Friday, December 03, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Elevator Repairman Dies in Accident

December 3, LOUISVILLE, KY - 69 year old William L. Motley has died after being pinned & trapped in an elevator shaft while fixing an elevator at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley says Motley died of multiple blunt force injuries and asphyxia. Wesley says Motley was pinned against the inside shaft ladder.

Accident at Paper Company Claims One Life

December 2, HOWARD, WI - 41 year old Michael M. Leroy of Appleton, an employee for Faith Technologies of Menasha, was performing routine electrical maintenance at a paper plant when he was killed in an accident. Leroy and his co-worker were working on a scissor lift when it was hit by a forklift operated by a Hattiesburg Paper employee. The impact caused the lift to tip over, the sheriff's department said. One worker remained suspended from a safety harness latched to the lift, while it appears Leroy fell to the floor and got pinned underneath the scaffolding.

Collision Causes Truck Driver Death

December 1, JENA, LA - 48 year old Marvin E. Price, the driver of a garbage truck in LaSalle Parish, died in an accident involving another driver. Price was driving south on La. Highway 127 with a co-worker passenger when another motorist crossed the centerline and collided with the garbage truck, police said. The collision sent the garbage truck off the roadway and into a tree. Price was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. Price's passenger and the other motorist suffered moderate injuries.

University of North Dakota Employee Dies

December 1, GRAND FORKS, ND - 74 year old Loran Carl who was struck by a car in September has died. Carl was hit by a driver on September 8 on the university campus and suffered a brain injury, broken bones and has been in a coma at a long term care facility since the accident. No charges will be filed against the driver due to certain circumstances.

MT Trooper Shot to Death

December 1, THREE FORKS, MT - 23 year old Trooper David Delaittre, a member of the Montana Highway Patrol for two years, was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Few details are provided but a massive manhunt for the suspect, another man from Three Forks, began and he was found several hours later, dead.

Worker Killed in Industrial Accident in WI

December 1, SUPERIOR, WI - 43 year old Kelly Yadon was found dead in the early morning hours of the FNSF Railway Taconite Facility. “When my crews arrived, they found the patient pinned between two steel beams beside a conveyer belt,” Superior Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Edwards said. “They ended up using equipment to cut the man out from under the beam and then proceeded to perform CPR.” Yadon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Farmer Pinned Under Tractor Dies

December 1, ALEXANDRIA, OH - 50 year old Bruce Moore was killed while working on his farm Wednesday. Moore was found by a family member at about 5:36 p.m., pinned by a piece of farming equipment on property near his home. By the time emergency officials arrived, Moore was dead, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Company V.P. Dies From Fall

November 30, WEST YARMOUTH, MA - 56 year old Paul Ciochini, Vice President of Advanced Imaging Technologies, died in a fall at his warehouse. Ciochini fell from a second story loft where machines are stored for parts and rehabilitation, according to fellow employees. "We may never know what caused him to fall, whether he tripped or slipped. It was just a terrible, horrible, tragic accident," said his wife, Denise. "It's all so hard to imagine. He left for work Tuesday morning and never came home."

Worker Dies After Becoming Trapped Under Tractor

November 30, AMAGANSETT, NY - 35 year old Joshua M. Levine of Sag Harbor was killed at an Amagansett farm on Tuesday morning after he was trapped under the tire of a tractor he had been operating. Police are still investigating how Levine became trapped under the tractor at Quail Hill Farm, a community-supported farm that is owned and operated by the Peconic Land Trust.

Farm Worker Crushed Under Falling Windmill

November 30, EDEN VALLEY, MN - 52 year old Patrick Ladd was killed Tuesday while working to clear snow on a farm. Ladd was using a small loader tractor to push snow when he apparently hit an old windmill on the property. The windmill collapsed and fell on the tractor as Ladd was trying to back up. The West Central Tribune of Willmar reports the tractor got hung up on a steel post and was still running when another employee of Langmo Farms discovered Ladd.

Farmer Killed by Bull

November 30, CLARKSBURG, MA - 78 year old Paul Marshall was killed by a bull that he was trying to lead back to its pasture. Marshall was leading a bull and eight cows that had escaped from their pasture back to the farm when the bull turned on him. Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene.

Farmer Dies When Clothes Caught in Auger

November 30, TRIANGLE, NY - 68 year old Larry Mullen died from asphyxiation Monday after his clothing got caught in the rotating power takeoff of a manure spreader, state police said. After Mullen’s clothing got caught, he was pulled close to the machine and pinned against the side, cutting off his air, Investigator Tim Mulvey said. He was working on the farm owned by his family.

Truck Driver Killed in Semi Crash

November 30, DAVIDSON COUNTY, NC - 61 year old Cleveland Sims of Atlanta, GA died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 in eastern Davidson County Tuesday afternoon. Police said Sims was traveling south when he ran off the road to the right and struck a guardrail before careening back across the interstate and running off the road. The truck cab then hit some trees and overturned.

One Dead in Industrial Accident

November 30, PULLMAN, WA - 33 year old David E. Zorb of Pullman was killed and another was seriously injured in an industrial accident according to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. Zorb died at the Shawnee Rock industrial site on Whelan Road after a semi-tractor trailer he was working on fell from a hoist and crushed him, according to Sheriff Brett Myers.

