Thursday, November 22, 2007

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

Local Union pays tribute to lost worker and member.

Local 689

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith D. Dodson Bus Operator, out of Four Mile Division. Viewing will be Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 9 am to 11 am at Way of the Cross. Burial will be held at Washington National Cemetery Repast will be held at the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 689 located at 2701 Whitney Place, Forestville, MD 20747
Candle Light Vigil will be held at Four Mile Division
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 from 7 pm through 8:30 pm.

Man shot to death on Thanksgiving in Kent is identified

KENT, Wash. - A man who was shot to death after a bar fight on Thanksgiving has been identified as an automotive worker in Kent. He was identified Monday as 24-year-old Ernest Faimalo, an employee of Irish Mike's LLC in Kent, by officials in the King County medical examiner's office. A 22-year-old Ellensburg man has turned himself in and remains in jail for investigation in the shooting. Police say the shooting followed a fight that spilled out of the Pony Keg Grill & Bar early Thursday morning. Faimalo died on the way to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Worker At Fort Smith's Rheem Plant Dies After Accident

AR - A worker at the Rheem heating and air conditioner plant in Fort Smith died yesterday from injuries suffered while working earlier this week. Tram Tran, a production worker, died after being involved in what the company described as an "unfortunate accident" at the plant Wednesday. The company issued a statement yesterday saying it alerted state and federal authorities about the incident and would "cooperate fully with any investigation." Rheem, a privately-held company based out of Atlanta, has more than 1,200 workers at its Fort Smith plant.

Saturday morning, Metro Police are actively searching for suspects in a west Nashville double murder.

TN - Bellacino's Pizza manager Chris Caris, 33, and 18-year-old employee Joshua Scott Cole, were fatally shot Friday night, officers said. Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron described the crime as "just a senseless, senseless tragedy that should make the entire community angry." "We have apparent young people who came in here to commit a very violent crime," Aaron added. Authorities said two male suspects walked into the restaurant at 21 White Bridge Road at aobut 10 p.m. Friday.

OSHA finishing investigation into fatal accident

WI - Officials from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration hope to complete the investigation into an Oct. 19 industrial accident that killed a Stevens Point man within the next two weeks. Dale A. Cepline, 48, was pinned between a mechanical lift and a ceiling beam while he performed maintenance work at Merrill Iron & Steel Inc. in Schofield, according to the Everest Metro Police Department. Cepline was taken by ambulance to Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston before he was airlifted to Saint Joseph’s. Cepline died two days later. Merrill Iron & Steel does steel fabricating and has worked at the Wisconsin Public Service Corp. energy generation plants in Weston and the Resch Center Arena and Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

One man dies during oil field accident

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX -- One man was killed and another one critically injured late Wednesday morning during a machinery failure at an oil well site. The accident site is located off Farm-to-Market Road 3503, about 10 to 15 miles southwest of Midland International Airport and 3 miles west of Farm-to-Market Road 1788. It happened just south of the Dora Roberts gas plant around 11:30 a.m. Halliburton employees were performing work for Occidental Petroleum Corporation at the time of the accident. Midland County Fire Marshal Dale Little said the company was working on an Oxy well and putting pressure on a site when a piece of equipment came loose. When the pipe broke, it struck and killed one individual on site. The other employee was transported by helicopter to Odessa Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, according to Cathy Mann, director of communications for Halliburton.

Schweitzer employee dies in accident

SANDPOINT, Idaho - An employee at Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident while on the job. The accident happened yesterday morning as the employee was performing routine maintenance just ahead of the ski season. The resort said the dead man, whose name hasn't been made public pending family notification, was wearing the appropriate safety gear. Jennifer Ekstrom, a resort spokeswoman, says, "Our hearts go out to the family and we are all very, very sad."

OSHA investigating fatal accident at Rincon plant

RINCON, GA - An employee of the Georgia-Pacific Savannah River Mill plant died Nov. 8 from injuries she suffered six days earlier at the Rincon plant, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration official said. Guyton resident Libby Waddell, 56, was working at a napkin machine at the plant on Fort Howard Road when she became stuck in the machine, said Kurt Petermeyer, assistant area director of OSHA's Savannah office. Waddell is believed to have been unable to breathe. Waddell was taken to Effingham Hospital and then transferred to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, said plant spokesperson Carrie Thompson. "Unfortunately, she never regained consciousness and passed away yesterday morning," Thompson said. "Our thoughts are with Libby's family."

Restaurant worker found shot dead in Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, NJ - A person walking to work early Sunday found a dead man lying face up on the front lawn of a house in the 200 block of West Ridgewood Avenue.
Someone had fatally shot 27-year-old Armando Mayo Martinez above the left ear, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said. It is unclear where Martinez lived or the circumstances of the shooting. The four-block long street is a mixture of ranch homes and semi-detached units. He was found dead at about 6 a.m. in front of a residence a short distance from the bike path. The Prosecutor's Office said Martinez worked for Carrabba's Italian Grill in Egg Harbor Township. A manager at the restaurant referred questions about Martinez to a Tampa, Fla., corporate spokesman, who was not in his office at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral Held For Cabbie Killed In Hit And Run

NY - A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the fatal hit and run on the Upper East Side that killed a cab driver, as friends and family gathered at a Brooklyn mosque to say goodbye to the victim. Funeral services were held at a Brooklyn mosque for Mohammed Elwaleed. He was struck down Tuesday morning. Police say Luis Flores, 34, of Manhattan is in custody after turning himself in. He was charged with manslaughter, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident. Investigators say Elwaleed, 44, was involved in an argument with Flores, the driver of a Nissan Altima, near the intersection of 65th Street and Madison Avenue. At some point, Elwaleed got out of his car and was hit by the Altima. Police say Flores and a passenger ran off. video

Bus crash claims the life of prison employee, injures others

MT - A bus carrying about two dozen state prison employees struck a deer and overturned early Friday on a highway near Warm Springs, killing one person and injuring several others, authorities said. The bus, which was carrying 26 employees to work at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, rolled over about 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 90, about 15 miles from the prison. The bus, which was owned by Butte-based Tucker Transportation, came to rest in the median between the two lanes of the interstate. The victim was identified as Sonja Ryan, 56, of Butte. Ryan had worked for the state since 1981, said said Bob Anez, spokesman for the Montana Department of Corrections. She started as a psychiatric aide at the Montana State Hospital and later worked in the laundry. She transferred to the Montana Women's Prison in 1990 as a correctional officer and joined the Montana State Prison staff in 1994, where she worked as administrative support in the records department.

Man crushed by hydraulic press

VISTA, CA – A 27-year-old worker was killed when he was crushed in a hydraulic press yesterday afternoon, authorities said. The incident occurred at 5:15 p.m. at a plastics business in an industrial park on Liberty Way in Vista, sheriff's officials said. The employee was working with the press when he tried to retrieve a piece of plastic and became caught between the two halves of the heavy machinery, Vista fire and sheriff's officials said. Firefighters had to open the press manually to free him. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene. The man's name is being withheld until his family is notified.

Shop worker killed in robbery

CHICAGO, IL - A robber shot and killed a Chicago boutique employee known for his generosity in the neighborhood, it was reported Saturday. Howard Long, 22, was shot Friday at Get M Girlz Apparel on the Southwest Side when three men raided the store, one pointing a gun at Long and the other two gathering up merchandise, police told the Chicago Tribune. The gunman fired several shots at Long before running out of the store with the other two men. Store owner Eric Henderson, a childhood friend of Long's, said Long was known for his friendliness and had handed out candy to children who came by the store on Halloween. Meanwhile, a nearby shop owner told the Tribune he was held at gunpoint last week by a robber who left after realizing the store had no money. Now, the shop owner said he locks his door even during business hours.

