Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

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July 29, 2014 - Westport, WA - 52 year old Kenneth Birdsong was working for South Beach Go-Karts, Inc when he struck his head on a work bench while working on a go-cart. He did not want to go to hospital after his speech became slurred but later was found unresponsive in a break room.

July 30, 2014 - Lehigh Acres, FL - 39 year old Jamel Gardener was killed on the job after a drunk driver sped into a work zone, striking him and a co-worker. He was employed by DBI Services, a Florida Dept. of Transportation contractor.

August 1, 2014 - Chandler, AZ - A 27 year old unidentified contractor was electrocuted while completing a job. Attempts for find the man's identity and his employer have been unsuccessful.

August 4, 2014 - Memphis, TN - 29 year old Pierre Davis did on the job after the commercial sized lawn mower he was using flipped on an embankment. He was an employee for Shelby County Public Works.

August 4, 2014 - Nacogdoches, TX - 50 year old Bobby Joe Beall died he was electrocuted while working on a piece of machinery at Pilgrim's Pride in Nacogdoches.

August 4, 2014 - South Middleton, PA - 56 year old Roger Fortune of Garland, TX died after being pinned between the rear of his semi truck and another parked behind him that rolled forward. He was at Allen Distribution warehouse making a delivery when the truck driver who parked behind him didn't fully set the truck's brakes causing it to roll into Fortune. His employer is unknown.

August 4, 2014 - Bensalem, PA - Erasmo Santana was making mechanical repairs to a vehicle at Negrete's Auto when the jack failed, causing the vehicle to fall down crushing Santana.

August 5, 2014 - Niles, OH - 49 year old Daniel Banks of Leavittsburg was killed on the job when his arm was crushed in an aluminum press.  He was employed by BRT Extrusions in Niles.

August 5, 2014 - New Carlisle, IN - 41 year old Jamie Middlebrook, an Assistant Chief for the New Carlisle Fire Department, died on the job when a roof collapsed at a large commercial building fire he was helping fight. 

August 5, 2014 - Stanley, ND - 51 year old Alan Eberhand of Harrisburg, AR died after being pinned by a piece of equipment. He had been working on a pay loader hose at Dalton Logistics when the forklift portion of the machine collapsed, crushing him.

August 5, 2014 - Laurel, NE - 60 year old Timothy Hansen died on the job when he was engulfed in corn grain. He was inside a grain bin attempting to break up the grain and when it did, he was buried.

August 5, 2014 - Houston, TX - David Hebert died on the job when he fell from an elevated rail track after losing his footing. He was a Bombardier Transportation employee working from the George Bush Airport in Houston.

August 5, 2014 - Bronx, NY - 62 year old Nick Cavataio of East Stroudsburg, PA was working outside the MTA Bridges & Tunnels Building when he was crushed by a 2,700 pound crate he was helping to unload. He was an employee for Hellman Electric.

August 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - 21 year old Clifton Wright died after suffering burns to over 80% of his body in an explosion inside a "melting room" at CMC Steel plant near Seguin. It is not clear what caused the explosion. A co-worker was also injured.

August 6, 2014 - Glendale, KY - 25 year old Jonathan French was a volunteer firefighter for Glendale Fire Department, as was his mother Lisa. Both were helping to put out a vehicle fire along an Interstate when they were struck by a tractor trailer driver.  Jonathan died at the scene and his mother is recovering from her injuries.

August 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - Jeremi Chavarria was crushed by an excavator being loaded onto a trailer at the end of a work day. He was working with his father when something went wrong and came to be trapped under the machine. **Note: the article does not list his name, and an updated article was not found, but comments under the article gave clue as to who he was**

August 7, 2014 - Pomeroy, WA - 31 year old Connor Finerty of Seattle, was killed on the job when the loaded dump truck he was operating crashed through a guardrail, rolled and landed in the Snake River. He was employed by Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. in Pomeroy.

August 10, 2014 - Stockton, IL - 49 year old Thomas W. Lucas of Toledo, IL died on the job after he fell approximately 90 feet from a tower he was painting. He was part of a crew for Sherwood Tower Services of Terre Haute hired to paint the tower.

August 11, 2014 - Snoqualmie Pass, WA - 41 year old Salvador Aguirre Lopez died on the job after he fell about six feet off a ladder.  He was employed by American Construction Northwest, LLC.

August 11, 2014 - Crossett, AR - 41 year old Robert Wesson of Hamburg suffered fatal head injuries when he became tangled in a piece of machinery at the Georgia Pacific mill in Crossett. He was working at a paper loading machine when something went wrong. 

August 12, 2014 - Ketchikan, AK - 51 year old Kenneth Butkovich of Castle Rock, WA was working with a logging crew in Alaska when he was struck and pinned by an uprooted tree on a logging site. He was employed by Logging Crown Alaska, Inc.

August 12, 2014 - Edmond, OK - 57 year old Robert "Bob" Waterson was killed on the job when a BNSF train struck his work truck. His Edmond Electric truck became stuck in tall brush and plants as he worked to de-energize lines along the track that were no longer in use. A tow truck came to help get the truck but before they could get away from the track, his truck was struck by the train as the tow truck driver was attempting to move his truck.

August 12, 2014 - Pittsburg, KS - 28 year old Kenny L. Clark was one of two men burned in a fireworks explosion and fire that was triggered from an unknown source. Clark died from those injuries. He and the coworker were attempting to move the last of the companies fireworks after the business moved to a new locations. Both men worked for Jake's Fireworks.

August 13, 2014 - Lenoir, NC - 31 year old Jimmy Halliburton of Morganton was killed on the job when he was struck in his upper body by a tree. It happened as he was helping other Caldwell County forestry workers remove a tree that fell into a road.

August 13, 2014 - Brookings, SD - Joey McKenzie was working on a construction site at the South Dakota State University campus when he fell in unknown circumstances. He was employed by Bittner Masonry, a subcontractor for Sioux Falls Construction.

August 13, 2014 - Lamar County, TX - Jorge Alejandio Palmeros Osorni was a contractor working to remove a "paint booth" at PJ Trailers when something caused a huge explosion. No other details are known.

August 13, 2014 - Mount Pleasant, SC - 28 year old Raymond Muniz of Virginia was stabbed to death on the job by a co-worker. The men were working on a construction site at the Belk store when, allegedly, the co-worker picked up a sharp construction object and stabbed Muniz in the chest. 

August 13, 2014 - Corona, CA - 31 year old Raul Soto-Olvera was killed on the job when he was electrocuted while trimming a tree. It is unknown who he was working for at the time of his death.

August 14, 2014 - New Orleans, LA - 46 year old Michael Collins, a tugboat captain, was killed on the job when he was crushed under a crane arm. The tugboat, Cory Michael, was pushing a barge with a crane on it. When the tugboat and the barge were passing under the open Florida Avenue Bridge, the crane hit the bridge causing the crane to fall on the tugboat's wheelhouse, trapping Collins.

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