Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Florida Highway Patrol troopers remember co-worker killed in crash

May 17, Miami, Florida - Members of Florida Highway Patrol Troop K came together Monday to pay an emotional tribute to one of their own: Trooper Patrick Ambroise, who died Saturday in a fiery car crash that has raised questions about the driver who hit him and the safety of the trooper's police cruiser. Troopers who worked with Ambroise wore black bands over their badges, lowered the flag at Miami FHP headquarters in West Miami-Dade to half-staff and spoke about the colleague and friend they had come to know over the past four years.

Reserve officer dies of ruptured aorta working at Race for the Cure

May 16, Columbus, Ohio - Whenever Blendon Township held its annual spring park cleanup, Township Trustee Jerry Ward would always be there. And he wouldn't be sitting on the sidelines supervising. Ward would wear a "big sloppy hat" and get his hands dirty spreading mulch or driving a tractor, said fellow Trustee Stew Flaherty. "It wasn't just ceremonial for him. He got in there and worked," Flaherty said. Ward, 66, died Saturday, engaging in another passion: working as a Columbus police reserve officer. He was providing security for the 18th annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure when he had sharp pains in his chest. He died in Grant Medical Center, suffering from a torn aorta, said his wife, Liz Ward.

KC police identify man killed in mower accident

May 16, Kansas City, Missouri - The name of a man killed when his riding mower apparently tipped into Brush Creek has been released. Police identified the man Sunday as 29-year-old Elias Perez of Olathe. Officers rushed Friday to the creek and lifted the mower off the pinned man. They performed CPR until firefighters arrived and took over the resuscitation effort. But the man died at a hospital.

Schertz construction worker killed in Lockhart

May 15, San Antonio, California - A Schertz man was killed Tuesday while working on a construction job in Lockhart, police said. Ronald Kyle Robinson, 34, a construction worker employed by Angel Brothers Enterprises was working on a road repaving project on West San Antonio Street in Lockhart when he was struck by a truck loaded with road material, police said. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. in a lane designated for construction and did not involve any motorists.

Car Lot Employee Gunned Down On The Job

May 16, St. Louis, Missouri - Police are looking for a killer in South St. Louis after a car lot employee was found dead in the company office Saturday morning. Police say the body of 28 year old Jeremiah House of House Springss, Missouri was discovered about 9am when a second employee arrived for work. House was found shot to death on the floor of the J-W Auto Sales office at 3115 Gravois. Police describe the office as being in a "state of disarray," but say they're not certain if that's due to a robbery attempt or because the office is simply kept that way. They say the door was open when the second employee arrived and found the body.

2 dead in blast at N.H. gun plant

May 14, Manchester, New Hampshire - Two people are dead after a New Hampshire gun factory exploded, the state fire marshal says. One worker escaped from the destroyed building, which also housed a church. The blast occurred at a Millennium Designed Muzzleloaders facility in Colebrook, near the Canadian border. The firm makes hunting rifles, ammunition and gunpowder. The local New and Sentinel and Colebrook Chronicle have details.

Update: Worker, injured in explosion, dies of injuries

May 14, Knoxville, Tennessee - A worker injured in an explosion while working on a pipe at the CEMEX plant has died of his injuries. Police said Franklin Dewayne Lasley, 35, was using a welding torch on a steel pipe when something caused the pipe to violently shred into multiple pieces. Lasley was taken to UT Medical Center but died of his injuries there. Police said the incident is still under investigation. The report of the explosion came in around 8:30 Friday morning.

Oil field worker dies

May 14, Mountrail County, Wyoming - The Mountrail County Sheriff's and Coroner's offices are investigating an oil field death that happened in Wednesday afternoon in Mountrail County near Parshall. Timothy David Beavers, 33, from Jackson, Wyo., was found dead on the scene by police officers and the New Town ambulance service at Nabors rig No. 161, 10 miles west of Parshall, about 75 miles from Williston.

Injured construction worker dies

May 13, Montgomery County, Update, 11:55 p.m.: The construction worker died late Thursday night at Washington Hospital Center, Montgomery county police said. Earlier: A construction worker was critically injured Thursday when he fell from the second floor of a Laytonsville home, Montgomery county authorities said. The man, who was not identified, fell 10 feet as his crew was erecting a second-floor wall at a new home in the 18600 block of Woodgate Place about 4:30 p.m., said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire department spokesman.

