Monday, February 01, 2016

Death in the American Workplace January 2016

Man killed after concrete slab falls on him at American Fork construction site

1/26/2016 - American Fork, UT - State safety investigators are trying to figure out who or what is responsible for a construction site accident that killed a man Tuesday morning on Auto Mall Drive in American Fork. "All of a sudden, we heard this big crash and the whole building started to shake," said Michael Nappi, who works across the street from the construction site. Nappi said he and other co-workers ended up heading outside to see what happened. A tall crane had tipped over, and two gigantic cement wall slabs came crashing down to the ground. "Everyone running around and screaming and yelling, calling 911," he said. Richie Stevens, Nappi's co-worker who also went outside said two workers, "ran towards the street and looked very distressed. Looked like they were dry heaving, about to vomit." That's when they learned a man was pinned underneath one of the wall slabs.

Man dies after trench collapses in West Seattle

1/26/2016 - Seattle, WA - A construction worker was killed Tuesday after a trench collapsed on him in West Seattle, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The man was completely buried in dirt at a construction site outside a home at 36th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Hanford Street around 10:45 a.m. When firefighters arrived, there were indications the man was still alive, but he died before he could be freed, according to a Fire Department spokeswoman. “When firefighters arrived they were going to rescue him, but after 20 minutes from the last sign of life it became a recovery operation,” said Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold. Orvold said the man was buried in at least 6 feet of dirt. It took crews several hours to recover his body from the site. Orvold said the accident happened during a sewer-repair project.

Construction worker hit by dump truck, killed in work zone 

1/26/2016 - Houston, TX  - A worker died after being hit by a dump truck Tuesday, police said. It happened at a construction zone in the 12500 block of Highway 290 and Bingle Road in northwest Houston. The 26-year-old man was one of four engineers walking along a wall of a section of the highway under construction, when he reportedly stopped in the driveway, possibly to write some notes. The man was hit by a dump truck that was backing up. The driver did not show signs of impairment, police said. No charges are being filed.

22-year-old killed on the job in Johnston

1/26/2016 - Johnston, RI - An investigation is underway following an industrial accident at a business in Johnston Monday that claimed the life of a 22-year-old worker. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Darwin Perez, a 2-year employee of JR Vinagro, located at 2208 Plainfield Pike. Police say Perez was working with a belt-driven material sorting and crushing machine when an accident occurred. He was declared deceased on scene. A spokesperson for the business sent a statement, reading: "Our entire company is devastated by today's event. During this time of great loss, our deepest condolences are with our team member, his family and friends. The safety of our team members is always our number one priority, and we are cooperating fully with local and federal agencies with the investigation of this tragedy." This isn't the company's first workplace accident. OSHA has an open case from November where an employee suffered an injury and partial amputation on a different piece of machinery. There is also two closed cases--one from February 2015 and one from 2014 in which JR Vinagro was fined $3,500 for an unspecified personal protective equipment issue.

Man dies on the job in Eugene; second workplace death in one week  

1/27/2016 - Eugene, OR - An employee was killed Monday while on the job at Western Panel Manufacturing Inc., an architectural paneling and furniture plywood business on Cross Street, west of Highway 99 and south of Roosevelt Boulevard. According to the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration website, the employee was crushed to death. The machinery or other equipment involved in the employee’s death was not identified. The victim’s name has not been released. When reached by phone Tuesday, a Western Panel employee who declined to give his name said the company has no immediate comment. According to Eugene-Springfield fire dispatch logs, medics and a fire engine were sent to the business at 10:29 a.m. Monday and transported at least one patient to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. This is the second on-the-job death reported in Eugene in one week. Donovan Frederick Farrald, 37, of Springfield, a truck driver, died Jan. 20 while trying to put a skid-steer loader onto a flatbed trailer outside the Walmart store on West 11th Avenue. Initially, at least one witness reported to 911 that Farrald had been crushed by the forklift, which could be seen lying on its side near Farrald’s body. But police have since said Farrald did not die from injuries related to the heavy equipment.

Lebanon woman dies in industrial accident

1/23/2016 - Lebanon, TN - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce is investigating a fatal industrial accident that took place late last week at a Nashville glass plant, a spokeswoman for the state agency said Monday. Catherine L. White, 51, of Lebanon died in an industrial-related accident Friday afternoon after suffering a severe head injury at the Carlex Glass America plant at 72 Centennial Blvd., Metro police said. About 4:20 p.m. on Friday, officers were dispatched to the Nashville plant for a report of a person who had been injured on the job, Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said. A supervisor told responding officers that at 3:50 p.m. White reported that she was experiencing problems with a work station printer. "She apparently put her head inside the machine in an attempt to address the issue when the printer suddenly initiated its work cycle, most likely due to White inadvertently activating the machine’s sensors as if the next windshield had entered the machine," Mumford said. During the process, White suffered a severe head injury.

Worker struck and killed by a car in Fitzwilliam

1/22/2016 - Fitzwilliam, MA - A person has died after being hit by a motor vehicle on Route 12 near the Troy line this morning, according to police scanner reports. The crash took place in the construction zone where work is being done on high-tension power lines owned by Eversource, according to the reports. The identity, gender and age of the victim were unavailable as of press time. Route 12 was closed in the area following the crash. Fitzwilliam Fire and Ambulance responded to the crash just before 9 a.m. The Troy Fire Department responded to the Minute Mart in that town to set up a landing zone for a medical transport helicopter coming from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., according to the scanner reports. Around 9:30 a.m.,

KYTC worker found dead

1/23/2016 - Hopkinsville, KY - Christopher Adams, 44, was found dead inside his snow plow truck Saturday morning in Christian County. Adams was an employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for 16 years. Officials say around 5:50 a.m., Adams called a supervisor to say his snow plow had slid off into a ditch along KY 115. When his supervisor arrived, Adams was slumped over in his truck seat and unresponsive. An ambulance was called to the scene and the paramedics called in the coroner. The coroner says it appears Adams died of natural causes ; there were no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Louisville. Adams had been on the clock since around midnight. During an overnight break, coworkers said he interacted and appeared to be in good spirits.

GRDA Says Worker Apparently Fell To His Death At Power Plant

1/24/2016 7 - Salina, OK - The Grand River Dam Authority confirms a man apparently fell 30 feet to his death at a power plant on Sunday. The contract employee was working at the Grand River Energy Center when the accident took place, according to GRDA spokesperson Justin Alberty, The facility is on U.S. Highway 412 east of Chouteau. Late Sunday, GRDA still was trying to piece together what happened, Alberty said. The investigation is continuing Monday, and GRDA is expected to release additional information.

Family of mailman killed in accident: ‘It really threw us for a loop’ 

1/24/2016 - Lithonia, GA - DeKalb County authorities are investigating the possible storm-related death of a postal worker on Saturday. DeCarlo Allen, 36, was killed when part of a dead tree fell on his mail truck as he was delivering mail in the 6000 block of Shadow Rock Drive at the Mystery Valley Golf Club in Lithonia around 12:30 p.m. The tree crushed the roof of the truck right above where Allen was sitting. DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson said Allen’s vehicle careened off the road, down a short hillside and into another tree. The impact from the falling tree likely caused the postal worker’s death, Jackson said. Wind likely contributed to knocking the tree down, Jackson said, but the snow and ice that blanketed metro Atlanta earlier in the day were not immediately believed to be factors. Family of mailman killed in accident: ‘It really threw us for a loop’ photo DeCarlo Allen, 36, was killed Saturday when a falling tree hit his mail truck at the Mystery Valley Golf Club. (Credit: DeKalb County Fire and Rescue) “It was really a freak accident,” Jackson said.

