 40; William R. Lynch, 59; Jason Atkins, 25; Benny Ray Willingham, 61; Carl Accord, 52; Deward Allan Scott, 58; and Robert E. Clark, 41

Tree trimmer dies in Mesa when trapped under palm fronds

April 18, Mesa, Arizona - Authorities say a worker trimming a palm tree in Mesa Saturday morning was killed when a pile of fronds fell on him trapping him underneath. Mesa Fire Department spokesman Doug Martineau said two men were trimming the tree around 8:15 a.m. when the 28-year-old worker was trapped under 500 to 1,000 pounds of dead foliage. Martineau said when firefighters arrived at the home near Brown Road and Country Club Drive, they could only see the man's hands showing from under the skirt of tree fronds.

AT&T Worker Dies After ‘Loud Boom’

April 16, Phoenix, Arizona - A man only heard what he described as a “loud boom.” When he looked up, he saw that his co-worker, an AT&T technician, was hanging motionless. It happened Thursday on Detroit’s west side. The worker, in his 40s, was high above the ground working on a utility pole. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. There’s no official cause of death yet, but a DTE Energy spokesperson says it’s most likely electrocution. DTE and AT&T both used the utility pole to provide service in the area. Michigan’s OSHA will likely investigate further.

Worker Killed, Two Hurt in Choctaw County

April 16, Choctaw County, Alabama - An accident Thursday in west Alabama killed a Choctaw County employee and critically injured another. It happened around 10 a.m. on County Road 32 in Yantley. Officials say three employees were preparing to patch a pothole when an elderly motorist struck the back of their dump truck, pinning them underneath...The worker who died is identified as 63-year-old Jerry Hudson. After working more than 20 years for the county, he retired three years ago and Commissioner Ruffin says he went on to work part-time with the county to help. One of the workers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The other was critically hurt and is being treated for multiple injuries, including two broken legs.

Man killed in forklift accident at NY business

April 16, Gates, New York - Authorities say a 27-year-old man has died after he was crushed between a forklift and his pickup truck at a suburban Rochester business. Police say Thomas Albano of Ogden was working on his truck at Clark Moving and Storage Thursday evening when the accident occurred. Officials say he had permission to use the forklift while working on his truck. Police say Albano was dead by the time authorities were called to the scene.

Worker crushed to death in coiler

April 15, Alpharetta, Georgia - A 53-year-old worker was killed when he was pulled into steel processing equipment at AP Specialty Metals Inc.'s plant in Alpharetta, Ga. A spokesman for the Forsyth County (Ga.) Fire Department said the victim, Jeffrey E. Thurman, was working on a machine that rolled 6-foot-wide coiled steel for shipment. "For reasons unknown, he became caught...

Garage worker crushed to death by dump truck in in Roslyn Heights

April 14, Roslyn Heights, New York - A man was crushed to death Thursday by the mechanism of a dump truck that was inside an auto repair business in Roslyn Heights, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the Roslyn Auto Express, 71 Mineola Ave., shortly after 3 p.m., when he was discovered, Nassau police said. Homicide Det. Sgt. Richard Laursen said the victim was working there alone, and the exact time of the accident...

ComEd employee found dead

April 14, Bedford, Illinois - A ComEd worker was found dead Wednesday at a power substation near Bedford Park, officials said. A ComEd spokesman says the deceased worker was discovered by another ComEd employee this afternoon. The identity of the worker has not yet been released, pending notification of family members, he said. The circumstances leading to the death were not immediately available, and ComEd officials will continue to investigate, he said.

Tesoro Says Sixth Anacortes Refinery Worker Dies

April 13, Seattle, Washington - Tesoro Corp. said a sixth refinery worker, Lew Janz, died from injuries sustained in the April 2 chemical explosion at its Anacortes, Washington, refinery. “It is with the deepest sadness that we must report the loss of our friend and co-worker, Lew Janz, who passed away this morning,” Lynn Westfall, a company spokesman, said in an e- mailed statement today. Another worker who was injured in the blast is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Metals Plant Worker Crushed By Machine ID'd

April 14, Forsyth County, Georgia - A manufacturing plant worker killed Tuesday in an industrial accident has been identified. Capt. Frank Huggins with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said the victim is Jeffrey Thurman, 53, of Cumming. Authorities said Thurman became trapped in a machine that polishes heavy-gauge metal. The accident happened at the AP Specialty Metals plant on Grassland Parkway in Alpharetta.