Worker killed in industrial accident at Ferrous Metal Processing plant in Cleveland

May 13, Cleveland, Ohio - A worker was killed in an industrial accident Wednesday morning at the Ferrous Metal Processing plant in Cleveland. The Cuyahoga County coroner's office confirmed that Marcus Goss, 51, of Cleveland, died at MetroHealth Medical Center shortly after he was struck in the head by a moving machine part at the plant on Memphis Avenue.

Tree trimmer, 34, dies in Yorktown

May 13, Yorktown, New York — A 34-year-old tree company employee died today while trimming trees for Consolidated Edison. Police were awaiting word from doctors on whether the worker accidentally touched a power line and was electrocuted, or died of a medical problem. The man was working in the bucket of a bucket truck shortly before 9 a.m. on Wren Place just in from Route 132, Old Yorktown Road.

Blotter: Man killed in work accident

May 12, Shreveport, Louisiana - A man died in a work accident at the Port of Shreveport-Bossier on Tuesday afternoon. The 60-year-old man was pinned under a crane and metal fabrication. He was working on construction of a dock and crane system used to move items from ships to land. Fire crews removed the man and provided on-scene care before taking him to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where he was pronounced dead. The man's name hasn't been released pending notification of family.

Worker shot during Pizza Hut hold-up

May 12, Indianapolis, Indiana - A restaurant employee was shot during a stick-up attempt on the Northwestside, Indianapolis metropolitan police reported this morning. Terry Justice, 45, Beech Grove, was found on the floor of Pizza Hut, 5749 N. Michigan Rd., at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday with a gunshot wound, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report.

Police: 1 dead, 4 people wounded in Midtown shooting

May 11, Tuscon, Arizona - Police say five people have been shot, one fatally, after an attempted robbery of a car stereo and alarm store turned into a shootout. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday night at M&M Customs on Stone near Ft. Lowell. Investigators say four men entered and tried to hold up the owner and an employee. Police say the owner of the business pulled a gun, and the shooting began. We're also told the employee also started shooting at the robbers.

Worker hurt last week at Cynthiana plant dies

May 12, Cynthiana, Kentucky - An employee of the 3M plant in Cynthiana has died after receiving an electrical shock at work. The Lexington Herald-Leader cited a Fayette County Coroner's news release in reporting the death on Monday night of 39-year-old Tammy Landrum, who was hurt last week. The statement said the cause of death was anoxic brain injury due to electrocution. The incident is being investigated as accidental.

City worker found dead at Dallas' municipal landfill is identified

May 11, Dallas, Texas - A city sanitation worker who was reported missing a day ago was found dead today at the McCommas Bluff Landfill in Dallas. He was identified by police as Roderick Terrell, 42, who drove a brush collection truck. Authorities declined to speculate on how Terrell may have died. They said they would await the results of a medical examiner's inquiry.

Cohocton farmer dies after rolling tractor trailer Monday afternoon

May 11, Cohocton, New York - State police responded to three fatal car accidents in the region Monday. A 61-year-old Cohocton farmer died after he lost control of his tractor trailer hauling a container of 7,500 pounds of liquid manure that overturned around 3:13 p.m. on County Route 35 in the Town of Cohocton. Wayland-based state police said Jerry T. Deusenbery was driving a tractor trailer east down a hillcrest on the roadway — near where CR 35 (also known as Kirkwood Road) intersects with Deusenbery Road — when he failed to negotiate a sharp left bend, which caused the truck to crash through a guard rail and overturn on top of a small creek, according to police.

Worker Killed In Pa. Gas Drilling Accident

May 11, Dimock, Pennsylvania ― A worker at a natural gas drilling site in northeastern Pennsylvania has died after being hit on the head by a pipe. The Luzerne County coroner's office identified the victim as 41-year-old Gregory Walker. Walker was working at a Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. drilling rig in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County when he was hurt Monday morning. He was taken to a hospital in Montrose and then flown by helicopter to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, where he died Monday afternoon.

Worker's Body Found Under 2 Tons Of Trash

May 11, Nashville, Tennessee - A worker was killed Monday night after being crushed under two tons of trash. The man's body was found at about 10 p.m. Monday at the Waste Management facility on Franklin Limestone Road in Antioch. Police believed the man was standing near a large pile of trash when he got caught in front of a bulldozer that normally compacts trash into trailers.

