Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our condolences, thoughts and hearts are with the family members who have had to endure the loss of a loved one due to a workplace incident. We are here to help. Please reach out to us.

April 17, 2015 - 63 year old Tony Mageo was just starting his shift at Vaupell Industrial Plastics when he started to show symptoms of a heart attack. Emergency medical services were called but not able to revive him.

April 18, 2015 - Ecorse, MI - 41 year old Heather D. Warren of Inkster was directing a tractor trailer semi, helping guide it into a bay when she was struck and killed by the trailer of the truck. It is being reported that the truck driver has been charged with her death. She was an employee for US Steel in Ecorse.

April 27, 2015 - Austin, TX - 46 year old Kristen McLane was with a medical helicopter crew attempting to rescue a woman from a hiking trail when something went horribly wrong. As she was suspended from the helicopter helping the woman into it when she fell from her hoist. She was a member of the Travis County Star Flight team.

April 30, 2015 - Forreston, IL - 20 year old James C. Campbell of Prestonburg, KY was working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Illinois. As he was using an ATV, a large magnetic boom struck the top of the vehicle and pushed it onto its side. Officials said the boom spun out of control as it was being used to lift metal railroad spikes.He was an employee for the R.J. Corman Railroad Group of Nicholasville, Ky.

April 30, 2015 - Des Peres, MO - A 53 year old unidentified man from St. Ann, MO was killed on the job as he was parking a four-wheel hydraulic basket lift in a mall parking garage. He was pinned between the rail of the basket, from where he was operating the machine, and a low steel girder overhang in the ceiling. It is not known who he worked for and repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.  

May 2, 2015 - West Chester, OH - 24 year old Amber Marie Rooks of Norwood was working with a crew when she was struck along with four others who were injured when a motorist, alleged to be an impaired and texting driver. They were struck approximately April 21st. Her employer, Area Wide Protective (AWP) and Bowling Energy Services, were contracted by Duke Energy to do the work ongoing that day on Cox Road.


May 3, 2015 - Shelby County, IN - 30 year old Melinda Thompson of Spiceland was driving her United States Postal Service delivery vehicle making deliveries when it appears she went off the roadway and her vehicle flipped over.  

 May 4, 2015 - Queens, NY - 25 year old Brian Moore was a New York Police officer was shot in the head by a man with an extensive criminal record on May 2nd as he sat in his patrol car. The officer was shot as he and his partner pulled up to question 35-year-old identified suspect.

May 4, 2015 - Skokie, IL - 68 year old Robert Leburkien of Mount Pleasant was working at an apartment complex when he fell seven stories from the roof of the building. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

May 4, 2015 - Franklin, NJ - 43 year old Selvin Antulio Lopez-Castillo of Plainfield  was running a drainage line around the foundation of a home being built in Franklin County when the eight foot trench he was in collapsed around him. He was an employee for Adonai Contracting LLC of Plainfield.

May 5, 2015 - Hell's Kitchen, NY - 25 year old Christian Gisci of Jersey City was working on an unfinished elevator shaft at a luxury hotel in Hell's Kitchen when he fell 25 stories down the shaft and landed in the basement of the building. He was rushed to an area hospital where he died of his injuries. He was an employee for G-Tech Associates Elevator Company.

May 5, 2015 - Detroit, MI - 53 year old Donald Megge of Sterling Heights,  a millwright and wastewater operator at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant died in an incident shortly after starting his morning shift. He was performing regular preventive maintenance and was discovered by another. It is not clear how or the circumstances of his death but some reports state he was crushed in machinery.

May 5, 2015 - Coeur D'Alene, ID - Sgt. Greg Moore, a 16 year veteran of the Coeur D'Alene Police Department, was shot to death while sitting in his car. He was out doing routine random patrols in an area that have experienced some auto burglaries when he was ambushed by a man who, after shooting him, stole his patrol vehicle. The suspect was later captured and charged in the officer's murder.

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