The Weekly Toll: Three Weeks and the List Goes On and On and On

Auto shop worker fatally pinned in Montevideo

Weekly TollMONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Police say the death of an auto shop worker in Montevideo is accidental. Authorities said Monday 55-year-old Richard Fultz was pinned between a pickup truck and a tool chest that was up against a concrete wall when the owner of Backstreet Auto accidentally stepped on the truck’s accelerator.

Ocala man dies in train accident at Kirby Family Farm

Ocala, FL — Anthony Osburn-Day tried to get on the moving train — which is used for events at the farm — but fell between the two cars. A 24-year-old Ocala man died while trying to get onto a moving train at Kirby Family Farm in Williston. The man who died, Anthony Osburn-Day, was volunteering at the nonprofit farm, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials. He fell between the train cars on Tuesday evening, was struck by one of the cars and died. Troopers said the farm was preparing for Halloween-related events and they were having trouble with the engine on the restored locomotive. They were testing it when the accident occurred.

Habitat for Humanity volunteer dies at build

Burlington, NC — A volunteer working on a Habitat for Humanity project died Thursday afternoon during a build at 1719 Belmont St. in Burlington. The cause of the death of Ron Peterson, however, remains unknown at this point. Robin Wintringham, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Alamance County, said members of the nonprofit organization are mourning his death as Peterson was a long-time volunteer and friend. Peterson, 72, was from Gibsonville. Dolores Quesenberry, a representative of the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, said preliminary information showed Habitat officials reported the death Friday. However, OSH does not have jurisdiction over volunteer-death situations, only in employer-employee accidents. Peterson apparently was working on scaffolding and fell 6 to 8 feet, Quesenberry said. He died after being taken from the scene.

Roofer dies from fall in Hamilton

HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) – A roof inspector was killed when he fell through the roof in Hamilton Friday. The Butler County Coroner identified him on Monday as Glenn Griffin, 63. Hamilton Police say Griffin was inspecting the roof of a home with another person when he fell through a weak spot in the roof and fell to a concrete floor.

Man pinned beneath 18-wheeler at Texas UPS facility dies

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) A man died after he was pinned beneath the tire of an 18-wheeler early Tuesday at a UPS facility in San Antonio.The accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday as a driver loaded packages into the back of the 18-wheeler. The rig began to roll and the driver ran toward the cab in an attempt to stop it, but ended up pinned beneath one of the tires. He died at the scene.

Worker killed in Napa crash was Missouri volunteer firefighter

NAPA COUNTY, CA— A worker who died in a crash while helping North Bay fire crews in Napa Monday morning has been identified as a volunteer firefighter from Missouri. 38-year-old Garrett Paiz died when he crashed while driving a water tender just before 7 a.m. on Oakville Grade, according to Napa County Coroner’s Office. He was assisting firefighters as flames threatened the Robert Mondavi Winery near the Oakville Grade and Highway 29.

Northern Minnesota man killed when house he was moving falls on him

SHOTLEY TOWNSHIP, Minn. (KMSP) – A northern Minnesota man was killed Sunday when a house he was helping to move onto a foundation fell, trapping him underneath. The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. in Shotley Township, about 60 miles north of Bemidji on the south shore of Upper Red Lake. A small home was being placed on a foundation when the house fell from the jacks and blocks being used to lift and support it, according to the Beltrami County sheriff’s office. One of the workers was trapped underneath. Emergency crews were able to extricate the worker from under the building and initiated lifesaving efforts, but were unsuccessful. The worker, identified as 25-year-old Joshua O’Brien of Blackduck, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gas station employee shot, killed in York

YORK, Pa. —Police in York say an employee of an Exxon Mart was shot and killed early Tuesday morning during an attempted robbery. It happened along the 1000 block of West Market Street. According to police the employee, 44-year-old Aditya “Sunny” Anand, opened the store at 5 a.m. and was shot shortly before 6 a.m.

MAN DIES AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM TRACTOR

Worley, ID — A 74-year-old Worley man was killed this morning while using a piece of heavy equipment to push rock down an embankment. Arthur R. Brand died after being thrown forward from the tractor he was operating on steep terrain and then run over, reports the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office and Worley Fire personnel responded to 23100 S. U.S. 95 after receiving a report at 10:10 a.m. of an industrial accident. The incident is still under investigation, per the Sheriff’s Office.

