Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Mechanic Struck by Passing Car

November 1, ASHVILLE, OH - David Drum, an employee for Teays Valley Local Schools, was standing by a school bus with a flat tire when another employee somehow struck and killed him. Authorities say Drum was trying to locate a tow truck and was standing by the disabled bus when he was hit.

Worker Dies After Falling into Sewer Vat

November 1, SMITHTOWN, NY - 43 year old Richard Dennison of Central Islip died at a sewage treatment facility at an apartment complex on Long Island. Dennison, a United Cesspool Service employee, had fallen into a sewer vat at the Avalon Commons apartment complex in Smithtown. He was pronounced dead at the scene. OSHA is investigating.

Tractor Trailer Driver Killed in Crash

October 31, ERWIN, NY - 25 year old John K. Stinson-Rogers of Dundee was killed when he lost control of his milk hauling tractor trailer near Erwin. The truck went off the roadway and rolled onto its side. It then slide into a tree, which caused heavy damage to the cab of the truck.

Chimney Sweep Dies From Fall Off Roof

October 31, HILTON HEAD, SC - 52 year old Alan Parnelle, hometown unknown, died after falling from the roof of a Lady's Island home as he cleaned its chimney. Authorities would not provide Parnelle's city but said he had been hired by the homeowner to clean the chimney. He was transported to a hospital where he died of internal injuries during surgery.

Underground Miner Dies in Vehicle Incident

October 31, BILLINGS, MT - 42 year old Dale Alan Madison died while driving a piece of equipment 1,200 feet underground at Stillwater Mining near Nye. A Mine Health & Safety Representative said Madson was driving an open-cab haul truck Monday that went into a ditch. She says a rock bolt struck him in the neck. The mine is under partial closure until the investigation is complete.

Two Well Workers Die in Truck Crash

October 31, GRAND JUNCTION, CO - Andrew Marquez and Travis Oropeza, both 24 years old, died when their Monument Well Service truck crashed down a ravine. The truck passed through a guard shack operated by Occidental Petroleum at about 5AM Monday, but they failed to report to their work location. A search for the men found their truck down a 1,000 foot embankment. It is not clear what caused the accident.

Taxi Driver Found Shot to Death

October 31, LEMON GROVE, CA - 39 year old Jalaludin Hamrah was shot to death by a passenger in the early morning hours Monday. Police received a report that a taxi had been seen rolled over and upon investigating Hamrah was found inside. While attempting to revive him they discovered he had been shot. Authorities know who they are seeking for Hamrah's murder.

Three Die, Three Still Missing in Grain Elevator Explosion

October 29, ATCHISON, KS - A Saturday evening grain dust explosion at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator in Atchison has killed three young men while three others are still missing. 20 year old Chad Roberts, 21 year old Ryan Federinko and 24 year old John Burke were identified Sunday. The blast is a harrowing reminder of the dangers workers face inside elevators brimming with highly combustible grain dust at the end of the harvest season. The search for the missing will resume when it is deemed safe to continue.

Three More Workers Identified in Deadly Grain Elevator Explosion

October 29, ATCHISON, KS - 34 year old Travis Keil of Topeka and 43 year old Derrek Klahr of Wetmore and 21 year old Curtis Field of Atchison died in the massive grain dust explosion at Bartlett Grain Co. on Saturday. Fine, highly combustible grain particles flow through the buildings as corn and other grain are moved and a spark can ignite the dust, sending a pressure wave that detonates the rest of the floating dust in the facility.

Taxi Driver Lured, Robbed and Murdered

October 29, TALLAHASSEE, FL - 29 year old O'Bryan Brandy was shot by four men who called for a cab Saturday with the soul purpose of robbing the driver. The men used a vacant home to call for a cab and when Brandy came to pick up what he thought was a fare, he was shot at close range. Brandy worked for Yellow Cab Co. Police have arrested the four suspects in Brandy's murder.

Construction Worker Dies After Building Collapse

October 29, BRONX, NY - 51 year old Muhammad Kebbeh died after being pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building that was under renovation Saturday. Fire officials say the building was being renovated and that a column collapsed, bringing down the top floors. Kebbeh was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Hotel Manager Shot by Disgruntled Ex Employee

October 29, ANCHORAGE, AK - 55 year old Kerry Fadely was fatally shot Saturday inside the kitchen of the Millennium Alaskan Hotel where she was a manager. Fadely was the supervisor for the employee until his dismissal a week ago. Witnesses to her murder quickly identified her killer and police have arrested the man.

Young Police Officer Shot

October 29, GLENDALE, AZ - 26 year old Officer Brad Jones died when he was shot when he accompanied a probation officer on a call. After arriving at the suspect's apartment, a struggle ensued and Jones called for other officers. The suspect pulled a gun and shot Jones who later died at a hospital.