Illinois man was shot and killed Wednesday during an early morning robbery in Hammond.

1/20/2016 - Hammond, IN - Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda said police received a call about 4:39 a.m. of a robbery at the 7-Eleven convenience store, 6031 Hohman Ave. A man walked into the store and proceeded to rob it, he said. During the robbery, the suspect shot store clerk Roger Unton, 60, of the 1700 block of Broadway, Blue Island, Ill. The suspect then left the store on foot and is still at large, Hoyda said. Unton liked the midnight shift at the 7-Eleven in Hammond the past four years, recalls Patti Woodworth-Unton. "He enjoyed working by himself," but also considered the Hohman Avenue store regulars more like friends, said Woodworth-Unton, his wife of 22 years.

Lakeville fire under investigation after construction worker's death

1/21/2016 - Lakeville, MN - State officials are investigating a fire and possible explosion at a housing development in Lakeville after a worker burned in the fire died as a result of his injuries. Chris Cahoon, 35, was injured Thursday morning when a fire started in the basement of a house where he was doing construction work. Cahoon, who was a construction manager, according to his Facebook page, had been checking heaters in the basement.The Lakeville police and fire departments responded to a 9:30 a.m. 911 call and found Cahoon. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, and he died late Thursday afternoon, according to his uncle, Steve Manhart. The state fire marshal and Lakeville Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire. The state Occupational Safety and Health Division, often called Minnesota OSHA, started its investigation Friday. Construction has been halted at the site during the investigations, Lakeville Fire Chief Mike Meyer said.Cahoon’s is Lakeville’s third workplace death in less than a year. In June, a 51-year-old man was killed in a trench collapse at a construction site, and in November, a 28-year-old man died in an industrial roller accident at a factory. OSHA investigations into both incidents are still open.

Worker struck and killed by a car in Fitzwilliam 

1/22/2016 - Fitzwilliam , NH - A person has died after being hit by a motor vehicle on Route 12 near the Troy line this morning, according to police scanner reports.The crash took place in the construction zone where work is being done on high-tension power lines owned by Eversource, according to the reports. The identity, gender and age of the victim were unavailable as of press time. Route 12 was closed in the area following the crash. Fitzwilliam Fire and Ambulance responded to the crash just before 9 a.m.The Troy Fire Department responded to the Minute Mart in that town to set up a landing zone for a medical transport helicopter coming from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., according to the scanner reports.

Coal miner killed was crushed by boulder

1/21/2016 - Mount Morris, PA - State authorities say a coal miner who was killed at work over the weekend died after he was crushed by a boulder. According to Brian Osborn, vice president of operations of MEPCO, the accident occurred at 6 p.m. Saturday at a mine near Mount Morris.Osborn said Jeremy Neice, 31, of Danville, West Virginia, was fatally injured in the accident. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says it is working with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to investigate, and operations at the mine have been shut down. It's the second death in about six months at the mine operated by Dana Mining Co. The company was cited in the earlier death. Department spokesman John Poister says the two deaths in that time period represent a "serious situation."

Eufaula bank president shot dead in robbery; FBI identifies robber who was also shot to death

1/21/2016 - Eufaula, OK - A robber disguised as a woman walked into the Bank of Eufaula on Thursday and shot to death President and Chief Executive Randy Peterson, 64, officials and eyewitnesses said. “I've seen people die, but I've never seen a more horrific way to die than what I saw today,” said Robert Simpson, the bank's owner. The robber was later shot to death by law enforcement officers. FBI Special Agent Terry Weber identified the robber late Thursday as Cedric Lamont Norris, 39. The robber also shot and wounded a bank employee, and a hostage was wounded in the shoot-out with officers, authorities said. Simpson, noticeably shaken, described the robbery as unconventional. He said that about 9:30 a.m., a man wearing a woman's hat and speaking in a woman's voice walked into the bank, pulled out a gun, went into Peterson's office and shot him. The robber shot Peterson, 64, in the stomach, then headed to the bank's tellers. Simpson said he and another employee ran into Peterson's office and found him slumped over, blood gushing from his mouth. He said they attempted to stop the bleeding, but there was little they could do.

11-year-old crushed to death by falling hay bale in Pennsylvania

1/21/2016 - Lancaster, PA - Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was killed after being crushed by a hay bale in Pennsylvania, a day after an 8-year-old in the area was seriously hurt in a farm equipment accident. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni tell Lancaster Online the child was in a barn loosening hay to feed animals Tuesday. That's when a 1,200-pound bale fell about five feet, striking and pinning him beneath. He says the child had been trapped for about 30 minutes before he was discovered. The boy was later identified as Amos B. King, 11. According to his obituary, he attended the Old Order Amish Church. Emergency personnel couldn't revive him. On Monday, an 8-year-old boy suffered what officials called "very serious" injuries when his leg became stuck in a piece of equipment at a farm near Bird-in-Hand. The boy was flown by to Hershey Medical Center. His condition wasn't available Thursday.

Woman identified in fatal industrial accident; OSHA issues statement 

1/20/2016 - Nampa, ID - The Canyon County Coroner has released the name of the woman who was killed in an industrial accident in Caldwell Wednesday afternoon. Canyon County Coroner Vicki Degeus-Morris says Francisca R. Gomez, 63, of Parma was killed when her hair became caught in a drive-line machine. The incident took place at the Crookham Company, a seed company near the intersection of Simplot and Cleveland Blvds. Gomez died at the scene about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Coroner said. An autopsy to hopefully determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Worker caught in conveyor belt, crushed to death

1/7/2016 - Oceanside, NY - A worker in his 40s was crushed to death in an industrial accident Thursday in Oceanside, Nassau County police said. Police received a call about a man stuck in the machinery at concrete recycler IROC Industries, 55 New St., about 11:25 a.m., Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said. At the scene, police found the man, who was pronounced dead at 11:37 a.m. “Preliminarily, it appears he did get caught in the conveyor belt of some type of machinery,” LeBrun said. Homicide squad detectives are continuing to investigate, he said. Police did not immediately release the man’s identity.


1/11/2016 - Frederick, MD - Montgomery County authorities are investigating the death of a Frederick man who was killed in an industrial accident on Monday morning. It happened at 24420 Frederick Road in Clarksburg. On his Twitter account, Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said the worker involved in the accident died from his injuries at the scene. Police have identified the deceased worker as 28-year-old Glenn Edward Baugher III. Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale said the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the cause of the fatal accident. Goodale said no foul play is suspected in this incident. No other information has been released to date.

Worker killed at East Texas construction site 

1/1/2016 - Hallsville TX - A construction worker was killed in East Texas Tuesday, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. It happened around 3:30 p.m. at a home construction site on Walker's Mill Rd. in Hallsville, Texas.According to police, workers called for an ambulance and assistance to free a worker who had been pulled into a concrete pumping machine.Witnesses at the scene reportedly told authorities that the victim had been operating the machine and it appeared that for unknown reasons, he reached into the machine.The machine's blades pulled the victim into the pumping machine, killing the man.The victim was removed from the machine and pronounced dead by Judge Nancy George.The name of the victim is not being released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

School employee killed after being struck by car 

1/14/2016 - Selma, AL - A R.B. Hudson Middle School employee died Thursday afternoon after being struck by a car outside the school. The Selma Police Department responded to the accident that occurred between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. just shortly before school adjourned for the day. Selma Police Chief John Brock said an elderly woman was driving toward the school’s back parking lot when she claimed her brakes failed and she lost control of the vehicle. The school employee was taking out trash when the woman hit him and a dumpster.The victim was taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center. He died before he could be transported by LifeFlight to a trauma center. The employee’s identify hasn’t been made public pending next of kin notification.

