Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

Wade Inc. employee electrocuted

Donnie Ray Reynolds, 56, mechanic for Wade Incorporated, was electrocuted Thursday, April 12, while working on top of a combine. According to Powell Litton, manager of the local John Deere company, Mr Reynolds stood up and connected with a low hanging electrical wire. The line, owned by Clarksdale Public Utilities, carried 8000 volts of electricity

Man Dies After Being Pinned By Mower Underwater, Father, Co-Workers Find Man At Bottom Of Pond

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A landscape worker died on Wednesday after being pinned by his lawnmower underwater, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. Officials said Bobby Tagle, 24, of Okeechobee, was working when he got trapped under his lawnmower after falling into a pond. It's not known how he fell in the water. Other workers, including his father, found him pinned under the mower at the bottom of the pond. Witnesses told police the workers performed CPR on Tagle. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His supervisor described him as a responsible worker who put in extra effort.

Probe continues at Bridgewater auto shop where Hanover man was crushed to death

BRIDGEWATER, MA — Chuckran's Auto Parts Inc., founded in 1949, is a landmark business on Old Plymouth Street, also known as Route 104. “It's a good neighbor,” said a nearby resident who can see the large business site from her driveway. Now, law enforcement and federal safety officials are investigating a fatal mishap at the auto shop Wednesday morning that claimed the life of a Hanover man. Authorities said Stephen Scothorne, 58, of 68 Cedar St., Hanover, died from injuries suffered when he was crushed between the back ends of two trucks at the auto salvage shop. Scothorne was pronounced dead at Brockton Hospital less than an hour after the 7:28 a.m. accident at the Old Plymouth Street business. The victim suffered multiple trauma that included chest injuries, authorities said.

Man killed in accident at Almatis plant

Benton, AR - Abatement Co. of Donaldson died Wednesday afternoon after falling from scaffolding at the local Almatis plant. Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name, pending notification of next of kin, who are believed to reside in Mexico.
The Hispanic worker is believed to be about 50. An unofficial source said the man fell about 50 feet onto aluminum pipes. The source said the worker was wearing a protective harness that had not been secured, but this could not be confirmed.
Salem Fire Department’s rescue service and Med-Flight, the air ambulance service of Baptist Health Medical Center, responded to the accident about 3:45 p.m., but the victim died at the scene and was not taken to a medical facility.

Worker's body found in tree

EL MONTE, CA - The body of a 33-year-old tree-trimmer was found slumped in a tree Thursday, 30 feet above the ground. Police received a 9-1-1 call about 5:30 p.m. from residents of a home in the 2800 block of Lexington Avenue in El Monte who were concerned about a tree-trimmer who had been working in a palm tree in their front yard for about an hour, said El Monte police Officer Bob Williams. The residents tried to call out to the man, who was barely visible among the dried fronds of the tree, but he didn't respond, prompting them to call for help, said Williams. Firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to free the man from the tree and lower his body down via a fire ladder, said Los Angeles County Firefighter Ed Wilson.

Worker Killed In Semi Collision

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Police say one person is dead following a multi-vehicle crash during Friday morning's commute. It happened just before 6 a.m. on southbound Interstate 205 near milepost 34. Police say a tractor-trailer was pulled over on the shoulder and was being assisted by a service vehicle. A second semi passing through the area drifted on to the shoulder, striking both vehicles and killing the service employee. The driver of the disabled semi was not injured, but the driver who apparently caused the crash was taken to the hospital. It took crews 5 hours to re-open the southbound lanes of the freeway. The Friday morning commute was jammed as motorists tried to get on and off ramps. Police are still investigating what caused the driver to crash.

Worker's life vest didn't deter death

The worker who was killed when the barge he was working on capsized Wednesday under the old Route 70 bridge was wearing a life vest, according to the State Police. An autopsy on 37-year-old Aberdeen resident James P. Lovely was to be conducted Thursday night, according to Capt. Jeff Harper, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, who expected to release the results today. Meanwhile, an investigation into what caused the barge and push-boat to both suddenly turn over continues, as does the cleanup of some 400 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the Manasquan River. A worker for George Harms Construction Co., Lovely was killed after the capsizing about 4 p.m. in the river underneath the bridge at the boundary of Brick and Brielle.

Construction worker dies after nail-gun accident

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A Coeur d'Alene construction worker died after an accident involving a nail gun. Damon Huhtala, 26, was framing a house at the Gozzer Ranch development near Harrison when co-workers found him with a nail from a nail gun piercing his skull, the Kootenai County sheriff's office said Thursday. Huhtala, an employee of Edwards Construction, Inc., was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he died Wednesday evening.

Worker dies in fall from Toledo span

TOLEDO -- A construction worker died Thursday from a fall off a bridge being built near downtown, police said. A scaffolding collapsed, sending the worker tumbling to the ground below. The Interstate 280 bridge over the Maumee River is scheduled to open later this year. It was the second deadly accident since construction on the bridge began. Four workers -- including one from Michigan -- died when a crane collapsed three years ago. The bridge will connect the Ohio Turnpike and I-75 and crosses the Maumee River just northeast of downtown Toledo.

Longshoreman killed in port industrial accident

Seattle, WA - A longshoreman at the Port of Seattle was killed Thursday evening in an industrial accident. The Eagle Marine Services Ltd., employee was crushed to death at about 8 p.m. when a large piece of machinery ran over him, Port spokesman Mick Shultz said. He was helping to load containers onto rail cars at Terminal 5 when the incident occurred. Fire officials said the man died at the scene. Port police were investigating and had yet to release a possible cause. The man is a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Enterprise Industrial Fatality Investigation

Dothan, AL - Federal investigators are looking at an apparent industrial fatality in Enterprise. The incident occurred on Wednesday at Utility Trailers. The company is located at the intersection of Boll Weevil Circle and Highway 84 West. The company manufacturers truck trailers. A spokesman tells News 4, they've identified 41-year-old Billy Hardcastle of Daleville as the person who was killed. Enterprise Police say it appears Hardcastle died after being crushed while manufacturing trailers. The Federal Government's Office of Safety and Health is investigating the accident to determine the exact cause of Hardcastle's death.

Two die in NASA standoff

HOUSTON, TX - A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building Friday at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries. The gunman shot himself once in the head more than three hours after barricading himself on the second floor of Building 44, which houses a laboratory. The slain hostage was probably killed "in the early minutes of the whole ordeal," Houston Police Capt. Dwayne Ready said

Papa John's Worker Killed In Early Morning Crash

COCONUT CREEK, FL - A Papa John’s pizza employee was killed in an early morning crash in Coconut Creek. Our news partners at the Miami Herald report that 55-year old Julio Eduardo Vilaro-Quintero was driving south on Lyons Road around 4 a.m. when he crashed into a utility pole at Northwest 6th Manor. Coconut Creek Police suspect, Vilaro-Quintero, who was heading home from work, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Police Officer Dies in Car Crash

Police say 35 year-old Jason Campbell was responding to a call when his police cruiser, and another vehicle, slammed into each other. Cambell did not survive the crash and another officer in the cruiser suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck is in critical condition. Campbell is the first city officer in Greenville to be killed on duty since 1952.

Employee crushed at shop in Lansing

Lansing police Friday confirmed that an Advance Auto Parts employee crushed to death by a car he was working on Thursday is Chad Stephen Hill of Laingsburg. Lansing police said Hill, 26, was working on the car at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the shop at 4220 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., when the supports holding the car up gave way. According to Hill's obituary, he was a commercial sales manager there. Lansing police Lt. Bruce Ferguson said the death is believed to be accidental. Police have referred the case to Michigan Operational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA) for further investigation.

