Friday, July 22, 2011

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Teen Killed in Farming Accident

July 20, INWOOD, IA - 17 year old Jordan Ross Monen of Lester was killed in a farm accident Wednesday. Monen was working on a cattle shed door from inside a payloader bucket when the payloader was accidentally moved forward, crushing Monen between the bucket and the header of the doorway. The payloader was being operated by another worker.

Ranch Owner Killed in Farming Accident

July 20, ALMO, ID - 76 year old Roscoe Bradbury Ward died after he was hit and run over by a farm tractor Wednesday. Ward was working with other family members to gather hay from a field when he used an usual method to start the tractor and then attempted to jump into the moving cab. Instead he somehow fell and was dragged and then run over by the tractor's wheels.

Driver Dies When Dump Truck Overturns

July 21, ST. LUCIE, FL - 51 year old Thomas Rex Graham of Jensen Beach died when his dump truck overturned into the St. Lucie Canal Thursday. Authorities were called to Vulcan Materials property where then they found Graham inside the cab of the submerged truck. For an unknown reason, the truck drifted off the road and onto a berm before overturning into the canal.

Falling Tree Kills Logger

July 21, EAGLE ROCK, VA - 67 year old Claude "Dickie" Dudley died when he was crushed under a falling tree Thursday. A preliminary investigation shows the tree Dudley was cutting became entangled with three other trees. He tried to cut the entanglement loose, and the nearby tree that had split at the base fell on him.

Tree Cutter Dies on the Job

July 20, DAHLONEGA, GA - 50 year old Richard Paul Stringer, a private contractor, died while cutting a tree Wednesday. Stringer was pinned to the tree by the ropes that were supporting him. He was caught in the tree about 25-30 feet above the ground. Rescue crews used a bucket truck from Amicalola EMC to recover his body.

Worker Dies of Electrocution

July 20, LOTHIAN, MD - 39 year old Brian David Gillis of Virginia Beach, VA was electrocuted Wednesday when he was working on a power pole. Gillis, who hit a live wire, was kept atop the pole by his harness. Co-workers used a bucket truck to get to him and bring him down to the ground. Gillis worked for the subcontractor Davis Elliot Electrical Contractors of Roanoke doing work for Baltimore Gas & Electric.

Bus Driver Dies of Medical Condition

July 20, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - 48 year old Marc Yadeau of Maplewood died after suffering a medical condition while driving children to a church field trip. Authorities say the bus basically rolled to a stop and hit a guard rail and was not a significant crash. No children were hurt.

Truck Driver Killed as Rig Slams Into Another

July 20, NOWATA COUNTY, OK - 57 year old Arthur Vann, Jr. of DuQuoin, IL was killed when his semi slammed into the back of another semi Wednesday. The OHP says Vann didn't realize that the semi in front of him had stopped, slamming into the back of the semi. Vann's truck burst into flames and he was trapped inside the burning truck due to the impact of the cab into the other truck.

Worker Dies After Collapsing at Work

July 20, BARTONVILLE, IL - 40 year old John M. DeCanter of Manito collapsed and was found unresponsive in the shower room of the Keystone Steel & Wire plant Wednesday. He had told co-workers that he wasn't feeling well before heading to the shower room. It was first reported that he was in cardiac arrest but other workers expressed concern that he may have suffered from heat related illness as the mill area is not air conditioned. At this time, it is unclear the exact cause of death. UPDATE: New information shows that Mr. DeCanter died of a heart attack while at work and not a heat related issue.

Roofer Killed by Falling Scaffolding

July 19, EAST LIBERTY, PA - 57 year old Greg Linver died when a scaffold tipped over and fell onto him. Linver and his crew were replacing a roof on a home. He was standing on the ground when a piece of scaffolding tipped over, crushing him. Linver was owner of the Lawrenceville based business, Head Roofing.

Migrant Worker Dies in Vermont

July 19, JOHNSON, VT - 40 year old Leonardo Espinabarros Telles of Vera Cruz, MX died Tuesday afternoon after he was caught in a large diesel generator fan and sustained massive trauma wounds to the torso. Telles, working with the Massachusetts based Crystal Rock Amusement company was in the States with a nonagricultural H2B work visa.

Heat May be to Blame For Plant Worker's Death

July 19, TOPEKA, KS - 45 year old Darrell Wayne Davis died Tuesday after collapsing at Topeka Goodyear plant Tuesday. Co-workers say Davis was not feeling well during his shift and that he took a break, then returned to work, but later his partner saw him collapse. Workers say Davis was working in an area of the plant with no ventilation, that commonly gets up to 120 degrees or higher on hot summer days.

Painter Electrocuted at Strip Mall

July 19, PEORIA, IL - 48 year old Robert L. Deatherage was electrocuted after coming into contact with a power line at an East Bluff strip mall Tuesday. Deatherage, a commercial painter, was pulled away from the wire by his supervisor and received life support services on scene but died later at a local hospital.

Two Semi's Crash, One Driver Dies

July 19, JASPER COUNTY, IN - 62 year old Merle Wyatt of Hamilton, OH suffered fatal injuries when his tractor trailer rig collided with another. Wyatt was ejected from the truck and died at the scene. His truck was fully engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived.

Propane Delivery Driver Dies in Crash

July 19, OAKLEY, ID - 51 year old Michael Dennis James Wolff of Rupert died when his truck went off the roadway and overturned Tuesday. Wolff, who was driving a truck registered to Suburban Propane of Twin Falls, left the west side of the roadway and struck a power pole’s support wires.

