Thursday, June 30, 2011

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Sheriff Deputy Shot and Killed Serving Warrant

June 29, ALBANY, PA - 28 year old Kyle Pagerly, a K-9 Deputy with the Berk's County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant. Pagerly and fellow deputies went to the home of the suspect's girlfriend and when he bolted out the back door and into the woods they gave chase. Pagerly ordered the suspect to drop his weapon but the suspect instead opened fire with an AK 47, killing Pagerly.

Service Station Worker Crushed Under Car

June 29, LAFAYETTE, WI - 28 year old Nicholas Van Dyke of Elkhorn, an employee for Lockhart's Service Station suffered crushing injuries when a car he was working on fell of a hoist. He was freed by co-workers and sheriff's deputies but later died at a local hospital.

Water Company Worker Struck by Vehicle

June 28, BEAUMONT, CA - 24 year old Ricardo "Ricky" Flores was struck and killed while working Tuesday. Flores worked for the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District and was marking the location of a water line when he was struck by a flatbed truck.

Coal Miner Killed When Roof Collapses

June 27, BOLT, WV - 33 year old Joseph M. Cassell of Glen Daniel was killed when part of the Rhino Eastern Eagle's No. 1 mine wall collapsed on him. Cassell was preparing to set roof support timbers and was shoveling along the mine wall Monday when he was struck and crushed by a 100-inch-high, 32-foot-long piece of the wall according to MSHA officials. An investigation continues.

Driver Dies After Water Truck Overturns

June 27, HOMAUNAU, HI - 36 year old Newton K. Leslie was killed when the water truck he was driving overturned. The tanker was carrying a full load of water when police say Leslie lost control on a curve in the roadway and overturned. Leslie was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He worked for a construction company doing work at the Keahole Airport.

Officer Killed in Fiery Crash

June 26, BALL, LA - 47 year old Russell A. George, an officer with the Ball Police Department, died in a fiery crash while responding to a call. He was responding to a call when his patrol car collided with an abandoned bicycle that was located in the roadway. He then lost control of his patrol car, left the roadway and collided with several trees causing the patrol car to become engulfed in flames. Officer George died at the scene.

Man Killed in Pipeline Incident

June 26, LUFKIN, TX - 22 year old Kyle Helton died Sunday in an industrial incident in Newton County. According to the Sheriff it appears Helton was crushed when a large pipe assembly fell on him. He worked for FESCO, a petroleum engineering company.

Navajo Nation Officer Killed in Domestic Dispute Call

June 26, PAGE, AZ - 48 year old Sgt. Darrell Curley, a Navajo Nation officer, was shot and killed Saturday while answering a domestic violence call in Kaibito, a small town near Page. A spokesperson declined to say if the suspects were arrested or may have also been shot. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

Worker Knocked to Ground Dies

June 25, ATLANTA, GA - 31 year old Carlos Rivera-Garcia of Gainesville died as the result of a 20 foot fall Saturday. He was working for Shumate Air Conditioning and Heating at a local high school when a metal pipe came loose from the ceiling and struck the lift holding the worker. The impact caused Rivera-Garcia to fall onto the pavement below.

Mower Accident Kills Man

June 24, STANSBURY PARK, UT - 76 year old G. Neil Magann died when the lawn mower he was driving overturned into a pond. Tooele County Sheriff Chief Deputy Duke North says Magann was operating the lawn mower and apparently drove too close to the edge of the pond. The lawn mower flipped over, pinning him in the water.

Train Conductor Dies as Semi Slams Into Train

June 24, SPARKS, NV - 68 year old Laurette Lee of South Lake Tahoe, CA died as the result of a tractor trailer rig slamming into an Amtrak train. The semi driver and several passengers died as a result of the crash which erupted into a major blaze. The tractor trailer was traveling at a high rate of speed and tried, for about a football field length, to stop before it smashed through the warning gates and into a pair of double-decker cars.