Man crushed to death by tractor

MANTECA — A Manteca man died on the job when a tractor rolled over on top of him. By Ben Marrone. A Manteca man was crushed to death after a tractor rolled over on top of him Friday, March 23. Raul Plascencia, 50, was trying to load a tractor onto a trailer at Gallagher Vineyards in south Manteca when the accident occurred, according to reports from the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Basically, he was loading a tractor onto a flat-bed trailer, and it landed on top of him,” said Capt. Rod Pinelli of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District.

Stray Bullet May Have Killed Springs Cab Driver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A cab driver died after he apparently was hit in the head by a stray bullet from a shootout between two groups of people on a downtown street. Terry Lee Wilson, 53, a Yellow Cab Co. driver, died at the scene Wednesday night. Witnesses reported hearing 10 to 15 shots during the shootout. No arrests have been made and investigators Thursday were trying to determine where the two groups were at the time of the shootout. Wilson had been driving for the company for about a year.

Man killed at Adams County railroad yards

CO - A worker was killed in an industrial accident early Thursday in the Burlington Northern railroad yards in Adams County. Joseph L. Coverdale, 58, of Wheat Ridge, was using a tractor to move a trailer carrying a loaded container in the rail yards at West 53rd Avenue and Fox Street. Coverdale was making a sharp U-turn to back the trailer into a parking spot when the accident happened, authorities said.

United Taconite miner killed in drilling accident

Minneapolis, MN - A United Taconite employee was killed in a mining accident on Wednesday. The St. Louis County sheriff's office said it happened around 10:45 a.m. at the United Taconite Thunderbird Mine near Eveleth. A mining company spokeswoman said the worker was killed when a rotary drill fell over. The drill is a heavy piece of equipment used to bore holes in taconite before blasting. The employee's name was not released, pending notification of relatives.

Man Killed in Bois Blanc Accident

St.Ignace, MI - William Joseph O'Connor, Jr., 23, of Cheboygan died Wednesday, April 11, in an industrial accident on Bois Blanc Island. The Mackinac County Sheriff's office is investigating the work-related death. Preliminary investigation indicates that employees of Northwood Timber Products, Inc. were working on a piece of logging equipment, which had been lifted and was supported with timber.

Worker dies in fall at St. Jude

TN - A construction worker fell 40 to 60 feet and died in an accident at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Construction officials refused to release any details about the victim, including gender. They would only say the person fell from that height and that the victim worked for a masonry subcontractor.

Second Arrest Made in Shooting of Kroger Employee

INDIANAPOLIS - Police say a teenager's conscience has led to two arrests in the shooting death of a Kroger employee. Police think they now know the identities of the three people involved in Wendell Anderson's death and two of them are in custody. Police arrested 17-year-old Nathaniel Osborne of Clermont early Tuesday morning and 18-year-old David Kist at his father's home in Avon Tuesday afternoon.

Construction Worker Run Over, Killed

A 29 year-old man was killed yesterday when a co-worker backed a van over him at a job site in south Forsyth County. According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Investigator Bill Loring, the victim, Elevterio Olvera, was at a residence on Spyglass Drive when he crawled under his employer’s Ford Econoline van to place a piece of carpet under the van to prevent an oil leak from staining the driveway. At the same time, Loring said, the homeowner came out of the house and asked Olvera’s coworker to move the van. Not knowing that Olvera was under the van, the co-worker accidentally backed over Olvera’s head, killing him instantly.

Gunman kills 32 in Virginia Tech rampage

Va. -- In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunman Monday stalked a dorm and classrooms at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people in attacks nearly three hours apart before turning a gun on himself. Among the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech were five faculty members: James Bishop
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak
Kevin Granata
Liviu Librescu
G.V. Loganathan Librescu was a 76 year-old Holocaust survivor who blocked his classroom doorway from the gunman while his students leapt to freedom.

Irving officer dies in traffic accident

TX - For Officer Andrew Esparza, being an Irving police officer was like all in the family. He was following his older brother when he joined the department two years ago. He also recently joined his brother on the tactical team. "He was like a duck in water," said Lt. John Thorpe, his former patrol supervisor. "He just was a cop. When he came to my shift, it was right after he got out of training; literally you felt like he had been here forever. Andrew was like he had done it his whole life." Officer Esparza lost his life Friday evening on a rain-slickened road when his car apparently hydroplaned as he headed to help another officer and crashed into a concrete pole. The 26-year-old died later at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Worker killed in elevator shaft fall at Las Vegas Strip resort

LAS VEGAS - An elevator maintenance worker is dead after falling inside an elevator shaft this morning (Friday) at a Las Vegas Strip resort. A Clark County fire spokesman says the man fell at least five stories and landed on top of a service elevator car on the 25th floor at The Mirage hotel-casino. Officials say no one was in the elevator car at the time. Firefighters found the man dead at the scene after they were called a little before 11 a-m to the hotel -- which is 30 stories tall.

Authorities investigate fatal industrial death

MS - Michael Walker, 44, died in an industrial accident reported today at 7:14 a.m. Hargrove said Walker was crushed while moving an I-beam with a forklift in an accident off Seaway Road at Logan Kline Circle and Glascock Drive. Workers for Louis Smith Construction were moving the I-beam with two forklifts, one pushing, one pulling, Hargrove said. "Mr. Walker was on the one pulling the I-beam," he said. "He was crushed when the forklift he was attempting to escape from tilted over."

Tragedy challenges UT safety

NY - The accidental death of a Purdue University student is raising questions among authorities and students about facilities’ safety, but University of Tennessee officials are confident that UT is immune to such a tragedy. After an exhaustive two-month search for Purdue freshman Wade Steffey, who had been missing since Jan. 13, the student’s body was discovered on March 19 in an unmarked, high-voltage transformer room in the basement of a residence hall. Investigators speculate that Steffey unwittingly entered the room the night he disappeared after returning home from the campus’ fraternity park and was electrocuted by exposed parts.

Foothills rollover kills employee of TEP, 60

AZ - A 60-year-old Tucson man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover on East Sunrise Drive near North Craycroft Road Thursday morning, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The accident closed East Sunrise Drive between North Craycroft and North Wilmot Road for several hours while deputies investigated the scene, said Sgt. James Ogden, the spokesman. James P. Barry, a safety officer for Tucson Electric Power, was driving a white late-model Chevrolet pickup truck west on Sunrise Drive toward Craycroft. As he reached the top of the hill he drove his vehicle off the roadway, said Sgt. Ogden.

Hangar door crushes man

VIENNA — A Youngstown man died Monday morning after being crushed by a hangar door at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Vienna police Chief David Ovesny said the death is being treated as an industrial accident, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to investigate. The victim, Paul R. Wiscott, 71, was employed at the airport for more than 40 years, according to airport manager Steve Bowser. He was a line service technician for Winner Aviation Corp.

Industrial accident kills woman

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. -- A central Kentucky woman died after being struck in the neck by a piece of broken machinery at a manufacturing plant, Kentucky State Police said. Lina Shearer, 43, of Clay City was pronounced dead Monday night at 11 p.m. EDT at Mary Chiles Hospital in Mount Sterling, state police said. She was an employee at Lexington Metal Systems LLC and was operating a 1,000-ton machine press that manufactured bumper parts when a piece of steel in the machine broke. When the press lowered, the broken piece shattered and a piece struck Shearer in the left side of the neck, police said.

Worker Killed When Large Riding Lawnmower Flips

TX - Lee Dell Carrington, Jr., 41, died Thursday when the large riding lawnmower he was using to mow in A. A. Lane Park in Killeen flipped over on top of him. Police and firefighters were dispatched after a caller reported around 11 a.m. Thursday that Carrington was trapped beneath the mower.

