Saturday, February 27, 2016

This is February's Toll on the families and the workforce our thoughts and prayer are with them all. 

We will no longer be updating this blog but you will be able to find the same information on our USMWF Facebook Page and soon your open data base that will provide all the data we have on a lost love.  I will post the link to the data soon so check back.

Maintenance worker dies when elevator cab crushes him at UAMS 

2/24/2016 - Little Rock, AR - A man died Wednesday after an elevator cab crushed him at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn said Brent Hutchins, 32, was performing routine maintenance on an elevator in the hospital's Central Building when the cab came down and struck him. The accident is being investigated by his employer, Shindler Elevators & Escalators, as well as the Department of Labor. Rahn notes that all elevators at UAMS are "safe, licensed, and routinely inspected." He said, "This is a tragedy and I ask that you please keep Brent’s family and his co-workers in your thoughts and prayers."

Kansas shooting: Gunman kills 3, wounds 14 at lawn care company 

2/26/2016 - Hesston, KS - A gunman killed three people in shootings that ended at a lawn care company in Kansas on Thursday, authorities said. An additional 14 people were injured -- 10 of whom are in critical condition at local hospitals. The shooter was also killed by police, bringing the total number of fatalities to four. Authorities first got calls about a man shooting from a vehicle in Newton about 5 p.m., the Harvey County Sheriff's Office said. Minutes later, there were reports of a shooting at Excel Industries, which makes lawn care equipment in Hesston, Kansas.

 Fargo Police Officer Killed on Duty Remembered as Quiet Hero

2/10/2016 - Fargo, ND - The first Fargo police officer killed in the line of duty in 130 years was remembered Monday as a life saver who was a quiet hero and a mentor to others in law enforcement. Hundreds of officers from several states and Canada formed caravans into the city in the morning and then led a 21-mile procession after the funeral for Jason Moszer, 33, who was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance on Feb. 10. Moszer leaves behind a wife and three children. Fargo Police Chief David Todd told thousands of mourners during the service at Scheels Arena that Moszer was a "cop's cop" who was committed to helping others. "The night Jason was mortally wounded was another example of his bravery and service to our community," Todd said. "He was responding to help victims of domestic violence and protecting area residents from a dangerous person set on harming others. Jason gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life in that mission of helping others and protecting the community that he has sworn to protect."

FHP: Construction worker killed by dump truck on I-4 

2/24/2016 - Maitland, FL - A 34-year-old construction worker on Interstate 4 was fatally run over by a dump truck filled with dirt on Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The male victim, who has been identified as Marvin Franklin, was killed about 11:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of I-4 between Lee Road and Maitland Boulevard, said Sgt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for FHP. Franklin worked for SGL Constructors in Maitland, the lead contractor in the highway's multibillion-dollar makeover. He died in a work area after the dump truck, which was making a delivery, backed up and ran him over, Montes said. Franklin was standing behind the truck when it had previously been stopped. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of a SGL Constructors employee," a spokesman for the company said in a statement. "Our focus now is to ensure we support individuals and families as they deal with this tragic event." FHP identified the dump truck driver as 49-year-old Riomar Morales of Orlando.

Dairy worker killed in industrial accident, police say 

2/23/2016 -  Hyrum, UT - A dairy worker died Tuesday evening in an industrial accident, police said. A 30-year-old man at Rosehill Dairy was operating a tractor when he got caught in the vehicle's equipment while dismounting, Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said. The man suffered traumatic injuries to his torso and legs, and died at the scene. He was an employee of Rosehill Dairy, 315 E. 6600 South. The incident occurred around 5:40 p.m., according to Jensen. He said the tractor was pulling another piece of farming equipment at the time. The man's name wasn't released Tuesday night, pending notification of family members. He was a resident of Cache County, Jensen said. The state medical examiner was called to investigate the death. "This appears to be a tragic, tragic accident," Jensen said. "Probably the hardest part of the job is (giving) a notification to a family member that they've lost a loved one in such a tragic way. … This is just devastating for any family member that has to go through something like this. We feel for the family and wish them the best."