Venice worker who was crushed to death is identified 

1/14/2016 - Venice, NY - Authorities have released the name of the independent contractor employee who died at the City of Venice Eastside Water Reclamation Facility on Thursday. Dillon Cristopher Antaya, 35, of Sarasota, was crushed after a large concrete slab fell on top of him, the Venice Police Department reported. Officers responded to the call just before noon. According to Antaya’s Facebook page, he was a native of Michigan, engaged to be married and active in motorcross. A co-worker told police that he and Antaya, both employees of Graber Excavating and Demolition, were cutting a large piece of concrete together. Antaya was cutting the concrete with a saw from beneath when his co-worker heard a cracking noise and the slab fell. Other workers reported hearing a large crash, according to a Venice Police Department incident report.

Campaign Worker for Ben Carson Is Killed in Car Accident 

1/19/2016 - Atlantic, Iowa - A volunteer for Ben Carson’s campaign died in a car accident near Atlantic, Iowa, on Tuesday, leading Mr. Carson to suspend campaigning for the day. Two other volunteers and a campaign aide were also injured. The campaign on Tuesday night identified the volunteer who was killed as Braden Joplin, 25. Earlier in the day, the campaign released a statement on the crash. “A van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Carson campaign employee hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle.” Mr. Joplin was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where he died

Amarillo police say construction worker, 53, dies after being struck by forklift 

1/20/2016 - Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo police say a worker has died after being hit with a forklift at a construction site. Police say Martin Lowell Cline, 53 died Tuesday. Investigators say Cline was on the right side of a large forklift, just ahead of the rear tire. Police say another worker started the equipment and pulled forward, striking Cline. The victim died at an Amarillo hospital. Officials ordered an autopsy.

NYSP identify man who died in trench collapse

1/14/2016 - New Lebanon, NY - A 38-year-old New Lebanon man who died in a construction accident at a home at 2439 County Route 5 in New Lebanon Thursday has been identified as Jesse R. Finley, 38, said New York State Police. At approximately 3:15 p.m., state police from the New Lebanon barracks were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to assist Lebanon Valley Protective Association and the Chatham Rescue Squad with the accident that occurred at a private residence. Finley was assisting a family member install footing drainage around the home, said state police. He was inside an 8-foot deep ditch connecting a drain pipe when the sides of the trench collapsed, burying him. Despite rescue efforts attempted by his family and first responders, Finley was pronounced dead at the scene by Chatham Rescue.A Columbia-Greene Media reporter on scene reported the body being removed around 7 p.m. Colonie Fire Chief Brian Curran speculated that the man was crushed to death by the dirt filling in the trench, which moved at a speed of 45 miles per hour and weighed about 3,000 pounds, he said at the scene.

 Construction worker falls into river, dies in Philadelphia 

1/15/2016 - Philadelphia, PA - Police in Philadelphia say a construction worker has died after he fell into the Delaware River on the job. Chief Inspector Scott Small says officers were called to Pier 78 in south Philadelphia after 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The man had been working at the pier when he disappeared. His hard hat was seen floating in the water and his car was still parked nearby. A police marine unit found the man around 9:30 p.m. The man, whose age wasn't released, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

 Construction worker dies after tragic fall Friday in Wheeling 

1/15/2016 - WHEELING, WV -  A construction worker was killed Friday afternoon after a fall inside the Boury building in downtown Wheeling. The man fell down an elevator shaft and died from his injuries. Wheeling police say the construction worker, who was renovating the building, fell through an opening and struck the concrete below. As it was a workplace accident, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is handling the investigation.

Hillsborough industrial worker dies after pile of sulfur falls on him 

1/15/2016 - Tampa, FL - A pile of sulfur collapsed on an industrial worker and a front-end loader Friday, killing the worker, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. The accident happened at 10 a.m. at 5740 Pembroke Rd. at the Port of Tampa. Deputies say Joseph E. Lammlein, 45, of Palmetto, was using the front-end loader to move sulfur. While he was moving the sulfur, though, the 30-foot pile shifted and buried the front-loader. The sulfur filled the cabin of the front-loader. Employees and responding deputies tried to dig him out, but to no avail. Lammlein, who worked for Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment, died at the scene. Crews were finally able to recover Lammlein's body four hours later. The three deputies who tried to help dig Lammlein out were treated for exposure at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Ohio police officer killed. Are police shootings on the rise? 

1/18/2016 - Mount Vernon, Ohio - Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead early Monday. A suspect is in custody. Are police shootings on the rise?  A police officer has been found dead behind the municipal building in Danville, Ohio, and a suspect is in custody, authorities said Monday. Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer says in a statement early Monday that authorities received a call just before midnight from a woman saying that police officers in Danville were in danger, and that her ex-boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones, had weapons and was looking to kill an officer. Shaffer says dispatchers tried to make contact with the Danville officer, but were unsuccessful. The Knox County Sheriff's Office then searched the village.

Construction worker succumbs to injuries from Sutton fall 

1/14/2016 - Sutton, MA - A 22-year-old construction worker injured in a fall Jan. 14 has died, according to a spokesman at UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus in Worcester. Ricardo R. Oliveira fell from a height of at least 25 feet at a construction site at 449 Central Turnpike, and was taken by LifeFlight Helicopter to the Worcester hospital, where he had been listed in critical condition. Hospital spokesman Anthony Berry said on Sunday that Mr. Oliveira had passed away. No further details were given. Mr. Oliveira was believed to live with a brother in Woonsocket, R.I., according to Sutton Fire Chief Matthew R. Belsito.

Worker Crushed by Concrete Wall at Waste Water Facility

1/14/2016 - Venice, FL - Authorities say a worker at a southwest Florida waste water facility was killed when a concrete wall collapsed on top of him. Interim Venice Police Chief Thomas Mattmuller told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the 35-year-old man was involved in demolition work at the City of Venice Eastside Water Reclamation Facility on Thursday when the wall fell. The man's name wasn't immediately released, but officials say he was working for a contractor, Graber Excavating and Demolition. Assistant City Manager Len Bramble said parts of the facility are being torn down so it can be rebuilt with more capacity. Local officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

Texas road worker killed after being struck in hit and run 

1/12/2016 - Portland, TX - Texas Department of Transportation contract worker Justin Mazone was weed eating grass in the center median on Highway 181 in Corpus Christi when a Nissan Sentra drove into the median. The car struck and killed Mazone before hitting a concrete barrier and several guard posts. Roman Alexander, the 21-year-old driver, fled the scene along the access road, but was followed by a witness until police arrived where the car had broken down.

Worker dies after falling 50 feet at Henderson landfill

1/18/2016 - Henderson, CO - A worker at a Henderson landfill and recycling plant was killed when he fell more than 50 feet and landed on his head on Monday afternoon, said Sgt. Jim Morgen with the Adams County Sheriff's Office. A Flight for Life helicopter was called to the area but it was not needed since the worker was pronounced dead at t33he scene around 1 p.m., `id Morgen.