South Carolina man identified as victim in Hanover industrial accident

April 13, Baltimore, Maryland - Anne Arundel County police have identified the man who was killed Monday morning when slabs of granite fell on top of him at a Hanover countertop company. Police said Stacy Carl Moody, 41, of Turbeville, S.C., a trucker for South Carolina-based McKenzie Trucking, was delivering slabs of granite to American Countertop. As he prepared to unload the slabs about 9:15 a.m., they slid from his flatbed truck, killing him, according to police.

Construction worker dies after falling 4 stories from Seaside Heights hotel

April 12, Seaside Heights - A 43-year-old Toms River man fell to his death this morning while working on a hotel in Seaside Heights. The construction worker fell four stories from the White Pearl Hotel on Sumner Avenue at 9:11 a.m., said Capt. Thomas Hayes, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Hayes said the man, whose identity is being withheld by authorities until next of kin is notified, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:25 a.m.

Construction Worker Killed At Local Mine

April 12, Franklin County, Illinois - A construction worker has been killed in an accident at Sugar Camp Mine in Franklin County. Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler says Ray Oney, 61 of Mount Airy, North Carolina was killed Sunday afternoon while working for an independent construction company at the site of the mine. Leffler says Oney died from lacerations to his heart and lungs.

Elephant startled by shock kills Pa. circus worker

April 10, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Authorities say a circus elephant that kicked a worker and killed him before a performance in northeastern Pennsylvania was shocked by an electrical wire. Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-behr-ee) Sgt. Ken Lukasavage says the Irem Shrine Circus groomer was trying to get the animal away from the wire when he was injured shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday. The circus wasn't open at the time. Lukasavage says after the accident, the African elephant, Dumbo, was calm and responded to a trainer's commands. Police say the elephant was confined and did not participate in Friday night's performance.

Cab Driver Murderer Identified

April 10, New Orleans, Louisiana - Members of the New Orleans Police Department have issued an arrest warrant for 21-year-old John Raymond wanted in connection with the murder of a cab driver that occurred April 5 at around midnight in the 3000 block of Sandra Drive. According to investigators, Fourth District officers responded to a call of "Shots fired" and upon their arrival, found the victim lying on the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the body. Emergency Medical Paramedics were summoned to the scene where the victim was pronounced dead. John Gagliano, the New Orleans coroner's office chief investigator, says 39-year-old Richard Temple Jr. was sitting in his taxi early Tuesday when someone shot him in the chest. No motive has been released in the shooting.

Washington State: 5 workers killed in refinery explosion

April 7, Anacortes, Washington — Five workers were killed and two severely burned from a fire and explosion here at the Tesoro oil refinery April 2. According to the Seattle Times, the early morning explosion “was so violent that many in Anacortes felt the shock wave across Fidalgo Bay… . A fireball lit the night sky over the plant.” Six of the seven victims were members of the United Steelworkers, Local 12-591. Those killed were: Matthew Bowen, 31; Darren Hoines, 43; Daniel Aldridge, 50; Kathryn Powell, 29; and Donna Van Dreumel, 36. Matt Gumbel, 34, and Lew Janz, a supervisor, are in critical condition. The explosion occurred in the naphtha unit. Naphtha is a volatile, flammable liquid derived during the refining process.

Austintown man killed in construction accident outside Cleveland

April 7, Hudson, Ohio - An Austintown man is dead after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Hudson Wednesday morning. James Wetzl, 56, an employee of A. Bagnoli and Sons Grading and Excavating out of Boardman, was killed when a wall of mud and clay collapsed on top of the area he was working at around 11 a.m. Another man, Albert Bagnoli, Jr. of Youngstown, was trapped under ten feet of mud. Crews worked for seven hours to rescue him.