Construction worker crushed to death by own van in Central Park 

2/22/2016 - Union, NJ - A construction worker was killed in Central Park on Monday when he was crushed by his own van, officials said. Manuel Sobral, 56, of Union, NJ, was working near the park’s Loeb Boathouse when a metal fence got stuck under his white Ford van at about 6:30 a.m. as he drove down a narrow path, sources said.Sobral opened his door and attempted to step on the fence with one foot while applying pressure to the gas with the van in reverse, hoping to free the fence and keep moving, sources said. But he fell under the vehicle, where he was crushed by one of its front tires, police sources said. The van was eventually stopped by a rock, but Sobral was left pinned underneath, sources said. He was eventually discovered by his boss, who immediately called 911.

Montague man ID'd in fatal construction accident in Hanover

2/21/2016 - Montague, NJ - Joseph P. Donahue Jr. has been identified as one of the two men killed in a construction accident in Hanover on Thursday.Donahue, 25, and another man -- who is also believed to be a resident of Sussex County -- died when a 10,000-pound generator fell. The two men were working on a construction site for a new Whippany fire station. A crane was moving the massive generator when a strap broke and the heavy equipment fell several feet. Donahue was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man was taken to Morristown Medical Center, where he died later that evening. A 2009 graduate of High Point Regional High School, Donahue both wrestled and played football. He married his high school sweetheart, Nicole, in 2014. Donahue was also an avid outdoorsman; he belonged to the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Appalachian Bowman. Donahue had been an arborist in the family business, McCullough Tree Experts. It is unknown who Donahue was employed by or what his role was at the construction site.

Man Crushed to Death by Steel Tube 

02/19/2016 - West Jordan, Utah - An employee at SME Steel Contractors was crushed to death by a steel tube after a work accident Friday morning. It happened just after 6:30 a.m. at 5801 W Wells Park Rd. (9500 South). Officer Scott List with West Jordan Police Department said the 37-year-old was cutting a steel tube in half when part of it fell off and crushed him. "The tube was about 30-40 ft wide and 10 ft long....thousands of pounds. Unfortunately he is deceased," Officer List said. He has since been identified as Alfonso David-Grajeda. It is unclear at this time what safety procedures were missed in this tragedy.

Two Workers Struck by Car, Driver and One Worker Killed Near Robbins

2/18/2016 - Robbins, NC - Two men died following an accident on Thursday morning after a car struck a wood chipper where two men were working, according to Robbins Police Chief Jeffery Sheffield. Tony Wood, 50, of Hamptonville, N.C., died at the scene on Plank Road just outside Robbins, Sheffield said. Another worker at the site, Ronnie James, of Advance, N.C., was not injured. The driver of the car, Larry Phillips, 75, of Robbins, was taken by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and died of his injuries early Friday morning. Sheffield said Wood and James were in the process of putting signs on Plank Road to designate it as a work zone when Phillips’ car struck the chipper. The two men were working for Vegetation Management Specialists Inc., a company hired by the N.C. Department of Transportation to cut down trees. Plank Road was closed for two and a half hours, according to Sheffield.

Cooking was 'passion' of pizzeria owner killed in storefront crash 

2/20/2016 - Chicago, IL - On any other Friday around noon, the activity at Acuna Pizza in Roselle would have centered on feeding lunch to hungry customers. But this week it was supplanted by the somber work of picking through the wrecked restaurant whose owner died of injuries suffered Wednesday when a van crashed into the storefront. Custodio "Gus" Acuna, 53, was inside his restaurant about 3 p.m. when the crash occurred, Roselle police said. A Ford Econoline ran off westbound Irving Park Road, hit a traffic light at the Lawrence Avenue intersection and went through a parking lot before plowing into the small restaurant, which is in a strip mall, police said. Acuna was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, where he later died of his injuries, police said. The van's driver may have suffered a medical emergency, said police, who are still investigating the crash.

Warehouse worker struck, killed by truck

2/17/2016 - Norton, MA - A man was killed in a pedestrian crash in Norton Wednesday, authorities said. Authorities confirmed that a delivery truck hit Michael Hassett, 63, in the rear parking lot of Bernie & Phyl's Furniture warehouse at 308 East Main Street. Authorities said the crash took place around 1 p.m. A press release noted that the truck was owned by Northeast Home Delivery Service, a subcontractor that delivers furniture for Bernie & Phyl's. Hassett, who hailed from Foxboro, was pronounced dead at the scene. NBC 10 News affiliate WHDH reported that Hassett was killed when he bent over to do something and then was apparently hit as he was crouching down.