Utah flags fly half-staff to honor slain officer

1/17/2016 - Holladay,UT - Officer Doug Barney, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, was killed in the line of duty during a police chase and shooting in Holladay, Utah Sunday morning. A second officer, Jon Richey, was shot three times and taken to a Utah Hospital where he is recovering. It's been a deadly start to 2016, Officer Barney in Utah is one of two officers murdered. In Ohio, officer Thomas Cottrell died in an ambush attack. Cottrell and Barney are the first officers murdered in 2016, leading Fraternal Order of Police President Jason Pappas to say things are changing for police.

Two FPL power line workers killed in truck mishap 

1/19/2016 - SOUTH BAY, FL - Two power company workers were killed after a dirt road apparently gave way under their truck, which toppled into a Palm Beach County canal. The Florida Highway Patrol identified the two Florida Power & Light workers as 36-year-old Nicholas Pflaum and 45-year-old Christopher Garcia. They were on an assignment near South Bay early Saturday when the accident happened. FPL said in a statement the two were high voltage line specialists. Family members told the Sun-Sentinel they were also best friends. Pflaum's wife said her husband was working overtime to pay for an upcoming trip to Paris.

Construction worker struck, killed on I-59 near Attalla

1/7/2016 - Hanceville, AL - 44-year-old construction worker was struck and killed on Interstate 59 on Thursday night. Etowah County Coroner Michael Head said Joshua Goodwyn, 44 of Hanceville, was struck near mile marker 178, near Attalla. A car struck Goodwyn while he was removing barrels from the roadway. Another worker was also hit, and was airlifted to UAB Hospital, but Head said his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Alabama Highway Patrol troopers said the crash is under investigation.

Man working on elevator dies during repair job

1/5/2016 - Miami, Fl - Jose Danilo Perez Hernandez, 46 was "was found in an awkward position as if he was working on the elevator, so he was at the top of the elevator," said Natalie Buissereth, a spokesperson with the North Miami Police Department. "Once his employers could not get a hold of him, they decided to come and check on him. When they came, they found him. They contacted fire rescue, fire rescue responded and advised that he has passed away on the scene." According to officials, Hernandez was found on top of the elevator, inside the elevator shaft. Family members identified Hernandez as the co-owner of Advanced Elevator Company, a small, family-owned business. "I'm very sad about it because it's probably a very preventable accident," said one resident. "It's been having problems for about a year or so, but they do call the elevator service every so often." "This was a tragedy. It's sad. I don't know him personally, but I feel bad. I heard he was only 46," said Ron Brave, who also lives in the complex.

Worker killed in Paramount utility pole mishap identified

1/7/2016 - Los Angeles, CA. - Authorities Thursday released the identity of a 26-year-old Southern California Edison worker who died in a mishap while working on a utility pole in Paramount Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey Jacob Moon of Los Angeles died in the 5:22 p.m. incident, initially reported by fire officials as an electrocution, at California Avenue and Jefferson Street, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Witnesses reported Moon was working up on a telephone pole when he fell, Winter said. “The decedent lost his footing, slid down the pole an became entangled in the telecommunications lines below,” he said. Coworkers freed Moon from the wires and brought him to the ground, officials said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

UPS worker hit, killed by UPS big rig in West Sacramento

1/8/2016 - West Sacramento, CA - A UPS employee was hit and killed by a UPS big rig at the company's distribution hub in West Sacramento, police said Friday. The incident happened about 9 p.m. at the UPS parking lot off Harbor Boulevard and Del Monte Street. The employee, who had been with the company for 28 years, was hit by the vehicle and became stuck underneath the truck. He was pulled out from under the big rig and taken to UC Davis Medical Center with significant injuries, but later died at the hospital, West Sacramento police said.

Questions amid mourning in Tonawanda Coke death

1/6/2016 - Tonawanda, NY - A Tonawanda Coke employee went to work Wednesday but didn’t come home. Not much else is known about the unknown 60-year-old man, or how he died, a day after he was killed by industrial machinery in an elevator in the plant’s “coal-handling section.” “Right now, for us, for the union, it’s just a tragedy,” said James Briggs, an official with Cheektowaga-based District 4, United Steelworkers. “A guy got up to go to work and planned on going home at the end of the day, and his family planned on seeing him. That didn’t happen.”

 Contractor killed by forklift at Honda R&D center in Union County

1/4/2016 Raymond, OH - A Honda contractor died on Monday morning, after he was hit in the head by a forklift at Honda R&D Americas in Union County just five minutes into his shift. Ghouse Gulam, 61 died from a crushed skull about 7:35 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Marysville, said Union County Coroner David Applegate. Gulam was injured just after 6 a.m. at the Honda plant in Raymond. According to Honda and investigators, he had just clocked in and was walking outside in a causeway between two buildings when he was struck by a forklift driven by another contract worker. Unlike most of the indoor facilities at Honda, the causeway did not have surveillance cameras, said Jim Fish, a coroner’s investigator. Fish said the vehicle operator, who is not being named, was carrying a trash bucket on the forks that might have impeded his visibility.

Worker Dies After Being Struck By Log In Lockport

1/4/2016 - New Lenox, IL - A 38-year-old man died Monday afternoon after he was struck in the head by a log while working in southwest suburban Lockport. Police responded to Homer Tree Service in the 14000 block of Archer Avenue at 1:37 p.m. and found a man bleeding heavily from the head, Lockport Deputy Police Chief Ron Huff said. The worker was identified as Brad T. Harders, 38 of Genoa, according to the Will County coroner’s office. He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 p.m. Harders was working on a piece of equipment that cuts logs into boards when he was struck in the head by a log, Huff said, adding that it did not appear the machine malfunctioned. Harders was employed by Total Staffing and was working for J & M Wood Products, according to a statement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He was not an employee of Homer Tree Service.The victim was taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center. He died before he could be transported by LifeFlight to a trauma center. The employee’s identify hasn’t been made public pending next of kin notification.

OSHA investigating Holden worksite death

12/24/2015 - Worcester, MA -The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death a 30-year-old Worcester man who died on a worksite Christmas Eve in Holden. Edgard Nieves, 30, a machinist at Inner-Tite Corp. in Holden, was killed at work on Christmas Eve, said Mary Hoye, area director for the Springfield office of OSHA, which covers Central Massachusetts. Hoye could not offer further details about the accident, because an investigation is pending. OSHA investigations can take up to six months and normally take about two or three months in the case of a death, Hoye said. OSHA will aim to find out what happened during the accident and if any OSHA standards were violated.

McDonald's employee fatally stabbed by homeless man, police say

1/4/2016 - Bronx, NY - A McDonald's employee was stabbed to death early Monday morning in the Bronx after asking an apparent homeless man to leave the bathroom, reports CBS New York. Manager Adam Garcia, 28, got into a dispute with a man who had overstayed his welcome in the bathroom at the New York City restaurant, police said. Garcia escorted the man out of the restaurant and the two got into an argument in the parking lot, police said. The other man pulled out a knife and stabbed Garcia in the neck and chest, police said. CBS New York reports that Garcia then went back into the restaurant where he collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital but didn't survive, police said."Outgoing, chatty. He spoke about his kid a lot," employee Diomedes Marcelino told CBS New York.

