Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Semi Driver Dies in Fiery Crash

August 19, WACO, TX - 56 year old Bobby Wayne Morris of Groesbeck, died when his 18-wheeler, headed toward Waco, hit a guardrail and exploded on Highway 6, about a mile south of Loop 340 at Tehuacana Creek. The truck ended up overturned in a ditch and flames spread to a nearby wooded area. Groesbeck, was thrown clear of the truck, but died at the scene, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

North Carolina Trucker Dies in Wreck

August 15, SALISBURY, NC - 30 year old Max Jerome Anderson of Salisbury was killed early Sunday morning when his rig overturned and crashed on Interstate 40 west of Marion, authorities said. Anderson was headed west near mile marker 77 shortly before 3:30 a.m. when the tractor-trailer ran off the roadway to the left, collided with a guardrail and came to rest on its side, said Sgt. Kevin Owens of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Construction Worker Dies as Result of Attack by Co-Worker

August 15, WHITEHALL, OH - 47 year old Scott L. Fairclough died today from injuries suffered when he fell after being struck by a co-worker at a construction site on Friday. Homicide Squad Detective Dana Croom said Fairclough and another worker got into a fight that was broken up by co-workers. But minutes later, the co-worker punched Fairclough in the face. Fairclough lost his balance, fell off a set of four porch steps and struck his head on the cement, Columbus police said. Croom said he will seek involuntary manslaughter charges against the co-worker.

Man Dies Falling From Catwalk

August 14, DETROIT LAKES, MN - 58 year old Kenneth Ray Benton of Magee, MS was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a catwalk at a demolition site three miles north of Detroit Lakes on Saturday. Deputies found Benton's body at a former asphalt plant that was being disassembled. According to a press release, the victim “had apparently … fallen from a catwalk of a substantial height.”

Store Owner Robbed, Stabbed to Death

August 14, BELLMEAD, TX - Najmal Haq, the owner of the New Quick Food Mart at 1902 Old Dallas Highway, was stabbed repeatedly during a robbery just after noon on Aug. 14 and later died at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Two men and a juvenile have been charged with Capitol Murder.

Tractor Trailer Driver Dies in Crash

August 14, JACKSONVILLE, FL - 52 year old Walter Eugene Dixon died early Saturday when his truck burst into flames after hitting trees alongside Interstate 95 near St. Augustine, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The truck hit a wet ditch, then collided with the treeline. The trailer jackknifed and caught fire, troopers said.

Worker Dies Trying to Trim Tree

August 14, CLIMAX, NC - 44 year old Timothy Wayne Killian died Saturday afternoon while doing tree removal services. A witness at the scene tells WFMY News 2 Killian was struck in the head by one of the large limbs and was found hanging from the tree. Emergency responders were called to the scene to rescue Killian from the tree, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Power Line Worker Dies of Injuries

August 14, ATLANTA, GA - 25 year old Kylan Warren has died of injuries he suffered July 15, 2010. Warren, a Georgia Power lineman, suffered severe burns on the job. Hundreds turned out on Saturday for a charity motorcycle ride for Warren but he died of his injuries just hours before the ride was to begin.

Manager Struck and Killed Outside Store

August 13, HOUSTON, TX - an unidentified manager of a Chevron Station was struck and killed by a get away vehicle after confronting a shoplifting suspect in the store. According to investigators, the manager and suspect exchanged words and a fight broke out which spilled over into the store's parking lot. That's where a second suspect waiting outside in a vehicle accelerated and struck the manager, say police.

Farmer Dies as Result of Tractor Accident

August 13, BYRON, WI - 59 year old Lee Batterman has died as a result of a head injury he suffered in a tractor accident this week. Authorities say Batterman was on his farm Thursday afternoon when he was hit by a tractor. Batterman suffered serious head injuries but was conscious when emergency responders arrived.

Worker Dies in Forklift Explosion

August 13, DICKSON, TN - Bruce Mitchell was killed in a forklift explosion Friday at the Quad/Graphics plant. Dispatchers reported a fire inside the building, and Mitchell was found to have been burned on at least 98 percent of his body. The blaze was quickly put out. Authorities said they believe the fire was started by something electrical in nature, and not a propane tank, as was previously believed. UPDATE: New information regarding this accident shows Mr. Mitchell exhibited heroic behavior before the fire that took his life.