Farmer Dies of Toxic Exposure

October 29, PILOT MOUND, IA - 74 year old Richard Shaw of Ogden died and his son was injured after anhydrous ammonia leaked from a tank in central Iowa. Authorities say a hose broke, allowing the fertilizer out of the tank on Saturday morning. Shaw's son and three first responders were treated at an area hospital for toxic exposure. Shaw died on the scene.

Trucker Dies of Medical Issue

October 28, GREELEY, CO - 60 year old Ramon Calkins of Phoenix, AZ died of a medical issue on his way to pick up a load at JBS USA beef packing plant. No other details are available.

Football Referee Dies After Collapse on Field

October 28, HIGH POINT, NC - Eric McCoy died after he suffered a medical event while referring a high school football game. McCoy, a North State Football official, told the head referee that he felt dizzy before collapsing. He was revived, but later died at an area hospital. Reports say his heart stopped after he suffered a seizure.

Worker Dies of Toxic Fumes Exposure

October 28, ELKO, NV - An unidentified 21 year old man died after he was overcome by toxic fumes while he was working on a mine vehicle tire. The man, a contractor at Newmont Mining Corp.’s truck shop at the Gold Quarry Mine north of Carlin was overcome by fumes while inside the tire to repair it. He was discovered by others and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Worker Dies After Fall Into Commercial Dryer

October 28, LOUISVILLE, KY - 55 year old Kevin Burgess died after he was apparently pulled into a commercial dryer he was attempting to fix before other workers arrived. The machine did not have a safety mechanism to keep it from starting. Police also said Burgess may have been trapped and unable to escape because the large doors to the dryer automatically close when it starts.

Police Officer Dies in Fiery Crash

October 28, ALBANY, GA - 36 year old Officer Terry Lewis-Flemming died after her cruiser crashed while in pursuit of bank robbers. After officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress, Flemming's cruiser collided with another officer's sending it into a tree where it burst into flames.

Worker Falls Through Roof, Dies

October 28, LAKEWOOD, OH - 63 year old Dhimitraq Taluri died after falling through the roof of a building he was working on. After falling through the roof into the basement of the building, he was transported to an area hospital where he died. OSHA is investigating.

Semi Driver Dies After Collision

October 28, MARSHALL, MI - 58 year old Timothy Hersey of Ithaca died after he drove his tractor trailer into the back of another tractor trailer on Friday. Deputies believe the first truck driver was slowing down to possibly pull over when Hersey's truck ran into it. Deputies continue to investigate the crash.

Business Owner Killed in Possible Robbery

October 28, MILWAUKEE, WI - 41 year old Shawn J. Jenkins was found shot to death Friday by employees arriving for work at Jenkin's MidTown Auto & Metal Recycling. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots Thursday. A close friend said that he feared robbery was the motive for his friend's death.

Construction Worker Killed in Hit and Run

October 28, FORT SALONGA, NY - 49 year old Victor Schultz died after he was hit by a vehicle Friday morning. Police say Schultz and a co-worker were loading a milling machine onto a trailer. They were on the side of the road when Schultz was struck. His co-worker was not injured. An investigation is ongoing.

Two Miners Dies in Rock Wall Collapse

October 28, CENTERTOWN, KY - 47 year old Darrel Winstead of Madisonville and 23 year old Samuel Lindsey of Morton's Gap were killed when a high rock wall collapsed onto their work truck at Armstrong Coal's Equality Mine, trapping them inside. The two men were on a blasting crew from MEMSCO, which is based in Dawson Springs and is a subsidiary of Midland Powder Co. of Evansville, Ind., according to The Associated Press.

Bus Driver Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

October 27, ATHENS, GA - Tom Torrisi, the crew bus driver for the band Widespread Panic, died of a heart attack while driving the bus to another show. After he collapsed, another crew member took over the wheel while another gave Torrisi CPR unsuccessfully.

Dental Employee Murdered at Clinic

October 27, HOUSTON, TX - 29 year old Yodani Cruz-Rojas was shot to death inside the Smiley Dental Clinic where she worked. A man she had been involved with and was father of two of her children walked into the clinic just before closing time and shot her. Police are searching for the gunman and he has already been charged with her murder.

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Crash

October 27, SLEEPER, MO - 60 year old Vernon Lowrance of Bethel Springs, TN died when his hay-hauling truck crashed into a rocky embankment and burst into flames. The hay he was hauling fueled the flames to the extreme.

Resort Co-Owner Crushed Under Equipment

October 26, CRIVITIZ, WI - 60 year old Paul Milquet, co-owner of Timberline Resort, died of crushing injuries on the property Wednesday. Milquet was doing maintenance of a skid steer loader when it fell and crushed him. He was transported to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.