Construction worker killed at solar farm project near Covington

Covington, OK — A construction contractor was killed around 10 a.m. Monday while working at the solar farm project near Covington. Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Logan Niles identified the victim as Davis Knox of Blanchard born in October 1961. “Upon arrival, they located a male subject pinned underneath the trenching machine,” Niles said. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.” Niles said the investigation is ongoing but that Knox may have tripped or his clothing got caught on the machine and pulled him under. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Tree worker dies in accident east of Groveland

Groveland, CA — A tree worker died Monday morning in an accident outside a home east of Groveland. Jason Alan Stuart, 35, was a resident of Bay Point, an East Bay community in Contra Costa County.  The company is local, from Groveland, and it’s called Down to Earth Construction. Workers were doing tree work and according to the company owner, Stuart was about 80 to 100 feet up a large Ponderosa tree. “He had on his climbing gear and for unknown reason the other workers heard him say something and looked up and saw Stuart already half the way down the tree falling.”

Point Pleasant man dies in fall at Franklin work site

FRANKLIN, NJ – Township police were kept busy Tuesday morning responding to two emergencies, including one in which a 39-year-old man died. According to police, around 7:04 a.m. the Franklin Township Police Department received a 911 call about an industrial accident at 125 Claremont Road, where a new elementary school is being built. When police arrived, they found Peter Martorana, 39, of Point Pleasant at the base of a building, unconscious and unresponsive. Police initiated lifesaving efforts until EMS personnel arrived and took over Martorana’s care. Police said Martorana was working on the roof of the building and and fell about 30 feet to the ground. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Jackson, MO truck driver killed after abrupt stop

FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) – A man from Jackson, Missouri was killed in a crash in Madison County, Mo. on Monday morning, Oct. 16. An online crash report from the Missouri Highway Patrol identifies the victim as Samuel Kranawetter. The report states that Kranawetter, 23, made an abrupt stop on Highway 72 in front of Fredericktown High School. The sudden stop caused aluminum beams he was hauling to shift forward through the front of the trailer and into the rear of the tractor. Kranawetter was pinned by the beams. He died at the scene.

Dump truck driver killed when truck overturns on quarry access road

Deposit, N.Y — The driver of a dump truck died when his truck crashed in Deposit, N.Y. at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, according to a media release from the New York State Police, who responded to a motor vehicle accident report with serious injury on a quarry access road off state Route 8 in Delaware County. When troopers arrived at the scene, they found an overturned 1990 Mack dump truck in the middle of the road. After an investigation of the scene, troopers concluded that the truck driver, 66-year-old William B. Barse, was hauling stone from the quarry when he drove off the road several times, striking trees, and finally overturning in the middle of the road. The driver had been ejected from the truck and was pronounced “deceased at the scene.”  The truck is registered to SLLC Inc., a transportation and shipping company.

SD Fire Chief Dies Battling Structure Fire

Presho, SD — Several fire departments in South Dakota have offered condolences following the line-of-duty death of a fire chief. The U.S. Fire Administration on Monday announced the death of Presho Fire Department Chief Donald F. “Donny” Manger, 54, who fell ill Saturday at the scene of a fire at an unoccupied structure and later died at a hospital.

Subcontractor who died in fall at North Charleston Mercedes-Benz Vans plant identified

North Charleston, SC — Authorities have identified an employee for a subcontractor who died in an incident at the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant construction site in North Charleston. Michael Thomas, Jr., a 38-year-old Alcolu resident, died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office said on Saturday.

Hampton convenience store employee killed; owner shot and in critical condition

Hampton, VA — The owner and an employee of a Hampton convenience store were shot outside the store at closing time Monday night — with one killed and the other now fighting for his life. The double shooting took place just before 11:40 p.m. at the Citgo gas station’s Happy Shopper convenience store at 1255 N. King St., about a half-mile from Mercury Boulevard. The employee, Darrell Wayne Higginbotham, 58, was shot multiple times in the parking lot and found dead there, Hampton police said. Residents who live nearby said his body was found about 40 feet from the store’s front door.

Worker dies after pinned between trucks at Troutdale FedEx facility

TROUTDALE, Ore. —  A worker at a FedEx facility in Troutdale was killed Saturday morning after being pinned between two semitrailers, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies received a call about the worker at 6:45 a.m. They say the employee died at the scene.

Concrete slab kills construction worker from Akron

CLEVELAND, OH — The,Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who was killed when a concrete panel fell on him from an aerial lift in Cleveland. Joseph Matulis, 56, of Akron, was pronounced dead at the construction site at Cleveland State on Wednesday. An OSHA spokesman said Thursday that Matulis was working for a Cleveland company called Coleman Spohn that’s involved in work on a building on the campus. The project’s general contractor, Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co., said Matulis was a pipe fitter.

NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans police officer was fatally shot Friday during a struggle after he and his patrol team left their cars to investigate something suspicious shortly after midnight. Other officers returned fire, wounding a suspect who eventually surrendered to a SWAT team, police said. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison had said early Friday that officers were fired on as they left their patrol cars. He said that was based on general statements from the officers, who have not been formally questioned about the incident in which Officer Marcus McNeil was killed and Darren Bridges, 30, was wounded, he said.

Worker killed by truck at Pennsylvania Amazon warehouse

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at an Amazon.com warehouse in Pennsylvania. Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall says 28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was killed when he was run over by a truck at the facility about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Hall says Shoemaker was trying to help a truck driver hook up a trailer to his rig when he was accidentally run over.

2 NC prison workers killed as inmate escape attempt is thwarted. One employee attacked with hammer.

Truck driver killed in collision with SUV in Wadsworth: sheriff’s office

Wadsworth, IL — A Kenosha truck driver died after a collision Thursday morning on Russell Road in Wadsworth that shut down the roadway to traffic for over five hours, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The 65-year-old trucker, whose identity was not released by sheriff’s officials, was driving a Volvo tractor trailer westbound on Russell Road near Park Lane around 5:10 a.m. when it was struck by a Jeep Compass driven by a woman from west suburban Geneva, sheriff’s office Sgt. Christopher Covelli said in a statement. The statement added that the Jeep crossed the roadway’s double yellow center line for an unknown reason and struck the tractor trailer, causing it to go off the road and into a ditch.

U.S. Post Office truck driver killed in fatal Greensboro crash

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A U.S. Post Office driver was killed in fatal crash in Greenboro Tuesday night. Greensboro police said Darryl Pleasant, 35, of Greensboro, was driving a U.S. Postal Service truck westbound on Burlington Road, at about 5:30 p.m. when the crash happened. As Pleasant was approaching the intersection of I-840, the truck crossed the center median island, entered the eastbound travel lanes, and collided with an oncoming SUV.

OSHA investigates fatal fall at Bethany Village in Centerville

Mark A. French, who died Wednesday after falling from a roof at Bethany Lutheran Village retirement community was employed by Dayton-based P&R Communications Services Inc., Ken Montgomery the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s area director in Cincinnati. French’s employer — which describes itself as a consultative, comprehensive wireless solutions provider — has yet to tell OSHA specifically what he was working on when he fell off the roof, Montgomery said.

Utah Smelter Worker Dies After Exposure to Sulfur Dioxide

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — After a worker at a smelter outside Salt Lake City died from exposure to sulfur dioxide, the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division is launching an investigation. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Rio Tinto Kennecott officials say 64-year-old Albert Lozano died Tuesday after he and another employee were exposed to sulfur dioxide gases while working on Sunday.

Hilo man dies in Panaewa industrial accident

Panaewa, Hawaii — Police are investigating the death of a Hilo worker who died in a fatal fall at a Panaewa warehouse Tuesday. The man, identified as 45-year-old painting company employee Peter Tosie, reportedly fell 40 feet through a fiberglass roof onto the concrete floor of a warehouse he was painting on Kealakai Street.

Wisconsin man dies in railroad work incident

MOULTON, WI — A railroad construction accident on Thursday cost a 23-year-old Wisconsin man his life. The accident was reported at approximately 12:58 p.m. on Thursday. A man had been hit int he chest by a mechanical bucket from the back of a truck he was working on and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s name has not been released pending identification of his family.

Second Fatality Incident Involving Sanitation Workers Occurs in N.J.

Union City, NJ — Julio DelaRosa, a Union City, N.J., resident and employee of Allegro Sanitation, died last week at the company’s headquarters after being backed over by a garbage truck, which was driven by another Allegro employee. According to authorities, no charges or summonses were issued and neither the speed of the vehicle nor carelessness were factors in the incident.“This was one of two fatal accidents, within 6 miles of one another, on consecutive days in northern New Jersey,” comments Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) CEO and Executive Director David Biderman. “These tragic incidents were part of an extraordinary week in which seven people, including three employees, were killed in six separate incidents involving waste collection vehicles in the United States. SWANA will continue to work with its members, industry partners and others to reduce the frequency of these tragic incidents.”

Texas Tech University Identifies Police Officer Killed in Monday’s Shooting

LUBBOCK, TX (News Release) – On the evening of Oct. 9, a Texas Tech police officer was mortally wounded. The officer was identified as Floyd East Jr. in a press conference today.

Man dies after trench collapses

Wyoming, MI — A man has been killed in a trench collapse while working with his father. Wyoming firefighters said yesterday the collapse killed 30-year-old Christopher James Godfrey, who was completely buried by dirt. Firefighters rescued 53-year-old Russell Godfrey, who was buried up to his waist Monday and hospitalized after being extricated. Firefighters said the two were working in the trench to replace a home’s backed up sewer line. Grand Rapids Fire Department Technical Rescue Team Battalion Chief Collin Kelly said the trench was 8-10 feet deep with no reinforcement on the sidewalls. Kelly estimated the son’s head was about 6 feet below the surface.