1 worker dead, 1 injured in accident at Chicago’s Ford plant

1/2/2016 - Chicago, IL – One construction worker was killed and another was critically injured while working in the Ford assembly plant at 12600 S. Torrence Ave. after an eight-by-eight wall collapsed. The Chicago Fire Department says the accident happened just before 11 a.m. on Saturday in part of the plant under construction. A section of a concrete wall collapsed, killing a 45-year-old man. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man who died as John J. Jaloway, 45 of Carol Stream.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

As you will see the last few post are in the same formats or any real order.  Once we are caught up on It will get back to normal.  Bless the Families! 

10/3/2015 - Newark, NJ  - Vitaliy Popovych, 41 was from Clifton and was working at TNT International LTD  when something went wrong and he was fatally crushed by a forklift.

10/2/2015 - Webster, CA - Giuseppe Santuccio, 51 was killed after being hit by Jacqueline Torres, 26, of Woodland, while he was standing near his big rig parked at the side Interstate 80 just east of Mace Boulevard. He worked for Bigge Crane & Rigging Co.10/1/2015 - Ontario, CA Saul was crushed by machinery while working for PBQ Welding & Machinery.

10/1/2015 - Atlanta, GA - Emmanuel C. Nwankwo, 23 was shot multiple times, but what was most surprising for others who work in the building was that the shooting involved two men who are paid to help keep them safe. He worked for SecurAmerica LLC, 

10/1/2015b - Orange City, FL A roofer died Thursday morning in an industrial accident at Coggin DeLand Ford, according to the Orange City Police Department. Police said they found Robert Heyman, 35, unresponsive and pinned between a bucket-lift and the roof of the business.  Another man who was in the lift dropped 30 feet to the ground, injuring his ankle.  He was an employee of Tecta America, a company contracted to do roofing at Coggin DeLand Ford.

10/2/2015 - Hermitage, TN - Billy Earl Lowe, 59  crushed by machine arm used to move rolls of wire. He worked for Middle Tennessee Recycling, LLC.

10/1/2015 - Kevil, KY - Brandon Jermaine Mitchell, 29 was working for Sheehan Pipeline Construction Co. when he was struck and killed by falling tree the first day on the job he was from Mississippi.

9/29/2015 - Conyers, GA - deputies were called to a parking lot at the intersection of Ga. 20 and Oglesby Bridge Road near Conyers, the sheriff’s office said. Outside the Goodwill store, deputies found Pamela Yvonne Harmon, 57, dead from a gunshot wound. Harmon of Covington had worked at the Goodwill store for 11 years, and had previously worked with Johnson, but no possible motive was released. One man who called Harmon a friend brought flowers to a makeshift memorial Tuesday at the shopping center.

9/29/2015 - Las Vegas, NV -  Las Vegas, NV 89101   Chuck Wyman Worker electrocuted while servicing arcade vending machine and Nickels and Dimes Inc.

9/28/2015  Butler, PA - A sewer line worker died Monday when a 12-foot trench collapsed on him in Butler County.  Jacob Casher, 21, of Clearfield was part of a crew working behind Shelbourne Personal Care, a nursing home, on Dinnerbell Road in Penn.  The trench collapsed just before 2 p.m., and it took emergency workers several hours to recover his body, police said.  It's unclear why the trench collapsed. 

9/28/2015 - Baltimore, MD - Charles Sibert, 72 was struck and killed by trusses that fell off delivery truck while working for J&R Transport Inc.

10/1/2015 - San Fernando, CA - Salvador Ortiz Gonzalez was killed in a fall from a roof. He worked for Builders Construction and Remodeling.
9/30/2015 - Jamesburg, NJ - Worker struck and killed by tractor trailer cab.  The worker was employed by Argix Direct Inc.

9/30/2015 - Houston, TX -  David Magana Worker fatally crushed between spools of tubing and forklift.Tenaris Coiled Tubes LLC.

9/28/2015 - Odenton, MD - Kenneth Oyola, 45 Worker killed in fall from ladder while working for Stillwater Plumbing, 

9/26/2015 - Naples, FL - Worker killed in fall from tie-beam while working for SB Framing Service Inc.

9/26/2015 La Belle, MO - Worker killed when ejected from company vehicle.Sharpe Holdings Inc., 

9/25/2015 Schertz, TX - Worker installing decking struck and killed by lightning while working at AZ Construction, 

9/25/2015 - Ghent, KY - Samuel "Jack" Commins, 27 was  fatally crushed between aerial lift bucket and steel beam while working for Kellogg Brown & Root,  

9/24/2015 - Chicago, IL - A man was killed when a wall collapsed as workers removed roofing material without proper permits at a Bronzeville neighborhood building Thursday morning, officials said.The man was identified as Daniel Miller, 46, of the 9900 block of South Nottingham Avenue in Chicago Ridge, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:56 p.m. The Department of Buildings responded to a report of the wall collapse "immediately upon notification," the department said in a statement. "Upon inspection, the department learned that workers from the community were removing roofing material from the building without proper permits. The last permit issued for this property was an electrical permit on (Sept. 3) to install, conduit, new outlets, lights and switches."

9/24/2015 - Piscataway, NJ -Raymond Crosby, 52 was killed when part of the Beachwood Plaza roof collapsed on top of him. Investigators are starting to look into the death of a construction worker following the partial collapse of a building in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township. Raymond Crosby was working on the demolition team at Beachwood Plaza on Route 9 when part of the roof collapsed, killing him. Officials say the collapse happened just before 3 p.m. Thursday. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Crosby was using an acetylene torch to remove girders. He was employed by Edgewood Properties, Piscataway

9/24/2015 -Millersburg, OH - Worker killed in fall from forklift while working for Fredericksburg Builders LLC,

9/24/2015 - Greenfield, OK - Worker struck and killed by pin on oil and gas well drilling rig.NorAm Drilling Company, 

9/24/2015 - Avon Park, FL -The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent accidental death of a 55-year-old Avon Park man Thursday around 4:30 p.m., according to a news release. Authorities identified the victim as Jesus Macias-Lopez, 55, an employee of Quality Turf, where the accident happened, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. Macias-Lopez was injured — and he subsequently died — in the accident involving an agricultural tractor, the news release said. Hw was struck and killed by pin on oil and gas well drilling rigHe was pronounced dead at scence of the accident, Quality Turf, 2850 Bonnet Creek Road. The accident occurred off the roadway.

9/24/2015 Testa Produce Inc., Chicago, IL 60609 William W. White Worker killed in fall from elevated platform.

9/24/2015 - Bealton, VA - Jose Alfredo Lainez, 46 of Woodbridge, was working in the 6100 block of Willow Place in Bealeton, according to Lt. Col. Paul Mercer of the Sheriff's Office. The call went out for the accident at 11:36 a.m. When deputies and fire and rescue workers arrived, they found the man lying in a ditch, with no signs of life and an injury to his upper body, Mercer said. Emergency workers spoke with a doctor on duty at Fauquier Hospital's Emergency Department and confirmed the man's time of death at 11:53 a.m. He was struck and killed when chop saw kicked back while working for William A. Hazel, Inc.  The man was sawing on a work pipe with a gas-powered cutoff saw, Mercer said. The saw began binding, which caused it to kick back, causing the fatal injury.