Man Dies in Logging Accident

August 13, CHEHALIS, WA - 47 year old Michael R. Messner of Longview died while operating a logging processor west of Chehalis Thursday when a chain broke and rammed through the windshield of the processor’s cab, striking him in the throat. Messner was working for C&C Logging on Weyerhaeuser Co. land.

Construction Worker Electrocuted

August 13, LEXINGTON, KY - 46 year old Michael Gribbins of Clearfield, an electrician working at the Morehead unemployment office, which is being renovated after flooding damaged the building, was electrocuted Friday afternoon. Officials say Gribbins was working in the attic of the building, located on Bradly Avenue. So far, officials have not determined the circumstances of how Gribbons was electrocuted.

EMT Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

August 13, WHITE OAK, TX - 33 year old Casey Steenland, an EMT in training,died and two co-workers were hospitalized Friday after being overcome by carbon monoxide while on duty in this small East Texas town. Victoria Ashworth, a spokeswoman at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview told The Associated Press that the carbon monoxide apparently was from a generator left running on an ambulance.

Two NV Miners Die in Shaft Accident

August 12, RENO, NV - 47 year old Daniel Noel and 38 year old Ethan Schorr, both of Spring Creek, died after a vertical pipe broke from a wall and struck a cage lowering the men into the ventilation shaft early Thursday. The men worked for Barrick Gold of North America in the Meikle mine shaft near Elko.

Laundry Worker Killed During Robbery

August 12, PHILIDELPHIA, PA - 53 year old Huan Mo, working at her family's North Philadelphia coin laundry, was stabbed to death during a robbery in which the thieves made off with only $200. Captain James Clark said Mo apparently put up a "fierce struggle" against her attacker, who was armed with either a knife or a screwdriver.

Industrial Accident Kills Worker

August 12, HUTCHINSON, KS - 30 year old Ron Klinkerman was killed in an accident at the Superior Boiler Works plant Thursday night when a heavy metal boiler door fell on him. Police say Klinkerman was working alone at the time of the accident. When another employee found him, they used a forklift to lift the metal off of his body, but were unable to save him.

University of Idaho Worker Killed by Lightning

August 12, SALMON, ID - 37 year old Michael Haslett of Salmon, a University of Idaho ranch employee, was struck and killed by lightning during a strong thunderstorm in east central Idaho. Sheriff Lynn Bowerman says Haslett was riding a horse and herding cattle at the university’s Hot Springs Ranch at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck and killed. The horse also died.

Worker Killed by Delivery Van

August 12, SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, PA - 70 year old Donna Iannicello of Bethel Park, an employee for 27 years at the Country Meadows assisted living facility, was killed when she was hit by a delivery van in the parking lot of the facility.

AZ Cab Driver Murdered

August 12, PHOENIX, AZ - 57 year old Jose Jesus Lopez-Guzman was shot and killed inside his taxi in central Phoenix Thursday morning. When officers arrived at the scene they found the driver of a Sol cab had been shot and killed. He was in the front seat and his money bag was in his lap. Police say the money bag was open leading them to believe robbery was the motive for the shooting.

Worker Killed in OK Construction Accident

August 11, CLYDE, KS - 21 year old Shane Hoesli of Clyde died Wednesday from injuries he suffered when a half-ton steel plate fell on him at a construction site in Oklahoma. Clyde, who worked as a welder for Gerard Tank & Steel of Concordia, was helping to construct a new water tower in Pryor, Okla., when the accident occurred early Tuesday morning, said former classmate and co-worker Ryan Biery.

Equipment Accident Causes Farmer's Death

August 11, CHARLESTON, IL - 50 year old David Pearcy died Wednesday after being pinned between two pieces of equipment. Pearcy was pronounced dead at his farm near Fairgrange. Deputy Coroner Gene Wright says Pearcy was working on a piece of equipment in a machine shed when he became pinned between it and another piece of equipment.

Railroad Crossing Accident Claims Life

August 11, SILVER LAKE, KS - 59 year old Donald Akin of Silver Lake was killed when he tried to cross the railroad tracks and was hit by the eastbound train. The wreck caused the dump truck to roll on its side. Akin suffered serious head injuries in the wreck and was pronounced dead at a Topeka hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Feds Reviewing Death of Man at AL Work Site

August 10, TALLADEGA, AL - A 31 year old construction worker died while working at a city recreation center that's being renovated. Police Capt. Ronny Jones says parts of a metal roof gave way, and a contract worker fell about 35 feet into an empty swimming pool below. His name hasn't been released, but authorities say he had an address in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim as 31 year old Jorge Antonio Gonzales Comunidad of Hoover.

