Friday, June 17, 2011

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Explosion at Water Treatment Plant Kills Worker

June 16, REDDING, CA - 54 year old Fred Crumb of Shasta Lake has died of head injuries he sustained in an explosion at Clear Creek Wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The explosion blew the top off a 4,500-gallon steel hydropneumatic tank. Water that has been chlorinated and then is distributed throughout the plant is pressurized going into and out of the tank. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion.

Security Guard Dies in Crash, May Have Suffered Medical Issue

June 16, ANDERSON SC - 67 year old Marshall C. Chastain of Williamston died when the jeep he was driving crashed through a fence and ultimately into a building. He worked for Security Forces Inc. and was patrolling the First Quality tissue plant in Anderson. Authorities believe a diabetic reaction may have caused him to lose control of his vehicle, going down a hill and into a building on site.

Highway Worker Killed in Work Related Incident

June 16, DEMOTTE, IN - 54 year old Tony Northcutt of Rensselaer died of blunt force trauma when a dump truck backed into him. Northcutt was part of an Indiana Dept. of Transportation crew that was pouring hot sealant into cracks in the highway to keep water from filling in and causing damage in the winter months. A co-worker was following in a dump truck to lay sand over the sealant when he backed into Northcutt. The driver did not see Northcutt in his rear view mirrors.

Firefighter Dies In Roof Collapse

June 15, MUNCIE, IN - 40 year old Firefighter Scott Davis died when the roof of a burning church collapsed. Video showed fellow firefighters circling the spot where Davis was found as a ladder truck continued to pour water on the structure.

Worker Killed in Construction Incident

June 15, PARMA HEIGHTS, OH - 53 year old Douglas Patterson was killed Wednesday when he was working inside a trench. According to authorities, Patterson was in a hole along Stumph Road, between Pearl Road and Snow Road, which had been dug by another worker using a track hoe. It appears an excavating claw attached to the end of the track hoe hit Patterson and killed him. Fabrizi Trucking and Paving is the general contractor on the project hired by Cuyahoga County for a repaving and infrastructure project along Stumph Road.

Worker Dies of Injuries Related to Electric Shock

June 15, EAST WINDSOR, NJ - 63 year old Melvin Cardonick of Philadelphia, PA has died of injures he received from an electric jolt and fall from ladder on June 5. Cardonick was working on signage at Windsor-Hights shopping center when he was knocked from his ladder after receiving an electric shock. He fell 30 feet. He was transported to a local hospital where doctors ultimately realized that his colon had been burned in the incident and it let toxins into his blood stream.

DOT Worker Dies Of Injuries

June 14, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Terry Clubb of Harrah, a Department of Transportation inspector, died on Tuesday night after an accident Monday along Interstate 40 near the Interstate 35 on-ramp. A truck filled with asphalt rolled onto Clubb on Monday, pinning him for half an hour. A tractor-trailer carrying asphalt backed into the area to load the asphalt into a spreader but when its load shifted Clubb was trapped between the truck and concrete median barrier.

Officer Collapses and Dies During Training

June 14, AZUSA, CA - 23 year old Kevin Sandoval collapsed and died during a training exercise at a firing range Tuesday. Sandoval was training with fellow officers Tuesday afternoon when he collapsed and hit his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was an officer for the South Pasadena Police Dept.

Tanker Explosion and Fire Kills Driver

June 14, BARRE, NY - 51 year old John G. Timblin of North Tonawanda was killed early Tuesday when the 18-wheel truck he was driving crashed and the ethanol he was hauling exploded. Timblin had just left the Western New York Energy LLC ethanol plant in Medina and was headed eastbound toward Rochester when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, sheared an electric pole in half and crashed into a cluster of trees. The front half of the truck burst into flames and the cab of the vehicle was consumed by fire.

Worker Dies of Crushing Injuries at Bedding Factory

June 14, WALLKILL, NY - 47 year old Jainarine Depoo has died after getting trapped between two rollers of a mattress-bagging machine at upstate New York Corsicana Bedding factory. Police say his chest was compressed by the machine and he was removed by co-workers. He died at a local hospital. OSHA is investigating.

Road Worker Killed Was New Father

June 14, BRANDON, FL - 20 year old Robert P. Armstrong of Valrico was killed on I-75 in Brandon early Tuesday according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Workers were attaching a message board trailer to a truck when the driver of a pickup lost control, hitting the message board and truck. Armstrong was outside on the driver's side of the truck when he was hit. He died at the scene.

Worker's Body Recovered After Building Collapse

June 13, ST. PETERSBURG, FL - 65 year old Clark White of Moundsville, WV died after he was trapped inside an old power plant on Weedon Island when it collapsed on him Thursday. He was a welder for Frontier Industrial Corp. of Buffalo, NY and was part of a crew preparing a large boiler structure for a controlled collapse at the old Progress Energy plant when it came down prematurely. White was able to warn other crew members, including his son and nephew as the building began to crumble on Thursday. They helped in the rescue attempt, which unfortunately turned into a recovery effort.

