Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Laundry Worker Crushed in Equipment

November 26, BAY SHORE, NY - 24 year old Milton Anzora died being crushed in a conveyor type apparatus while checking the equipment. Anzora worked at Prestige Commercial Laundry Services.

Cab Driver Slain in Random Shooting

November 26, MAYWOOD, IL - 56 year old Luis Cordoba of Melrose Park was shot once in the head while he was waiting to pick up a customer Saturday in Maywood. The passenger suffered a non-fatal gunshot. Police say Cordoba nor his passenger were the intended targets and the bullets were apparently random.

Worker Killed Using Back Hoe

November 26, ROCK HILL, SC - 18 year old Maynro Perez of Charlotte, NC died at a construction site Saturday. Authorities did not say how Perez died, but it involved a back hoe. He worked for Kemp Construction.

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Crash

November 25, MOFFAT COUNTY, CO - 62 year old Donald O'Neil of Huntington, UT died when his tractor trailer crashed in Colorado Friday. Authorities say he was hauling crude oil and when he failed to negotiate a curve, the truck rolled, exploded and burst into flames.

Firefighter Dies of Cardiac Arrest

November 24, HOT SPRINGS, NC - Firefighter Johnny Norton died Thursday after collapsing from cardiac arrest while participating in a search. No details were provided.

Highway Maintenance Worker Struck and Killed

November 23, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - 53 year old Steven Arthur Morgan, an employee for DBI, was struck and killed by a driver who lost control of his vehicle Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle lost control while attempting to slow down for another accident.

Crew Member Killed on Movie Set

November 23, NEW ORLEANS, LA - Mike Huber died Wednesday when the scissor lift he was on toppled over. Huber, a crew member hired by Paramount Pictures was working on the set for a new movie. He was dismantling one of the film's sets when the incident occurred.

Man Dies When Pinned Between Trucks

November 22, RAYMOND, WI - 57 year old Avner Hizmi of Brookfield died when he was pinned between two semi's at Javco Trailer Sales in Raymond. Hizmi was found in a rear lot at the business where he had been pinned between a semitrailer that was backing up and a parked semitrailer, according to sheriff's reports.

Road Worker Dies When Struck by Van

November 21, HOUSTON, TX - Adan Martinez was struck and killed while working along I-45 Monday. Deputies said Martinez was picking up a road work sign that was in the safety zone in between the outside lane of the freeway and the exit ramp for Airtex when a van traveling southbound on the freeway hit him.

Fall Causes Worker's Death

November 21, WEST JEFFERSON, NC - 61 year old Jose Eligio Muniz-Arriaga died after falling from a trailer while unloading Christmas trees Monday. A sheriff's spokesman said it is unclear if he suffered a medical issue or just lost his footing on the trailer, but when he fell he hit his head and broke his neck.

Barge Dies After Fall Into River

November 21, CANNELTON, IN - 43 year old James Gamblin of Paducah, KY died after falling into the Ohio River from the Ganis R. Brewer barge Monday. According to reports, the vessel struck a wall at the Cannelton Locks and Dam near Cannelton. The impact caused the vessel's barges to separate and Gamblin fell into the river about midway between Evansville and Louisville, Ky. He was wearing a life vest.

Iron Worker Collapses at Work Site

November 21, RICHLAND, WA - 67 year old Andrew Hrebeniuk was found unresponsive inside a construction worksite restroom on Monday. Hrebeniuk, an iron worker at Hanford Nuclear Reservation Waste plant, was given CPR before being transported to a local hospital but he could not be revived.

Horse-Play at Work Site Turns Tragic

November 21, MIAMI, FL - 58 year old Jorge Mendez Alverez was shot in the chest Monday by a co-worker Monday. According to the co-worker's arrest affidavit, Alverez and he were horse-playing and Alverez started swinging a knife. The co-worker grabbed a gun, and believing it to be unloaded, shot Alverez in the chest. Both men were employed by Horizon Contractors.

Tow Truck Driver Struck and Killed

November 20, MANLIUS, NY - 53 year old Todd Young of Mattydale was killed Sunday while he was loading a disabled vehicle near Syracuse. Young, an employee for a Mattydale tow company, was outside his truck helping a driver whose vehicle broke down when he was struck by a passing tractor trailer.

Robbery Results in Shop Owner's Death

November 20, BROOKLYN, NY - 58 year old Carlos Rosario was shot to death inside his Bushwick Tire Shop on Sunday. The suspect walked into the shop asking about hubcaps or rims. Reports say Rosario asked the man to leave but he shot Rosario three times before fleeing.

Electric Worker Killed When Knocked From Boom Truck

November 20, SEVEN SPRINGS, NC - 45 year old Donald Deaver, an employee for Tri County Electric, fell about 26 feet when he was knocked out of the bucket of his boom truck Sunday. Deaver was working to restore electricity when a semi clipped his truck causing him to topple out of the bucket. OSHA is investigating.

Bouncer Shot to Death Inside Club

November 20, LAWTON, OK - 43 year old Kevin Rollins was found shot inside the restroom of Club Excape Sunday morning. Police has not released any further information nor made any arrest.

Driver of Flatbed Truck/Trailer Killed in Rollover

November 20, JACKSON COUNTY, FL - 38 year old Randy Bates of Gallion, AL was killed when the flatbed tractor trailer he was driving overturned, spilling his load of spools of wire on Sunday. Bates was exiting a sweeping left corner when the truck left the road and entered the median before flipping over.

Roofer Dies in Fall

November 18, CHICAGO, IL - 41 year old Jorge Padilla died Friday as the result of a fall from a building roof. Padilla was working on the roof of a new four-story residential building on the Northwest Side when he stepped into a shaft and fell to his death, authorities said today.

Cab Driver Shot to Death

November 19, SAVANNAH, GA - 65 year old James Wood was a beloved regular at a local Waffle House. He will be greatly missed by many people. He was found was found shot to death behind the wheel of his Yellow Cab car Saturday night. Wood, who was careful who he picked up, crashed the cab into a chain link fence after he was shot. Two young men has been arrested and charged with Wood's murder.

Miner Dies As Ground Crumbles Under Feet

November 19, MULLEN, ID - 26 year old Brandon Lloyd Gray of Kellogg died Saturday of injuries he received on November 17 inside the Lucky Friday mine. Officials said Gray was working deep underground when lose material began giving way beneath him and another miner. He was wearing all appropriate safety equipment but the ground may have given away too slowly for the seat-belt type device to activate. Another miner was also injured but survived. Gray worked for Cementation USA, Inc.

Video Store Worker Murdered

November 19, BROOKLYN, NY - 54 year old Nimala Randunu was found dead inside the adult video store he was working at Saturday morning. Police say Randunu suffered head trauma.

Man Dies in Incident with Wood Chipper

November 18, BELLEVILLE, IL - 54 year old Richard A. Risinger of Alton was killed when he was partially pulled into a tow-behind wood chipping machine on Friday. Authorities said it appears he was feeding a large tree branch into the machine when he was somehow entangled and pulled into it. His wife was also working with him on the job.

Crash Kills Dump Truck Driver

November 16, QUITMAN, AR - 74 year old Jimmie Whitly died Wednesday when he lost control of his dump truck on a curve and overturned. He was wearing a seat belt but died at the scene.

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