Tractor Trailer Driver Unable to Stop Rig, Crashes Into Passenger Train

June 24, SPARKS, NV - 43 year old Lawrence R. Valli, a tractor trailer driver from Winnemucca, NV was killed when he was unable to stop his vehicle and slammed into the side of a passenger Amtrak train on Friday. The truck was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed but Valli was unable to stop the truck before it crashed through warning gates and into two train cars. A train conductor and several passengers died as the result of the crash and fire.

Worker Dies in Industrial Incident

June 24, BATTLE CREEK, MI - Robert Risner of Hillsdale died Friday when he became trapped between a basket lift and ceiling beam. He began working in a boom lift around, touching up painting on the ceiling beams of Rosler Metal Finishing USA LLC. His body was found pinned between the basket of the lift and a ceiling beam, according to the police report.

Business Owner Dies When Storage Area Collapses

June 24, GOLDEN, CO - 45 year old Bret Jay Yocum of Littleton died when a storage alcove collapsed onto him. Yocum, owner of Alpine Envelope, was buried when a storage mezzanine area in the ceiling gave way and he was buried. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Tow Truck Driver Pinned by RV Dies

June 24, ORLANDO, FL - 24 year old Jonathan Roig was killed Friday when a recreational vehicle he was unloading pinned him against a parking curb, apparently crushing him, authorities said. Roig was delivering the vehicle to Cummins Power South to be repaired when it rolled backward. Roig was found behind the RV.

Worker Crushed to Death by Mack Truck

June 24, NEW YORK, NY - 59 year old Errol Wilson, a veteran New York Department of Transportation worker, was killed in a truck accident that involved a DOT vehicle. Wilson was killed when a co-worker accidentally backed over him with a giant Mack Truck while directing the driver during construction in Queens, New York. The driver reportedly lost sight of Wilson.

Man Pinned Against Wall at Tire Shop

June 24, COMMERCE CITY, CO - 27 year old Robert Rios died when he was pinned against the wall of Tres Amigos Tire Shop on Friday. Rios was preparing to do an oil change when a young worker drove the car into the bay, but instead of stopping the car drove off the ramp pinning Rios into a wall.

Worker Killed When Building Collapses

June 23, MORRISTOWN, IN - 51 year old Ronald Terry Rash of Shelbyville died when he fell as the structure he was working on collapsed. Rash was working on a truss about 20 feet above the floor when the structure collapsed. Workers were dismantling a building when the incident occurred and were employed by Caldwell Gravel Services.

Industrial Incident Crushes Worker

June 23, WATERFORD, MI - 48 year old Allen Rommell died Thursday in an industrial incident at Clawson Tank Company. Rommell was climbing out of one of the tanks when he became crushed between the tank and the I-Beam rails it was resting on, causing injury to his abdomen. He was rushed to Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc and had to be revived during transport when he stopped breathing, according to deputies. OSHA is investigating.

Overturned Tractor Trailer Kills Driver

June 23, LEXINGTON, NC - 22 year old Shane Thomas Allen of Harrisville, UT was killed Thursday when his tractor trailer overturned, pinning him underneath. Police said the truck was traveling on Highway 64 when a load of paper inside the truck shifted, causing the truck to overturn. Allen was thrown from the vehicle and pinned underneath.

Medical Issue May Have Caused Bus Crash

June 23, HOUSTON, TX - 40 year old David Sayers, a METRO bus driver, died Thursday in a crash of his bus. Witnesses told investigators that Sayers appeared to lose control of the METRO bus as the vehicle clipped a truck and hit a highway pillar. Officers are investigating whether Sayers suffered a medical condition before the wreck.

BP Refinery Worker Killed

June 22, CARSON, CA - 54 year old William Barry Wise of Irvine died when he was pinned by a rail car at the Carson plant. Wise was working in an area of the refinery where railcars are loaded with lighter weight products was moving the car into a loading position at a loading rack when the car ran through its designated spot, and Wise was crushed and pinned between objects.

Arkansas Logger Dies When Hit by Falling Tree

June 22, FORT DOUGLAS, AR - 70 year old Bill Turney of Marshall died Wednesday when he was hit in the back by a falling tree while logging in the Ozark National Forest. Authorities say their investigation indicates Turney cut a large tree, which hit a different tree while falling. They say that caused the base of one of the trees to swing around and strike him in the back.

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