Saturday, July 09, 2011

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Industrial Incident Claims Life of Worker

July 8, PITTSBURG, PA - 51 year old Timothy Mingo died as the result of an industrial incident at a railroad supply facility. Mingo worked for McConway & Torley Railcar Products in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburg. According to police, Mingo was impaled by a large piston when he was on an elevated platform next to the machine. Investigators were not immediately sure if Mingo fell or got caught in the machine. OSHA will be investigating.

Worker Pinned in Dump Truck Incident

July 8, COLUMBIA, MO - William Bell, a seasonal worker for Columbia's Parks and Recreations, died Friday in an incident involving a dump truck. Bell was working alone Friday morning pouring gravel at an access point to Columbia's MKT nature and fitness trail. Fire department officials say Bell was caught between the cab and the bed of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Utah Firefighter Dies Fighting Texas Fire

July 7, MINERAL WELLS, TX - 24 year old Cabel Hamm, a member of Utah's Bureau of Land Management's elite Bonneville Interagency Hotshot Crew based in Salt Lake City, UT, died Thursday afternoon while working on the Devil's Hollow Fire near Mineral Wells. Hamm collapsed Thursday afternoon in the extreme heat while fighting the Texas blaze. The rest of his 20 member crew was working side by side with him at the time. They rushed him to medical care.

Truck Driver Dies When Truck Overturns

July 7, SOLON, OH - 43 year old Sandor R. Szachury of Streetsboro was killed when his truck overturned several times on Route 422. The cement truck, owned by Associated Associates Ready Mix Concrete, rolled over several times, trapping Szachury. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and died on scene.

Employee Trapped Inside Burning Store

July 6, LA PORTA, IA - 53 year old Colleen M. Paradine died when the convenience store she worked at caught fire. She was trapped in the store after the fire broke out in the early morning hours. Firefighters pulled her from the burning store but she died later at a local hospital.

Supervisor Killed in Workplace Shooting

July 5, LOUISVILLE, KY - 53 year old Andre Johnson was shot to death Tuesday in a workplace shooting. Johnson, a supervisor for Louisvill Gas & Electric, was shot by a 52 year old employee before turning the gun on himself. Details of the reason for the shooting are not clear.

Maintenance Worker Dies From Fall at Refinery

July 5, WOOD RIVER, IL - 38 year old Bradley Edmund of Taylorsville died when he fell from a scaffold while performing maintenance. He fell from a large tank at the ConocoPhillips Refinery at Wood River.

Worker Dies in Street Sweeper Incident

July 5, NORWOOD, MA - 58 year old Patrick J. McDonald of Penacook, NH died of unspecified circumstances involving the Bay State Sweeping (of Everett) street sweeper he was working with. A local district attorney spokesman said McDonald was “discovered by someone in that area apparently wedged in the machinery of the street sweeper that he had been operating.”

Flash Fire Kills One, Injures One

July 5, NASHVILLE, TN - 28 year old Shawn Allen Austin died from injuries he sustained in a flash fire July 2. Austin was one of two workers injured Saturday at the John W. McDougall Co., which does custom fabrication of sheet metal. They were transported to a local hospital where Austin died Tuesday. The state Occupational Health and Safety division will also investigate.

Carnival Worker Dies Taking Down Ride

July 5, SAND LAKE, MI - 41 year old Steven McCann of Jackson died while taking down a carnival ride at an Independence Day weekend festival. It is unclear if he was electrocuted or died as a result of a fall. McCann was standing atop the ride and apparently using a wooden post to push the power line away as the ride was lowered. The incident is being investigated.

Driver Dies When Semi Rolls Over Him

July 5, NORTH JACKSON, OH - 43 year old Raymond Barnum of Geneva was killed when he lost control of his tractor trailer and was ejected from the vehicle. Barnum lost control of the truck, which swerved to both sides of the road before hitting a guard rail. That impact caused Barnum to be ejected from the vehicle which then rolled on top of him. He died at the scene.