Man who died in accident identified

SALISBURY, MA - Carter "Scott" Reece was a quiet, friendly man who liked nothing more than working with his hands. So when the 52-year-old Seabrook man was hired at Markland Welding in Salisbury last year, he was thrilled, his mother, Joyce Reece, said yesterday. "He loved it," she said. "It's a small company, and they are all good, hard workers like he was. ... They were all like family." Scott Reece died on Wednesday at the Route 1 business when he was crushed by the arm of a boom truck. Essex County District Attorney spokesman Steve O'Connell said yesterday an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still ongoing but added, "At this point, it appears to be an accidental death." A man who answered the door at Markland Welding yesterday said he could not comment about Reece.

Man Killed In Trench Collapse

KY - A London man was killed Wednesday afternoon after a trench he was working in collapsed near a Bell County community college. The incident happened at a construction site near Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College in Middlesboro just after noon. The deputy coroner said that Joe Shephard, 32, was working in the 6-foot-deep trench when mud collapsed on him. Co-workers, including Shephard's father-in-law, worked frantically to free him from the mud, but by the time they got him halfway out they say he was already dead. Shephard had been working for D&H Contracting out of London, and was working on a new sewage line at the time of the accident.

Comfort Inn employee shot to death

MO - A 55-year-old female employee of Comfort Inn on Clark Lane was found shot to death in the hotel’s office shortly after 6 a.m. today. The body of Cynthia L. White of Columbia was discovered by officers from the Columbia Police Department at 6:14 a.m., according to a news release from Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson. An autopsy indicated White died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Officers responded to the hotel at 2904 Clark Lane after guests reported they had been unable to contact front desk personnel, according to the release. Officers checked the hotel and discovered White’s body in the hotel office, the release said.

Worker crushed when 747 landing gear collapses

AZ - A man working on a Boeing 747 at an airstrip near Marana was critically hurt when the landing gear collapsed and he was trapped under the plane, authorities said. The worker was part of a crew disassembling the retired passenger jet at Pinal Airpark Wednesday, Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Minter said. For unknown reasons, the landing gear suddenly retracted and the plane fell, trapping Stanley Nye in the gear compartment, Minter said. He was eventually freed and taken to a Tucson hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Man crushed by dump truck

TX - One man died Saturday evening after getting caught under a dump truck he was working on in Southeast Travis County, officials said. Fredy Mosquera Diaz , 46, was working on the dump truck at a garage in the 4200 block of Burch Drive at about 6:40 p.m. when it rolled, catching him underneath, said Roger Wade, spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Wade said. Another man who was at the garage was not injured. “Right now, it looks like a workplace accident,” Wade said. The sheriff’s office and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating the accident.

Worker Killed In Bartow Industrial Accident

BARTOW, FL - A worker for Rotonics Manufacturing at Bartow Municipal Airport was killed today after falling into a plastic chipper machine, the Polk County Sheriff?s Office said. Vernon Lambeth of Frostproof and another employee had been working on the second level of the massive machine when a third employee, unaware they were there, turned the machine on. Lambeth was sucked in and died, said PCSO spokeswoman Donna Wood. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. today and appears to be accidental, the Sheriff?s Office said. Although Rotonics was closed this afternoon for investigation, the airport remains open and operational, said airport director Cynthia Barrow. It's just sad, said Barrow.

Man stabbed to death at migrant worker camp

LA BELLE, Fla. - The Hendry County Sheriff's Office is telling WINK News one man has been stabbed to death at the Turkey Run subdivision. The subdivision has been called a migrant worker camp. The subdivision is just South of La Belle. We do not know the name of the dead man. We do know he was stabbed inside his home, and that is where he died. Deputies tell WINK News they have a suspect, but no arrests have been made. video

Dallas Doorman Killed 1st Day On Job - Wife, Police Search For Answers In Downtown Shooting

TX - Sharita Washignton called her husband a "provider." Bobby Washington went to work ata new job Saturday night, but did not return. Instead, he was shot and killed at the Pepper Garden Grill. "It was his first time going, and I lost him on his first time being there," Sharita Washington said. The 27-year-old Dallas man may have been shuttling people in an elevator from the lobby up to a private party, police said. The sudden gunfire seemed random, his wife said. "They didn't have no kind of words with each other, no confrontation, just a guy randomly walking by saying he hated different dudes --or whatever the case may be -- and he chose to pick Bobby at work," Mrs. Washington said. No one else was injured. Bobby Washington was not working security and was dressed in regular clothes, authorities said. Police add they will continue to interview witnesses and as of 8 p.m. no one is in custody. "Right now, if anybody have any leads on who shot my husband, Bobby Washington, please come forward and let us know who it was," his wife pleaded. " And we are looking for answers for closure."

Parts of the crime may have been caught on multiple surveillance cameras, police said.

In addition to his wife, Washington is survived by four children -- 5, 3, 2 and 1.

Hotel manager killed in heist, Location has been a target previously.

MO - A 55-year-old hotel manager died yesterday morning after being shot in the head during a robbery at Comfort Inn. Cynthia L. White was working overnight as general manager of the hotel at 2904 Clark Lane. She fell dead in her office, just steps away from the front desk. Columbia police officers responded to the hotel at 6:14 a.m. after guests reported they had repeatedly called the front desk and no one answered. Officers discovered White’s body and found that an undisclosed amount of money was missing from the cash register. The same hotel was targeted in a similar robbery Nov. 16. Then, a black man in his early to mid-20s entered the hotel, which then was called Fairfield Inn, about 2:20 a.m. and said his car had broken down, police said. He asked a 50-year-old female clerk whether he could wait in the lobby until someone came to pick him up. After 20 minutes, he brandished a small-caliber handgun and stole the clerk’s 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Police have not apprehended the man.

Family, friends mourn slain cab driver

TX - Family and friends said goodbye to a Houston cab driver who was shot on the job Saturday. Funeral services for Derick Byers were held in southeast Houston Saturday afternoon. Investigators say Byers picked up Lauren Kirkman, 18, on Nov. 13 in the Third Ward. Kirkman allegedly killed Byers during the course of a robbery. She was taken into custody Tuesday and is set to be arraigned on murder charges next week.

Worker dies in hospital after crane accident

SC - Machine runs over man's leg, state agency investigating. A worker died in the hospital shortly after a crane's tire ran over his right leg at an industrial Neck Area business Wednesday morning, authorities said. Emergency crews responded to Tekna Corp. on 2025 Cherry Hill Lane at 10:26 a.m. to find the man on the ground near the crane with a severed leg, Charleston County EMS Director Don Lundy said. Though in critical condition, the injured man was able to speak en route to Medical University Hospital. "He was awake and alert and talking to us on the way into the ER," Lundy said. Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal identified the worker as Jeff Moore, 27, of Ladson.

Man Killed Cab Driver While on House Arrest

INDIANAPOLIS - A man arrested in connection with the murder of an Indianapolis cab driver was supposed to be on house arrest at the time of the murder. Kenneth Bartley is accused of killing cab driver Herbert "Chuck" Coomer. Police won't reveal details of how he left house arrest undetected or the specific reason he was under house arrest. Coomer's body was found in the back seat of a cab parked in the driveway of Bartley's home near 30th and Catherwood Wednesday morning.

5 days after being shot by passenger, cab driver dies

TX - Authorities say woman pulled gun, dumped him out. A cab driver died early Sunday, almost a week after he was shot in the head and dumped in a southwest Houston bank parking lot, hospital officials said. Derick Byers, 39, picked up a female passenger on Nov. 13 in the 6700 block of Sidney. Less than an hour later, Byers was found lying near a Chase Bank ATM at 10441 Westheimer, Houston police said. Byers was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he remained in critical condition until his death. Police said the woman he picked up pulled out a handgun during the trip and shot Byers in the back of the head. She either pushed or kicked him out onto the parking lot before fleeing in the stolen cab. The vehicle was later found abandoned about 2 miles away, in the Westchase Forest townhomes in the 9800 block of Pagewood, Houston police said.