9/23/2015 - Las Vegas, NV - 27-year-old Joshua Richard Meade, of Las Vegas, the coroner's office said Thursday. Meade, a contract worker, was injured just after 11 a.m. at The Thomas and Mack Center. He died later at a valley hospital. Joshua was struck and killed by trench plate while working for Dimick Development Company. The coroner's office listed his cause of death as blunt force injuries after being crushed by a trench plate, a large, heavy piece of metal often used to cover holes in roads. Traumatic asphyxia, caused by injuries to the chest area, also contributed to Meade's death.

9/23/2015 Fairfield, PA 17320 Michael Hill Worker killed by arc flash when working near electrical cabinet while working for Ellsworth Electric Inc.

9/23/2015 - Swansea, IL - Police have released the identity of the victim of a fatal Swansea lawn-mowing accident. Conner LaPointe, 18, of Pike Saw Mill Road in New Athens, was operating a commercial mower Wednesday near a pond near the 1800 block of Carrington Way when his mower rolled into a pond and trapped him beneath it. Conner was working for Gregory T. Wieland, This is the second fatal mowing incident in the metro-east in the last two months. On July 29, 74-year-old Duane Sudholt died when his mower overturned on an embankment in Shiloh. He was severely burned by leaking gas ignited by the hot engine.

9/28/2015 - Wilmington, NC - Two workers have died when a backhoe they were using hit a power line in Wilmington. Multiple media outlets reported the incident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. The police department said the victims were 55-year-old James Lemuel Williams of Richlands and 49-year-old Manuel Melendez Flores of Jacksonville. Another man was hurt but is expected to recover. Fire Department Battalion Chief David Hines said the men were unloading concrete vaults from a flatbed truck when the boom on the backhoe hit a power line. Hines said the backhoe became energized, which energized the wet ground where the men were. The city said the men were working with East Coast Contracting of Wilmington. The city hired the company for drainage improvements in the area.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Julia Brightwell, 52 was killed by a customer Johnny Max Mount(45) for doing her job by enforcing the no-smoking policy at a Waffle House. Julia, who had worked for eight years as one of the restaurant’s beloved servers, spent some of her final moments asking patrons how they enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. Biloxi police officer Donnie Dobbs said, “Johhny had argued with Julia after being told that he couldn’t smoke after that Johhny pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot the woman. She died a short time later. She was shot once in the head.”

12/2/2015 - San Bernardino, CA - At least 14 people were dead and another 17 injured in a shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, when gunmen who were heavily armed and "on a mission" opened fire during a function at a center for people with developmental disabilities, police said. Authorities released the identities of those killed in America's latest mass shooting. Nicholas Thalasinos, 52: worked for the San Bernardino, California County Department of Public Health. Michael Raymond Wetzel, 37: worked as a supervising environmental health specialist for the county’s health department. Larry Daniel Kaufman, 42: A coffee shop manager at the Inland Regional Center. Damien Meins, 58: An employee of the county’s environmental health department. Sierra Clayborn, 27: The health inspector was beloved by her friends and clients in Big Bear City. Heidi Duran, who owns BJ's Restaurant in Big Bear City Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46: an inspector for the health department. Aurora Godoy, 26: Worked for the environmental health department and once studied cooking. Isaac Amanios, 60: an environmental health specialist. Yvette Velasco, 27: an environmental health specialist. Robert Adams, 40: He worked as an environmental health specialist. Tin Nguyen, 31: A health inspector Juan Espinoza, 50: was a health inspector for the county.

12/2/2015 - MIAMI, FL - A Miami construction worker (Rene) was allegedly struck by a piece of equipment while on the job. He did not survive the impact. 7Skyforce flew over the scene of the fatal accident along Northeast Fourth Avenue and 29th Street, Wednesday just after 4 p.m. According to Miami Fire Rescue, the construction worker was hit by equipment being lifted from the ground on the 37th floor of the Biscayne Beach condos, which are under construction. He died at the scene.

12/2/2016 - Lubbock, TX - A tree trimmer was killed in what officials are calling an industrial accident involving a utility line early Wednesday afternoon in Central Lubbock. Bobby Wayne Phillips, 46, was in a bucket lift trimming trees for a private company when he made contact with high-voltage power lines, according to the Lubbock Police Department. Phillips died at the scene.

12/31/2015 - Beverly, OH - John T. Adamo Jr., 57 , the president of Adamo Group, died after his involvement in an Ohio construction accident, a family attorney confirmed to the Free Press today. Adamo's company has been a leading demolition contractor in Detroit for more than a generation and has participated most recently in the city's extensive blight-removal effort. "He has passed away," attorney Christian Hauser said. "It was unexpected." Hauser confirmed the accident happened at the AEP Muskingum River Plant in Beverly, Ohio. The plant was being demolished after closing this summer, according to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Workers at the site were dismantling an old conveyor belt over a waterway when the housing for the belt line fell, injuring two workers who were transported to a local hospital, the release said.

12/7/2015 - Gastonia, NC - A teenager has been killed after being pulled into a wood chipper on his first day in a new job. Mason Scott Cox, 19, was found inside machinery at a tree trimming firm after trying to kick a branch into it and being pulled in. Police believe his death was accidental and no foul play was involved. Mr Scott, from Gastonia, North Carolina, had just started his new job with Crawford Tree Service on Saturday and was clearing a yard in King’s Mountain when he died.

12/4/2015- Robbinsdale, MN - A Rice man is dead after he was run over by a dump truck. The incident happened at about 11:00 a.m. this (Friday) morning on a construction site at Royalton High School, near the bus garage. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen says 60-year-old Vernon Barthel was backed over by a dump truck that was driven by another worker, 57-year-old Rodney Stanoch of Motely. Barthel was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where we was later pronounced dead. Larsen says the dump truck was registered to Joes Excavating out of Sartell and both subjects involved in the accident are employees.

12/21/2015 - Murfreesboro, TN -Juan Rodriguez, 40 died afterfalling about 30-feet through a roof panel.

12/18/2015 - Westlake, OH - Mitchel Williams, 33 was crushed when granite slabs fell on top of him at U.S. Marble and Granite on the 800 block of Crocker Road. A big pile of granite just fell on one of the guys, and we can't get it off," one of the callers told a dispatcher. "We're trying to get it off of him," another caller said.

12/19/2015 - BRIDGEPORT, CT - Bridgeport Police are searching for two suspects who fatally shot and killedOscar Martin-Refugio,19 and critically injured his co-worker in an attempted robbery. Forty-one-year-old Humberto Berrera, 41 was shot in the chest and was rushed into surgery at Saint Vincent's Hospital.

12/16/2015 - Chicago, IL - Unable to see the void through thick smoke and the glow of flames, firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, fell down the elevator shaft as he searched with fellow firefighters for people and the source of the blaze, fire officials said. Capuano, a 15-year veteran of the department, was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead less than two hours later. "It's maddening. It's maddening. It didn't have to happen this way," Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. He said there was nothing around the open shaft to alert firefighters that a hazard was present. "There was no partition, marker or barrier to keep someone from going in the hole or knowing they were approaching the hole. That is wrong," Langford said. "If there was a rope (marking the opening) the firefighter would have touched that rope and froze."

12/16/2015 - Naugatuck, CT - Luis Albaro Ortega-Ortega, 32 was removed from the piece of 
equipment he was operating. Lt. Bryan Cammarata with the Naugatuck police said. "It appeared that he was crushed in the machine. The circumstances leading up to that are something that we’re still looking at so we don’t have a lot of answers to that at this time."The company employing the worker was subcontracted for tree removal services.

