Weekly Toll: Death in the Workplace

Worker killed in accident at Northumberland County spa manufacturer identified

NORTHUMBERLAND, PA — A Snyder County man has been identified as the individual killed Wednesday when a 1,200-pound mold fell on him at swimming pool manufacturing company outside Northumberland. Anthony Parsons, 20, of Shamokin Dam, died from blunt force trauma to the chest due to entrapment in a spa metal mold, Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley said Thursday after an autopsy. Parsons, who was employed at Strong Industries Pool and Spas in Point Twp., suffered significant internal injuries, the coroner said. Death was almost instantaneous, he said. After reviewing security video, company owner WadeSpicer said it appears Parsons leaned into the mold possibly after dropping his cell phone. As he was wearing ear buds he would not have heard any warnings, he said.

Abilene roofer dies after accident at Jefferson Center

ABILENE, Texas – Lydick-Hooks Roofing in Abilene confirmed that one of its employees died Wednesday after a workplace accident. The company said the victim was a 29-year employee who was working at the Jefferson Center in south Abilene. He was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning and died from his injuries hours later.

Sandusky man dies from explosion

MILAN TWP., OH — Thomas F. Layton loved to race motorcycles as part of a tight-knit motorcycle community, and he loved his family, including wife Rosemary, son Tim, of Toledo, and daughter Tabitha, of Bellevue. All were struggling Wednesday with Layton’s unexpected death after an explosion at about 7 a.m. Tuesday at Coles Energy while he was transferring fuel between fuel hauling trucks. Milan fire Chief Brian Rospert previously told the Register it appeared there was a static charge that caused the explosion because of the fuel vapors in the air. Layton, 70, who lived in Sandusky, sustained trauma to his upper and middle torso, head and arms, as well as burns, his family said. Layton was transported from Coles Energy to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, then flown to Cleveland Metro Hospital. Doctors pumped 36 units of blood into Layton’s body throughout Tuesday in a failed fight to save his life, according to Rosemary.

Construction worker killed after machinery tips over

Marietta, GA — A construction worker died Tuesday after the boom lift he was working in tipped over, Cobb authorities said Wednesday.  Derrick Douglas, 41, of College Park was killed in the incident at the Wellington Point Apartments, 50 Maner Terrace in Smyrna, which saw Douglas ejected from the bucket of the boom lift when it tipped over, according to Officer Alicia Chilton, spokesperson for Cobb Police. The incident also critically injured another worker, who, along with Douglas, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where Douglas was pronounced dead.

New York City Firefighter Dies After Falling From Roof

New York, NY — A New York City firefighter died on Thursday after falling from the roof of an apartment building while battling a fire in Queens, officials said.The firefighter, William Tolley, a 14-year veteran of the department, was part of a group of firefighters combating a blaze that started in a second-floor apartment in a five-story building in the Ridgewood neighborhood about 2:20 p.m.Mr. Tolley was stationed on the roof to help ventilate the building, a relatively routine maneuver, officials said. But something caused him to fall about 20 minutes after he arrived. The fire was brought under control around 3 p.m.

Road Worker Killed on the Job

HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP, PA — A township worker was killed on the job Tuesday in Columbia County. Police say he was hit by a dump truck driven by one of his coworkers. Officials in Hemlock Township say the crew members are all like a big family and this loss is hard to take. Joseph Benner, 60, of Catawissa, died on the job after he was hit by one of his coworkers.  Police are investigating the incident, but say the dump truck did not crash or veer off the road State police, Hemlock Township police, and firefighters spent most of the day at the scene of the deadly accident on Dahl Road near Bloomsburg. Benner was part of the Hemlock Township road crew.

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