Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Two Firefighters Killed in Coal Bin Explosion

September 15, SUNSET COLONY, SD - 20 year old Jacob Waldner and 22 year old William Waldner, cousins and volunteer firefighters, died in an explosion while battling a coal bin fire. Both Waldner cousins had gone on top of a structure to attack a coal bin fire below when an explosion destroyed the top and south wall of the building and sent the two firefighters into the air. Another firefighter was injured in the blast, the father of one of the cousins.

Worker Killed as Lightning Strikes at Construction Site

September 15, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - 40 year old Bryan Bradley of Linwood died Thursday on the Revel casino construction site in Atlantic City. Bradley, a concrete finisher, and two other workers were struck when a bolt of lightning hit a basket used to carry concrete, which was right next to them. The men were transported to an area hospital where Bradley later died of his injuries.

School Crossing Guard Struck, Killed by Truck

September 15, ANKEY, IA - 78 year old Frank Luttrell died Thursday after he was struck by a truck while in a cross walk with his sign on display. He was waiting for a green light so he could escort elementary school children across the street. The driver of the truck ran the red light and hit Luttrell who had stepped off the curb at the green light.

Driver Dies in Fiery Tanker Crash

September 15, HELPER, UT - 51 year old Bryan Ames died after his truck, hauling flammable liquids, rolled down an embankment and burst into flames. According to police, Ames was driving around a curve when the truck tipped over and rolled down the embankment just shy of a creek.

Dump Truck Driver Killed in Crash With Semi

September 15, MONSON, ME - 37 year old Travis Butler of St. Albans died when his dump truck was struck by a semi that had jack-knifed on a sharp curve. Police say the trailer on the semi tipped sideways and collided with Butler's truck, crushing the cab. Butler died later at a local hospital.

Car Barrels Into Trash Collectors, Killing One

September 15, COCOA, FL - 55 year old Kenneth Dimon was killed and another worker was injured when a car slammed into their truck. Dimon and his partner, employees for Waste Management, were picking up sticks and trash along a roadway in Canaveral Groves. Their truck had its caution lights flashing and were standing behind the truck when the driver drove right into it, crushing and pinning Dimon between the truck and car.

Night Club Worker Shot and Killed

September 15, COLUMBUS, OH - 41 year old Anthony J. Minnifield was shot and killed at Mitch's Night Club while he was cleaning the bar. According to police responding to a disturbance call, someone fired shots through the front door of the club, hitting Minnifield several times.

Oil Rig Explosion Kills Two

September 14, WILLISTON, ND - 21 year old Brendan Wegner of Montello, WI died Wednesday and Ray Hardy of Mohall, ND died Thursday after an explosion and fire Wednesday at a newly drilled oil well in western North Dakota. Two other workers are in critical condition due to burns. The men were working at a workover rig owned by Carson Well Services. The well is owned by Houston based Oasis Petroleum. It is unclear what cause the explosion and fire that killed Wegner and Hardy.

Officer Struck While on Routine Stop

September 14, HONOLULU, HI - 54 year old Officer Eric Fontes was struck and killed Wednesday during a routine traffic stop. Fontes stopped to back up other officers and was standing on a grassy median when a young driver struck a concrete barrier and then Fontes before slamming into the other vehicles.

Road Construction Worker Killed by Truck

September 14, OLD SAYBROOK, CT - 54 year old Dale Persan of Kensington was killed when he was struck and pinned under a dump truck. Persan, an employee for Costello Industries, was working on a freeway paving project when the dump truck carrying ground up asphalt struck him. Persan was pinned under the truck until rescue personnel arrived.

Worker on Home Construction Dies

September 14, KOKOMO, IN - 65 year old Roger Holcomb was found unresponsive at the site of a private home where he was hired to work for the homeowner. A neighbor noticing the noise of construction had stopped looked outside and saw Holcomb laying on the ground. No cause of death has been released.

Cable Technician Electrocuted

September 14, BROOKLYN, NY - 37 year old Douglas LaLima, a Verizon cable tech, was electrocuted Wednesday while working in an elevated bucket truck. LaLima was installing cables and somehow came into contact with a live power line hidden in a tree. He suffered a gash in his neck and he was severely burned. LaLima was a Verizon employee for 15 years.