Machine malfunction causes worker's death

IN - A 14 news update on a deadly accident we told you about this weekend in Mount Vernon. Investigators have determined an equipment malfunction is what caused 51-year-old Lynn Jeffries' death at Sabic Innovative Plastics. Authorities say Jeffries was unloading a powdered chemical from a tanker truck around 9 pm Saturday when the hose became clogged. The pressure from the clog caused the filter housing to break loose and hit her in the head. Jeffries worked at the plant for more than 25 years. IOSHA investigators are still looking into the accident.

Did road rage kill a NYC taxi driver?

NY -An apparent road rage incident in Manhattan left a yellow taxi cab driver dead early Tuesday morning, run over by the driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima who then fled the scene on foot with a passenger who was in the car. New York City police are now searching for the duo. The incident occurred just before 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 65th Street. Police said that, involved in an undisclosed dispute with the driver of the Nissan, the cab driver exited his yellow taxi cab and was run over -- by the driver of the Nissan.

Construction Worker Dies In Fall Down Loop Elevator Shaft

CHICAGO, IL - Ernesto A. Oliva, of Plainfield, a construction worker, was killed after falling 11 stories down an elevator shaft in a downtown building Saturday morning. Oliva, 40, was working on renovations at an office on the 11th floor of 211 W. Wacker, according to Chicago Police Capt. Joseph Vaclavik. Needing a tool from another floor about 8:09 a.m., Oliva stepped into the dimly lighted rear freight elevator shaft, expecting to ride the elevator down. But the elevator was on the ground floor, and Oliva fell down the shaft, police said. "He fell through all the way from the 11th floor down," Vaclavik said. He said some workers heard Oliva scream. "It's a terrible tragedy," Vaclavik said. Oliva was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Police are investigating how Oliva was able to enter the shaft while the elevator was on another floor. The 18-story building was built in 1927 and served as the home of the Chicago Sun until 1958. It is undergoing renovation in a conversion from a rental property to office condominiums.

Plant Worker Dies In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. -- A worker at a Mount Vernon plastics plant died while unloading material from a trailer. SABIC Innovative Plastics spokeswoman Kimberly Derk said Lynn Jeffries, 51, of Mount Vernon was unloading raw materials Saturday night when the accident occurred. Jeffries was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy showed she died of blunt force trauma. Derk declined to provide details of the accident. No other employees were hurt. Jeffries worked at the Mount Vernon plant site since 1981. Saudi Basic Industries bought the plant from GE Plastics in September. The factory in Mount Vernon, 20 miles west of Evansville, employs about 1,400 people.

Man killed by light rail train in Minneapolis identified

MN - Authorities today released the identity of a man struck and killed Wednesday by a Light Rail train along the Hiawatha line in south Minneapolis. Gary Langlois, 48, of 5761 33rd Avenue South in Minneapolis, was struck and killed by a train arriving northbound into the 46th Street station just prior to the afternoon rush hour. He died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. According to the medical examiner, Langlois also has an alias: Xavier Michael Hamm. Langlois had been walking west across the tracks, south of the station, when he was struck. Julie Johanson, Metro Transit's assistant general manager, said today that an investigation into the incident was still underway, and no new details were available. Johanson said the operator of the train - whose identity she said would be released on Monday - was a "long-term" Metro Transit employee who had been with the rail operation since it opened, though she was not certain exactly how many years the operator had been with the company. She said according to the operator's supervisor the driver had a "very good" safety record, though Johanson did not have additional details this evening.

Man dead after 80-foot fall at SFO: Circumstances of employee's death remain under investigation

CA - A Tracy United Airlines employee was killed Friday after reportedly falling 80 feet in a San Francisco International Airport maintenance building. Law enforcement and the airlines' detectives are now investigating the death of Steve Davis, 39. "There's nothing we found so far to determine any crime occurred," San Mateo County Sheriff's Sgt. Wes Matsuura said. The death occurred at about 2 a.m., Matsuura said. Airport officials declined to comment on the specifics of Davis' death. "We can confirm an incident happened and a United employee died that day," SFO Duty Manager Michael Brown said Sunday. Davis, a maintenance employee, died of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office. "The manner of death is undetermined," coroner's investigator Tully Vogt said.

Guard fatally shot at Southwest Side clothing store

IL - A security guard was shot and killed this afternoon during a robbery at a Southwest Side clothing store, police said. The shooting happened about 1 p.m., when an employee of Get M Girlz Apparel, 2547 W. 63rd St., called 911 to report that the guard had been shot, police said. Three robbers had burst into the store and were stealing clothing, said owner Eric Henderson, 28. He said the guard was a childhood friend who has worked security and odd jobs at the store for about eight months. The Cook County medical examiner's office declined to release the guard's name pending notification of relatives. Henderson was on his way to the store when he got a call about the shooting. When he arrived, police were everywhere and blood was on the floor near where his friend had been sitting by a front window.

Clothing Store Employee Shot, Killed in North College Hill

OH - Officers were called to a strip mall at the intersection of Galbraith and Simpson roads in North College Hill just after 3 p.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired. That’s where they found an employee of RIL World Clothing, 23-year old Christopher Spencer, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Hospital. His family says he died from his wounds at the hospital. Through witness accounts and surveillance video, police have released a description of the suspect. He is described as a male black, early 20s, about 5’2”, slender build, wearing a tan Carhart jacket, faded blue jeans and a long white t-shirt. The suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. He was last seen running southbound on Simpson Avenue. If you have any information, contact Crimestoppers at 352-3040, where you can get cash for clues.

Slain laundry worker in Gadsden put others first, daughter says

IN - A memorial for 62-year-old Janice King was held Sunday at a Gadsden church near the coin laundry where she was shot to death in a robbery while working a shift for a co-worker. Police arrested and charged Deuntre Luster, 17, of Birmingham, and two Gadsden 16-year-olds, Dominique Frazer and Averiez Robinson, with capital murder in the Nov. 4 shooting. The three will stand trial as adults, but the death penalty is excluded because of their ages. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Restaurant worker shot dead in Pleasantville

NJ - A 27-year-old restaurant worker was found dead on the front lawn of a Pleasantville home early this morning, according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City. A passerby found Armando Mayo Martinez, an employee at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Egg Harbor Township, lying face up in front of the West Ridgewood Avenue home with a gunshot wound above his left ear, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said. Martinez's death is Pleasantville's second shooting in recent weeks. On Nov. 10, Ronald Washington, 27, was shot four times in the back near Wash's Inn. Both deaths remains under investigation.

Store manager shot dead

NORTH COLLEGE HILL – A Bond Hill man known for his humble spirit and legions of friends died early Sunday after being shot while working at a clothing store. Christopher Spencer, 23, died about 1 a.m., according to his family. He was shot multiple times Saturday afternoon in what police believe was an attempted robbery of Ril World Clothing. The shooter remains at large. The store, located in the 2000 block of West Galbraith Road, has been open a few months. Spencer, a manager, hadn’t been scheduled to work that day, but had gone in anyway, his family said. Someone called police just after 3 p.m. saying six shots had been fired in the building. Spencer was shot several times and taken to University Hospital, where he died. News of the shooting spread quickly. About 100 people gathered at the hospital Saturday night, said Spencer’s mother, Sherre Williams. “It was unbelievable how many people showed up at the hospital,” said Williams. “It looked like a nightclub. Everyone who knew him from grade school to high school -- all over.” Video

Construction Worker Killed On the Job

TX - a worker was killed after falling 20 stories to his death at the Grand Hyatt Hotel construction site in downtown San Antonio. The worker's name is Joseph Montez and he was 24 years old. He was loading Sheetrock into a service elevator when the load shifted, pushed him and he fell from the 21st floor. Two other men were taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A witness told police the elevator's gate had a history of problems and would not lock properly.

Gas Price Feud Ends In Death

DETROIT - A feud between rival gas stations owners over lowering gas prices ended with one owner fatally shot and the other in police custody Friday morning. Police said the owner of the Marathon gas station at Fort and Springwells streets lowered the price of unleaded gas from $2.96 to $2.93. The owner and an employee of the BP gas station across the street began arguing with him over the lowered prices, according to police. Police said the pole that was used to lower the prices and a baseball bat were involved in the altercation. Two people were injured during that fight. Police said the 51-year-old Marathon owner went inside and got a gun and fatally shot BP owner Jawad Bazzi, 45, in the forehead.