 Warrensburg worker killed when struck by machine

2/16/2016 - Warrensburg, MO - A maintenance worker at Stahl Specialty Company in Warrensburg died Monday after an accident on the job, and now the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Kansas City Office is  investigating. Initial reports indicate the worker was troubleshooting a machine when it engaged and struck him causing fatal injuries. OSHA will investigate to determine if the machine was locked out to prevent operation at the time of the injury. “We offer our condolences to the family on this tragic, preventable death,” said Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s Area Director in Kansas City, in a news release. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured by machinery because safety procedures are not implemented.”

Construction worker falls more than 50 feet off building

2/12/2016 - Colony, TX - A construction worker working on an under-construction Hampton Inn was taken to the hospital by air ambulance Friday after he fell more than 50 feet off of the building. According to The Colony Fire Department, they were called to the 3600 block of Plano Parkway off of Highway 121 at 11:20 a.m. after the man fell 56 feet from the construction site at the Grandscape development. The injured worker was rushed to Medical Center of Plano by CareFlite air ambulance, which landed behind the nearby Nebraska Furniture Mart warehouse. The man's condition is unclear at this time. We'll have more on this story as it develops.

19-year-old killed after trench caves in on construction workers in Cypress 

2/13/2016 - Cypress, Texas - A 19-year-old man was killed Saturday after a trench collapsed on workers at a construction site, according to the Cy-Fair Fire Department. The incident happened at the corner of Mueschke road and Towering Cypress around 2 p.m. Officials said the crew was digging for a sewer system when the ground shifted and the trench caved in. The man's coworkers tried to save him but by the time firefighters arrived on the scene it was too late. The victim was apparently employed by a contractor called Principal Services Limited. The man's brother came to the scene and had to be detained briefly after he tried to rush into the trench. Investigators are working to determine what caused the accident.

 Michigan road worker killed after being struck by semi while placing signs 

A Michigan road worker was killed and another was injured this week after they were struck and killed by a semi-truck in Wexford County. WPBN/WGTU reported that Sean Jordan was outside of his parked utility truck finishing up installing a highway sign on U.S. Highway 131 with his coworker Daniel Moomwa at around 5 p.m. when the crash happened. A semi-truck was exiting the highway and crossed the white fog line into the work area and hit the utility truck and a large highway arrow trailer sign. Holly died at the scene of the crash and Moomwa was taken to a nearby hospital before being flown by air ambulance to another. According to MLive, the two men struck by the semi were contract workers placing signs along the side of U.S. 131. The driver of the semi, Scott McCant, was arrested by police and charged with reckless driving causing a death.

Coroner: Mechanic death in sand mixer at Quarryville foundry was accident 

2/12/2016 - Lancaster, PA - Fred Poston Jr. died from multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled accidental after an autopsy on Feb. 11, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Feb. 12.Authorities have identified the man who was working inside a molding machine at a Quarryville foundry Monday when it somehow turned on and fatally injured him. Fred Poston Jr., of Washington Boro, was doing maintenance work inside a sand mixer at the Buck Company at 897 Lancaster Pike in Providence Township at 1:21 p.m., according to county Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni. “It activated or turned on while he was within the mixer,” Diamantoni said. “We are still sorting out the specifics (of how it happened.) There is no indication of foul play. It appears by all accounts to be accidental.” Diamontoni described Poston as being in his “mid-50s.” Poston’s leg was caught inside a molding machine, Rawlinsville Fire Chief Carl Strickler Jr. said. A Lancaster EMS medic unit stationed at the foundry responded immediately and provided advanced life support care, Lancaster EMS’s Bob May said. State police assisted, but provided no details of the incident Tuesday. Firefighters freed Poston from the equipment at 1:34 p.m., Strickler said. May said Poston was transported to Lancaster General Hospital, but died. An autopsy initially set for Wednesday was rescheduled.

EMT technician killed, another injured after ambulance falls off hydraulic lift on west bank

Jefferson Parish, LA - An EMT technician died and one other technician was injured after an ambulance fell off of hydraulic automotive lift, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. The incident occurred Wednesday around 5:32 p.m. in the 1200 block of Avenue C near West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero. Police say that an EMT mechanic and two EMT technicians were performing work on the elevated ambulance when the equipment failed causing the rack and vehicle to fall onto the one of the two technicians, pinning him down. The unidentified 44-year-old technician was freed and rushed to West Jefferson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. "Well to be honest with you, there was a lot of emotion, as you can well imagine, with the number of EMT technicians that were present," said JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato. "Whether they were going to work, coming to work, once they received word that one of their coworkers was involved in this accident and needless to say was killed, they became very very emotional and very upset as you can imagine." The other technician, identified as a 37-year-old man, received minor injuries and was treated at West Jefferson Medical Center. The 34-year-old mechanic, was not hurt.