Construction worker killed in Pa. Turnpike crash identified

Fannett Township, PA — State police have identified a Luzerne County man as the construction worker who was killed when a car rammed his backhoe on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Tuesday. Robert W. Marchetti, 63, of Drums, died in the 4:15 a.m. accident outside the Kittatinny Tunnel in Franklin County’s Fannett Township. Police said Marchetti was trying to drive his backhoe across the eastbound lanes when a car driven by Peter J. Awadallah, 21, of Jackson, N.J., struck the backhoe’s rear bucket. Marchetti was thrown from the backhoe, they said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Construction Worker Killed Was From Ukraine

TENNEY, Minn. (AP) — A construction worker who died in a fall at a co-op elevator in western Minnesota was from the Ukraine. Authorities say 21-year-old Dmytro Baybak fell about 150 feet from a platform at the Wheaton Dumont co-op elevator in the Wilkin County community of Tenney last Thursday.

Construction worker dies after falling two stories in James City County

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — A worker died Tuesday morning after he fell two stories from a house that was under construction, James City County Police said. 60-year-old William Joseph Jowers was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  According to police, Jowers was sanding on the second floor when he fell onto the floor below, landing on a stairwell.

Man killed during helicopter mulch operation at Brian Head Fire

Alpine, UT — A man was killed Saturday October 7 during Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) operations on the Brian Head Fire in southwest Utah. The 58-year old crew member on the ground from Alpine, Utah was giving directions to a helicopter dropping straw mulch when he was struck on the head. The pilot saw the injured man and contacted others who called 911.  Officials identified the victim as 58-year-old Bryan Burr, of Alpine, Utah. The Salk Lake Tribune newspaper reported Burr was the brother-in-law of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Car Wash Employee Killed On The Job In Freak Accident

ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) – Tragedy at an Alton car wash Sunday as a freak accident claimed the life of an employee, Robert “Big Rob” Dorsey. As a Jeep Grand Cherokee came out of the dryer tunnel at Auto Butler Car Wash, the 42-year-old employee climbed in to finish detailing it. Police Chief Jason Simmons tells the Alton Telegraph as the man began spraying Windex on the windows, he hit the gas pedal. The vehicle went through some trees, dropped into a ravine and overturned.

Ohio Man Dies After Slipping Into Coal Ash Pond

Ghent, Ky. – A man died Thursday, October 5 after a workplace accident at a coal ash pond at the Kentucky Utilities power plant in Ghent, Kentucky. The Carroll Count coroner has identified the victim as Aaron Bunger, 36, of Trenton, Ohio. KU spokesperson Natasha Collins said the man “slipped into” the pond about noon. She had no further details on how the incident took place. Bunger was a KU contractor employed by Tetra Tech, an engineering consulting firm, Collins said

NC firefighter hit, killed by car while helping clear storm debris

MORGANTON, N.C. — A North Carolina firefighter was hit and killed by a car late Sunday night in Morganton, WSOC reports. The Triple Community Fire Department released that two firefighters were clearing debris from the roadway on Highway 70 when a car traveling eastbound struck firefighter Jason Hensley, 40. Hensley was killed on impact.

Victim of Friday industrial accident in Falls identified as Middletown man

Middletown, NJ — The man killed in an industrial accident has been identified as 48-year-old Brian A. Zielinski of Middletown. Falls Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito on Sunday said Zielinski’s death was the tragic result of an incident that occurred just after 12 p.m. Friday at the U-Haul Falls Manufacturing off Canal Road in the township. Dippolito said Zielinski was pinned between a steel product and another machine. He said coworkers were able to work him free before first-responders arrived but Zielinski succumbed to his injuries while hospitalized.

MAN KILLED IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) – A man was killed in a workplace accident in Watkins.The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says at 11:36 Wednesday morning Todd Shoutz became pinned in a piece of industrial equipment at International Barrier Tech at 510 of 4th Street North. First responders were able to free the 51-year-old Litchfield man.They started life-saving efforts but the man died at the scene. Shoutz was a maintenance worker who was working on the machine at the time of the accident.

Worker Dies After Accident At Manufacturing Facility In Fairless Hills

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (CBS) — A worker died from injuries suffered in an accident at a manufacturing facility in Fairless Hills on Friday afternoon. The accident happened at 12:31 p.m. at Falls Manufacturing, Inc. Emergency crews transported the person to a local hospital, according to officials. But an official statement released by U-Haul states that the worker died after he “suffered a serious injury.”