Fatal crash snarls commute

Chicago, IL - A 54-year-old truck driver was killed Friday in a fiery wreck on the Kennedy Expy. -- one of two downtown accidents that impacted the morning commute. The truck crash occurred about 4:15 a.m. on the northbound Kennedy just south of Grand. A witness told police that the semi-trailer truck, which was carrying cantaloupes, was traveling at a "high rate of speed" and appeared to swerve to the right to avoid ramming an Isuzu SUV in the far left lane, said State Police Master Sgt. Stuart Weyforth.

FBI agent's death is a rare tragedy, Few in law enforcement are shot by colleagues.

PA - As a 19-year FBI agent, Barry Lee Bush worked dangerous, complex cases that sometimes took him to foreign lands. On his final assignment Thursday morning, Bush and fellow agents were closing in on three suspected bank robbers when he was shot to death. That tragedy deepened when FBI officials revealed that Bush apparently had been killed accidentally by one of his comrades.

Gainesville Officer Dies; Student To Be Charged With DUI Manslaughter, Atlantic Beach Driver's Bond Set at $500,000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 21-year-old Atlantic Beach man accused of running down a Gainesville police lieutenant with his pickup truck after celebrating the Gators' NCAA victory early Tuesday morning is expected to be charged with DUI manslaughter after the officer died on Wednesday. Austin Wright was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily harm. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Wright had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive when he struck Lt. Corey Dahlem as the officer was moving barricades on University Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Construction Worker Dies on Pinellas Trail

SEMINOLE, FL - A construction worker was killed when the bucket on a large backhoe swung around and struck him in the head, authorities said. The death of David Duquette, 21, on Friday forced the closure of a three-block section of the Pinellas Trail, which reopened to the public Saturday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Man Dies After Tire Accident

GA - A man who was injured last week when a tractor-trailer tire exploded has died, according to the Houston County sheriff's office. Jason Rowland died Saturday from severe head injuries suffered when a giant tire exploded as he was filling it. Rowland, an employee of the Byron Tire Company, was responding to a service call on the interstate. The accident took place last Tuesday on his 34th birthday.

Worker Crushed To Death At Publix, OSHA Investigating Loading Dock Incident

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- A worker is dead after a loading-dock incident at a Publix warehouse in Deerfield Beach. Rescuers said Keith L. Jackson, 37, of Sunrise, was pinned then crushed by a tractor-trailer that was backing into a loading dock at the Publix Warehouse on Southwest 12th Avenue and Seventh Street around 9 a.m. Edgar Havier Ramos, 32, of Miami, was backing up a 48-foot Thermo King refrigerated trailer on the west side loading docks of the Publix Warehouse, police said

Wife of alleged gunman prays for victims, families

Detroit, MI - Troy shooting kills one woman, injures two of firm's partners. The estranged wife of a man accused of killing one person and shooting two others at a Troy accounting firm this morning expressed sympathy for the victims and their families and said she is praying for them. Troy police identified the dead woman as Madeline Kafoury, 67, of Warren. She had retired after working 20 years as a secretary and receptionist at the firm, but was back to help the staff through the busy tax season. She was supposed to work only through the end of this week, said coworker Sally Hawk, 44, of Holly.

Floyd County Oil Worker Killed in Accident

Lubbock,TX - A gruesome accident takes the life of a young man on a Floyd County oil rig. Floyd County officials say the victim was 23-year-old Brandon Garrett of Levelland. They say it all happened Easter Sunday around three in the afternoon at the Patterson UTI oil rig about 12 miles east of Floydada. Floyd County sheriff`s department says a worker got caught in a winch, which is a large machine that is used to coil rope or chains for hoisting or hauling. The sheriff`s department also says Garrett became tangled up in the cables and they even pulled him. They Say he was not in good shape when they arrived. In fact, some on the scene say it was a very gruesome situation.

Worker Crushed, Killed Between Truck, Dock

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- A warehouse worker was killed Monday after he was crushed between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock, authorities said. Keith Jackson, 37, of Sunrise, who had worked at the Publix Super Markets Inc. warehouse for 11 years, was pronounced dead at North Broward Medical Center. Mike Jachles, a spokesman for Broward County Fire Rescue, said authorities received a call at 8:52 a.m. reporting the accident. He said it appeared Jackson was standing at the loading dock as a 48-foot refrigerated trailer was being backed in.


MOREHEAD, KY -A 78-year-old mail hauler for the U.S. Postal Service was killed yesterday when an oncoming tractor-trailer jackknifed on U.S. 60 and crashed into the front of his box truck, Kentucky State Police said. The crash occurred about 9:15 a.m. on the two-lane highway 21/2 miles east of Morehead. Johnny B. Green of Winchester was eastbound when a westbound 1988 Freightliner driven by Andrew D. Fritz, 31, of Olympia in Bath County tried to stop because of slower traffic in front of him, said Trooper Ralph Lockard of the Morehead state police post.

Worker, 18, killed at Metro Airport

Detroit,MI - An 18-year-old man who worked at Detroit Metro Airport was killed Monday night after he was struck by an aircraft tug, officials said. Mike Conley, an airport spokesman, said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. outside airport terminal A-60. He said the Detroit man worked for Airport Service International Group. The service provides aircraft support and fuels and cleans and deices planes for airlines. Conley said Airport Authority police are investigating the incident. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating to determine what caused the man’s death.

Highway Worker Killed By Steam Roller

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. -- 10:45 UPDATE: DOT officials say the victim was operating a steam roller. He tried to climb down off the equipment, lost his balance and fell under the steam roller. A highway construction worker was killed at a job site Tuesday in Spalding County. The worker was hit and killed by a piece of construction equipment along Arthur K. Bolton Parkway at High Falls Road, according to Spalding County fire department officials. The victim was a contract worker for the DOT.

Local radio talk-show host killed in plane crash

NC - Danny Alvis lifted off Wednesday afternoon from the Pilots Ridge airstrip in his Seawind 3000 amphibious aircraft to pick up a guest for his local radio show. Alvis never arrived at his destination in Danville, Va. The general manager of The Big Talker FM radio station where Alvis hosted a weekly show said Thursday the Caswell County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a man killed in the crash of a Seawind on Wednesday near the North Carolina-Virginia border was Alvis. Paul Knight said station staffers became concerned when Alvis did not show up for his financial advice show, which aired from 7 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday.

Worker Killed in Fall at Las Vegas Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - A maintenance worker died Friday when he fell about five stories inside an elevator shaft at a Las Vegas Strip resort and landed on an empty service elevator car, officials said. The man was found dead atop the elevator car on the 25th floor of The Mirage hotel-casino just before 11 a.m., Clark County fire spokesman Scott Allison said. The hotel is 30 stories tall. The identity of the dead man was not immediately made public. Hotel and fire officials said he worked for an elevator maintenance company. The Clark County coroner and Nevada state Occupational Safety and Health officials were investigating.

Flash fire at water treatment plant injures two workers

TX - It happened while the two workers were sandblasting a high pressure tank at a water treatment plant on Lakeshore Circle in the Seven Coves Subdivision on Seven Coves Road near Lake Conroe. Both workers were transported by air to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Montgomery County investigators still aren't sure exactly what happened, nor what caused the unexpected explosion. "The tank is a high pressure tank, so it can contain most of the explosion, where the workers were getting inside to perform their work," said Kevin Bates with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office. Both workers were critically burned. The flash fire that followed is what likely caused the worker's worst burns.

72-year old man dies in tragic accident, crushed by logging truck

Stayton, OR - A 72-year old Stayton man, employed by Freres Lumber Company for more than 50 years, died Thursday from injuries he sustained when he was crushed by a reversing logging truck, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies reported. About 9 a.m. April 12, deputies were called to an area about 3 ½ miles up a logging road that branches off from NE Grade Road, approximately 5 ½ miles where Grade Road intersects with Highway 214. According to a news release, the site is in a remote area north of Silver Falls State Park, and the logging road is only wide enough for a single truck to pass at a time. Preliminary investigation determined that Vernon Christensen, 72, was working as a flagger when the accident occurred.