One worker dies, one survives in Hudson trench collapse

April 7, Hudson, Ohio - One worker died and another was pulled to safety after enduring 5 1/2 hours in a sewer trench that collapsed around them Wednesday. At times, rescuers clawed at the sticky clay that filled the ditch in an effort to free the men. Eventually, they used a body board and pulley to hoist the survivor, Albert Joseph Bagnoli, Jr., 58, of Youngstown, from the bottom of the 15-foot hole about 4:45 p.m. Bagnoli was smiling. Workers had already put a neck brace on him. Rescuers were unable to save James Wetzl, 56, of Canfield, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescuers also found James Wetzl, 56, of Canfield, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Construction worker killed in I-95 crash

April 7, Orange, Connecticut — A construction worker who died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 has been identified as a 56-year-old Farmington man. Connecticut State Police say Anthony Diorio, who worked for ADF Industries of Berlin, was killed in the crash early Wednesday in Orange. Police say the boom arm on Diorio's truck was raised too high and struck an overpass, causing the vehicle to leave its lane and into the path of a big rig. That tractor-trailer hit the construction truck and Diorio, who was thrown from his vehicle.

Bremerton man killed in fall from tree

April 6, A tree-trimmer fatally injured in a fall while limbing a tree in the Poulsbo was identified Tuesday as Michael S. Pitcher, 30, of Bremerton. Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Pitcher was the owner of Allstar Tree & Landscape of Bremerton. He was dead at the scene in 13000 block of Keyport Road Northeast following a fall shortly before 5 p.m. Monday According to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, aid was summoned by a co-worker after Pitcher fell about 35 feet from a tree in which he was working. He was wearing a helmet, but landed on his head on a fallen tree. The state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating.

Cab driver killed in Algiers was friend to all say co-workers

April 6, New Orleans – A 39-year-old cab driver who had just picked up a fare and delivered her to an Algiers neighborhood when an armed man approached him and shot him during a robbery shortly after midnight. Ricky Temple, who worked for Glenn’s Cab Company had picked up the fare in Harvey and brought her near the intersection of General DeGaulle and Sandra Drive, where the crime occurred. Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo said the NOPD is narrowing in on a suspect based on accounts of the woman in the cab and several people who live in the neighborhood.

25 Dead in W.Va. Mine Blast, Worst Since 1984

April 6, Montcoal, West Virgina - A huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners in the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1984, and rescuers on Tuesday began a dangerous and possibly futile attempt to rescue four others still missing...''They're supposed to be a big company,'' said Michelle McKinney, who found out from a local official at a nearby school that her 62-year-old father, Benny R. Willingham, died in the blast. ''These guys, they took a chance every day to work and make them big. And they couldn't even call us.'' McKinney said her husband is a miner too and her 16-year-old son doesn't want him to go back to work. Willingham, who had mined for 30 years, the last 17 with Massey, was just five weeks from retiring and planned to take his wife on a cruise to the Virgin Islands next month. Three members of the same family were also among the dead. Diana Davis said her husband, Timmy Davis, 51, died in the explosion along with his nephews, Josh Napper, 27, and Cory Davis, 20.

USA - Farmer shot dead

April 5, Flagstaff, Arizona - Fears of Mexico's drug war spilling across the border took on an all new urgency this weekend after a 58-year-old rancher from the border town of Douglas, Arizona was fatally shot. Rob Krentz's body was found just before midnight Saturday on his family's ranch. Krentz's dog had also been shot to death. The Cochise County Sheriff's Department says details remain sketchy at this point, but the U.S. Border Patrol has joined the investigation. U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona released a statement condemning the "cold-blooded killing."

Montgomery County police officer dies in police car wreck

April 5, Montgomery County, Maryland - A Montgomery County police officer whose wife is pregnant with triplets was killed Sunday when his police car ran off the road and struck a tree in Wheaton, officers said Sunday night.Hector Ayala, 31, was responding to a call from another officer who needed assistance at the scene of a fight, a department spokesman said. Ayala was driving west on Randolph Road about 2:20 a.m. when his 2003 Ford Crown Victoria left the road and slammed into a tree.

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