12/14/2015 - West Point, GA - A construction worker has died, nearly one month after he fell from a high ceiling at a south Macon-Bibb County construction site. According to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, 19-year-old Louis Ramirez, of West Point, Georgia, was pronounced dead at 5:31 P.M. on December 14th, at the Medical Center Navicent Health. Jones said Ramirez died from a closed head injury sustained in the fall. Ramirez was injured on November 19th when he fell from a high ceiling at the Kumho Tire plant under construction at the Sofkee Industrial Park off Highway 247.
Marco Lopez was the flight medic onboard the SkyLife helicopter that crashed Thursday in a field in Kern County. No one survived the impact. Before Marco said goodbye, he dropped by Aurora's place to pick up some tools to set up a Christmas tree. "You're still in denial and it'll get to a point where it will hit you but you never know when it will," she said.

12/10/2015 - Fresno, CA - An air ambulance out of Visalia crashed in an isolated area of Kern County Thursday night, killing the crew of three and the critically ill patient they were transporting, officials said.  The cause of the crash is under investigation. Todd Valeri, the head of American Ambulance, identified the pilot and medical staff killed in the crash during a news conference Friday. The pilot was Thomas Hampl, 49, an employee of Rogers Helicopters for three years. The critical-care nurse on the aircraft was Marco Lopez, 42, a three-year SkyLife veteran. And the paramedic on the flight was Kyle Juarez, 37, a nine-year veteran at American Ambulance who spent the last three years on the SkyLife team. Both of the medical staff were from Fresno.

12/7/2015 - Donna, TX - James Geral Gerssinger, 58 was hit and killed by the driver of a truck. Both the victim and the driver were working on a farm owned by J&D Produce.

12/4/2015 - Donaldsonville, LA - Officials have released the name of a contract worker who died after a mysterious incident at a south Louisiana chemical plant, but still don’t know what caused his death. Sulzer Chemtech identified the employee as Teodoro Silva Jr., 30 of Mercedes, Texas. Officials said he had been with the company for almost two years.

12/9/2015 - Columbus, MS - William "Joey" Cooper, 57, a supervisor at Columbus Brick Company, was involved in the accident about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. Cooper was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where he was pronounced dead shortly after 12:30 p.m. Head trauma was the cause of death, according to Merchant. Joe Beall, a spokesperson for the company, confirmed that Cooper had been injured in the company's factory. No other details were released.

12/4/2015 - Hattiesburg, MS - A construction worker was killed Friday afternoon after an accident on the job site. The incident occurred at the former Forrest County Jail, formally known as the Eugene Walters Law Enforcement Complex. According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, a man was pronounced dead at the scene where he fell from the rooftop at the construction site. The name of the victim is not being released, pending notification of next of kin and the body will be sent to Jackson for an autopsy. The first two floors of the five-level building, located at 316 Forrest Street are being renovated and will soon house the county’s pre-trial diversion, public defender, drug court and veterans’ court services.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of those workers lost on the job. These workers are from September 2015 that we were previously not aware of.

Worker Electrocuted

September 1 - Manor, TX - 51 year old Rafael Torres Leyva was working in a crawlspace of a home when fellow employees could not find him. He was located in the crawlspace where they discovered he had been electrocuted. He was employed by W & C Excavation.

Man Falls From Scaffold

September 1 - New York, NY - An unidentified employee for Tower Building Services, Inc. was killed on the job after falling from a scaffold. Further information was not found.

Worker Dies After Fall

September 1 - Palatine, IL - 47 year old Robert Morrow of Carol Stream was working on satellite dishes at a residential complex when his co-worker heard him yell and saw him falling from a ladder. He was employed by Midwest Property Services, Inc.

Tractor Rollover Kills Man
September 1, 2015 - Washington, PA - 55 year old James McDade, Jr. of Amwell died after the tractor he was operating rolled several times down a hill. He was employed by McDade Builders, Inc. 

Worker Buried in Dirt

September 1 - Chicago, IL - 40 year old Carlos Soto of Cicero was an employee of KS Energy Services, LLC when he was fatally engulfed by dirt from a truck. Details of how or why the incident happened are not known.

Worker Falls From Platform

September 1 - Jamul, CA - Fernando Beltran was working at a construction area when he fell from a platform on the job site. He was employed by Hollywood Casino Jamul.

Worker Electrocuted

September 1 - Arab, AL - 36 year old William Shane Galloway of Boaz was a lineman working to set power poles in Arab when he was fatally electrocuted. He was in an elevated bucket truck when he either touched a hot wire or the bucket did. His employer, Grid Utility LLC of Atlanta, GA was hired by Arab Electric Cooperative to do the work.

Worker Struck by Roller

September 1 - Williston, ND - An unidentified employee for Command Center was struck and killed by a roller. Details of the incident or the employee's name are not known. 

Fall Causes Man's Death

September 1 - Jamul, CA - Florencio Beltran was killed on the job after falling from a hoist landing. He was employed by C.W. Driver, Inc. Details to the incident are not known.

Farm Worker Struck by Equipment

September 2 - Firebaugh, CA - Arturo Figerora-Arriaga was a farm worker for Zalinski Ranch in Firebaugh. He was killed on the job after being struck by harvesting equipment. 

Logger Killed on Job
September 2 - Pelican, LA - 58 year old Dennis Croom of Saline was working at a logging site near Pelican when he suffered severe head trauma after being crushed between a skitter and log loader. He was employed by Monster Logging of Saline.

Construction Worker Dies After Fall

September 2 - Brighton, CO - Victor Martinez was working at a construction site when he fell from a ladder. He was employed by Guadalupe Moreno Construction. Further details are unknown.

Tree Trimmer Dies After Fall

September 2 - East Stroudsburg, PA - Edgar Diaz died on the job after falling during tree trimming work. He was employed by Fade Enterprises, Inc. Further information is not known.

Man Falls From Roof

September 2 - Elyria, OH - 39 year old Mark Caudill, Sr. was injured in a fall from a roof on August 26th. A co-worker with Caudill said they were trying to clean gutters on a home before he fell. He died in the hospital on the 2nd.  He was employed by Mike Caudill of Elyria.

Worker Fatally Electrocuted

September 2 - Norridge, IL - Moises Villagomez-Obregon was killed on the job when he was electrocuted during an attempt to energize a HVAC unit.  He was employed by Edmundo Lopez. No further information was found.

Man Struck by Felled Tree

September 3 - North Wilkesboro, NC - 54 year old Bobby Jarvis was an employee for High Country Lumber and Mulch when he died on the job. He was struck and killed by a felled tree.

Vehicle Crash Kills Worker

September 3 - Palacios, TX - An unidentified worker for Hansen Farms was killed on the job during a vehicle collision.  No further information is known.

Electrician Falls From Ladder

September 4 - Fennimore, WI - An unidentified employee for Mathre Electric was killed on the job after falling from a ladder. Details of his death are unknown.

Semi Driver Dies in Collision

September 6 - Prescott, AR - An unidentified worker driving a semi truck was killed during a collision.  Further details are not known. He or she was employed by JD & Billy Hines Trucking, Inc.

Oilfield Worker Killed in Crash

September 6 - Fox, OK - An unidentified employee for C & J Oilfield Services, Inc. died on the job after the tanker truck they were driving was involved in a collision.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Following is an account of workers who were lost on the job that we were not previously aware of. Our hearts go out to the family members of these workers and offer our help and resources if needed.