Forklift driver killed in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS – A forklift operator was killed today while moving a beam at a work site in Gulfport, said Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Hargrove said Michael Walker, 44, was moving an I-beam when his forklift flipped over. It fell on top of him, and pinned him underneath the large piece of equipment. Workers for Louis Smith Construction were moving the I-beam with two forklifts, one pushing, one pulling, Hargrove said. “Mr. Walker was on the one pulling the I-beam,” he said. “He was crushed when the forklift he was attempting to escape from tilted over.”

Police look for leads into Officer Lindsey's murder; reward increased

Utica NY - Utica Police are trying to hold back emotions as they continue to investigate the shooting death of a fellow officer. Thomas Lindsey was shot and killed during a traffic stop Thursday night. Some new information came out of an afternoon news conference at City Hall Saturday.

Irving officer dies in traffic accident

IRVING, CA — An Irving police officer died in a traffic accident Friday night while driving to assist another officer. Andrew Esparza, 26, crashed about 8:45 p.m. on eastbound Highway 183 near Carl Road. Police were working to confirm the cause of the crash.

D.C. Officer Dies after Being Taken Off Life Support

Washington, DC - District police said an officer involved in a crash on Friday died after being taken off life support Wednesday morning. Police said Officer Wayne Pitt -- a four-year veteran of the force -- was working a traffic detail at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Lamont streets at about 9 p.m. Friday for an Easter procession when he got out of his patrol car to stop a motorized scooter from crossing the street. The car was still in gear. Pitt tried to get back in when it struck the scooter, a Metro bus and then a tree. The 57-year-old officer worked in the Raleigh-Durham Police Department for 20 years before joining the District police force.

Employee crushed at shop in Lansing

Lansing, MI Lansing police Friday confirmed that an Advance Auto Parts employee crushed to death by a car he was working on Thursday is Chad Stephen Hill of Laingsburg. Lansing police said Hill, 26, was working on the car at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the shop at 4220 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., when the supports holding the car up gave way. According to Hill's obituary, he was a commercial sales manager there. Lansing police Lt. Bruce Ferguson said the death is believed to be accidental. Police have referred the case to Michigan Operational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA) for further investigation.

Wildlife Officer Dies in Crash on Rockridge Road

Lakeland, FL - A local state wildlife officer was killed in an accident Friday night on Rockridge Road in Lakeland. Lt. Delmar Teagan, 32, of Lakeland, was returning from a weeklong training session in Tallahassee about 8:20 p.m. on Rockridge Road just west of U.S. 98, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Coggins. An eastbound 2005 Ford truck driven by Justin Walker, 22, of Lakeland, swerved into the westbound lanes and into the path of Teagan's government-issue 1999 Chevrolet Blazer.

Calif. officer dies patrolling river, "One of the finest officers we've ever had."

RIPON, Calif. — Police officer Robert Winget, a 37-year veteran of law enforcement in Los Angeles, Stanislaus County and Ripon, died Tuesday when he apparently crashed an all-terrain vehicle while patrolling the banks of the Stanislaus River, police officials said. Winget went out on patrol at 11:25 a.m. in a heavily wooded area popular with runners, walkers and bicyclists in south Ripon, officials said. At 11:40 a.m., dispatchers received an "undecipherable" transmission from Winget, Ripon police Sgt. Ed Ormonde said. When efforts to contact him on his radio were unsuccessful, a search party of Ripon police officers, Ripon Consolidated Fire Department staff, city employees and concerned citizens formed a search party, Police Chief Richard Bull said.

Cheboygan man dies in logging accident

GAYLORD, MI — A Cheboygan County man was killed in a logging accident on Bois Blanc Island. Police said employees of Northwood Timber Products were working to repair a piece of logging equipment that was raised and supported with timber. The supports apparently failed and the equipment fell to the ground and struck an employee on Wednesday afternoon. The victim was flown to Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officials with the Mackinac County Sheriff's Office said the victim was 23 years old, but would not release his name, pending family notification.

N.Y. firefighter not wearing seatbelt at time of death

MENANDS, N.Y. — Fire Police Capt. Edgar Scott was making a U-turn and was not wearing a seat belt when his van collided with a propane tanker on I-787, killing him and injuring two others, State Police said Thursday. Scott, 75, of Menands, a longtime volunteer in the village, was driving a marked Menands emergency fire station box van, responding to a motorcycle accident on I-787, when he was ejected from the vehicle by the impact of the crash. Trooper Maureen Tuffey, a State Police spokesman, said additional investigation into the crash revealed the details about the seat belt and the U-turn.

Nucor Employee Found Dead at Hickman Mill

HICKMAN, AR - Mississippi County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the mysterious death of a Blytheville man who apparently died early this morning at the Nucor steel mill at Hickman, just northeast of Blytheville. According to a police report, deputies were called to the Hickman mill at 7:15 a.m., where they found the body of 30-year-old Casey Ray. Ray, an employee at the mill, reportedly went inside a "silo" to do maintenance work at 2:30 a.m. He was reportedly last heard from by co-workers at 4:30 a.m.

Officer dies from injuries, Driver who allegedly struck Dahlem had blood alcohol content above limit, police say.

Gainesville, FL - Those who knew him say Lt. Corey Dahlem was more than just a dedicated member of the Gainesville Police Department. He was a mentor, a friend, a music lover and - above all - a devoted husband and father. "You always look for the nice things to say when something like this happens," said Lt. Bart Knowles. "But he was genuinely one of the nicest guys you would ever meet." Friends described him as a Florida State fan, who took a lot of good-natured kidding in Gainesville, and someone who would "give the shirt off his back." Dahlem, 45, died at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida after being struck by a drunk driver while on duty after the University of Florida men's basketball team won the national title Monday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Worker killed in forklift accident

Chesnee, SC - Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler has ruled the death of a 22-year-old employee at the ADS plant in Gaffney an accident. Fowler said 22-year-old Travis C. Wood of 351 Green Lake Road, Chesnee, died of massive internal injuries sustained Monday in the 5:10 p.m. accident at the plant located at 34 Commerce Drive. Wood was pronounced dead at Upstate Carolina Medical Center. An autopsy was performed Tuesday. Wood was wearing a body harness attached to a "picker lift." Authorities believe Wood's lift struck a fork lift that was in front of him. "Wood was on a lift that was 31 feet, 8 inches in the air," Fowler said. "He moved (the lift) forward, striking the rear of another forklift. Apparently when he struck it, then the lift began to go off balance. It fell with him still tethered to it."

Man Killed At Drilling Site

Greenbrier , AR - A Greenbrier man died when a drilling pipe loaded onto the back of a truck fell and struck him in the head. Todd Clark, 39, died after Tuesday's accident at a natural gas drilling site east of Damascus. Officials called the death an accident. Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore says workers were breaking down a drilling rig at one site and moving it to a new location. Truck racks carrying some drilling pipe fell partially and Clark was walking by at the time and was hit in the head. Moore says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the accident.

Man accused of killing wife at job

WALKER, La. — A man walked into a fast food restaurant where his estranged wife was working and killed her, police said. Christopher Harold Pell, 23, was arrested Wednesday about four hours after the slaying of Janah Lynn Pell, 23, at a Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits restaurant. The woman was shot and then stabbed repeatedly, investigators said. Pell was found in woods following a four-hour search with the aid of a heliocopter and police dogs, said Walker police Lt. Marliam Lee.

Agent Shot By Member Of Own Stakeout Team, Agent Killed During Bank Robbery Stakeout In New Jersey

Newark N.J. - An FBI agent who was killed Thursday when a stakeout team opened fire on three armed bank robbery suspects was shot accidentally by another agent, the FBI said. Agent Barry Lee Bush, 52, assigned to the Newark office, died after agents confronted three men suspected in a series of armed bank robberies. Two of the men were captured.