Tractor Trailer Driver Dies as Truck Overturns

July 4, COOK COUNTY, GA - 57 year old John Edward Cornwell of Circleville, OH died when his tractor trailer crashed. Police don't know why the crash happened by said he was headed south on I-75 when he ran off the road, hit a ditch, pulled back onto the roadway and overturned.

Store Owner Dies in Fire

July 4, WESTON, MO - George Treese, owner of Old Geezers Mantiques, died in a fire at his store Monday. Authorities said an electrical problem could be to blame for the blaze.

Deputy Crashes During Four County Pursuit

July 3, BROOKSVILLE, FL - 35 year old John C. Mecklenburg, a deputy for the Hernando County Sheriff Dept. was killed when his patrol car crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Deputies spotted a driver going the wrong direction on a highway and gave chase, going through four counties. Mecklenburg was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Deputy Shot and Killed in Domestic Incident

July 3, MEMPHIS, TN - 39 year old Officer Timothy Warren, Memphis Police Department, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic situation Sunday. Officers responded to a downtown hotel where they encountered the suspect, who also shot and killed another person and was himself wounded.

Injured Sheriff Deputy Dies

July 3, ATLANTA, GA - 63 year old Deputy Dee Stewart died Sunday of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident June 23. Stewart was on patrol and was struck by another vehicle when he pulled into a lane of traffic. He sustained a traumatic head injury.

Farmer Killed in Equipment Incident

July 3, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - 32 year old Joshua Goodin was killed Sunday while using a hay baling machine. Authorities say Goodin got off the tractor, possibly to check on some equipment. A neighbor who stopped by to talk to Goodin discovered him inside the baler and called for help.

Worker Dies in Construction Incident

July 3, SOUTHINGTON, CT - Craig Abendroth, an employee for Zysk Brothers, died Sunday of injuries he sustained in an incident June 30. Abendroth was struck by and run over by a pay loader machine driven by a co-worker. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Volunteer "Miller" Dies After Fall

July 3, CLINTON, IA - 74 year old Ronald Venema died Sunday of injuries due to a fall last week. Venema was working at a windmill at Windmill Cultural Center, closing down the windmill Friday when he fell inside the mill. He suffered head trauma when he fell.

Store Owner Shot to Death

July 2, PLAINFIELD, NJ - 47 year old Eduardo Leaty was killed when an unknown assailant shot him and an employee inside his Leaty Grocery Store. Police do not have any leads or motives at this time but an investigation continues.

Worker Dies Performing Maintenance on Ride

July 2, ORLANDO, FL - 30 year old Justin W. Honeycutt died while performing maintenance duties on a ride at Magical Midway. He was wearing a safety harness and was climbing the ride when it started to move. The ride's counter weight struck him according to witnesses.

Tree Trimmer Dies of Electrocution

July 2, DENVER, CO - 26 year old Byron Sosa, a native of Guatemala living in Denver, was electrocuted while working to trim trees for an unidentified company. Another employee reported hearing a loud popping sound and saw smoke. Sosa died at the scene.

Man Dies After Being Pinned by Bull

July 1, FARMINGTON, ME - 55 year old Ernest "Ernie" Bubar died Friday after being knocked down and pinned by a bull. According to the owners of Sandy River Farms, it appears Bubar was attempting to herd the bull into a pasture when it became angry and knocked Burbar to the ground with its head, holding him down and stomping on him. Burbar was able to use his cell phone to call for help but he died of internal injuries.

Driver Dies When Truck Slams Into Another

June 30, KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - 44 year old Billy Dean Brady Jr. died when the truck he was driving slammed into the back of tanker truck. Brady failed to slow his semi down after an previous accident had slowed traffic and drove into the back of the tanker truck. The impact caused his truck to burst into flames.