Truck driver killed in tractor trailer crash

U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. – Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a truck driver from West Virginia. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office announced Friday that Rockwell Beam, of Great Cacapon, W.V., died at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township on Thursday. The 48-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine an exact cause of death. Beam’s tractor trailer was involved a crash along Interstate 78 about 10 p.m. Wednesday in Upper Macungie Township. His truck collided with another tractor trailer at mile marker 51.9.

Worker falls from roof, dies in Jenkins County

JENKINS COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — A worker at Watford Steel Building has died after falling 30 feet while working on the roof of a building. According to the Jenkins County Coroner; Ismael Reyes, 36, was one of the workers constructing a new mobile home facility in Jenkins County.

Marietta construction worker ID’d in deadly fall

ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta Police said a construction worker died while working at a site in northeast Atlanta Wednesday morning. JoJo Herlitz, 49, has been identified as the Batson Cook Construction worker who fell 30 feet at Masquerade Club located at 695 North Avenue. Officers responding to the call of a person falling confirmed Herlitz was deceased prior to their arrival. Employees on scene told officers that they called 911 after Herlitz became unresponsive. Herlitz, an independent contractor for Southeast Inspections, was a Marietta resident.

Construction worker dies after fall

BREWSTER, NY – A construction worker is dead after falling more than 15 feet from a scaffolding in Brewster.Police say Keith Bonnes, 52, of Cortlandt Manor fell from some scaffold lift on Route 22 on Wednesday. Bonnes was taken to a hospital where he later died of cardiac arrest.

Foreman killed in apparent murder-suicide at Manhattan construction site

New York, NY — A foreman was fatally shot in an apparent workplace dispute at a Manhattan construction site before the gunman killed himself, authorities said. Police received 911 calls of a man shot at 10 Riverside Boulevard around 7:10 a.m.Thursday, and responding officers found a man on the 37th floor of the building under construction. The 37-year-old foreman, identified as Christopher Sayers, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHA investigating death of worker crushed by stone slabs

Workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a man who was crushed by granite slabs at a stone distribution company in Ohio. Police said Wednesday that 55-year-old Robert Schofield was killed when multiple slabs toppled on top of him Tuesday at Unique Stone Concepts in Columbus.

Man dies from fall at Valero refinery in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX — A 52-year-old San Antonio man died Wednesday after falling from scaffolding at Valero Energy Corp.’s Corpus Christi West refinery. Heraldo Peña, an investigator for the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office, said Ezequiel Guzman Orozco fell off of scaffolding at the Valero West refinery around 9:42 a.m. on Wednesday. Peña said while the cause of death has not been determined, the autopsy report noted that Guzman suffered blunt force trauma to his torso.

Officials identify truck driver killed in fiery crash

Cortlandt man dies after falling off Brewster scaffolding

BREWSTER, CT – Police are investigating the death of a Cortlandt man who fell off scaffolding at a Brewster business on Wednesday. Keith Bonnes, 52, died at Danbury Hospital several hours after he fell 15 to 20 feet from scaffolding at Lia Honda Brewster at 899 Route 22, state police said. They said the fall, which happened on scaffolding from Hydro-Mobile, appears to be an accident.

Athens tree service worker falls to his death

Athens, GA — A 57-year-old Athens man was killed Wednesday afternoon when he fell while cutting limbs on a tree in the 600 block of Holman Avenue, Athens-Clarke County police said. John Curtis Conaway, a Parkway Drive resident, was working for a tree service that had been hired to clear trees to make way for a house the property owner planned to build, according to police. Conaway fell nearly 80 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner, according to police. A police report of the incident noted that Conaway had secured himself to a tree limb with a safety rope, but as he was cutting, the limb came down and pulled him to the ground with it.

Sanitation worker killed by rolling trash truck in La Jolla

SAN DIEGO, CA – Authorities today released the name of a 22-year-old sanitation worker who was killed when an unoccupied trash truck rolled into him and pinned him against a wall in a La Jolla alley. David Strobridge of San Diego was moving a garbage bin in the access road off the 7600 block of Herschel Avenue when his work vehicle coasted forward and hit him shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, according to police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

OSHA investigating worker’s death in grain elevator fall

Corpus Christi, TX — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident at a local grain elevator that left a worker dead.  According to OSHA representative Travis Clark, a male employee was found dead as a result of a fall at the Interstate Grain Corporation at 5700 Up River Road on Sunday.  The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 21-year-old Merejildo Ramos.  According to the medical examiner, Ramos died from trauma sustained from the fall.  Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner’s Office is still waiting on his toxicology results.