Man Dies of Injuries Received Due to Explosion

September 13, HANOVER, PA - An explosion September 1 at SKF North America has claimed the life of an employee who remains unidentified. According to officials the man died of respiratory burns from a salt solution used to treat metal. No details on the cause of the explosion were released.

Man Working on Electric Lines Electrocuted

September 13, COLFAX, WA - 38 year old James Hussey of Peck, ID died Tuesday after being electrocuted at DeAley Crushing Service in Colfax. Hussey and other employees were working with generator electrical lines when Hussey came in contact with a line that was still charged. Mining Safety and Health will be investigating.

Long Time Electrician Dies of Shock

September 13, AUGUSTA, GA - 41 year old Stacy A. Fincher of Saluda, SC was electrocuted Tuesday at the DSM Chemical plant in Augusta. Fincher, an employee of Austin Industrial and was contracted to DSM, was performing maintenance on when he came into contact with "live" electrical service. OSHA is investigating.

Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Driver

September 13, FORT MEYERS, FL - 34 year old Everett Arscott of Punta Gorda, FL was killed when he lost control of his tractor trailer rig and slammed into a steel bridge structure. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the cab of the truck.

Farm Accident Takes Life of Worker

September 13, STOKES, NC - 60 year old Dalton "Big Shot" Smith died in an incident involving his John Deere tractor Tuesday. He was fueling the tractor, which somehow slipped into gear, when fellow workers noticed him on the ground and the tractor circling in the field. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Smith worked for Taylor Barnhill Farms for 25 years.

Store Clerk Murdered in Robbery

September 13, WILLETT, TN - an unidentified store manager was shot to death Tuesday by masked gunmen. The manager had just sent another employee on an errand and when he returned, he came back to police at the store. He man was an employee at Bargain Market near Willett.

Worker Killed in Industrial Incident

September 12, RIPLEY, WV - 34 year old Shannon Todd Sullins of Trafford died Monday when he was crushed in a piece of equipment. Working for Stella Jones Corporation, Sullins' left arm became entrapped in a piece of heavy machinery run by both hydraulics and electricity. He was unable to escape and was killed when an upper portion of the machinery lowered on him, the coroner's office said. OSHA is conducting an investigation.

Officer Collapses After Training Run

September 12, NEW YORK, NY - 28 year old Sherman Adams was on a training run with his academy class when he collapsed Monday along the East River up and down East Houston and 14th Street.. He was transported to a local hospital where he died. The report does now specify why he died.

Semi Trailer Runs Over Construction Worker

September 12, ELMHURST, IL - 38 year old Daniel Green of Walworth, WI was struck and killed by a semi trailer Monday. Green was standing several feet back from the road but a tractor trailer cut a corner too short and the trailer wheels jumped the curb, striking Green. Green was contracted to Illinois Department of Transportation but it is unknown what type of job he was performing.

Industrial Incident Claims Life of Worker

September 12, CALVERT CITY, KY - 31 year old James Bradley Smith died of unspecified injuries at Westlake PVC Chemical Corporation plant. Bradley, an employee for PSC JESCO Industrial Services, was performing contracted services inside the plant when he suffered fatal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Man Dies in Gravel Truck Rollover

September 12, NEW TAZEWELL, TN - 30 something Chris Collinsworth died Monday after he was thrown from and crushed under a dump truck filled with gravel. Collinsworth was delivering gravel to a private residence when the load apparently shifted and the truck rolled over. Police are not sure if he attempted to jump from through the truck window or if he didn't have a seat belt on.

Tanker Driver Killed in Fiery Wreck

September 11, LOVELAND, CO - 58 year old Gary Agee of Greeley died when the fuel tanker truck he was driving crashed and burst into flames. Agee was attempting to exit the interstate, however, due to the nature of liquid fuel the truck became unstable and the truck overturned and ignited.

Tree Trimmer Dies of Crushing Injuries

September 11, GREENVILLE, NC - Daniel Kevin Corey was identified by friends and other professionals as the man who died Sunday while working at a residence. Corey, who operates a tree service in Pitt County, was working with the homeowner when the pine tree he cut through bounced off the ground, hit him, then fell on top of him, according to sheriff's spokesman Lt. Drew Robinson. Rescue workers hoisted the tree from him but he died at the scene.