Truck Driver Crashes After Medical Issue

July 19, BIG CABIN, OK - 52 year old William G. Hutchinson of Charles City, IA died after suffering a medical condition while driving his tractor trailer near Big Cabin Tuesday. OHP reports that Hutchinson suffered the medical condition and drove off the roadway and into some brush before coming to a stop.

Tractor Trailer Driver Dies in Crash With Train

July 18, UNION CITY, OK - 61 year old Jimmie Daniels of Cookeville, TN was killed in a truck-train collision Monday. Investigators say Daniels ran a stop sign and smashed right into the train, causing his rig to go up in flames. Daniels was a contractor who had just picked up a load of bricks from a local factory.

Man Dies in Construction Accident

July 18, PORT KENT, NY - 46 year old Michael Loyer of South Burlington, VT died of injuries caused by heavy machinery in a construction accident in northern New York. Loyer was operating an auger as he worked to install a 3-foot-diameter pipe when the auger became bound in the pipe and Loyer was thrown to the ground and pinned there by the auger. Co-workers worked frantically to free Loyer but were unsuccessful. Loyer was working for Trenchless Technologies of New England, a subcontractor for Steven Fuller Excavation at a railroad bed in Port Kent.

Young Construction Worker Killed on Job

July 18, SIOUX CITY, IA - 23 year old Michael Birdsell died of injuries he suffered on a construction job site Monday morning. According to police, Birdsell was working on a piece of equipment for a private contractor when he was caught in an auger and severely injured. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Ironworker Falls to His Death

July 18, LAKE ZURICH, IL - 52 year old James Vaughn of DeKalb died Monday after falling from a structure in an industrial park. He was working on a structure when he fell. No other details are available.

Man Killed When Tree Falls on Excavator

July 17, MARBURY, MD - 29 year old Pietro "Pete" Flaim died Sunday while working at a neighbors home to remove a large tree. Flaim died when the large Oak tree fell onto the cab of his excavator. Flaim, owner of Flaim Brothers Construction and Excavating had 15 years of experience in this type of work. Flaim leaves behind a wife, newborn daughter and mother.

Private Security Employee Dies in Vehicle Crash

July 17, MARYSVILLE, CA - 28 year old Scott Jeffrey Bergseng of Rocklin died in a single vehicle accident at Beale Air Force Base. Bergseng, an employee of TW & Co. Inc. was also a Reserve technical sergeant with the 940th Security Forces Squadron at Beale but was on duty for TW & Co., a private security contractor who employs gate security personnel at Beale, at the time of the incident.

Elderly Farmer Dies in Tragic Accident

July 17, ENFIELD, ME - 84 year old Cassuis Fall was discovered dead on his tractor by a relative Sunday. According to police, Fall was crushed between a fallen tree and the steering column of his tractor after it backed into woods on his land on Dodlin Road. Fall, whose family has farmed the land for years, was apparently cultivating potatoes when the tractor began backing into the woods and went up against the tree.

Man Dies in Rice Field Blast

July 16, COLUSA, CA - 43 year old Roberto Ayala of Grimes died when an irrigation pump he switched on exploded. Ayala was working in a rice field near Colusa and when he turned on an irrigation pump at the electrical switch the blast occurred, the Sheriff's Office said. His seven year old son ran two miles home and alerted his family about the blast and that his father was on fire. The cause of the explosion and blaze is under investigation by multiple agencies, including Cal/OSHA.

Man Dies in Fall From Radio Tower

July 16, HOT SPRINGS, SD - 54 year old Tim Anderson, a volunteer worker helping the Amateur Radio Club dismantle a radio tower died in a fall. Anderson and another man were seriously injured Saturday when a communications tower they were helping dismantle was blown over by a gust of wind, according to Fall River County emergency manager Frank Maynard. Anderson later died at a hospital in Rapid City.

Freight Worker Crushed Under Falling Crate

July 15, SAN ANTONIO, TX - 49 year old Marissa Garcia received fatal head injuries when he was crushed under a falling crate at Con-Way Freight warehouse. A forklift operator had just set down on a 7-foot-tall, 1,500-pound crate on the loading dock floor after removing it from a tractor-trailer. The operator noticed the crate was wobbling and he yelled a warning to Garcia, who was nearby examining a load of pipe, but she was unable to move out of the way quickly enough to avoid being pinned when the crate toppled.

Driving Instructor Dies in Crash

July 15, WILLIAMSBURG, VA - 56 year old Shirley Martin died when the car she was riding in crashed into a tree and overturned. An employee for the Department of Motor Vehicles was working as an instructor administering a road skills test when the vehicle's driver left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned in a field. Martin was airlifted to a hospital where she died.

Shipyard Worker Dies of Probable Electrocution

July 14, AVONDALE, LA - 55 year old Geraldo Perez-Aquino died Thursday at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Perez-Aquino was an electrician and worked at the shipyard business since 2007. The exact cause of death is unknown but responders to the scene believe he was electrocuted.

Logger Dies in Equipment Incident

July 13, SULLIVAN, VT - 63 year old Guy Drouin of Norton, a logger for H.C. Haynes of Winn, MA, died in a logging incident Wednesday. Drouin was killed when a tree kicked up into the cab of the skidder he was operating. An OSHA investigation has been opened.

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