Truck Driver Dies Following Crash

June 12, POLK COUNTY, IA - 58 year old Richard Leroy England of Wellsburg suffered fatal injuries in a traffic accident on Interstate Highway 35 in northern Polk County late Sunday night. England was driving a United Parcel Service truck when he lost control, veered off the roadway and struck a wire safety guard. He was taken to a hospital in Des Moines where he later died.

Officer Dies of Injuries After Being Struck by Car

June 12, DETROIT, MI - 40 year old Charles Armour, a veteran of the Detroit Police Department, has died of injuries after being struck by a car on June 5. Officer Armour was on foot patrol in Greektown when the driver of car, going the wrong way on a one-way street when he ran into the officer, seemingly on purpose. Among other charges, the driver faces an assault with intent to commit murder charge.

Worker Killed Inside Recycling Plant

June 12, EARTH CITY, MO - 43 year old Mario Montoya died Sunday in an incident at Resource Management Co. Investigators say that co-workers found Montoya inside a compactor machine where he was suffering from lower extremity and leg injuries. He was conscious at the time and was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Worker Dies From Severe Head Trauma

June 12, CHARLOTTE, NC - 35 year old Richard Thomas Yoost of Rock Hill was killed when he was hit in the head by a falling door. Yoost was working for Lowe's in South Charlotte and according to the police report he was standing under a garage door when it fell down and struck him in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. OSHA is investigation the incident.

Two Oil Rig Workers Killed

June 11, BIG SPRING, TX - 25 year old Jason Paul Bolt and 28 year old Sandy Daves, both of Big Spring, were killed early Saturday morning after suffering head injuries on a rig operated by Robinson Drilling of Texas Ltd. Witnesses of the accident said Daves was on the tongs and Bolt was throwing the chain on the rig when the kelly came to an abrupt stop and the block fell. Daves was struck in the head by the tong, and Bolt suffered a head injury from the block itself.

Cattle Rancher and Horse Die After Being Struck by Lightning

June 11, BRIDGER, MT - 54 year old Gary DeVries was on horseback Saturday, rounding up cattle for branding when he and his horse were struck by lightning. DeVries and his horse died at the scene.

Man Dies of Injuries Due to Fall

June 10, ST. LOUIS PARK, MN - 25 year old Ryan John Shannon of Roseville died of multiple blunt force injuries after falling from the roof of an eight-story apartment building in St. Louis Park. Shannon was part of a window washing crew when he fell from the Knollwood Place Apartments, a 151-unit independent senior living building.

Landscape Worker Hit and Killed by Driver

June 10, WICHITA, KS - 31 year old Ramon Martinez-Limon, from Mexico but working for CLM Landscaping in Wichita, was killed when he was struck and killed on impact by the driver of a mini van who jumped a curb. The driver who hit Martinez-Limon, a local Wichita doctor, continued to drive with the Martinez-Limon's body still on the roof of his van, driving to his home with other passenger's in the vehicle. He was arrested.

Security Guard Shot to Death

June 10, SANTA ANA, CA - 23 year old Jaime Alberto Medrano was shot in the head in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he served as security guard. Medrano’s father told a reporter that his son feared for his life because of local gangs. He also said that his son had asked the apartment complex’s management to add another security guard to his overnight patrol.

Farmer Struck by Lightning

June 10, DURHAM, NC - Steven Taylor died Friday after he was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm while out feeding his livestock. He was found face down in the field by his wife.

Man Dies in Work Related Incident

June 10, BRANDT, SD - 76 year old Dale Hoftiezer of Clear Lake was killed Friday in a work accident at a road construction site just west of Brandt. According to authorities, Hoftiezer died when an asphalt roller overturned and pinned him as he was loading it onto a trailer.

Lightning Strike Kills Young Worker

June 9, SADSBURY TOWNSHIP, PA - 13 year old Levi Lantz was struck dead by a bolt of lightning while working with his father to bale hay on their farm. His father felt a tingle, heard a loud clap and when he turned around Levi was on the ground. The lightning accompanied strong storms that moved across the state Thursday night, toppling trees and damaging homes from suburban Pittsburgh to the Pocono Mountains.

Officer Shot and Killed Serving Warrant

June 9, KINSTON, NC - Warren Lewis, "Sneak" to his friends and an Investigator with the Nash County Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed Thursday night while he was attempting to serve a murder warrant. He was working with a task force of local and federal officers investigating a death and was serving warrants for five people involved in the death of a restaurant worker. All five fugitives have been arrested and charged with murder.

Construction Incident Causes Man's Death

June 9, EVANSVILLE, MN - 27 year old Darin Slack of Evansville, who was injured in a construction accident June 4 in Chamberlain, SC, has died. He worked for Rainbow, Inc. but it is unclear of the manner or cause of his death.

Worker Crushed in Scape Yard Incident

June 7, MERIDIAN, MS - 56 year old Willie Baker died as the result of crushing injuries while working at a scrap yard. According to the coroner, Baker got caught between the cab and trailer of a tractor-trailer rig on Tuesday as another Southern Scrap employee backed it up. He says he believes they were trying to get some trailer lights working. OSHA is investigating.

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