Worker Killed In Accident With Big Rig At Port Everglades

2/10/2016 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - An employee at one of Port Everglades terminals was killed Wednesday in an accident with a semi-trailer truck. “One of the employees, this afternoon, was leaving work as the tractor was coming into the yard – and he struck the pedestrian,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Keyla Concepcion. Chopper4 was over the scene just after the accident. The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. right near the facility’s guard shack. Fire fighters did their best, but the victim, a Sun Terminal employee, was pronounced dead on the scene.Sun Terminal is a shipping company located in the middle of the sprawling Port Everglades complex. The truck, police said, is owned by Martainer Inc. – a trucking company with five employees based in Miami. “Our T.H.I. (traffic homicide investigators) are here conducting an investigation. The medical examiner’s office is here,” said Concepcion. Authorities are not identifying of the victim until next of kin has been notified.

  Family Dollar Employee Killed In Shooting Identified 

2/10/2016 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Police have identified 40-year-old Gerald Westry as the victim in Tuesday night’s homicide at the Family Dollar on Springhill Avenue near Ann Street. Westry was working his managerial shift when he was shot and killed. Mobile Police Chief James Barber said they haven’t ruled out attempted robbery as a motive yet, but haven’t labeled it as one either. “We’re still trying to piece together what the motive was. He was an employee inside at work in the store when he was shot. But, there was no cash or register taken from the store,” Barber said. Employees who work at Greer’s Cash Saver next door recall the terrifying moments that happened just before 7 p.m. “I was standing in the office, and a guy comes running through the door that works for the Family Dollar and asks where our security guard was. He said it numerous times and then said ‘call the police! We’ve just been robbed,’ the employee, who didn’t want to be identified, recalled. “I was on the phone with the police department and a couple of customers who had been inside the Family Dollar were standing outside and said they heard gunshots, 4 or 5 gunshots. It’s tragic. We’re real shaken up,” he continued.

Construction worker struck by falling concrete in Midtown

2/7/2016 - Midtown, NY - A construction worker was severely injured in Midtown Saturday afternoon when a chunk of concrete fell on his head. The worker was on the 20th floor of 317 Madison Avenue near East 42nd Street, a building currently being demolished, when the heavy block struck him, according to a fire department spokesman. Firefighters lowered the worker to the ground, and EMS rushed him to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in critical condition with a severe head injury.

Feds Investigating Death at Union Plant

2/6/2016 - MO - A federal labor agency is investigating the death of a man that occurred while he was working at a Union industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is looking into the death of a 49-year-old maintenance worker at Gateway Extrusions Ltd., who died from injuries received when he fell about 15 feet onto a concrete floor. He fell Jan. 23 while installing a steel reinforcement sheet to the top of an oven at the company’s facility in Union.The man died Tuesday, Feb. 2. His name has not been released.The business is located at 704 W. Park Road.“Falls are easily preventable, and there is no reason anyone should lose their life in the performance of their duties,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “OSHA will continue its investigation into the working conditions at the site to ensure all proper safety protocols, such as the use of adequate fall protection, were in place at the time of the injury.”

Seneca Meadows Landfill employee killed in on-site accident

2/6/2016 - Seneca Falls, NY - Police in Seneca Falls are investigating a fatal industrial accident that happened at the Seneca Meadows Landfill Saturday morning. Police say they were sent to the Salcman Rd. landfill at 10:59 a.m., and when they arrived they found that an employee, 55-year-old James L. Corter, had been struck by a tractor trailer combination driven by 44-year-old Robert S. Juliano Jr., that was in the process of unloading.The tipper machine Juliano was driving is used to unload refuse that is loaded onto trailers that are brought into the Seneca Meadows Landfill. The machine is owned by Pocono Logistics, Inc.

1 person killed in plant explosion in Georgia

2/7/2016 - Rockmart, GA - A coroner says a man has died and six others were injured in an explosion at a plant in northwest Georgia. Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier says 25-year-old Justin Deems died in the explosion that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at JCG Farms, a feed mill related to chicken farming. The plant is about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta.Brazier says one of the victims was taken to a hospital and is in critical condition. The conditions of the others are unknown. Names of the victims have not been released. Rockmart City manager Jeff Ellis told local media that the cause of the explosion is now being investigated by authorities in Polk County and the City of Rockmart along with state fire marshals. The cause of the explosion is unclear.