Police: Employee dies after apparent robbery

May 10, Bennetsville, South Carolina - One man has died following a Monday morning shooting and apparent robbery at a convenience store in Bennettsville. According to Chief Larry McNeil of the Bennettsville Police Department, officers were called to the Quik Stop at 157 Marshall St. around 11:30 a.m. Police believe the suspect went into the store, robbed the clerk and proceeded to shoot him once in the chest. McNeil said the clerk was taken to Marlboro Park Hospital, where he was taken into surgery and died just after 4 p.m. Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown identified the victim as Samer Hussein, 44.

"Industrial accident" kills Jeffboat worker

May 10, Jeffboat spokesperson Dave Parker confirms that an employee was killed in what he called an "industrial accident" Monday morning. The company says the victim had worked at Jeffboat for eighteen years. Parker says, "our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of the victim." No other details are available.

CA highway patrol officer killed in plane crash

May 9, Imperial, California — A highway patrol pilot flying to monitor freeway speeders was killed when his aircraft crashed in Southern California, officials said Saturday. Officer Danny Benavides, 39, was flying solo when his plane went down about 9:30 a.m. Friday in a desert area near Highway 78 and Split Mountain Road in Imperial County, the patrol said in a news release. It said the patrol communication center lost contact with the pilot and called for a regional search that involved both military and law enforcement personnel.

Police: Bailiff shot and killed man during Detroit eviction

May 7, Detroit, Michigan - A 41-year-old man was shot and killed this morning by a 36th District Court bailiff during an eviction, police said. The victim’s name hasn’t been released. The shooting was about 10:30 a.m. in the 15000 block of Tacoma in Detroit, police spokeswoman Yvette Walker said. Police said the bailiff was executing a search warrant for an eviction of the home, which was supposed to be vacant.

Old Navy Shooting in Chicago Leaves Two Dead

May 7, Chicago, Illinois - Police say a man shot and killed his girlfriend, then turned the gun on himself inside a Chicago Old Navy in the heart of the city's Loop retail corridor. At a news conference at the scene, police Chief of Patrol Eugene Williams said officers on patrol shortly after 11 a.m. saw employees running out of the store. The employees told police shots had been fired inside. When officers went in, they found two people in the basement area, both of whom had suffered gunshot wounds. The man and woman were both in their 20s, Williams said.

City worker killed, three firefighters hospitalized in Middletown

May 7, Middletown, Ohio – What should have been routine sewer-line work turned deadly Friday morning when a city worker was killed and three firefighters hospitalized after breathing in oxygen-depleted air. As of Friday evening, two of the firefighters had been treated and released. One was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital. Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the problem when a manhole over a sanitary sewer line on Yankee Road was opened. “Something is in there and it’s displacing the oxygen,” said Middletown police Maj. Mark Hoffman. “We just don’t know what it is.” He said there was no risk to the public because there is a dead end at each end of the sewer line. Sensors showed the oxygen levels were only 2 percent. A normal oxygen level is about 21 percent, said Middletown fire Capt. Greg Justice. Killed was Jabin Lakes, 31, who had opened the manhole and was overcome. He fell into the hole, which is 20-30 feet deep, Justice said.

Worker dies after airport construction site accident

May 8, Atlanta, Georgia - A contract worker has died after a construction site accident at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a spokesman said. The incident, which has prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate, is the second fatality on the construction site of the planned terminal in two years. Edgar Rieffel, who worked for D.H. Pace Co., died as a result of the accident, which happened at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal around 5:20 p.m. Thursday, airport spokesman Al Snedeker said.

One reported dead after gas line explosion in Columbia Falls

May 6, Columbia Falls, Montana - Columbia Falls Police Chief reports he felt the earth move under his feet when a natural gas explosion ripped through a city neighborhood. A Northwestern Energy worker is confirmed dead after a gas line explosion leveled a house on the corner of 12th Street West and 2nd Avenue West, in Columbia Falls. Reports came in about 3:50 this afternoon. The Columbia Falls Police Department tells us that three other Northwestern Energy workers were on the scene at the time of the explosion, but were not injured.

Worker killed in fall from Inwood roof

May 6, Islip, New York - A worker accidentally fell to his death Thursday from the roof of an Inwood medical building, police said. The 63-year-old Atlantic Beach man was doing roofing work at 372 Doughty Blvd. at 11:30 a.m. when he fell about 40 feet, Nassau police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police withheld the worker's identity until next of kin could be notified.