Queens Worker Crushed by Marble Slabs Dies

NEW YORK -- A 19-year-old Ecuadorean man has succumbed to injuries he sustained after about 7,000 pounds of marble stone fell on him. Xavier Minchala was working for New Lime Stone in Queens, stacking six-foot by 12-foot marble slabs when 10 of the
700-pound pieces fell on him last week. Minchala was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens and then to Elmhurst Hospital. His sister says he died Saturday.

Churchgoers mourn officers' deaths

Charlotte, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers still have to complete their patrols even as they grieve over fallen colleagues, one of their commanding officers said. “As bad as that hurts, we still have a job to do,” said Maj. Harold Medlock. “So you have several hundred police officers who came to work this morning and they’re out there taking care of business just like they do every day of the week.” By early Sunday morning, many had heard the news about Sean Clark, 34, and Jeff Shelton, 35, who were gunned down in the Timber Ridge apartment complex off Milton Road in east Charlotte Saturday night. Both officers were rushed to Carolinas Medical Center where they died. Clark died at 12:14 a.m. and Shelton at 4:06 a.m.

Hotel Worker Dies In Balcony Fall

Ormond Beach, FL - Investigators said a hotel worker who was trying to help out some guests fell to his death in Ormond Beach. It happened at the Casa Del Mar Resort in Ormond Beach on Sunday, WESH 2 News reported. Police said Terry Luchterhand was trying to climb over to the balcony of a room that some guests were locked out of.

Worker calls to death at cabin

UT - A 45-year-old worker (Alaman-Renderoz) died today after falling 35 feet off of scaffolding at a private cabin near Brighton ski resort. The man, whose name was not released, was pouring a concrete foundation about 1:15 p.m. when he fell, said Lt. Paul Jaroscak, a spokesman for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. The man did not appear to be wearing a harness or helmet, Jaroscak said. "Nothing, no safety equipment at all," Jaroscak said. Salt Lake County homicide detectives are investigating if any wrongdoing took place, and investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate, Jaroscak said.

Time Warner Worker Dies In Fall

SAN ANTONIO TX -- A Time Warner employee died Monday afternoon while working at a Northeast Side business, police said. Michael Billings, 55, was up on a ladder cutting a line near Interstate 35 and Thousand Oaks when he lost his balance and fell 25 or 30 feet, authorities said. Billings hit his head and died on impact, authorities said.

Petty officer dies on last day of his mission in Seattle

Seattle, WA -- The fast-response boats nicknamed "defenders," which travel alongside Washington state ferries, have been among the most visible symbols of the Coast Guard's security efforts since Sept. 11, 2001 -- a day that changed the life of Ronald A. Gill Jr. He was a product of a Rhode Island technical school working as a chef. But watching television replays of terrorist planes hitting the World Trade Center, Gill felt a calling to protect this country, his dad said. The petty officer 3rd class was doing security patrols and training north of Vashon Island on Sunday when he fell off one of the 25-foot boats. He hit the propeller, suffering skull fractures, cerebral lacerations and cerebral contusions, the King County medical examiner said.

Apartment Complex Guard Killed During Robbery

HOUSTON, TX -- A guard for a southeast Houston apartment complex was shot and killed during a robbery on Monday, officials told KPRC Local 2. Houston police said two masked gunmen approached the guard as he was locking up a laundry room at the Quail Meadows Apartments in the 10200 block of Telephone Road near Fuqua Street at about 9:30 p.m. The gunmen demanded money from the guard, police said. Detectives said the guard put up a fight. "The victim resisted," Sgt. Robert Torres said. "They got into a scuffle. He managed to get a gun away from the suspect, but before he did, he was shot."

Worker dies in fall through Bishop State roof

Mobile, AL - A 34-year-old Mobile man on a crew replacing the roof of a gymnasium at Bishop State Community College's main campus near downtown died this morning when the roof collapsed and he fell through the hole and hit the gym floor, authorities said. Officer Eric Gallichant, a Mobile police spokesman, identified the victim as Charles Michael Lammons, who was employed by Kiker Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors of Mobile.

Colo. officer dies in car crash

Aurora, CO - An Aurora police officer died early this morning after crashing his cruiser on an emergency call late Sunday night. He is the second Aurora officer to die within one year. Officer Doug Byrne, 37, was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m. in Swedish Medical Center, police said. Byrne was responding with emergency lights to a man dying of a seizure when a car stopped directly in front of him at Sixth Avenue and Norfolk Street around 8 p.m., Sunday.

1 shot dead at CNN Center

ATLANTA, GA - Gunfire inside the CNN Center sent a lunchtime crowd scurrying for cover as a hotel employee was shot dead in a domestic dispute and her former boyfriend was wounded by security. The man dragged the woman down an escalator following an argument in the lobby of the Omni Hotel, which is part of the downtown CNN complex, and shot her yesterday, police said. A CNN security guard witnessed the altercation and shot the man, police said. "All of a sudden we heard a big boom. We thought it was an explosion," said Trina Johnson, 44, of Atlanta, who was with her daughter in the busy food court in the CNN atrium. "We didn't see the gun. Everybody just started running."

Breaking news today out of Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara, CA - Two workers were found dead this morning at Clos Pepe Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills off Highway 246, halfway between Buellton and Lompoc. It appears that Regelio Ruiz Reyes, 25, and Ramon Cisneros Acosta, 42, a foreman with the scoup at G.P.D., it helps to start healing to talk about it," said Sergeant Art Adkins.

New York Fire Police Officer Dies in Collision, Two other fire police officers were injured.

COLONIE, N.Y.-- A 75-year-old Menands Fire Department volunteer was killed and two others were injured tonight while responding to a motorcycle accident on Interstate 787, police said. Edgar Scott and two other fire police officers were heading to the scene of the crash, south of Exit 6, when their vehicle collided with a propane tanker about 5:07p.m., police said. Scott, a longtime volunteer in the village, was killed. The other fire police officers were taken to Albany Memorial Hospital, where their conditions were not known, police said.

Police Eye Suspect In Shooting Of NYC Transit Worker

NEW YORK -- Police have released surveillance video of a possible suspect in the shooting of a New York City transit worker. Police said officers found 37-year-old James Plocica of Brooklyn dead at a bus stop at Ralph Avenue at 1 a.m. after he was shot in the chest. Police, believe it was a robbery, released photographs of a possible suspect taken from a nearby 7-Eleven store. In the surveillance video images the man is wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Bus Driver Shot Co-worker

FL - A charter bus driver shot and killed his co-worker because he didn't like the way the man was driving, police said. Larry B. Hall, 59, shot Ernest Dasilma early Monday morning in a parking lot, after an argument about Dasilma's driving abilities, Miramar police spokesman Bill Robertson said. The Diplomat Coach bus drivers had just returned from a Weston middle school band weekend trip to Atlanta, but Robertson said no children were near at the time of the shooting.

Head Injury Killed Man Who Fell At Plant

Bethlehem, PA - A Bethlehem man suffered a fatal head injury in a fall at McLean Packaging Corp. in Nazareth and died Sunday at St. Luke's Hospital-Fountain Hill, the Lehigh County coroner's office said Tuesday. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled the death of Thomas Stout, 62, of 1718 10th St. an accident. The accident happened March 29 at 2:30 p.m. at 149 W. Prospect St., when Stout fell backward off a step, landing on a concrete floor, Grim said. It is being investigated by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Jean Kulp, the area regional director. OSHA has six months to complete its report, she said.