Supermarket worker killed by truck in loading area

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL — A Florida supermarket worker was killed by a semitrailer that was backing into the store’s loading area. A Broward Sheriff’s Office news release says the 58-year-old woman was about to start her shift at Seabra Foods in Deerfield Beach when she was hit Monday morning. Deputies said the woman was walking toward the store’s entrance and stepped behind the semi as it was moving in reverse. She fell and was run over by the truck’s tandem tires.

Three Workers Fall Nearly 1,000 Feet to their Deaths from a South Florida Television Tower

Miami, FL — Three workers – 23-year-old Brachton Barber of Longwood, Fla., 31-year-old Marcus Goffena of Sydney, Ohio and 35-year-old Benito Rodriguez of Tampa, Fla. – were attempting to install a new TV antenna for Miami Fox affiliate WSVN Channel 7 when witnesses said they heard what sounded like an explosion and saw flying debris when a crane carrying the three workers collapsed. The men, who were pronounced dead on the scene, worked for Tower King II, which had been hired to replace equipment at the top of a television tower in Miami Springs, a suburb of Miami. Barber reportedly was the son of Kevin Barber, president of Tower King II, which is based in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Lafayette officer killed in shooting

Lafayette, LA — A Lafayette Police officer was killed Sunday night in a shooting on Moss Street. Louisiana State Police say the officer was responding to reports of an aggravated assault with a gun at Big Boy convenience store on Moss Street and Van Buren Drive shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later the call was upgraded to a shooting. Lafayette Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect on arrival. One officer was shot by the suspect and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Janitor Killed in Fall

Bellevue, WA — A janitorial worker., Cody Mackinnon, was killed when he fell though a skylight hole while cleaning glass awnings.  He was hospitalized and died four days later. Mackinnon worked for ABM Industry Groups LLC (Source: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Report)

Worker Crushed Under Truck

Quincy, WA — A worker, Jorge Solorzano, was crushed under a truck he was repairing at Columbia and Okanogan Nursery in Quincy, WA. (Source: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Report)

Chaos on I-5 ends with restaurant employee, shooter dead

ASHLAND, OR — An early morning homicide and apparent robbery at Callahan’s Mountain Lodge sparked simultaneous crime scenes Saturday, after the man believed to have killed an employee, Ryan Paul Bagley, 40, of Ashland, reportedly opened fire on traffic driving on southbound Interstate 5 near the California border. The chaos ended when a motorist whose pickup was apparently struck by bullets ran over the shooter, according to Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Las Vegas construction worker died on first day of new job

Las Vegas, NV — For the last 15 years, Russell Anthony Tracy never left the house without a kiss from his wife. The day he died was no different. At about 11:40 a.m. that day, after sandblasting pipes into a manhole, Russell Tracy took a deadly fall. But it wasn’t until about 2 p.m. that emergency workers were able to pull him out of the hole.

Construction worker struck, killed by suspected impaired driver

Columbus, OH — A worker died from injuries after getting struck by a suspected impaired driver in a construction zone on Interstate 70 early Saturday morning, according to Columbus police. The 2009 Honda Odyssey operated by 30-year-old Edward A. Torres, of South Charleston, entered eastbound lanes at Hilliard-Rome Road before moving into the construction zone where three right lanes were closed to traffic at 1:35 a.m. He passed a marked deputy sheriff’s cruiser that had emergency lights activated. “He drove around barricades and around construction equipment before striking a worker,” said Columbus police Sgt. Brooke Wilson, who oversees the Accident Investigation Unit. The worker, who has been identified as 59-year-old Steve L. Cook, of Barnesville, was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Worker crushed between two trailers at Kennesaw transfer yard Wednesday

Kennesaw, GA — A worker was killed after being caught between two trailers in the transfer yard of R&L Carriers in Kennesaw, according to Cobb County Police. Demarco Farley, 47, was operating a green 2016 Kenworth Truck Tractor late Wednesday night. Farley was backing up, attempting to connect to the second trailer, when he realized he had collided with something. He got out to investigate and discovered the dolly had collided with Kenneth Scogin, 51, and pushed him into the second trailer.

Tioga County Sheriff’s Office identifies Oswego man killed in industrial accident

OWEGO, N.Y. – The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of an Oswego man who was killed in an industrial accident in the Southern Tier town of Owego. Investigators say 48-year-old David Kotwas was delivering scrap metal for Riccelli Enterprises of Syracuse when the incident at Upstate Shredding occurred on Wednesday morning. They say another vehicle’s trailer was raised in the air and dumping its load when it tipped over and landed on Kotwas’ tractor trailer, pinning the Oswego man inside.