Cab driver gunned down on Westside

FL - Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting of a taxi cab driver early Friday morning on the Westside. Investigators were called to the Quik Trip Food Mart at Edgewood Avenue South and Roselyn Street between 3 and 4 a.m. Crandall Jack Reed, 51, of Jacksonville, was found shot in the driver's seat of a Yellow Cab in front of the convenience store, said police at the scene. Police said they think the man was first shot in a robbery attempt in the rear parking lot of the Boy Scouts of America building at 521 Edgewood Ave. S. and then somehow drove to the convenience store nearby. At least two shell casings were visible from the parking lot Friday morning. Reed was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital where he died. No arrests have been made. The city is up to 133 homicides this year. Last year there were 126 at the same time, but two more occurred Nov. 17, 2006.

Police identify man killed in recycling baler

TX - Jim Clark, 49, was killed today while working with a machine that bales cardboard and paper at the Las Cruces recycling center, located within the transfer station at 2865 west Amador Avenue, announced the Las Cruces Police in a statement today. Police were called to the transfer station at around 9 a.m. and learned that Clark was inside the hopper of the baler, attempting to clear the jammed machine. For reasons unknown at this time the machine became operational and fatally injured Clark. Officials said Clark was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical investigator. The Las Cruces Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team was called to safely remove Clark's body from the hopper. Clark was working at the recycling center through the employment agency Dickason Personnel Services, said police. Las Cruces Police detectives and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating Clark's death, said police.

Metro PCS Employee Shot To Death During Robbery

MIAMI, FL - A Metro PCS store is closed on Monday after a robbery turned deadly on Sunday around 5:30 p.m. in Miami. City of Miami police are looking to find the killers who got away after they shot the clerk. City of Miami Police Department said Yosvel Millares, 28, was an employee at the store in the area of 3525 NW 17th Avenue. The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital were he died. The clerk was reportedly closing the shop for the night, when two black males about 6 feet tall wearing ski masks showed up and shot him. They apparently knew Millares would be carrying the day’s profits. “Clearly these two guys wanted more than money, they wanted blood and they got it,” said Lt. Bill Schwartz of the Miami Police Department. The robbery happened on Sunday around 5:30 p.m. the Metro PCS store in 35 Street and NW 17th Avenue in Allapatah.

Bengals press box worker dies of heart attack, Mr. Sturgill was former Hamilton teacher, coach

HAMILTON, OH — Ken Sturgill, a former teacher and coach for Hamilton City Schools and part-time employee of the Cincinnati Bengals, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 55. Mr. Sturgill taught science at Wilson Junior High School for 18 years, retiring in 2006. He coached boys basketball and girls volleyball at Wilson, and coached the girls golf team at Hamilton High School. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Sturgill served on the Bengals' game-day support staff in the press box at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field and Paul Brown Stadium since 1988, handling the transmission of game information to the Elias Sports Bureau. "Ken was a very friendly, always-eager-to-help guy," said Jack Brennan, Bengals public relations director. "He would man the phones and help with any late emergencies after games. He's just the kind of person you want in that position."

2nd person dies after crash

MA - A second hospital employee died from injuries sustained when a 76-year-old breast cancer patient crashed her car into an entrance at Brockton Hospital, authorities said yesterday. A car driven by Jane Berghold plowed through the entrance to the hospital's Radiation Therapy Unit on Monday afternoon. Susan Plante, 60, of East Bridgewater died that night, according to the Plymouth D.A.'s office. Dr. Mark Vasa, chief of radiation therapy, also was struck and died at the scene. Two others were injured.

Tow truck driver struck and killed as young son waited in wrecker

TX - A wrecker driver was killed last night while walking across a freeway in southeast Harris County. And to make matters worse, it all happened with his son nearby. His truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 225 last night, towing a Cadillac. Investigators say that as the truck was approaching the Goodyear exit, a wheel came off of the Cadillac and rolled off into the darkness. The tow truck driver slowed down and parked in the center lane to try to get the lost wheel. "When he ran across the shoulder to see where the wheel was, he tried to come back over to his wrecker," said E. Morgan with the Houston Police Department. "He was struck by a van." The driver of the white minivan did stop and call 911. At this point, police say it was an unavoidable accident, as the motorist just didn't have time to stop. Meanwhile, the victim's son was still in the truck cab. Relatives came to pick him up from the scene. Police say that victim is in his 50s, although his name hasn't been released. The driver of the minivan has not been charged.

New Paris Worker Dies after Forklift Falls on Him

IN - A New Paris man died Monday evening after a forklift fell on him at CVG Concepts Inc. It’s unknown how the forklift fell on Tim Emily, 58, according to a police report. An employee heard yelling, responded and found Emily a little after 5 p.m. pinned beneath a forklift, said Trevor Wendzonka, spokesman for the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Resuscitation was attempted at the scene but was unsuccessful, authorities said. An autopsy was to be completed on Emily this afternoon. CVG Concepts, 68472 Indiana 15, sells vehicles and automotive parts.

Construction worker falls to his death in N. Portland

OR - A construction worker fell off a roof and died in North Portland Monday morning, authorities said. The worker, estimated to be in his 20s, fell about 40 feet, said Lt. Allen Oswalt, spokesman for the Portland Fire Bureau. The accident occurred around 9 a.m. at what appeared to be a warehouse located at 145000 N Lombard, according to Kevin Weeks, spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Rivergate Corporate Center was listed as the construction project at that site. The victim was an ironworker.

Ohio man dies after being struck at IUPUI

OH - A 73-year-old man was struck and fatally injured Thursday on the IUPUI campus. Raymond G. Michael, Camden, Ohio, was declared dead Thursday night, about three hours after he was struck. A report from campus police said an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis parking services employee was driving a university-owned car east on North Street at University Boulevard about 5:20 p.m. when the car struck Michael. Police were looking into reports that the car either swerved onto a sidewalk or that the victim fell off the sidewalk. Police made no immediate arrest in the case and have issued no citations.

Funeral Services Set for Thursday for Officer Killed in Crash

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Investigators hope to hear from more witnesses to Friday night's crash where a JSO officer lost his life. The Florida Highway Patrol says 57-year-old Joseph May turned into the path of officer Scott Bell's patrol car on Heckscher Drive. Bell's car spun out of control, hit a light pole and caught fire. Authorities pronounced Bell dead at the scene. Officer Bell was returning from a call at the time of the crash. Bell was a seven-year veteran of JSO. Another Officer, Nick Butler, was traveling in another vehicle. He avoided being hit. Mays was taken to Shands Jacksonville. The hospital said he was no longer in their care Sunday. FHP investigators believe alcohol had a role in the crash and charges are expected. Bell's funeral is set for Thursday morning at the North Jacksonville Baptist Church on North Main Street.

Police officer dies trying to catch speeding car

EUCLID,OH - A police officer has reportedly died after his cruiser caught fire following an accident on Interstate 90. Witnesses reported seeing the cruiser crashed into a pole and on fire on I-90 between East 185th St. and East 222nd St. WKYC reports the officer in the cruiser had been running a laser speed detail at the time. He was in the process of accelerating onto the highway to catch up to a speeder when authorities say his cruiser hydroplaned on the wet highway and crashed into a pole and caught fire. The officer was not able to escape the burning cruiser.

Farmer dies after combine accident

KS - Dale Bradley had lived in New kirk all his life, and just recently was able to retire from Montgomery Elevators to farm full time. He had spent most of his life farming and raising cattle, in between his job and family life. Debbie Nellis, Bradley's sister-in-law, said he loved being outdoors. Bradley died on Thursday after receiving severe head injuries in a farm accident that occurred near Silverdale last Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. According to Arkansas City Fire Chief Randy Leach, Bradley's wife, Linda, has lots of family and friends supporting her. The accident was a tragic one, said Leach. "Farming can be a dangerous occupation," he said. Bradley loved farming, raising cattle and hay, and spending time with his family. When he married his wife, Linda, in 1994, they made their home on the their farm on the Kansas/Oklahoma line.