Worker dies in Houston-area tunnel on first day

HOUSTON, TX - Searchers in the Houston area today worked to recover the body of a man who drowned at a job site -- on his first day. Authorities say the accident happened yesterday when a tunnel collapsed under Cypress Creek, in northwest Harris County. Crews were building a 42-inch water line. Officials say 22-year-old Cornelio Salvador Moreno apparently drowned. Four other men escaped. Authorities believe the victim was from Mexico. An investigation continues into what caused the deadly accident.

Victim of truck rollover identified

Paradise, UT - A Cache County man who died in a one-vehicle wreck near the Idaho border on Monday was identified as Wes Ohlwiler, 68, of Paradise. Ohlwiler died when the truck he was driving flipped on a dirt road near Grouse Creek in Box Elder County, said Sheriff Lynn Yeates. Ohlwiler, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected out the back window of a 1991 Toyota pickup, Yeates said. One passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, survived with minor injuries. Ohlwiler was driving too fast on a dirt road called Goose Creek, Yeates said.

Police identify worker killed in fall

Brighton, UT - A 45-year-old worker who fell to his death at a house near Brighton ski resort Monday has been identified as Francisco Antonio Alaman-Renderoz, of Tooele. Alaman-Renderoz died when he fell about 35 feet from scaffolding while pouring a concrete foundation for a private cabin, according to Lt. Paul Jaroscak, a spokesman for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. Alaman-Renderoz was not wearing safety equipment, Jaroscak said. Deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

Semi crash kills Arizona driver

Hatch, UT - A 48-year-old truck driver from Tucson, Ariz., died after he lost control of his semitrailer truck and crashed near Hatch in Garfield County. The rollover occurred about 10:16 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 89, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. Leonardo Ishmail Alvarez was heading south when he veered off the side of the road, the UHP reported. When he got the vehicle back on the road it flipped, partially ejecting Alvarez, who was wearing a seatbelt, and trapping him under the truck. He was transported to LDS Hospital where he later died. A passenger in the truck's sleeping compartment was not hurt, the UHP reported. Investigators believe fatigue may have contributed to the cause the crash.

Deadly accident is fifth in 4 days

FL - A Madison man died when a load of lumber on his truck shifted, crashing into the vehicle's cab in a Columbia County wreck Monday, troopers reported. The crash was one of five deadly accidents on North Florida roads since Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Troopers were still seeking information in some of the crashes, including a Monday morning wreck where a criminal justice technician with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office died.

Man electrocuted putting up fence

Charleston, SC -- A worker putting up a fence behind a church was electrocuted Thursday when a piece of metal on his tractor struck a power line, Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad said. The Hispanic man was not carrying any identification, Rhoad said. A co-worker said the man was from Alabama, Rhoad said.

Steel beam falls on driver, killing him

Charleston, SC -- A truck driver was killed at the Nucor steel plant shortly before noon Thursday when a steel beam being loaded onto his truck fell on him. The West Virginia man's name was withheld pending notification of his family, Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad said. The victim was a driver for Ace Doran trucking company.

Jockey trampled to death in Virgin Islands race

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Puerto Rican jockey Manuel Caraballo has died after being trampled during a race, authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands said Monday. Caraballo, a jockey with more than 40 years experience who was semiretired, fell from his horse Emilin on Sunday in front of about 2,000 spectators in St. Croix.

Day laborer stabbed to death on Oakland street Sunday

Oakland, CA -- A man heading to look for work in a day labor hiring zone in Oakland's Fruitvale district Sunday morning was stabbed to death by a man who demanded money before attacking him, police said. Investigators said they are not sure yet whether the attack on Juan Chales, 30, is part of a recent trend of robberies known as "amigo checking'' or if he was targeted for another reason. The term "amigo checking'' refers to crimes committed by people who think their victims might be undocumented residents reluctant to report crimes to police for fear of deportation.

EMT dies in crash on icy Rt. 23; Leola man en route to maternity call, van hits tree.

Lancaster, PA -- A volunteer emergency medical technician on his way to help a maternity patient was killed in a traffic accident early this morning in Leola. East Lampeter Township Police withheld the victim's identity, pending notification of family, but said he was a 35-year-old man. Police, who were still investigating the crash late this morning, said the victim was riding in a vehicle that went out of control on an icy Route 23 before it crashed.

Veteran firefighter dies

ALBANY, NY -- A veteran firefighter collapsed and died Monday after he entered a burning apartment on the sixth-floor of a city high-rise to save anyone possibly trapped inside, authorities said. Theodore Abriel, 44, of Slingerlands, suffered a massive heart attack after he went into apartment 6E of 2 Lincoln Square, which was empty, police said. Police said Abriel was wearing 75 pounds of equipment as he and another member of the department's Rescue Squad climbed six floors to reach apartment 6E of the building, where a fire had been reported at 4:40 p.m. After Abriel checked the apartment and found no one inside, he collapsed in a hallway outside the apartment. After firefighters performed CPR on him, he was taken to the hospital's emergency room, police said.

Truck driver killed in I-10 crash is ID'd

CASA GRANDE, AZ — The victim in a fatal Saturday wreck on Interstate 10 that delayed Phoenix-bound traffic for hours has been identified as a 59-year-old Tolleson man. The wreck initially occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on eastbound I-10 approximately 25 miles south of Phoenix when a Volvo sedan rear-ended a Ford Mustang, sending the Ford into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, said Department of Public Safety Officer James Oien. Clinton D. Elwell, who was driving a westbound tractor-trailer rig, had to swerve to avoid the Mustang, and the truck went into the median and then off the side of the highway, where it rolled, Oien said.

Ohio Firefighter Dies after Collapse

Sharon Township, OH -- The Sharon Township Fire Department in Medina County, Ohio is mourning the loss of firefighter Jeffery M. Murray. Murray, 40, died Feb. 13 after responding to a call during extremely adverse weather conditions. Upon returning home, he collapsed and was unresponsive. Murray was transported to a local hospital but was unable to be revived.

Semi driver killed in morning I-65 crash

Kentucky -- The driver of a tractor trailer was killed early this morning when he drove off the right shoulder of the Interstate 65 and hit the bottom of the Sims Carter Road overpass, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Department report.

Newspaper carrier killed in head-on wreck

Austin, TX -- A former carrier for the Kerrville Daily Times was killed Friday morning in a head-on collision on Lower Turtle Creek Road. Robert Lee Reither, 54, of Kerrville was pronounced dead on the scene shortly after the wreck. Authorities said they believed he had been delivering newspapers for the Austin American-Statesman at the time.

Farm accident claims life of Centerburg man

JOHNSTOWN — A Centerburg man, H. Trent Budinot, 42, 4490 Homer Road, was killed in a machinery accident Friday morning in a silo on Heimerl Farms near Johnstown. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the accident, said Budinot was performing maintenance on a feed mixer inside a silo when he became trapped inside the mixer.

Newspaper carrier dies in Gillepsie crash

Gillespie, TX -- An independent contractor, delivering the Express-News, was killed and his wife seriously injured, in a wreck in Gillespie County on Wednesday. Wilber Buchanan, 58, was declared dead at University Hospital about six hours after the wreck, which occurred on Texas 16, about 10 miles north of Kerrville at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday Ida Buchanan, 69, was driving their 1999 Honda SUV north on Texas 16, when she attempted to make a U-turn from the right shoulder, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report.

New York Firefighter Dies While Attending Training Program

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.-- The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control has reported the line of duty death of Firefighter Michael D. Sowich. He died March 2 while attending a training program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. According to the USFA, Sowich passed away in his dorm room from a cause still to be determined.

Truck driver killed in Eau Claire County accident

EAU CLAIRE, Wis.-- Authorities in Eau Claire County say a 16-year-old driver became blinded by the sun and collided with a truck pulling a trailer, killing the truck's driver. The sheriff's office says the 16-year-old Eau Claire girl was driving a pickup truck west on County Highway H-H ... and witnesses say she was blinded by the sun and went through an intersection, colliding with the southbound truck on state Highway 93. The victim was identified as 39-year-old Timothy Rehling of Eleva.