Tree Trimmer Struck by Branch

August 25, 2015 - West Branch, MI - 55 year old Dennis Kennelly of Pinconning was working from an elevated bucket trimming trees when he was struck by a branch. As he was reportedly standing in the bucket of a front end loader, with the branch chained to the bucket, when it split it came back and pushed Kennelly against the back of the bucket. He was employed by Michigan Mud Jacking of West Branch.

Technician Struck by Explosive

August 25, 2015 -  Atlanta, GA - 52 year old Richard "Rick" Lambert of Douglasville was an explosives technician when something went wrong and he was struck by an explosive shot. Details are not known. He was employed by Precision Blasting, LLC of Atlanta.

Worker Dies in Fall From Platform

August 25, 2015 - Maspeth, NY - An unidentified employee for Hmart Har Maspeth Corp. was killed on the job after falling from an elevated platform. Attempts to locate more information has not been successful.

Employee Struck by Iron Gate

August 25, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - An unidentified employee of Forward Van Lines, Inc. was fatally struck by an iron gate in an unknown incident. We have been unsuccessful in locating more information.

Man Killed in Tree Trimming Incident

August 25, 2015 - Covina Hills, CA - Nahum Fernandez died on the job after he fell while trimming trees for his employer Best Tree Company.  Further information was not found.

Tipping Boom Traps Worker

August 26, 2015 - West Hartford, CT - 43 year old William T. Shook of Middlefield was fatally injured when the boom truck he was using tipped over.  Shook was outside of the truck, deploying its boom on an interstate ramp when the truck became unstable and rolled over. He was crushed between it and the guardrail. He was a bridge inspector working for McClain & Company, Inc.

Worker Struck by Fallen Tree

August 26, 2015 - Beaver, WV - An unidentified worker struck and killed by a tree in an unknown incident. He or she was employed by Lamberts Tree Removal, LLC.  Attempts to locate further information was not successful.

Fall From Manlift Kills Worker

August 26, 2015 - Chopin, LA - An unidentified employee for Flexible Lifeline Systems, Inc. was killed on the job after falling from a manlift. No further information was found.

Grain Bin Incident Kills Man

August 26, 2015 - Farnhamville, IA - 27 year old Bret Steck of Gowrie was engulfed in soybeans in a grain silo incident. He had been cleaning the grain bin under proper supervision when the incident happened. He was working for Farmer's Cooperative Company of Farnhamville.

Worker Electrocuted

August 26, 2015 - Templeton, CA - 46 year old David Kinman of Paso Robles died on the job after being electrocuted by a power line. Details of how or why the incident happened are unknown. He was an employee of Atlantis Water Works, Templeton. 

Employee Struck by Vehicle

August 26, 2015 - Southaven, MS - An unidentified worker was struck and killed by a motor vehicle in unknown circumstances while working for American Sales and Services, Southaven.

Another Death to Being Struck by Vehicle

August 27, 2015 - Milton, FL - 33 year old Patrick O'Neal Wilcox was an employee of True Blue, Inc., a specialized workforce agency, working on an unknown job when he was struck and killed by a motor vehicle.

Worker Fatally Crushed

August 27, 2015 - Burlington, IA -  Matt Martin died on the job after he was crushed between lift arms and a skid loader. Details of the incident are not known. He was employed by Rexco Equipment, Inc.

Man Dies After Fall

August 27, 2015 - Riverside, CA - James Hayes was an employee for Manheim, Inc. at the time of his death. He fell from an unknown height and struck his head. More information has not been found.

Worker Falls Through Opening

August 27, 2015 - Winona, MN - 24 year old Brent Allen Burt was working on top of a barge when he fell, suffering head trauma. Burt was working on top of the barge container and fell after one of the hatch openings had shifted unexpectedly. He was an employee for CD Corporation.

Man Falls Through Window

August 28, 2015 - Cincinnati, OH - 66 year old Thomas Bomkamp was killed on the job after falling from a fourth story window in an unknown circumstance. He was employed by Technicrete Corporation. 

Possible Toxic Exposure Kills Worker

August 28, 2015 - Talihina, OK - 35 year old Lonnie E. Adams of McAlester died of possible toxic exposure after entering a gasoline fuel sump. Details are minimal. He was part owner of Procore Fuel Solutions of Talihina.

Three Electrocuted, One Dies

 August 28, 2015 - Draper, UT - 39 year old Aaron Garn of Eagle Mountain was working with two co-workers on the roof of a local gym. They were using an aluminum ladder that came into contact with a power line and all were electrocuted. Garn was killed and one co-worker was critical after suffering a heart attack after the incident. The men worked for Knockout Roofing, LLC of Draper.  

Logging Incident Kills One
August 28, 2015 - Clarkia, ID - 54 year old Bill "Wicker" Schmadeka of Grangeville loved his job and was an equipment man according to his family. He was at a logging site near Clarkia operating logging equipment when it became unstable and overturned. Schmadeka was an employee for Jackson Russell Logging.      

Heavy Machinery Causes Man's Death

August 28, 2015 - Stockton, AL - 61 year old Charlie James Pugh of Jackson died on the job after being dragged by a skidder machine. Details of how or why the incident took place are not known. He was employed by Black Sheep Woodlands, LLC.                 

Man Dies in Fall From Ladder

August 28, 2015 - San Antonio, TX - Daniel Crabtree was killed on the job after he fell from a ladder in unknown circumstances. He was employed by AST-AV LLC.

Equipment Causes Death

August 29, 2015 - Miramar, FL - An unidentified employee for Cone and Graham Inc. was struck and killed by a diesel hammer. Further information has not been found.

Heavy Dump Truck Overturns

August 31, 2015 - Jonesville, MI - 23 year old Steven Douglas Barnhill was in the driver's seat of a dump truck that was being loaded with rocks by an excavator when it overturned, trapping him inside the cab. A sheriff's department spokesman said the truck was loaded "pretty heavily" and rolled down the hill onto its roof in a field. Investigators believe a "mechanical failure" caused the dump truck to overturn. He was employed by US Rock LLC of Jonesville. 

Man Falls From Roof

August 31, 2015 - Longmont, CO - 39 year old Tereso Zamarripa-Hernandez of Aurora was working at a shopping center under construction in Longmont when he died. He fell through an opening in the roof that was only partially covered by a piece of plywood. He was employed by The Ramos Roofing Company.

Worker Dies at Manufacturing Facility

August 31, 2015 - Clanton, AL - 22 year old Cedric Lee Hayes, Jr. of Maplesville was killed on the job when he was crushed by railroad ties during an inspection. He was employed by Stella-Jones Corporation, manufacturer of railroad supplies.

Tree Falls Onto City Employee

August 31, 2015 - Humboldt, TN - 70 year old George "Rocking Chair" Adams was a fixture around Humboldt. He worked for the City of Humbolt for 25 years. He and others were working to clear debris at a local park when a tree he was working around fell onto him. He was pulling vines but did not realize how rotted the tree was. He died later that day at a local hospital.

Worker Pinned Under Materials

August 31, 2015 - Lyons, GA - An unidentified worker was struck and pinned under a bundle of veneers that fell from a scissor jack. Attempts to locate the employee's name have been unsuccessful. He or she worked for Advanced Veneer Technologies, Inc. 

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