Man dies in Kalispell forklift accident

MT - An employee for Swank Construction died Friday morning in Kalispell while on his way to a construction site. Officials with the Montana Highway Patrol say that the man was driving a commercial forklift on Stillwater Road just south of Church Drive in Kalispell when it veered off the road and tipped over, pinning the victim. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and MHP is still investigating the accident. The name of the victim has not been released. We'll have more on this developing story as details become available,

2 men die at plants in Shelton, Centralia, Incidents highlight dangers workers face in high-risk jobs

SHELTON — Two men died on the job at separate facilities Thursday — one at a Shelton plywood plant, the other at a Centralia lumber plant. Stacey Allen, 33, of Shelton died Thursday night in a pit of 185-degree water at Olympic Panel Products. Earlier Thursday, a 32-year-old Longview man died after he slipped at a Centralia plant and became pinned by the machinery, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. The deaths highlight the dangers area workers face in some high-risk industrial jobs. On Oct. 6, the driver of a propane truck at the Atlas Foundry in Tacoma was critically injured during an explosion there. On Aug. 20, Olson Bros. Excavating employee Michael James Mason, 28, was killed when he hit his head on the bucket of a backhoe at a job site near Woodland Creek Avenue and 15th Avenue Northeast in Thurston County. And on Aug. 14, Glen Davis, 53, of Lacey died after the bucket of an excavator struck him at Soil Key, 4400 163rd Ave. S.W. in Lacey.

Authorities ID construction worker killed in forklift accident

KALISPELL, Mont. - Authorities have released the name of a construction worker who was killed today in forklift accident near Kalispell. The victim was 42-year-old Brian Heastan of Kalispell. Heastan was an employee of Swank Construction, and was killed at about 9:30 this morning while driving a forklift to a construction site. The Montana Highway Patrol says the commercial forklift veered off the road and tipped over, pinning the victim. Heastan died at the scene.

Worker dies after fall at ASU construction site

PHOENIX, Az - A man working on a new Arizona State University building in downtown Phoenix has fallen to his death. A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman says the man fell from the fourth floor of the building that will house the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He landed in a shaft and was pronounced dead at the scene. Fire spokesman Victor Rangel tells the Arizona Republic that workers were pulled from the building after this morning's accident. The building is being built by Sundt Construction Incorporated at First and Filmore streets.

Maintence Worker Found Dead in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Police are investigating a homicide at 2581 Langdon Avenue South. A 911 Caller told police they heard what sounded like 3 gun shots around 10am Thursday. Over an hour later the caller found the body of 46 year old Benjamin Philyor, dead from multiple gun shot wounds, police said. Police say Philyor was a maintenance worker at the Sanderlin Center, located on 22nd Avenue and 25th Street South, and was last seen there when he reported for work this morning at 8:00am.

Government to Investigate Case of Man Crushed at Work Site

Richland County, SC - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating a fatal construction site accident. Brian Tingler, 44, of Blythewood was killed Thursday when a piece of construction equipment killed him. It's not yet clear what sequence of events led up to the death. OSHA will investigate and come back with a report in several weeks. Investigators say Armstrong Transporation, a construction company out of Columbia, was doing the work at the site. The company said it did not want to comment on the accident. OSHA says the company has had a total of three infractions in the last six years. In one case, it was for having construction equipment which did not have a back up alarm. Meanwhile, the other man injured in the accident, Delfino Rabiela, was last listed in fair condition at Palmetto Health.

Man Kills 2 and Injures 3 at Law Firm Before He Is Killed by Police

ALEXANDRIA, La., Oct. 5 (AP) — A 63-year-old Baptist deacon shot five people in a law office here on Thursday, killing two, before being killed by police officers early Friday, the authorities said. Anger over a divorce settlement may have prompted the shooting, officials said. A special tactical unit used explosives to enter the building early Friday and shot to death the man, John Ashley, after he opened fire, said Sgt. Clifford Gatlin, a police spokesman. The police said Mr. Ashley repeatedly shot at them during the 10-hour standoff on Thursday, and even shot at a remote-controlled police robot they sent inside. No officers were hurt. “This is — it’s a shock,” Sergeant Gatlin said. “It’s big for us, because we know everybody.” Mr. Ashley, a retired city maintenance worker, was found in the back of the law office, which was converted from a single-story house. The two people who were killed were found in the front of the building, where the police rescued one of the three surviving victims Thursday afternoon. The other survivors escaped on their own. Sergeant Gatlin said investigators had learned that the shooting was “a possible dispute over a divorce settlement,” but he had no further details. He said that investigators would need to speak with the three survivors to determine a motive, and that at least two of them were seriously injured. The shooting rampage, near the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria, a central Louisiana town of about 46,000, astounded people who knew Mr. Ashley Mr. Ashley was a deacon and sang in the choir at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, said Freddie Lawson, a fellow congregant. Charlie Gilmore, Mr. Ashley’s neighbor and a local pastor, said: “I’ve never heard him raise his voice. I never heard of him being violent.” Chief Daren Coutee of the local police said that officers called Mr. Ashley repeatedly on his cellphone and the office phone throughout the day, but that he refused to talk. The authorities identified the dead as Camille Giordano II, a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, and Marty Thiels, 50, a postal worker delivering mail to the law firm.

Second man charged in Buscemi's fatal shooting

EASTPOINTE, MI - A 25-year-old Detroit man who was about a month from completing probation was charged Thursday in Eastpointe District Court in connection with a fatal shooting at the Original Buscemi's pizza shop. Isaiah Mayweather, who had served six years in prison for a previous armed robbery conviction, is alleged to be the second of two men who robbed the Eastpointe pizza shop last Thursday and then fled. During the robbery, one employee was fatally shot 10 times, and a second employee was shot in the back of the head. He has been treated and released from the hospital. Family members of Mohammed Al-Harbi, who was killed during the robbery, and Sinan Hanna, who was shot in the head, attended the arraignment in 38th District Court. Faiq Shaouni said his nephew is recovering from his injuries. "He is doing fine, but he still has some pain," said Shaouni. "Thank God he is alive

Natural-gas well pad worker dies in accident

PARACHUTE, CO — A welder working on a natural-gas well pad died in a Thursday morning accident in Garfield County, according to an EnCana Oil and Gas spokesman. The man’s name was withheld pending notification of relatives, according to the county coroner’s office. EnCana spokesman Doug Hock said the welder worked for a third company, contracted by Nabors Drilling, and was pronounced dead at the scene of a well pad off County Road 301, between Battlement Mesa and Rulison. The man was helping guide a compressor on a forklift when something on a front loader detached and struck him, Hock said. A Nabors official could not be reached for comment and further details.

Worker dies two weeks after trench collapse

MO - A man injured in a Shawnee trench collapse has died. Dennis Lewis was injured Sept. 17 while working for Backhoe Services in Olathe, a subcontractor working at a residential development in the 6400 block of Noble Street. He was installing plumbing pipes when the trench he was in gave way. Lewis was buried chest deep and was having trouble breathing when he was rescued by crews working nearby. He also suffered leg injuries. Emergency medical personnel at the scene first described his injuries as non-life threatening. However, doctors at the hospital determined he was in critical condition. Lewis remained hospitalized until he died Wednesday evening. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an injury investigation after the incident but reclassified the case as a fatality on Thursday. Officials from Backhoe Services could not be reached today for comment.

Tulsa man dies after construction accident

LAWTON, Okla. - A Tulsa man who fell three stories at a construction site has died. Lawton police say 52-year-old Daniel E. Edmisten was pronounced dead of a torn aorta at 10:45 last night at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Police spoke with Edmisten's son, who also was working at the site. The son told officers that as Edmisten bent over a railing to tell him something, the railing failed and his father tumbled to the ground. Elizabeth Todd with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration said the agency has sent an investigator to the site, which is an apartment complex on Gore Boulevard.