Tanker Driver Dies in Rollover

October 26, UINTAH, UT - 48 year old Louis Joseph Cisneros of Tooele died after being ejected from his tanker truck as it rolled on its side. Cisneros was driving a Flying J truck full of butane when it overturned as Cisneros was taking an off ramp.

Worker Falls From Roof

October 26, CHARLOTTE, NC - An unidentified man died after he fell from the Pike Energy Solutions building roof Wednesday. The man was standing on or near a chute that was attached from the roof of the building to a garbage dumpster on the ground when he fell. Simon Roofing and Sheet Metal Corp. was doing work on the roof of the building, but it is not clear whether the victim was an employee of that company.

Mail Carrier Killed in Crash

October 26, EAST WHEATFIELD, PA - 58 year old Shirley Hill of Homer City, a 30 year Postal Service veteran, was killed when her vehicle collided with a coal truck. She was attempting to cross a highway in her personal vehicle, which rural carriers use to deliver mail, when she was struck.

Sanitation Worker Killed by Truck

October 25, FAYETTEVILLE, NC - 29 year old Jordan Nanney was killed when he fell off the back of a sanitation truck and was run over. Nanney, an employee of Cumberland Garbage & Trash Service, was riding on the back of the truck as it backed up when he fell off and was run over. The driver was unaware that Nanney had fallen off the truck.

Construction Worker Falls to His Death

October 25, STAMFORD, CT - 36 year old Javier Salinas of Danbury died after he fell about 50 feet from the roof of a sports complex Tuesday. Salinas was on the unfinished roof installing sheeting when he fell. Witnesses say he was not wearing any safety equipment at the time. American Buildings, a Trumbull contractor working for AP Construction, reportedly employed Salinas.

Truck Crash Fatal for Driver

October 25, TOPEKA, KS - 57 year old Paul D. Cardwell of Abilene, KS died after his semi crashed in East Topeka. Cardwell's truck was carrying asphalt oil. Investigators don't yet know what caused the fatal crash but his rig ended up on both sides of the highway and demolished a large highway sign.

Public Works Employee Dies as Tree Falls

October 25, DICKSON, TN - 52 year old James "Possum" Williams died of blunt force trauma to his head and back after he was hit by a falling tree. Williams was part of a crew cutting trees threatening to fall onto a house when the tree fell in an unexpected way. Williams, an employee for Dickson Public Works, attempted to run but was hit on his back and head by the tree.

Worker Struck and Killed by Semi

October 25, PALO ALTO, CA - 64 year old Richard Loza of Pittsburg, CA died when he was struck and run over by a semi that was backing up. Loza, an employee for G&S Paving of Oakley, was cleaning up at a paving site project when he was struck. Cal-OSHA is investigating.

Tragedy at Tire Shop

October 25, CAMDEN, NJ - an unidentified 33 year old father of three was killed in an industrial incident at 5 Points Tire & Auto Repair shop on Tuesday. Investigators say the worker was trying to cut a chain with a high-powered grinding wheel when, apparently, the wheel came loose and the blade shot into his chest.

Maintenance Worker Struck by Equipment

October 25, CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN - 47 year old Patrick Porter of Pascagoula, MS died in an industrial incident at Nucor Steel Indiana in Crawfordsville. He was performing maintenance when he was reportedly struck by a forklift. Porter may have suffered cardiac arrest due to the incident and died an hour later at an area hospital.

Man Dies of Crushing Injuries

October 24, BETHLEHEM, PA - an unidentified 30 year old man suffered fatal crushing injuries Monday. The man was one of several working to prepare truck containers before being loaded on rail cars. The man was preparing a trailer when another operator moved a separate trailer and bumped a third, which pinned the man between two trailers. UPDATE: Authorities have identified Torren Kline as the worker who died in this incident.

Handyman Falls to His Death From Roof of Building

October 24, MIAMI, FL - An unidentified 41 year old man died after falling about 50 feet from the roof of an apartment building in Miami. There is no further information on this incident.

Sheriff Deputy Shot to Death

October 23, AUGUSTA, GA - 47 year old James D. Paugh, a motorcycle officer for Richmond County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed when he went to investigate a suspicious vehicle on Augusta's Bobby Jones Expressway. Police say he was shot to death by a man who had been firing an assault rifle at vehicles on the highway. After shooting Paugh,the man killed himself.

Security Guard Killed on the Job

October 23, MEMPHIS, TN - An unidentified 41 year old man who was a security guard for Bent Tree Apartments in Winterhaven was shot and killed while on duty Sunday. Police are looking for suspects who they say the guard stopped for being suspicious before one of them shot him.

Print this post

No comments:

Print Page