Worker dies at construction site

Las Vegas, NV -- A worker died after falling at a Henderson construction site about 12:30 p.m. Thursday near Gibson Road and Paseo Verde Parkway, authorities said.The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating and would not comment on the incident.The worker's name was withheld by authorities.The worker is at least the sixth person to die at a Las Vegas Valley construction site this year.

24-year-old shot at business identified

Henderson, NV -- A 24-year-old employee of a Henderson airbrush business fatally shot Wednesday morning has been identified as Arnold Diaz Jr. Diaz, from North Las Vegas, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Clark County coroner's office said. Henderson police have released little information about what happened around 10:30 a.m. inside Airbrush Art at 653 Pueblo Blvd., near East Lake Mead Parkway. Investigators have said the gunman, dressed in black, entered the business and confronted the worker before shooting him several times, then fled in a car.

Suspect sought in robbery, slaying

Clayton County, GA – Clayton County police are looking for a man who is suspected of robbing a hotel in Stockbridge on Thursday afternoon and who may also be responsible for killing an employee there. The suspect, Alfonso Mason, was a long-term guest at the Suburban Extended Stay in the 7400 block of Davidson Parkway South, police said. He allegedly put a gun to the manager's side and told her she was being robbed. He grabbed money from the manager's office, forced her into her car and rode around for a few minutes before dropping her off, said Maj. Tim Robinson. Neither of the women's names were released.

Trucker dies after crashing into Thruway pillar in Airmont

AIRMONT, NY - A truck driver for an Orange County ice-cream company died yesterday after he crashed into the concrete pillar of a New York State Thruway overpass. James Verdile's body remained trapped for several hours inside the smashed-in cab as first responders waited for a tow truck to pull the Byrne Dairy box truck from the pillar. The dairy is in Montgomery, Orange County. After the truck was freed, Monsey firefighters and other emergency responders needed more than two hours to remove Verdile's body.Witnesses told state police that Verdile, 38, of Wallkill, who was engaged, apparently was talking on a cell phone when he lost control of the truck about 2:15 p.m.

Mental health care client accused of killing worker

FAIRBANKS Alaska -- A resident of a Fairbanks home for mental health care clients is accused of fatally stabbing a woman who worked there. Brian Galbraith, 50, is accused of stabbing Genine Holznagel-Leary and slitting her throat outside offices of the Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center just before 10 p.m. Monday. Holznagel-Leary had turned 32 on Monday. Galbraith was being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on a first-degree murder charge. Bail was set at $1 million. The stabbing was apparently unprovoked, according to Detective Peyton Merideth. He said Galbraith has a history of violent behavior.

Hawaii Tour Helicopter Crash Kills 4

PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii -- A tour helicopter crashed at an airport on the island of Kauai on Thursday, killing four people and critically injuring three, officials said. The crash occurred at Princeville Airport mid-afternoon, shortly after a Heli-USA Airways helicopter pilot radioed that he was having hydraulic problems, according to a statement from Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman.

Scottsbluff man dies when trench collapses

SCOTTSBLUFF Neb. -- A 25-year-old Scottsbluff man died Wednesday when the wall of a trench he was working in collapsed and buried him in 10 feet of dirt. Travis Ballinger was an employee of Midwest Farm Service in Gering, working on a pit to collect water for an irrigation system. Ballinger died at the scene after being buried under an estimated 2,200 pounds of dirt, said Scotts Bluff County Attorney Derek Weimer. Another man in the trench escaped, and a third man was above operating a backhoe. After calling 911, the other workers tried to dig Ballinger out.


New York, NY -- IT SHOULD HAVE been a routine bust.But a career criminal who was arrested for gun possession, handcuffed and locked in a police cruiser in Newark early yesterday managed to wriggle free and hijack the car. He then led a veteran sergeant on a high-speed chase that ended with the cop's death when the officer's SUV crashed and flipped. At the hospital where Sgt. Tommaso Popolizio died, Newark Mayor Corey Booker praised the father of four as a "cop's cop" and a "phenomenal individual." "We will ensure that justice is done in this case," Booker vowed.

2 Dead in Michigan Ambulance Crash

SKANDIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- An ambulance on an emergency run crashed into a logging truck along an Upper Peninsula road, killing the patient and one of the three ambulance crew members, state police said. The truck was stopped Monday on the shoulder of U.S. 41 in Marquette County's Skandia Township waiting for traffic to clear when a Delta County ambulance heading to Marquette General Hospital rear-ended it, police said. Investigators found no evidence of braking or loss of control before the collision. Ambulance patient Carrie Roberts, 38, of Escanaba, and crew member Lisa Hansen, 32, of Cornell, died at the scene. The ambulance driver, Natalia Jauquet, 25, and another crew member, Ryan Peterson, 29, were hospitalized. The truck driver was uninjured.

Man working on roof in wind falls to death

BUCKTOWN Pa.-- A man working on the roof of a condominium-style home in a development fell three stories to his death, police said. The man apparently was putting down sheathing, typically installed in sheets about 4 feet by 8 feet, in extremely windy conditions, but state police Cpl. Timothy Iswalt said investigators could not say whether the wind caused him to fall. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, state police said.
Iswalt said about 10 people were on the Bucktown Crossing development site but it was not immediately clear if anyone witnessed the fall.


Lexington, KY -- A construction accident yesterday morning killed one man and sent two others to the hospital. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at 2292 Barnwell Lane, where a house is under construction, authorities said. Everardo Tellez-Gervacio, 31, was struck by a large, wooden platform attached to a forklift, said Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn, who estimated the platform, used in place of traditional scaffolding, to be about 15 feet long by 4 feet wide. Tellez-Gervacio was apparently standing below. "From all indications this platform came loose. It fell," Ginn said. "This platform struck him, causing his death." Tellez-Gervacio was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, according to a coroner's press release. Investigators from the Kentucky Office of Occupational Safety and Health visited the scene and will make a report, Ginn said.

Guard killed at FEMA trailer village; Arkansas man is city's 34th homicide victim

New Orleans, LA -- An armed security guard responsible for keeping watch over a lot full of FEMA trailers was fatally shot early Monday morning in the Gentilly neighborhood, police said. The man, a guard contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was shot in the face around 5 a.m. in his guard shack, in the 2900 block of Elysian Fields Avenue. Officers responding to the scene found him inside the shack with a single gunshot wound, police said. Mitchell Pierce, 42, of Arkadelphia, Ark., died at the scene, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for Orleans Parish coroner's office. He is the city's 34th murder victim this year, police said.

Newark Officer Is Killed in Crash While Chasing a Suspect

Newark, NJ -- A Newark police sergeant was killed early Saturday morning when his car flipped over as he chased a handcuffed suspect who had managed to drive away in another squad car, the authorities said. The sergeant, Tommaso Popolizio, 33, was among several officers trying to crack down on drag racing on Doremus Avenue, a flat, straight stretch of road in an industrial corner of the city's East Ward that has become notorious for late-night illegal races.

Trucker killed as semis collide near New Raymer

New Raymer, CO -- One truck driver was killed late Thursday when two semis smashed head-on on Colorado 14 near New Raymer, authorities said. One driver made it out of his truck before the vehicles exploded shortly after impact, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gilbert Mares. The semis slammed into each other about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Colorado 14 and Weld County Road 86, between Fort Collins and Sterling. One of the trucks was towing a flat-bed trailer carrying pallets while the other was an empty-bedded cattle transport, Mares said.Both trucks were fully engulfed in flames when authorities arrived, Mares said.