Man Dies After Falling From Trailer

November 30, ISHPEMING, MI - 41 year old Michael Pauna died from what appears to be an accidental fall. Pauna was found lying on his back next to his flatbed trailer at the Midway Rentals and Sales parking lot in Negaunee Township. A State Police investigation revealed Pauna had fallen the previous day while working in Newberry. He returned to Marquette and was checked at the hospital where he was treated and released. Police say his injuries are consistent with falling from the semi-truck that was parked on the flatbed trailer.

Tractor Trailer Driver Dies in Crash

November 30, BUCHANAN, VA - 57 year old Sukhdev Singh Deol of Frisco, TX died Tuesday night when his tractor trailer ran off Interstate 81 near Buchanan. Troopers say his rig ran off the road, hit a guard rail and overturned. Deol was wearing a seatbelt but died at the scene.

EMT Dies of Seizure

November 29, SCRANTON, PA - 35 year old John Demkosky of Dunmore died Monday after an apparent seizure in his ambulance in West Scranton. Demkosky, who worked for Lackawanna Ambulance, seized and went into cardiac arrest about 8:45 a.m. as his vehicle was parked and waiting for calls, Deputy Coroner Tim Rowland said. He was rushed to Mercy Hospital, where he died in the emergency room.

Farmer Dies in Accident Involving Semi Trailer

November 29, CROMWELL, IN - 87 year old Nellis D. Kunce died Monday morning after he got too close to the wheels of a semi-tractor trailer and was run over while unloading the truck at a farm in rural Noble County. Kunce had been assisting with unloading the semi at his residence when he got too close to the rear semi-trailer wheels while the vehicle was being moved and was run over.

Road Surveyor Hit and Killed by Driver

November 29, HOUGHTON, MI - 61 year old Gerald Hyrkas of Laurium died and another co-worker was injured in a crash in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Police say the men were surveying in the area when they were struck by a southbound car being driven by a 20-year-old Marquette woman. Both men were taken to a hospital, where Hyrkas died.

Pizza Delivery Man Hit by Car

November 29, BRONX, NY - 26 year old Edmund Pllumaj was died after he was hit by a car after making a pizza delivery. Pllumaj had just gotten out of his parked car after making a delivery and was crossing the avenue to his job at Nona's Pizza, witnesses said. He died at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers.

Farmer Knocked Off Tractor by Car Dies

November 28, IMLAY CITY, MI - 22 year old Russell Roszczewski was killed around 9 a.m. Sunday after the tractor he was driving was struck by a vehicle, according to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office. As he was trying to turn left into his driveway, another vehicle was in the process of trying to pass Roszczewski when he was turning. Roszczewski was struck and ejected from the tractor.

Taxi Driver Killed by Wrong Way Driver

November 28, KANSAS CITY, KS - 67 year old Mududin Sheikh Nur was killed when another driver entered Interstate 35 going the wrong way and crashed head on into the cab. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Taxi Driver Dies in Crash

November 27, HOLLYWOOD, FL - 26 year old Jean Ellie Charles died after his car inexplicably slammed into a Hollywood home early Friday. According to police, Charles was behind the wheel of a Friendly Checker cab that crashed through a wooden fence and into the unoccupied bedroom of a home. "It looks like it might be natural causes," Police Lt Marino said, adding that the official autopsy results are pending.

Chicago Officer Shot and Killed

November 26, CHICAGO, IL - 46 year old Michael Flisk, a police evidence technician, died from a gunshot wound Friday. He was collecting evidence at a burglary scene when he, and another individual, were shot. Police said there is no information on a motive at this time. They have a suspect's description.

Firefighter Found Unconscious at Firehouse

November 26, BROOKLYN, NY - 41 year old Gary M. Valentino died Friday after he was found unconscious at a firehouse in Brooklyn. He had gone to rest after stating he wasn’t feeling well. The cause of Firefighter Valentino’s death is still to be determined and not considered suspicious.

Young Firefighter Dies of Heart Attack

November 25, REHOBOTH, MA - 33 year old Ken Marshall Jr. died on a fire call on Thanksgiving. Marshall Jr., a 15-year veteran of the fire department, died around 9:30 p.m. after going into cardiac arrest while responding to a fire alarm for a house on Oak Street.

Armored Car Employee Dies in Crash

November 25, CORVALLIS, OR - 24 year old Joseph Michael Pablo, Jr. who was in the back of a Loomis Armored Car, died when the truck crashed and rolled over. He was working as the "jumper", someone who would go from the back of the armored vehicle into the bank with the money and sign the paperwork. The truck was headed south and veered off the right side of the road, hit a tree and rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Bus Driver Hit and Killed Along Roadway

November 25, WASHINGTON, DC - 37 year old Keith Dodson, a Metrobus driver was struck and killed early Thursday morning by a tractor-trailer as he tended to his disabled bus along Interstate 395 in Arlington County. A red Nissan car was slowing to avoid the bus when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The colliding vehicles swerved onto the shoulder and avoided the bus, however, the truck hit Dodson.

Country Club Worker Killed by Golf Ball

November 25, SANFORD, FL - 42 year old Maurice Hayden died after being struck by a golf ball. Police say Hayden was doing maintenance work at the Mayfair Country Club in Sanford on Wednesday when he was struck in the temple by a golfer's tee shot. He was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital where police say he died Thursday after being removed from life support.

Roofer Dies in Fall From Roof

November 24, KNOXVILLE, TN - 36 year old Danny W. Johnson of New Market, an employee of Reed Construction, died after he fell while installing a roof in the Forks of the River Industrial Park. The KCSO report states Johnson "bent over to pick something up and slipped and fell off the roof of the building." Johnson fell from a warehouse at 5008 N. National Drive.

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