Truck driver killed Tuesday on US 30 identified

Fort Wayne, IN — The driver involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash Tuesday along U.S. 30 has been identified, the Allen County coroner’s office said Friday. Arnold Harold Holeman Jr., 57, of North Judson was traveling west on U.S. 30, east of Solon Road, when the semi he was driving crashed sometime around 3:30 p.m. He died at the scene. The coroner’s office said Holeman’s rig left the north side of the road, hit a guardrail and went down an embankment before landing in a cornfield. The cause and manner of Holeman’s death are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

Wyoming coal mine worker killed by falling slab of coal

ROCKSPRINGS, Wyo The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a southwestern Wyoming coal mine. Representatives for the Bridger Coal Company and Rocky Mountain Power say Jaime Olivas was hit when a slab of coal suddenly came loose and fell from one of the walls in the underground mine Thursday afternoon. Olivas, a mining equipment operator, was conscious and speaking when he was brought out of the mine but died on the way to a hospital in Rock Springs.

Truck driver killed in Orange County crash

Fredericksburg, VA — Virginia State Police say a truck driver was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on the State Route 231. The crash occurred at 6:34 p.m. in the 18,000 block of Route 231, also known as the Blue Ridge Turnpike. State police said a tractor-trailer was headed north when it rounded a curve, ran off the road, overturned and struck a tree. The driver, Bradford E. Gentry, 55, of Madison died at the scene, according to state police.  Gentry was wearing a seatbelt, state police said.

Truck driver killed in semi-truck crash in Salado identified

SALADO, TX –  A truck driver was killed early Friday morning in a crash on northbound I-35 in Salado. The crash happened at approximately 3:20 a.m., when a semi-truck ran into the back left side of another semi-truck parked on the side of the highway, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts. Roberts said a 2012 Peterbilt TTST was parked on the east shoulder of the highway, when the driver of the Peterbilt TTST exited his vehicle and was standing near it.  Then, a 2007 Freightliner TTST traveling north bound drifted onto the east shoulder, struck the Peterbilt and killed its driver. The truck driver was identified as Fuad Sawalha, 52, from Arlington.

Female Georgia police officer shot and killed in ‘ambush’, 2 suspects in custody

Atlanta, GA — A female Georgia police officer was shot and killed Friday and a second officer was injured, prompting an intense manhunt that led to the arrest of two suspects. Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd indentified the murdered officer as Det. Kristen Hearne, 29. The injured officer was identified as David Goodrich. Investigators said Ofc. Goodrich was called out to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle Friday morning. He called Hearne for backup after a plate check revealed the vehicle, a Ford Escape, had been stolen out of Tennessee.  As the officers approached the car, a man and a woman walked out of some nearby woods. As the officers began speaking to them, the man opened fire with a handgun.

Man killed in farm accident was ‘the sweetest guy you would ever meet’

IDAHO FALLS, ID — The man killed Wednesday night in an accident on a potato farm is being remembered as a kind person who loved to help others. Kevin Fox, 33, was unloading a potato truck at Mickelsen Farms in the 3000 W. block of 81st N. His clothing became caught in the conveyor belt system on the back of the truck, according to a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Other workers were able to free Fox from the tangled clothing and perform CPR until an ambulance arrived but EMTs were unable to revive him. This was Fox’s first year working potato harvest, according to his girlfriend Millie Hansen. “He was the sweetest guy you would ever meet. He would do anything for anybody and was just a lovable guy,” Hansen tells EastIdahoNews.com.

OSHA says Nebraska worker died after plant accident

OSHA: Investigation of fatality at oilfield may take weeks

EDINBURG, TX — It may take as long as a month before the findings of an investigation into a fatal oil rig incident are known. At about 10 a.m. Monday, Alton fire personnel and deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a an oilfield in rural Edinburg, where an oil rig tipped over and trapped one man underneath, killing him, and seriously injuring another who was inside the rig at the time. The men, who have yet to be identified, were working in an area north of Edinburg near McCook Acres and Moorefield Road when for reasons unknown, the rig they were working on tipped over, Alton Fire Chief Javier Garcia said Monday.

“He had a wonderful heart;” Friends, co-workers remember Martinsville worker killed

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) — Loving, hard-working, funny, that’s how Tony Davis’s co-workers described him after the longtime Martinsville Public Works employee died in a freak accident.  Davis worked with Martinsville City Public Works for 27 years. Public Works said the dedicated employee was just doing his job Tuesday morning when a dead tree fell on Corn Tassel Trail and hit the tractor he was operating, the tractor continued up a hill until it crashed into a utility pole.