Driver blameless in DPW fatality

ORADELL,NJ - State officials are probing whether a steamroller malfunctioned when it lurched forward and pinned a 28-year-old public works employee, causing fatal injuries. State Labor Department officials are also looking into whether proper procedures were followed during a routine pot-hole filling operation Tuesday that resulted in the death of Douglas Van Valen. On Wednesday, an Occupational Safety and Health investigator was conducting interviews and examining equipment involved in the fatal accident. Van Valen was pinned between the steamroller and a parked car. Oradell Police Chief Rhynie Emanuel said Wednesday that a preliminary police investigation indicated that the borough employee driving the steamroller was not to blame. Officials did not release the operator's name.

CG Sgt. dies from a fall in training, Had rescued couple from burning home

FLORENCE, AZ - A veteran Casa Grande Police Department sergeant died after falling while rappelling off a wall on a rope at the county jail during a training exercise Thursday. Sgt. Tate Lynch was practicing with other members of the Pinal County SWAT team at about 2 p.m. when he fell and suffered a severe head injury. Lynch was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, where he died about five hours later. Lynch is the first officer to die in the line of duty since Casa Grande became a city, according to Mike Minter, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Minter has worked for years on the Pinal County Peace Officers Memorial, which includes the names of all officers who died on duty in the county. The SWAT team was doing an exercise in the inmate exercise yard on a wall about two stories high, Minter said. Medical staff from the jail were available to offer quick assistance. "Toward the end of the exercise Sgt. Lynch fell in full view of several officers," said Casa Grande police Commander Kent Horn. There were 15 to 20 officers involved in the SWAT exercise including some officers seeking to join the team. The SWAT team has members from several police departments and the Sheriff's Office.

Wreck kills Alabama truck driver

GA - An early Wednesday morning wreck on U.S. 84 West killed an Alabama semi-truck driver, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Thirty-year-old Jesse Newton Stanford of Haleyville, Ala., died after his semi-trailer truck collided with the rear end of a log truck at the intersection of U.S. 84 West and Jennifer Drive, about a half mile west of Bainbridge city limits, State Trooper 1st Class Walt Landrum of the GSP's Donalsonville Post said. The log truck's driver, identified by the GSP as 33-year-old Joey Lynn Holtzclaw of 186 Sasser Store Road, Bainbridge, was uninjured. Holtzclaw is also known as Joey McMillan, according to Sheriff's deputies at the scene. Stanford was traveling east toward Bainbridge when the accident occurred shortly before 5:45 a.m., Landrum said, and it appeared from initial observations at the scene that the log truck may have been attempting to make a U-turn into the west-bound lanes when the semi-trailer truck clipped a steel column on the left rear of the fully loaded log truck, ran across the median and into a field north of the highway.

Teen killed in wood grinder accident

Greensboro,NC - A man who was killed in an industrial accident involving a wood grinder has been identified by authorities. Nery Castaneda, 17, whose address is unknown, was operating a wood grinder at the time of the fatal accident, said Neal O'Briant, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Labor. The accident occurred about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Pallet Express, 2821 Assembly Road, off U.S. 29 north of Greensboro, Guilford County Sheriff's Col. Randy Powers said. The N.C. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the incident, O'Briant said. Investigators are looking into whether Castaneda was old enough to operate the machinery under labor laws, among other issues, O'Briant said. The investigation will take between two to six months, he said. Lynn Bell, one of the company's owners, said the company would not comment during the department of labor's investigation.

Litter worker killed by car

AZ - A Mesa woman working a state highway litter-pickup detail on the Beeline Highway was struck and killed by a car Tuesday, the first known death of an Arizona highway litter worker. Maria De Losangeles, 48, was in the left lane of the Beeline, Arizona 87, near its junction with Gilbert Road, when a car hit her around 6 a.m., the Department of Public Safety said. She died at the scene as a result of trauma caused by the collision, the DPS said. Authorities do not believe the driver was at fault for the accident and will probably not bring charges against him, officials aid. De Losangeles worked for Anderson Maintenance, a company that was hired by the Arizona Department of Transportation to clean the edges of roadways. "It's just a terrible, tragic accident," said David Anderson, the company owner. "She worked for us for awhile, a real nice lady." Anderson said that the worst injury suffered by an employee while working on the highways was a sprained ankle. "We don't do anything within the boundaries of the roadway. I have no idea why she was in the roadway," Anderson said. DPS officials believe the woman was removing debris. "It's more than removing bags, cups and cigarette cartons, but she's removing items that have fallen off of vehicles," DPS spokesman Sgt. Tim Mason said.

Site Where Worker Killed Has History Of Citations

West Fargo, N.D. ― A wind tower manufacturing plant where a worker died has been cited in the past for health and safety violations, though a federal official says it is not unusual for large manufacturing facilities to have occasional serious violations. Bruce Beelman, area director in Bismarck for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said none of the past citations were for anything related to this week's fatality at DMI Industries Inc. Jeffrey Mousseau, 37, of Fargo, was on one side of a trailer being loaded with scrap metal by an overhead bridge crane when he was struck about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, DMI Executive Vice President Matt Gadow said. "The load actually struck the employee and crushed him between the load and a vertical (stationary) post of some sort," Beelman said.

Construction worker killed in Williamson County crane accident

TN - A 42-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon while working on State Route 840 in Leiper's Fork. Robert L. Holt, of Cornersville, was struck by the hammer portion of a crane being used to drive pilons into the ground at the 840 bridge construction site on South Harpeth Road. Holt died instantly, according to Williamson County Sheriff's Capt. Roddy Parker. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating whether the equipment malfunctioned in the accident. Holt was working on a crew from the Brentwood-based Highway Incorporated.

Careful officer killed during tollway traffic stop,Driver of SUV that struck him may have been talking on phone

TX - A deputy constable who recently received a commendation for his work in traffic enforcement was struck and killed Monday by a driver who authorities say may have been distracted by a cell phone call. Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Jason Norling, 38, was hit about 10:30 a.m. on the Westpark Tollway near Gessner during a traffic stop. He died shortly after 1 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Hospital, said Harris County Precinct 5 Chief Deputy Leroy Michna. A veteran motorcycle officer, Norling was aware of the risks and dangers of pulling over drivers on Westpark. On Monday, authorities said it appeared he'd taken every precaution when he stopped a driver along the outside shoulder of the eastbound lanes for an apparent traffic violation. He parked his motorcycle behind the car. Moments later, a sport utility vehicle apparently swerved from the traffic lane onto the shoulder, hit the motorcycle, clipped the left rear of the stopped car and then hit Norling, who was standing at the driver-side window, officials said. The impact flung him in to the air and possibly as far as 90 feet, officials said.

Tatro charged with endangering safety in the death of co-worker

WI - A Pelican Lake man accused of contributing to the death of a co-worker has been charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety. According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Wade Tatro, 25, was operating a vehicle on County Highway G in the town of Enterprise on Sept. 7 when the vehicle behind his left the roadway and overturned. The truck that overturned was being operated by Tatro's co-worker Nicholas D. Mueller, 23, of Harshaw. Mueller later died of injuries sustained in the accident. According to the complaint, Mueller was following very closely behind Tatro when both vehicles came to “a sharp curve” at the intersection of County Highway G and County Highway Q. Tatro told police he slowed down, tapped his brakes and waved his arm out his window in an attempt to get Mueller's attention because he knew his brake lights were not working properly. The complaint states that Tatro and his passenger, John Jensen, looked back and saw Mueller's vehicle swerve back and forth and land in a ditch. Tatro admitted to having “two mugs of beer” at Boomba Bar prior to the accident, according to the complaint.