Update: San Bernardino County man identified as construction worker killed in Irvine

2/3/2016 - Irvine, CA - A 60-year-old man who died in a construction-related incident was identified Wednesday as Paul Nagle of Earp, a border town near Arizona. Irvine police and Orange County Fire Authority officials responded Tuesday to a commercial construction site around 8:30 a.m. at 15100 Barranca Parkway. Firefighters found Nagle dead next to a crane, Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said. “It appears that he was killed in a construction incident. It appears to be related to a crane,” said Farrah Emami, an Irvine Police Department spokeswoman who declined to elaborate. Cal/OSHA investigators from the agency’s Santa Ana office went to the construction site Tuesday, said Julia Bernstein, ‎a California Department of Industrial Relations spokeswoman. “He was injured by a crane in some fashion and we’re investigating exactly what happened,” she said. Nagle was employed with Mr. Crane, a company based in Orange. No foul play was suspected by police investigators, Emami said.

Elevator Repair Worker Killed in Shaft at New Jersey High-Rise Building: Authorities

2/2/2016 - Guttenberg, NJ- An elevator repair worker was killed after he was dragged up inside an elevator shaft at a high-rise building in New Jersey, authorities said. The 44-year-old man from New Windsor was performing monthly maintenance in one of the elevators at the 52-story Galaxy Towers on Boulevard E in Guttenberg when he somehow got tangled between the elevator door and the top portion of the elevator car, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said. Slender Towers Rise to Dizzying Heights on NYC Skyline He was dragged upwards and killed, authorities said. The worker was found wedged between an elevator cab and the wall of the shaft, according to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 Construction worker struck by falling concrete in Midtown

2/7/2016 A construction worker was severely injured in Midtown Saturday afternoon when a chunk of concrete fell on his head. The worker was on the 20th floor of 317 Madison Avenue near East 42nd Street, a building currently being demolished, when the heavy block struck him, according to a fire department spokesman. Firefighters lowered the worker to the ground, and EMS rushed him to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in critical condition with a severe head injury.

Construction Worker, 62, Dies in Fall From East Harlem Building

2/4/2016 - Manhattan, NY - A construction worker was killed on Thursday after falling from a building undergoing repair work in Manhattan, the police said. The police were called just after noon to the brick apartment building at 124 East 107th Street in East Harlem, where they found the worker, a 62-year-old man, at the back of the building, the police said. The man, who was identified as Konstantinos Potamousis, was unconscious and unresponsive, and emergency workers pronounced him dead at the scene. Mr. Potamousis was replacing roof gutters on the six-story building when he fell, the police said. The authorities said the episode was under investigation. A stop-work order has been issued by the New York City Buildings Department, officials said. The building had active permits for renovations of several apartments, as well as public areas, like the hallway and stairs. But officials said it was unclear if the work being done on Thursday was covered by the permit. The man was working for Thiva Contracting Company, of Astoria, Queens. “It was an accident,” said a woman who answered Mr. Potamousis’ phone number and who declined to identify herself before hanging up. “We are mourning the loss of a very beloved family member.”

OSHA to Investigate After Man Fell 80 Feet From Tower

2/4/2016 - Abernathy, TX - Federal regulators on Thursday indicated an accident late Wednesday morning in Hale County would be investigated. The Texas Department Safety said they responded on the scene to find a man on the ground who had fallen. The Hale County Sheriff's Office said they were called to that scene at around noon, arriving to find the man north of Abernathy at County Road P and FM 54. HCSO said that man had fallen from a tower. DPS said he was seriously injured after he fell a distance of 80 feet. He was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock by Aerocare.HCSO identified the man as a 25-year-old from Gordon, Alabama by the name of Michael Deshawn Ray. As of Thursday evening, the Ray was listed in critical condition.The man’s employer, North Houston Power Line Company, issued a brief statement Thursday: “We did have an employee yesterday who was injured. He is recovering in the hospital and the accident is under investigation”

Goldsboro elementary school teacher hit, killed by bus in parking lot

2/9/2016 - Goldsboro, NC - Brandon Kincaid, 25, was hit in the school’s parking lot by a private bus driven by an employee of Small World Child Care Center just before 8:15 a.m. “This is just a huge loss for us and our condolences go out to his family,” said Mike Dunsmore, Wayne County Public Schools superintendent. Kincaid had just arrived to work and was using a wheelchair while heading to the door when he was hit. Kincaid was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. Throughout Tuesday, crisis teams were at the school to help students and staff with the incident. “There was a lot of people crying in my class and me and some of my other classmates went into the library to talk about it,” said student Samantha Cannon. Taniesha Thompson’s children has just exited the bus before the accident. “All she said is she saw him under the bus,” Thompson said.