Truck Driver Killed In Crash

BOSTON, MA -- A truck driver was killed Friday after his tractor-trailer rolled down an embankment on Interstate 495 in Boxborough. NewsCenter 5's Todd Kazakiewich reported that police said two cars and a box truck collided at about 6:30 a.m. Friday. Witnesses said when the tandem tractor-trailer came upon the scene, the driver could not stop in time and tried to avoid hitting the cars. "One of the vehicles remained in the middle of the roadway and witnesses say the truck driver was taking evasive action to avoid those vehicles when he went over the guardrail," Massachusetts State Police Lt. Dean Bennett said. The tractor-trailer driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the cars were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Exeter man dies in farm accident

Lincoln, NE -- A farm accident in Fillmore County killed an 80-year-old Exeter man and injured his son-in-law Wednesday morning.At about 10:29 a.m. John W. (Bill) Leif was caught in the power takeoff of a tractor at a bin site northeast of Exeter, according to the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office. Leif was pronounced dead at the scene. His son-in-law, Bruce Rocole, suffered minor injuries while jumping down from a truck.

Truck Driver Killed Picking Up Object On I-95

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the truck driver who was hit by a car and killed on Interstate 95 south of Commercial Boulevard. Edwin S. Dasher, of Clemmons, N.C., died instantly after a 2006 Honda Accord hit him at about 7:45 p.m. Monday. According to the FHP, the 65-year-old had been driving a truck with a trailer when a piece of the trailer fell off on the interstate. The FHP said Dasher pulled over and tried to cross traffic to pick up the object when Martin Alpert's Accord hit him. Dasher died at the scene.

Driver fatally stricken in truck cab

Indianapolis, IN -- A truck driver from Greencastle died this morning after police say he apparently suffered a heart attack and lost control of his semi-tractor trailer on the Northside. Phillip Noland, 51, 5100 block of East county Road 600 South, Greencastle, died at St. Vincent Hospital at 1:48 a.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Doug Scheffel said. Police say the semi-tractor trailer was traveling south on Zionsville Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle near 71st Street at 1:26 a.m. The vehicle left the road and traveled through several yards before striking a utility pole, police said.

Dallas man killed in construction accident

FORT WORTH, TX -- A 43-year-old Dallas man died Thursday after a construction machine he was driving rolled on its side, trapping him underneath, a Fort Worth police spokesman said. Christopher Ellis was pronounced dead in the 5400 block of Sycamore School Road, the Tarrant County medical examiner reported. Witnesses tried to free Ellis but could not lift the machinery, Lt. Dean Sullivan said. Police have handed the investigation over to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Sullivan said.

20-year-old dies after work-related accident

HOLDREGE Neb. -- A Holdrege man died after suffering injuries in a work-related mishap involving a skid loader, according to a Phelps County official. Twenty-year-old Christopher D. Linder became trapped between the hydraulic arms of the skid loader and the body of the machine Wednesday while working at Fairbanks International, County Attorney Timothy Hoeft said. Linder later died at a local hospital.

Grocer slain in his Back of the Yards store

Chicago, IL -- A man shot to death Tuesday as he worked in the corner market he owned occasionally was targeted for thefts, a friend said. Abraham Alshwaiat, 60, was shot in the head at Juana's Food Mart in the 4900 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. Alshwaiat had problems in the past with people trying to steal from the store and had once been held up, said Israel Melecio, 63, a friend who lives nearby. Melecio said he is still in shock about Alshwaiat's death.

Truck driver killed in crash

TRINIDAD, CO-- The driver of a water tanker truck is dead after being ejected from the vehicle on an unnamed road in the Colorado State Wildlife Area Tuesday morning, about 21 miles west of town. The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the accident, which occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle while driving down a steep grade. The vehicle rolled down an embankment for 200 feet, before the water tank separated from the truck. Authorities suspect speed was a factor.

Trucker dies on Rte. 17; Weather eyed as a factor in crash

LODI, NJ -- A truck driver died early Monday when he lost control of his 18-wheeler and slammed into a concrete column on a snowy stretch of Route 17, police said. Thomas Burke, 76, of Newburgh, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene. It's not yet known what caused him to lose control of the truck, police said. Burke was driving south on the highway around 4:30 a.m. when the truck struck a support column beneath the Route 80 overpass near Garibaldi Avenue, said Bergen County Police Sgt. Robert Carney.
At the time of the crash, a wintry mix was falling across the area.

Truck driver killed in Westport accident

WESTPORT, RI - A tractor-trailer heading eastbound on Route 195 rolled over onto the median yesterday morning, killing the driver and snarling traffic for much of the day.
The passing lanes of both the westbound and eastbound lanes remained closed throughout the afternoon as Massachusetts State Police investigated the accident and cleared the highway.

Teen accused of killing officer

Technology used to track the location of cell phone calls helped Toledo police pinpoint the whereabouts of a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing an undercover vice detective yesterday on the city's north side. Robert Jobe of 1530 North Michigan St. is expected to be charged with delinquency in connection with aggravated murder of city police Detective Keith Dressel and has a detention hearing today in Lucas County Juvenile Court.

Arrest made in death of Greenville shop owner

GREENVILLE S.C. -- A 46-year-old father of two with no criminal record has been charged with robbing and killing an antique store owner last week, police said. Investigators said several tips led them to arrest Joe Edward Gaillard at his Greer home early Tuesday morning. He has been charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon while committing a felony. Christopher Maddox, 53, was found dead Thursday afternoon at Bedding and World Antiques, a store he owned near downtown Greenville, authorities said. Maddox was shot several times in the head and chest Thursday morning, the coroner's office said. The doors to the store were locked and Maddox's pickup truck had been moved across the street, police said.

Employee fatally shot at bank He was making a cash deposit near Rosemont for his fast-food restaurant.

Orlando, FL -- Robbers killed a fast-food worker trying to deposit his restaurant's cash Tuesday afternoon at a bank near Rosemont, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The victim, Eren Henry, 35, was sitting in his Honda sedan in a drive-through lane outside the Bank of America at 5655 N. Orange Blossom Trail when one of the suspects walked up and shot him, according to deputies. Henry's wife, Sydny Scoon, said her husband was the father of three young children and managed a Burger King on Lee Road. He sometimes worked as many as 14 hours a day.
"He wanted to get the job done well," scoon said.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the list. It reminds me of how dangerous work can be these days.

Tammy said...

No thank you, the work can be done by anyone. Pass the info on to others in need and remember those lost and injured this April 28th.

Anonymous said...

This item doesn't belong here:

Local radio talk-show host killed in plane crash
NC - Danny Alvis lifted off Wednesday afternoon from the Pilots Ridge airstrip in his Seawind 3000 amphibious aircraft to pick up a guest for his local radio show. Alvis never arrived at his destination in Danville, Va. The general manager of The Big Talker FM radio station where Alvis hosted a weekly show said Thursday the Caswell County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a man killed in the crash of a Seawind on Wednesday near the North Carolina-Virginia border was Alvis. Paul Knight said station staffers became concerned when Alvis did not show up for his financial advice show, which aired from 7 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday.

This man was no one's employee in any of his endeavors and everything he was doing, including flying his kit-built aircraft, was his own idea for his own purposes. There simply is no workplace connection whatsoever.

The trip and the crash had nothing to do with work. He wasn't even on the way to pick up a guest, later, accurate news reports said. He was a racecar driver, in his own employ, and was picking up the driver of his racecar transporter from the racetrack where he had delivered it for the next weekend's race.

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Anonymous said...

My cousin was Chad Stephen Hill. I wasn't nearby when he was killed, thank you for still having his information on your site. Though it pains me to see it, I think that it has given me some closure that has been a long time coming. His article was in the Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace on April 22, 2007 titled "Employee Crushed in Shop in Lansing." The one thing that I will say is learn from what happened to Chad. Please, if you repair vehicles, don't do it alone.

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