Downtown construction worker in critical condition dies

The construction worker who fell 30 feet and was impaled by rebar at a downtown work site has died. Jesus Lazcon was taken to Brackenridge Hospital yesterday in critical condition after being extracted from a crevasse at the work site. Officials with "osha" say they are investigating yesterday's accident at 17 th and Guadalupe that killed Lazcon.

Federal officials investigating death at Prairie du Sac plant

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI — The death of a Baraboo man in an accident at Milwaukee Valve Company's Prairie du Sac plant is under investigation by federal workplace safety officials and the Sauk County coroner, officials said Monday. Patrick D. Schrader, 29, died at about 5 p.m. Saturday at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison of injuries he suffered in an accident Sept. 26, according to a statement released Monday by Chief Gerald Strunz of the Sauk Prairie Police Department. Police, Sauk Prairie ambulance and firefighters were called to the plant at 1075 Water St. just before 2:30 p.m. after a report of a man trapped in a machine, Strunz said. Co-workers freed Schrader and he was rushed to Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital, then flown by helicopter to University Hospital. Sauk County Coroner Betty Hinze said she is investigating the circumstances in which Schrader was caught in the machine, but said she thinks it was an accident. Investigators from the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration are also looking into the death.

Man Killed by Fallen Tree

PA - Friends and family are mourning a man killed after tree landed on top of him. Barry Miller was killed on the job in Monroe County only six months after his wife died of cancer. Scene tape remains around the tree that fell on top of Miller in Delaware Water Gap. The truck from his business Stump Grinding sat parked across the street a day later. Co-workers said the 50-year-old man from Stroudsburg was at work cutting trees behind a home when one hit him, killing him. Friends can't believe the loss, especially since what happened here came only six months after Barry miller lost his wife to cancer. "He took care of her in her final hours. It's just really sad. Just sad," one friend said. Barry had been in the tree business for 30 years. He was teaching a cousin the ways of the job. Now investigators want to know what went wrong.

Construction worker who fell from building dies, Man struck steel poles during 35-foot fall Sunday.

TX - A construction worker who fell off a building at 17th and Lavaca streets Monday afternoon has died, a representative for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. Eric Harbin, area director for OSHA's Austin office, said the safety administration is "investigating an accident at that site involving the death of an employee." He would not discuss details of the incident, and the worker's name has not been released. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services spokesman Warren Hassinger said Monday that the worker fell 35 feet down a 4-foot-by-6-foot-wide shaft about 1:20 p.m. inside the skeleton of a building under construction. The worker struck steel poles during the fall before hitting the ground, he said. Crews then used a rescue basket to pull him out of the shaft, Hassinger said. The worker was sent to Brackenridge Hospital in critical condition with numerous injuries, including fractured extremities and a head wound, Hassinger said.

Worker Crushed By Shipping Cargo at Port of Oakland

CA - A longshoreman was crushed to death in a loading accident while working at the nation's fourth-largest port in Oakland, Calif. According to the Port of Oakland, the fatal accident occurred on Sept. 24 aboard the vessel the Stuttgart Express, operated by Hapag Lloyd, while members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were moving cargo on the ship. The victim, identified in news reports as Reginald Ross, 39, of San Francisco, was one of the ILWU workers helping move a 15-ton container to the top of another container on the ship when the container slipped and crushed him. Omar Benjamin, executive director of the Port of Oakland, said the members of the ILWU Longshore Local 10 called off work on Sept. 26. Benjamin called ILWU President Tommy Clark to offer his condolences. “We are saddened by the loss of one of our Port of Oakland team members and express our condolences to the longshoreman’s family and to the larger ILWU family,” Benjamin said. “The Port of Oakland is also looking into the incident and together with our safety partners will determine what steps will be taken to ensure an incident like this never happens again.

Power Pole Falls On Worker, Killing Him

MN - A utility worker was crushed to death after a pole fell on him in Sherburne County Tuesday. Russell Harrod, 44, of St. Augusta, Minn., was working at a substation between Big Lake and Becker just after noon Tuesday when the pole fell, crushing him. Co-workers administered first aid, but Harrod died at the scene, the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office said. The accident happened at a small electrical substation, known as the Thompson Lake Substation, off County Road 11. Harrod was part of a crew that was replacing old power poles. Harrod was employed by Okay Construction, which is based in Princeton, Minn. Okay Construction is a contractor on the project. The substation is owned by Connexus Energy.

Bar employee fatally shot in apparent afternoon robbery

TX - Three masked men armed with a shotgun and an assault rifle fired multiple times inside a near-East Side bar, killing an employee this afternoon, a police spokesman said. The men entered the East Yard Club in the 1200 block of Duval Street about 2:30 p.m., spokesman Joe Rios said, fired several shots and fled. Police were unsure whether the men left on foot or in a brown vehicle. "It appears robbery was the motive," Rios said. "The location was known to cash checks on Fridays." Officials did not release the victim's identity at the scene but said he was an employee of the bar. Officers took several witnesses to the police station about 3 p.m. to collect statements. With a rusted metal roof, the club overlooks a train yard just south of Interstate 35 and west of North New Braunfels. A rusty old Coca Cola sign with faded lettering identifies the slanted structure. Area residents say the East Yard Club is a neighborhood bar where regulars often sip beers and chat. A mechanic, who works nearby and asked not to be identified, said that on Thursdays and Fridays construction workers would "come in, have a few beers and cash their checks."

State probing death of construction worker in Oxnard

CA - State officials are investigating the death of a construction worker after an accident this week at Oxnard's sewage plant. Nabor Preciado, 46, of Oxnard was repairing a piece of fiberglass flooring on top of a channel in a new section of the sewage plant when the flooring broke, said Darryl Oscars, corporate safety officer for ARB Inc., the general contractor that employed Preciado. When the flooring failed about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Preciado fell about 10 feet onto concrete and hit his head, said Battalion Chief Gary Sugich of the Oxnard Fire Department. It took Oxnard firefighters about 30 minutes to hoist the ironworker out of the channel. He suffered head trauma and was pronounced brain dead about 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard.

Contractor Electrocuted In Accident At Honda Plant

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio -- A contractor was electrocuted Friday while installing crash barricades at a test track under construction at Honda Transmission Manufacturing Company in Russells Point. Wayne Shamp, 43, of Reedsville was pronounced dead at Mary Rutan Hospital. The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. when the boom of a crane touched overhead electrical wires. Shamp, an employee of the Paul Peterson Company in Columbus, was on the ground guiding large sandbags into yellow barrel barricades under the wires when the boom touched the power lines. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

S. Knoxville man killed in cement plant accident

TN - Authorities have identified a man who died in an industrial accident this afternoon at a West Knox County cement plant. Edward Myers, age unavailable, of South Knoxville, was killed when a bucket on a front end loader at the Ready Mix Cement Co. plant on Lovell Road apparently malfunctioned and fell on him, said Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley. The 4,000-pound cement bucket trapped the man under it, authorities said. Dooley said Myers’ death appeared to be an accident but detective were still investigating. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also looking into the incident, she said.

DeFede: Community Mourns Tomato Picker's Death

MIAMI, FL - After fighting for months to secure health insurance for others at Nova Southeastern University, Elirose Pierre-Louis, died last week from a heart attack while picking tomatoes in Virginia. It was the only job she could find after she, and more than 100 other union activists, were summarily fired last year by Nova's president Ray Ferraro. "She was very courageous, dynamic, very funny, very outspoken," said Marleine Bastien, with FANM. "She really believed in justice not just for herself but for all peoples," said Margarete Narette from the Service Employees Int'l Union." Bastien, the executive director of the Haitian woman's rights group FANM, noted Elirose came to this country from Haiti more than 20 years ago. "All she asked for is that if she worked 12 or 16 hours a day to be paid decently so that she could make a living wage, said Narette." "She wanted to live free. Free of fear, in respect and dignity like everyone else and because of that she died."