Police Officer Dies in Crash

August 10, COWDEN, IL - 34 year old Jeremy Hubbard of Watson died Tuesday night after losing control of his vehicle while pursuing a suspect who had stolen fuel several counties away in Staunton. Authorities say Hubbard was a part-time officer assisting Altamont police in chasing a pickup truck without license plates when his Chevrolet Impala police car left the road and flipped several times into a cornfield, ejecting Hubbard.

Man Killed Trying to Beat Train

August 10, WHITEWATER, KS - 80 year old Herbert Entz of Whitewater was killed at Tuesday when a train collided with his semi-truck at Kansas Highway 196 at Whitewater. Witnesses told law enforcement, they saw the truck go around the crossing arms, which where down and flashing at the time of the crash, said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. The semi, which was carrying corn, was crushed and spilled corn and diesel fuel onto the highway.

Semi Truck Driver Dies in Fiery Crash

August 10, PORTAGE, MI - 58 year old Steven Snitker of Martelle is dead after a crash early Tuesday morning along a stretch of interstate in southwestern Michigan. Portage Police say Snitker was killed when the truck he was driving left the interstate, hit a cement barrier and burst into flames.

Man Killed at Construction Site

August 10, PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL - 43 year old Robert Shawn Ellison was shot and his body found in the construction office of First Baptist Church of Panama City Beach, where he and his crews had been doing work since February, Panama City Beach Police Chief Robert Harding said. A work dispute might have led to the slaying. An investigation continues.

Worker Electrocuted in Page County

August 10, SHENANDOAH, PA - 24 year old Mark Appleby has died after being electrocuted in Page County, VA. The Page County Sheriff's Office says he was in a bucket truck working on telephone lines. Deputies say he came into contact with a power line.

Worker Killed in Construction Accident

August 10, HARTFORD, CT - 40 year old Scott Graves of Cromwell was crushed by a drilling machine he was operating in the rear of Carrington School on Kenmore Avenue, police said. He was drilling test borings when the machine rolled over on top of him, killing him instantly, police said.

Worker Crushed by Equipment

August 10, JACKSONVILLE, FL - A worker at a Jacksonville company was reportedly killed when a piece of equipment crushed him. A co-worker at Acme Barricades said the device was a barrier attached to the rear of a truck. Police say the worker was underneath the truck when the barrier flipped into the open position and crushed the man. Police believe the equipment malfunctioned.

Coach Killed in Cal Baptist Team Van Accident

August 9, CORONA, CA - Wendy Rice, a CA Baptist University Cheerleading Coach was killed while driving one of three vans carrying CBU student athletes to a high altitude training camp in Mammoth. She died when the van was struck by an oncoming SUV that apparently ran out of control, overturned and burst into flames on impact."

Missouri Worker is Electrocuted

August 9, CALLOWAY COUNTY, MO - Mark Thomas was electrocuted while on the job Monday. The Callaway County Sheriff's Department said Mark Thomas was clearing lines for Rural Electric Cooperative when he was electrocuted. He worked for Hentges Tree Service.

Dump Truck Driver Killed in Crash

August 9, BROWNSVILLE, MN - 56 year old Paul H. Fjerstad of Kasson was killed after he swerved off of Highway 56, crashing into a parked car and then into an insurance office Monday afternoon in Brownsdale, Minn. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Fjerstad may have had a medical problem before losing control of the dump truck.

Truck Driver Dies in Fiery Crash

August 9, CLEVELAND, OH - The driver of a box truck died near McKinley Avenue on Interstate 90 Thursday morning in a fiery crash. The truck ran into a pole about 9:15 a.m. and caught fire. Officials do not know what the truck was carrying, but witnesses said the cargo looked like air conditioning units or other mechanical material.

Construction Accident Claims a Life

August 9, LAUREL, MD - a 34 year old Morgan Tyler Gainer was killed when he was working at a residential construction site at the intersection of Palace Hall Drive and Skylark Boulevard when he was struck in the head by an excavator. Gainer was working for the W.F. Wilson & Sons Inc., based in Elkridge, Md.