ODOT Employee Killed In Work-Zone Accident

May 6, Knox County, Ohio - An ODOT worker is killed Thursday when he is dragged under a track hoe and suffers fatal injuries. NBC 4 reported with the FAST FACTS from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Shawn Blubaugh was working to clear brush alongside U.S. Route 36, near mile marker 26, west of the village of Howard. That was at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Gregory E. Lawson, 38, of Howard was operating a track hoe in the same area. Both are employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Lawson was backing up the track hoe, and Blubaugh's leg or clothing became trapped in one of the hoe's tracks. He was dragged under the equipment and suffered fatal injuries. Blubaugh of Danville was transported to Knox Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 41.

2nd Redstone explosion victim dies

May 6, Huntsville, Tennessee — The second victim in Wednesday’s Redstone Arsenal chemical explosion has died. A press release this morning from the U.S. Army Garrison Redstone said the two men injured in the explosion died overnight at UAB Hospital’s burn center. The Amtec Corp. private contractors were demilitarizing, or recycling, ammonium perchlorate, an oxidizer used in solid rocket propellant, at the time of the explosion at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center facility on the south end of the arsenal.

Springfield Twp. arcade employee shot, robbed

May 4, Springfield Township — Township police and Summit County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who shot and robbed a video gaming arcade employee early Wednesday morning. Authorities were called at 12:48 a.m. to Mega Spin, 2276 S. Arlington Rd., in response to a shooting, said Inspector William Holland of the sheriff’s department.

Winston-Salem City Employee Shot, Killed By His Brother

May 4, Winston-Salem, North Carolina - Police are investigating a fatal shooting along Northwest Boulevard near Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. The call came in for around 1:10 Tuesday afternoon. City Manager Lee Garrity released a statement from the city saying the victim is Randy Buchanan, a city employee. Buchanan, 59, worked as a construction inspector in the city's Engineering Division. He was shot and killed while working on Northwest Blvd.

Maine clammer died of drowning

November 19, Perry, Maine — The Maine medical examiner's office says an eastern Maine man who went missing while clam digging last week died by accidentally drowning. The body of 51-year-old Arthur Calder Jr. was found Monday afternoon on the shore of East Cove in Perry. Calder was reported missing Sunday, but he is thought to have drowned earlier last week. There was a delay between when he died and when he was reported missing because he lived alone.

SE Nebraska farmer killed in tractor accident

May 4,Beatrice, Nebraska - A Beatrice farmer has died after being crushed by his tractor. Gage County Sheriff's officials say 55-year-old Chuck Benash was found Monday pinned underneath the left rear wheel of a tractor in a pasture south of his rural house in southeast Nebraska. Investigators believe he had been pinned under the tractor since Sunday night, when he was last seen operating the tractor.

Employee Killed in Health Center Shooting

May 4, Durban, North Carolina - A female employee at the Duke Health Center in Durham, N.C., died Tuesday after she was shot several times by a male suspect, WRAL reported. Durham police said the man entered the building just before 3pm local time and fired several shots at the woman. Police believe that it was a targeted shooting. The clinic was placed on lockdown immediately after the incident.

Worker killed at W.Va. mine site

Charleston, West Virginia - A worker was killed Tuesday while helping to recover equipment from a temporarily idled coal preparation operation in Upshur County, officials said. The worker, whose name was not immediately released, was hit in the head with a chain that was being used to try to haul an excavator, according to federal and state mine safety officials. Jama Jarrett, spokeswoman for the state Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training, said the death occurred at Carson One LLC's Adrian Refuse Area and Preparation Plant, located south of Buckhannon.

Construction worker dies of injuries from hit-and-run on I-94 in northwestern Indiana

May 3, Vaparaiso, Indiana — State police say a construction worker has died from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a car on a northwestern Indiana highway. Police say 49-year-old Roger Sadler of Michigan City died Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center, two days after he was struck in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Burns Harbor. Sadler was working in blocked-off lanes when police say a car made an illegal U-turn before hitting him and carrying him about 35 feet.

Worker dies following injury at Holland construction site

May 3, Holland, Wyoming - A construction worker died this afternoon on a residential work site in the Town of Holland, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported. Brandon Acker, 34, from Silver Springs in Wyoming County, was injured at 12:16 p.m. while working on a home under construction at 13045 Hawks Hill Road, off East Holland Road, said Mary Murray, a sheriff's spokeswoman. Acker worked for Fisher Concrete in Java Center. A preliminary investigation showed that Acker was working with other employees putting in a basement when a 15-by-8-foot section of earthen embankment collapsed, pinning him underneath. Other workers were able to free him before firefighters arrived.

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