Truck Driver Dies in Fiery Crash

September 10, EFFINGHAM, IL - 70 year old Thomas McPherson of Owensboro, KY died in a fiery crash Saturday near Effingham. McPherson's Freightliner crashed into several warning barrels in a construction zone, and then crashed into several concrete barricades. His truck then ran off the roadway and overturned into a ditch where it caught fire. McPherson died at the scene.

Cattle Farmer Dies in ATV Accident

September 10, HERMANN, MO - 77 year old Thomas E. Arey died Sunday while he was herding cattle. Arey was sorting cattle with the ATV when he accelerated quickly, causing the ATV to overturn and pin him beneath it, the patrol says.

Lifeguard Struck by Lightning While Helping Others Stay Safe

September 10, TAMPA, FL - 21 year old Justin Inversso died after being struck by lightning while helping others get out of the way of a storm. Inversso, who turned 21 on Friday, worked for Busch Gardens Adventure Island as a lifeguard and supervisor. Justin was hit as he was ushering people off a 700 foot tall waterslide to safety as bad weather moved in quickly. He was standing in approximately 3 feet of water. No one else was injured from the incident.

Construction Worker Crushed Under Equipment

September 10, ANNANDALE, VA - 40 year old Edgar Tobar died after being crushed under an asphalt roller on Saturday. Police say another worker driving the asphalt roller lost control of it and ran over Tobar. OSHA is investigating the incident.

Farmer Dies in Tractor Rollover

September 10, LEBANON, OR - 88 year old Robert Fred Meyer died after his farm tractor tipped over, pinning him underneath. Meyer was working to clear brush when he rolled down a 15 foot embankment, becoming trapped by it.

Tree Trimmer Dies From Fall

September 9, LONG ISLAND, NY - 51 year old Faustino Santamaria of Westbury died Friday when he fell 30 feet from a tree he was working in. Santamaria was working at a residence in Roslyn Heights when the branch he was standing on broke and he fell to the ground. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Worker Electrocuted as Ladder Hits Power Lines

September 9, MARDELA SPRINGS, MD - 41 year old Charles W. Taylor was electrocuted when a ladder he was using came too close to overheard power lines. Taylor was working for Good Gutter in front of a church when the incident happened. No further information is available.

Driver Dies in Tractor Trailer Crash

September 9, TUCSON, AZ - 61 year old Rickey Duffey of Fayetteville, GA died when he lost control of his semi, crossed the median, and crashed into another vehicle north of Tucson. The three occupants of the mini van also died. The co-driver of the Sierra semi was transported to an area hospital where he survives.

Truck Driver Dies in Crash

September 9, MARYSVILLE, OH - Freddie G. Walker Jr. of Lobelville, TN died Friday when the tractor trailer he was driving ran off the roadway and overturned. The incident is under investigation.

Worker Killed on Gas Well Site

September 9, VICTORIA, TX - 24 year old Ronnie Wise of Goliad died of unspecified injuries on a oil field work site Friday. Wise worked for Liberty Swabbing of Liberty. OSHA and the Texas Railroad Commission are investigating the incident. UPDATE: Authorities have released further information as to what occurred in the incident that claimed Wise's life.

Pizza Store Manager Murdered During Robbery

September 9, ANNISTON, AL - 56 year old Barbara Exum was found shot to death in a room at the Papa John Pizza store that she managed. Authorities believe Exum may have resisted giving the robber money before she was shot. Police have a description of the suspect they are seeking.

Garbage Truck Driver Dies in Fall

September 8, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - 62 year old Rodolfo Calderon died after falling from the truck he was driving. Officials say Calderon climbed on top of the garbage truck when the forks became entangled in some low hanging wires. Calderon tried to get the lines off the truck himself, but fell to the pavement. He worked for the company 23 years.

TDOT Worker Struck, Killed on Road

September 8, MEMPHIS, TN - 41 year old Michael Dalton died Thursday when he was struck by a vehicle along a Memphis freeway. Dalton was working with a crew for Tennessee Department of Transportation preparing to close an interstate shoulder at I-240 and Summer when he was struck by a truck.

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