Store Clerk Killed During Robbery

August 9, GLEN BURNIE, MD - 48 year old Youssef Kamal Erian Attia was shot and killed early Monday morning during a robbery. Officers found Attia dead inside the 7-Eleven at about 3:35 a.m. when they were called for a report of an injured person. Attia, a clerk, attempted to flee from three male suspects who had entered the store and announced a robbery. He was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Tire Store Employee Shot,Killed

August 9, MONUMENT, CO - a 50 year old man was shot and killed after an altercation at a Big-O Tire Store in Monument. El Paso County Sheriff's Spokesman Sevene says three people got into a verbal altercation inside the store. The fight then moved outside into the parking and within minutes gunshots rang out. UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim as 50 year old Bradley Blehm.

Septic Tank Driver Killed in Wreck

August 9, NACOGDOCHES, TX - 34 year old Sidney James Woodall has died following a one-vehicle wreck on State Highway 21 East, just west of Melrose. According to DPS Trooper John Henley, Woodall was driving a septic tank truck west around 1:55 p.m., when he had a blowout on his front left tire. The blowout forced him off the road and into a ditch before he struck a tree. Henley said he died on impact.

Deputy Dewey Dies After Being Shot in February

August 9, MAHNOMEN, MN - Mahnomen county sheriff's deputy Chris Dewey has died. He had been in hospice care since last month. Dewey died of complications from the gunshot wounds he received a year-and-a-half ago while answering a call in Mahnomen. Last month, Dewey's wife Emily disclosed that he wasn't expected to live. Prosecutors may change the charges against the man accused in the shooting, in light of Dewey's death.

Rural Mail Carrier Dies in Accident

August 9, MONTGOMERY, TX - 28 year old Jennifer Proveaux of Spring, died Monday afternoon after her vehicle was broadsided on FM 149 as she neared the end of her route. Proveaux was attempting to make a left turn when her vehicle was hit by another driver. The hit sent her vehicle into a roll and she was ejected.

Worker Crushed in Conveyor Belt System

August 9, SUPERIOR, WI - 61 year old Denton Heske of Michigan died after being crushed in a conveyor belt system on an ore boat on Lake Superior. The accident happened last night on board the Stewart J. Cort, a thousand foot ore boat, about 10 miles northwest of Devil's Island in Lake Superior. Heske along with two other workers were doing repairs in the ship when Heske was caught in the conveyor belt system and crushed between the belt and a roller.

Two Truck Drivers Killed in Fiery Crash

August 9, HIGHLAND, IL - 52 year old Jerald D. Jaynes of Seymour, IN and 23 year old William T. Burleson of Greensburg, IN were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Madison County Monday morning. The Illinois State Police said Jaynes was driving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a line of traffic that had stopped in the right lane of westbound I-70 because of an earlier crash. The rig caught fire, trapping both men inside.

Utility Worker Electrocuted Trying to Restore Power

August 8, WINTER, WI - Glenn Charles Parker of Radisson came in contact with a live wire and was electrocuted Sunday. Utility spokesman Dave Dahlberg says Parker was trying to pull up wires that were knocked down by strong storms near Winter in Sawyer County.

Crop Duster Pilot Dies in Crash

August 8, LINDSEY, NE - a 41 year old crop dusting pilot, believed to be from Wichita Falls, TX, died when his plane crashed southeast of Lindsay. The crash cause is still under investigation by the sheriff's office and federal authorities. UPDATE: Authorities have identified to pilot as 41 year old Alan East of Wichita Falls.

Farmer Dies in Tractor Accident

August 7, CORBIN, KY - 40 year old John L. White died Saturday in what appears to be a bush hogging accident. White was found about 5 p.m. pinned beneath a tractor in a field in which he held livestock. The tractor had apparently fallen some 10- to 15-feet down an embankment on the farm.

Skydiving Instructor Dies in Plane Crash

August 6, BUFFALO, NY - 53 year old Thomas "Toma" Medbury of Akron, OH, died Friday after suffering head, neck and spine injuries when the six-seat Frontier Skydivers plane went down after taking off Aug. 1 from the club's Niagara County airfield about 35 miles north of Buffalo. An initial Federal Aviation Administration investigation found that a door that opened on takeoff may have contributed to the accident.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The death in Shenandoah was a PA man that died Virginia.

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