Newspaper Courier Dies Delivering Papers

Olympia, WA — Logan Peters was a private contractor operating his personal vehicle to deliver newspapers on Saturday, September 16,
2017, when he rolled his car at approximately 7:30 a.m. (Source: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Report)

Worker dies in electrocution Wednesday near Alexandria

Fairfax County, VA — A painter died Wednesday from electrocution after a metal ladder he was carrying struck a high-voltage wire, according to Fairfax police.  Ervin Marenco Andasol, 36, of Alexandria, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.  Marenco Andasol had been hired to paint an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Fairhaven Avenue. He was moving a ladder around the side of a building when it came into contact with a power line, according to the police statement. Fairfax detectives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene to investigate.

1 Man Dead After Forklift Accident in McAllen’s Industrial District

MCALLEN, TX  – At least one person is dead following a forklift accident at the McAllen produce terminal. McAllen police are investigating a “fatal industrial accident.” It happened before 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mid Valley Ice on Military Highway and 23rd Street, right across the street from the McAllen Border Patrol station. Police told CHANNEL 5 NEWS 25-year-old Gabriel Lopez, of San Juan, died at the scene. Multiple witnesses said Lopez was backing up a forklift when the heavy machinery started to fall off the concrete platform by the warehouse. We learned he tried to jump off to safety but ended up under the machine instead.

Scottsville sanitation worker struck and killed

Scottsville, KY — A waste collection worker was killed Tuesday in Scottsville. Jeffrey P. Anderson, 38, of Scottsville, was behind a city waste collection vehicle at 7:41 a.m. when he was struck by a 2011 GMC Yukon driven by Kenny Manion, 58, of Scottsville, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police. Anderson was taken to The Medical Center at Scottsville, where Allen County Deputy Coroner Brad Birge pronounced him dead.   It’s the first on-duty death of a city employee that Scottsville Mayor Rob H. Cline can remember. Cline has been mayor for 15 years.  Anderson had worked for the city for three years, Cline said. “He was on the back of a garbage truck, which is one of the most dangerous jobs we have,” Cline said.

Construction worker dies after fall in south Las Vegas Valley

Las Vegas, NV — A construction worker died Monday after falling more than 20 feet into a hole at a construction site in the southern valley. The fall happened about 11:40 a.m. on a construction site near Las Vegas Boulevard South and Jonathan Drive, just north of the M Resort. By 2 p.m., the man’s body was recovered by Clark County Fire Department emergency personnel. The worker was sandblasting pipes into a manhole, and after the work was completed, he somehow fell into the hole, John Steinbeck, Clark County Fire Department spokesman, said during a media briefing at the construction site. The man died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman Scott Webster said.

Construction worker dies after falling from roof

Baltimore, MD — A 32-year-old construction worker died after falling from the roof of The Commons early Monday morning. Elmer Donaldo Felipe Gonzalez was an employee of JV Roofing, a subcontractor of Cole Roofing, and fell from the roof of The Commons at approximately 8:15 a.m. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Agnes Hospital at approximately 8:45 a.m. A Hispanic man from Hyattsville, Maryland, Gonzalez was working on the roof of The Commons when he fell from the rear of the building from above the loading dock, landing at the bottom of the loading dock. He was unconscious while receiving treatment from paramedics on the scene and displayed no outward sign of injury.

Colorado construction worker dies after falling from lift

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 23-year-old man died after he fell from a lift at a construction site in southwestern Colorado. The Durango Herald reports Brian John Anthony Shaw was working with a crew contracted by the city of Bayfield to rebuild a parkway over the Los Pinos River last week when he fell. Shaw died at a hospital Saturday. Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, says the Trinidad man was trying to fix a man lift that had one wheel off the side of a dirt road. Shaw forgot to lock himself into the basket, and he fell about 40 feet onto a survey stick when the machinery shifted.

Forklift Operator Killed

Clyde Hill, WA – Aleksey Andreychenko was killed from blunt force injury to the head in a forklift incident at the Builtgreen Supply Co. in Clyde Hill, WA. The vehicle tipped over, spilling Andreychenkoonto the floor where he hit his head.  (Source: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Report)

22-year-old Fulton man dies in crash early Sunday morning

TOWN OF LYSANDER, NY – A 22-year-old Fulton man has died, following a crash early Sunday morning in the Town of Lysander. State police were sent to Lamson Road, near Smokey Hollow Road around 6 a.m., where they found a vehicle that had crashed into a tree off the shoulder of the road. Joseph B. Donhauser was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say it appears only one vehicle was involved, but they are still investigating the crash.

DC police officer killed in car crash with tractor trailer in Howard County

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