Truck driver killed when hit by train

PLAQUEMINE, LA - A sugarcane truck driver was killed south of Plaquemine about 8 a.m. today when her truck was hit by a train. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s office identified the driver as Shannon D. Evans, 29, of Baton Rouge. Chief Deputy Stephen Engolio said Evans was attempting to drive across the railroad tracks on a small cane field road just off La. 1, and could not clear the tracks in time. The train struck the cab of the truck, which was not loaded at the time.

Tower Worker Killed in Fall

VA - Daniel Plants of Triadelphia, W.Va., fell to his death on Sept. 24 while working to dismantle a storm-damaged tower in East Deer Township, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. According to press reports, Plants was an experienced tower climber who worked regularly on tower sites in the Pittsburgh area over the past 30 years. He was about half-way up the 200-foot tower when he fell and he was working alone. Although he was wearing a safety harness and other rigging gear, it was unclear if it was attached at the time of the fall. OSHA is investigating the accident.

Truck driver killed when pinned between cab and tomato trailer

CA - A man died Thursday morning when he became pinned between his truck and tomato trailer at Antonini Enterprises truck yard on 10th Street in Modesto, authorities said. Eusebio Denis-Mejia, 51, of Ceres was an in- dependent contractor who hauled tomatoes for Antonini for at least two seasons, said Antonini co-owner Karen Wuellner. The company hires a number of contract drivers, she said. "It is a terrible loss," Wuellner said. Modesto Fire Battalion Chief Hugo Patino said firefighters responded to a medical aid call at 7:35 a.m. and found Denis-Mejia wedged between the cab of the tractor and the frame of the trailer. He was likely trapped for about a half-hour before someone noticed and called for help, Patino said. Denis-Mejia owned the truck that pinned him and was either picking up or drop- ping off trailers in the yard when the accident occurred, Patino said.

Employee killed at Shop and Save

TN - An employee at the Shop and Save store at 1497 County Hospital Road was shot and killed Thursday night. “We do not know the motive,” Metro Police Captain Michael Alexander said. “There was another employee in the back who came out when they heard the gunshots.” Alexander didn’t have any more information on the suspect or the victim.

Man killed after getting pinned by milk cartons at Hartsdale grocery

HARTSDALE, NY - Police are investigating a fatal accident that killed a 51-year-old man unloading milk at Pathmark today. Greenburgh police said the man, John Rocco of Seaside Park, N.J., died after several heavy milk crates moved inside of a delivery truck and pinned him against other crates at 11:45 a.m. Employees at Pathmark took Rocco out of the truck and found that he had suffered serious chest trauma, police said. When officers arrived, Rocco was unconscious. Greenburgh police paramedics took Rocco to Westchester Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Capt. Joseph DeCarlo said detectives suspect no foul play but are investigating what caused the cartons to shift inside the truck. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the accident.

Trailer Mishap Kills Worker, 39

FL - A 39-year-old construction worker was killed Thursday when he was crushed by a trailer, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Charles Vanduyn was working for L-J Construction Company at 15720 N. Commonwealth Ave. in Polk City when the trailer he was working with became detached and crushed him shortly before noon, sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Wood said. Vanduyn's death has been ruled an accident, Wood said. She said Vanduyn was a relative who worked for the family business. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified, but it was not known whether the agency will investigate the accident, Wood said. OSHA could not be reached Thursday.

Construction worker in Hebron electrocuted

HEBRON, Ohio — A construction worker died this afternoon when he lost control of a metal bar for reinforcing concrete and it touched an overhead power line. The man was working at an unfinished automobile repair shop at 110 Burch St. just off Rt. 40 in Hebron's east side, when he died at about 3 p.m. today. The man's name is not being released pending notification of his family. The man was using the bars to reinforce the concrete walls of the building when he apparently lost control and it touched the 19,000 volt high-tension line above the building, which does not yet have a roof. Hebron firefighter Ron Jones said the man was pronounced dead on the scene when paramedics arrived.

Woman found dead at motel

NM - A female motel worker was found dead this morning at a Tucumcari motel on First Street, New Mexico State Police said. "We are investigating a homicide," said Lt. Cleo Baker. The woman was an employee of the Microtel Inn on First Street, he said. Officers were stationed around the motel late this morning. "We're waiting for the Crime Scene Unit to get here," Baker said. It is believed the homicide occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, Baker said. Another motel worker and Tucumcari Police Lt. Patti Lopez found the victim, Baker said. Police would not release the victim's name or any other details about the homicide.

Suspect Arrested in Brownsville Murder, Officers still looking another man seen with suspect

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Police arrested a suspect in connection with a man found dead at a paint and body shop. Investigators say Oscar Martinez will be charged with murder. He was one of two men spotted buying beer not far from the murder scene. The victim still hasn't been identified. Authorities tell us the victim is from Chiapas, Mexico. They believe he went by the name "Mario." Coworkers found him hanging in the shop when they arrived at work Tuesday morning. Police are still looking for another man. Martinez and a man in a cowboy hat were caught on surveillance video at Gordon's Fish and Tackle. Witnesses told investigators the two men had been seen with the murder victim.

Construction worker killed

OK - A construction worker was killed Tuesday when he was pinned between a dumptruck and a backhoe. The accident happened about noon in the 6200 block of South Jamestown Avenue, Officer Jason Willingham said. The name of the dumptruck driver who was killed was not released because police were trying to find his family to notify them of his death. The victim, who is from Tulsa, is a sub-contractor of a company that is working for the city to excavate the road in that area, Willingham said. The driver had gotten out of the truck to pull a tarp over the bed of the truck, Willingham said. At the same time the driver of the backhoe was backing up and did not realize that the dumptruck driver was outside of this truck. The man was pinned between the dumptruck and the backhoe, Willingham said.

Officials probe Harriman pipeline death

Harriman State Park, NY — Work on the Millenium Pipeline in Harriman State Park was still suspended yesterday as New York State Park Police and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration searched for the cause of an accident that killed a pipeline worker Saturday morning. Pat McCaffrey, 67, of Lebanon, N.J., was in the enclosed cab of a sideboom, putting segments of the new pipeline in place when the sideboom tumbled backward down a hill and threw McCaffrey, according to Detective Sgt. Steven Huff of the park police.

Texas officer dies in wreck during funeral procession

TEMPLE, Texas - A Temple police officer was killed Friday when his escort motorcycle was hit during a funeral procession. Officer David Camden, 39, was escorting the procession through Temple about 12:20 p.m. when a vehicle in the procession started turning left in the 700 block of North Eighth Street, Temple police spokesman Edward Best said. The vehicle pulled in front of Camden, who was approaching on his motorcycle. Camden hit the vehicle on the driver's side. The crash's impact threw him from the motorcycle, Best said. Camden was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where he was declared dead soon afterward, Best said.

Farmer Killed In Hartford

HARTFORD, Maine - A farmer from Turner was killed Monday evening when his tractor rolled over on him, pinning him underneath. Maine State Police said Robert Leavitt, 51, was tending a field just over the Hartford-Turner line off Route 219. The field is not visible from the road. When Leavitt did not return home, his family went looking for him, and a family member found him and called rescue crews. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hillsboro man crushed against wall in industrial accident

MAUSTON, Wis. — A 30-year-old Hillsboro man was crushed against a wall and killed in an industrial accident in Mauston. Kenneth Bass died when a support gave way while he was helping move a heavy piece of equipment at Brunner Manufacturing on Friday, Juneau County Coroner Howard Fischer said.Authorities responded around 1:20 p.m. and found Bass’ co-workers performing CPR, but the efforts were unsuccessful. Bass died of head and chest trauma, Fischer said.

Name Released in Fatal Power Plant Accident

BELMONT, W.Va. - Officials have identified the Marietta, Ohio, man killed in a construction accident in Pleasants County over the weekend. The Pleasants County Sheriff's Department says 37-year-old Kinsey K. Culp fell 200 feet Saturday while working at the Pleasants Power Station in Belmont. A spokesman for Allegheny Energy said the man was an employee of Pullman Power, which had been working to install a new 600-foot-high chimney at the power station. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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