Washita County grain elevator employee dies after workplace accident

2/9/2016 - Rocky, OK - An employee at a Washita County grain elevator is dead following a workplace accident. According to the Washita County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 emergency response crews were called to Rocky Farmer's COOP after an employee had slid into equipment in a grain elevator. As emergency crews made their way to the scene, they received a second call stating the trapped employee was believed to be dead. Crews then workers to free the trapped man but determined his injuries were too severe. At 5:20 p.m. the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office was notified of the man's death. Investigators are attempting to determine what caused the man to become trapped in the elevator machinery. The man's identity is being held pending family notification.

Update: San Bernardino County man identified as construction worker killed in Irvine

2/2/2016 - Earp, CA - A 60-year-old man who died in a construction-related incident was identified Wednesday as Paul Nagle of Earp, a border town near Arizona. Irvine police and Orange County Fire Authority officials responded Tuesday to a commercial construction site around 8:30 a.m. at 15100 Barranca Parkway. Firefighters found Nagle dead next to a crane, Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said. “It appears that he was killed in a construction incident. It appears to be related to a crane,” said Farrah Emami, an Irvine Police Department spokeswoman who declined to elaborate. Cal/OSHA investigators from the agency’s Santa Ana office went to the construction site Tuesday, said Julia Bernstein, ‎a California Department of Industrial Relations spokeswoman.

Worker who died in accident at Defiance GM Plant identified

2/2/2016 - Defiance, OH  -The Defiance County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who died in an accident at the GM Plant in Defiance. The sheriff's office says Terry Bodenbender, 50, was fatally injured in a fall around 1 p.m. Bodenbender worked as an electrician at the plant. GM released the following statement: "We are deeply saddened to confirm an employee death occurred at GM’s Defiance Casting Operations the afternoon of February 2nd. General Motors is committed to employee safety and plant leadership is working closely with authorities to investigate what happened. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all who are impacted by this tragedy. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Toledo office is investigating the death. The agency says the worker was performing maintenance and troubleshooting on an overhead crane when he fell.

Police ID Linden worker killed after getting caught in machine

1/29/2016- Newark, NJ - Police have released the name of a 57-year-old industrial worker killed Friday when his clothes became caught in a piece of industrial machineryAntonio Noble, of Newark, was killed at Advance Machine Inc. on Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. James Sarnicki said. Leni Fortson, a spokeswoman for the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), previously said Noble was working on a lathe — a machine that rotates an item on its axis — when he was dragged into the machinery. OSHA is investigating the incident.

Snow-clearing Bloomington city worker struck by car dies

2/1/2016 - Bloomington, MN - A Bloomington, Minn. city worker who was struck by a car last week while clearing snow from the road was taken off life support on Saturday and passed away, the city confirmed Monday afternoon. At about 10 a.m. on Thursday, an SUV came barreling toward a Bloomington Public Works vehicle near American Boulevard and Portland Avenue South. Witnesses say the 24-year-old driver was traveling very fast and didn't appear to notice the city truck until the last second.According to someone who only wanted to be identified as a person close to a victim, the workers were parked with their hazard lights on and starting to get back in the car. The driver had just buckled his seatbelt while the passenger was still climbing in when there was deadly impact.

Man dies in workplace accident at Johnson Controls

2/01/2016 - Northwood, OH - A man died in a workplace accident at Johnson Controls in Northwood Monday morning. Police on scene say Larry Johnson, 64, was a contract driver from a trucking company. He arrived at the Northwood plant around 4:30 a.m., and was pinned between two trucks in the loading area shortly after. Officials say there were no witnesses to the incident, but it appears that the semi somehow slipped out of gear and moved on its own while the man was standing in front of it. It's unknown how long he was pinned before someone found him and called 911. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating what happened. According to its website, Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries:

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