City Employee Dies of Sudden Heart Attack

June 30, BETHLEHEM, PA - 58 year old Alan Calvo Jr., a Bethlehem City inspector, died suddenly of a heart attack while on a construction site at Lehigh University. He was photographing a connection contractors were making to a storm-water system when he had a massive heart attack and fell into a 10-foot ditch. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Plant Incident Kills Contract Worker

June 29, EAST BALTIMORE, MD - 28 year old Joshua Cunningham of Chase died in an industrial incident at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in East Baltimore. Cunningham was a contract worker working at the plant. It appears a jack that had been placed at the front of a trailer gave way and fell on him. The incident is being investigated.

Mine Roof Collapses, Kills KY Miner

June 29, PATHFORK, KY - 46 year old David A. Partin of Pineville was killed when the roof of a mine collapsed onto him. Partin was working as a continuous-haulage belt person at the Manalapan P1 mine at Pathfork when the roof fell onto him. Partin is the second miner to die in 2011 in a mining incident.

Two Killed in Truck Accident

June 29, WURTLAND, KY - 48 year old Wesley A. Walker of Olive Hill died when his truck, owned by J&W Recycling, crashed in a head on collision with another semi near Wurtland. The driver of the other truck also died but has not been identified. Upon impact, one of the truck's caught fire which engulfed both trucks.

Farmer Dies in Tractor Accident

June 29, UNADILLA, NY - 70 year old Alfred Valardi died Wednesday in an accident involving his tractor. An employee found Valardi pinned under a piece of farm equipment and called authorities. Sheriff's deputies say Vilardi apparently was working on the tractor and attempted to get off the vehicle while it was running and still in gear. Deputies say the tractor lurched forward, knocking him off. He was then run over by the equipment.

Disposal Truck Driver Killed in Crash With Semi

June 29, YUBA-SUTTER, CA - 43 year old Gary Wayne Mathis was killed when his disposal truck was hit by a semi hauling two tractors. According to preliminary police reports, witnesses say the semi began to spin out of control and collided with the disposal truck. Mathis died at the scene and the semi driver was transported to a local hospital.

Tanker Driver Dies in Fiery Crash

June 28, WARM SPRINGS, OR - 54 year old David Lee Spooner of Vancouver, WA died when the fuel tanker he was driving crashed and caught fire. An employee for Cascade Petroleum Transportation Inc. out of north Portland, Spooner was pulling a tanker trailer loaded with 8,300 gallons of aviation fuel was eastbound uphill on Highway 26 when for an unknown reason he hit and broke through a guardrail, went down a 200 foot embankment and caught fire.

Cab Driver Shot to Death

June 28, STATESVILLE, NC - 49 year old Richard Anthony Jones died after being shot in the head by a passenger. After being shot, the vehicle flipped over and crashed. Police are searching for his known killer.

Farmer Killed When Hit by Tractor

June 27, TRAFALGAR, IN - 57 year old Don Turpin was killed when he was apparently hit and run over by his tractor. When he did not return after several hours, his family went looking for him. They found him on the ground with tires mark on his body and into a nearby field where they found the tractor stuck in the mud.

Man Killed When Hit by Falling Tree

June 27, IDAHO CITY, ID - 54 year old Robert Lynn Butterfield of Pocatello was killed in an incident when he was hit by a falling tree. Butterfield was working with a tree service hired by Idaho Power to cut down trees near power lines. After cutting a tree that didn't fall, they made another cut which brought the tree down on Butterfield. He died on the scene.

Tree Trimmer Died of Possible Electrocution

June 27, SAGUACHE, CO - 25 year old Jerod A. Chisholm of Monte Vista died when he was most likely electrocuted while trimming trees at Blue Water Hacienda. Emergency workers were called to the scene at and found Chisholm unconscious on top of the self-propelled platform he and another worker were using to trim trees. Another worker was also injured. According to police the platform the men were on was about one inch from a power line.

Tour Bus Driver Dies in Crash

June 27, PITTSBURGH, PA - 39 year old Bo Hua Tan of New York City, a tour bus driver for New Oriental Tours, died when the bus he was driving slammed into the back of a flatbed tractor trailer near Pittsburgh. Many of the bus' passengers were injured and had to be treated at local hospitals.

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