Weekly Toll: Work Continues Its Deadly Course

Bourbonnais Man Dies From Possible Pesticide Exposure In Chicago Ridge

CHICAGO RIDGE, IL — A Bourbonnais man died after he was exposed to methyl bromide at a Chicago Ridge chemical plant. Derek Mesenbring, 31, was at work when he began feeling ill on Monday afternoon. He was taken to Palos Community Hospital, where he passed away early the next morning. An autopsy is pending at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Around 4:32 p.m. Monday, Mesenbring’s wife called the Chicago Ridge Police Department and asked them to check up on her husband at Industrial Fumigant Co., a company that provides pest management and sanitation solution services. Police said the wife had spoken to her husband earlier, who complained he wasn’t feeling well.

Truck driver killed in Duluth crash

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A truck driver was killed when his rig skidded off a snow-covered bridge into a river on Friday as much of Minnesota got hit with its first significant snowstorm of the season, marking an unusually early start for wintery weather. The tractor-trailer driver lost control of the truck just before a bridge along snowy Interstate 35 near Scanlon, which is west of Duluth, around 4:30 a.m. The truck went over the bridge and into the St. Louis River, according to Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol said.

South Carolina trooper dies following collision

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) – A South Carolina trooper has died after his patrol vehicle was hit Tuesday morning in Greenville County. Trooper Daniel K. Rebman was sitting in his patrol car on Interstate 385 around 12:20 a.m. when he was hit by a pickup truck from behind. Rebman was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety later announced that he succumbed to his injuries.

1 Killed In Trench Collapse At Welch College

GALLATIN, Tenn. – A trench at Welch College in Sumner County collapsed, killing the person inside. Officials with Sumner County EMS said their efforts moved from a rescue to a recovery around 3:40 p.m. Friday. Officials said the man was was repairing a water line next to the gym when the trench he was working in collapsed, trapping him under ground. His identity was released. The construction was being done by Southland Constructors.

Contractor working on billboard falls to death

Newnan, GA — A man fell more than 50 feet to his death while working on a billboard in Newnan, police said.  Rocky Lane Haygood, 52, of Adairsville, was installing new lights on the billboard at the time of the deadly incident, which occurred Friday in the parking lot of a Chevron near the I-85 North entrance ramp, according to a police report. Haygood was performing the work as a contractor with Outdoor Link, a Huntsville, Ala., advertising company, police said.   When officers got to the scene, Haygood was on the ground beside his work truck, police said. He had injuries to his face, head, left elbow, right hand, legs and feet. His harness was still on, but his belt had been ripped in half near the buckle, according to the report.

Construction Worker Killed in Accident in Delano

DELANO, MN — A construction worker has died after she was backed over by a dump truck in Delano. The incident happened Wednesday on Railroad Avenue East. Authorities say 55-year-old Jacqueline Brueggemeier, of Biscay, was working on a road construction project when she was struck by a dump truck. The truck is owned by Molnau Trucking from Belle Plaine. The driver of the dump is a 39-year-old women from Eden Valley. Brueggemeier died at the scene. The incident is under investigation.

FAA, OSHA investigating death at FedEx Facility in north Lubbock County

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A FedEx employee died while performing maintenance on a plane at the FedEx facility in north Lubbock County on Tuesday. Officials have not released any identifying information or specifics on what happened. We reached out to FedEx for information regarding the death and they say they are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities. We know the FAA is investigating the equipment used to determine if the maintenance was being performed in accordance with approved safety procedures and if the mechanic had received adequate training.

Queens firefighter Robert Tilearcio — who fought for Zadroga Act — dies at 58 of 9/11-linked tumor

Queens, New York — The first time Queens firefighter Robert Tilearcio traveled to Washington, D.C. to fight for the extension of the Zadroga Act, he stood on his own two feet. The last time he went to the Capitol, he was in a wheelchair, a victim of a 9/11-related illness — the very threat he had worked to protect his brothers from. Tilearcio, 58, died of a brain tumor on Wednesday, his heartbroken family said. He joins a growing list of first responders who have died from illnesses linked to their sifting through the remains of the World Trade Center, looking for survivors.

2 lawn care workers found dead in van full of chemicals

COLLIN COUNTY, Texas — A strange odor is being investigated in Luca, Texas after two people were found unconscious inside a van early Wednesday evening. A Collin County sheriff’s deputy and four firefighters were called to check out the van, which belonged to a lawn care company, at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Two people inside the van, believed to be employees of the lawn care company, were pronounced dead. They have been identified as Ross Powell, 49, and Lyle Powell, 72. The medical examiner’s office has determined that they died of accidental carbon monoxide toxicity. When emergency crews opened the door, they were overcome by a strong smell of ammonia, officials said. They had skin irritation, chest pain, nausea, and a dry cough, and were sent to the hospital to be checked out. They have all since been released.

Employee shoots, kills self at Ford Stamping Plant in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN, Mich. – Woodhaven police said a disgruntled employee at the Ford Stamping Plant on West Road shot and killed himself Friday morning inside the plant.  Police first were calling this an active situation, then confirmed shots were fired inside the plant.  Woodhaven Deputy Chief of Police Scott Fraczek said the employee entered the building with a gun to resolve some sort of labor relation issue.  “As officers approached he pulled out the gun and killed himself,” said Fraczek. Fraczek said it’s unclear what the labor dispute was. However, the plant manager’s family told Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit the employee was angry about being written up for being late multiple times and he went to the plant manager’s office. The manager and others tried to talk him down as he was waving around his gun.

Towing company worker dies when bus rolls on top of him

MT. MORRIS, MI (AP) – Police say a towing company worker has died after a bus he was preparing for a tow rolled on top of him. Mount Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green says the accident occurred about 9 a.m. Monday on a ramp of Interstate 475 north of Flint. Green says said the 60-year-old employee of George’s Towing Company was underneath the Mass Transportation Authority bus when it rolled backward off of two support blocks.

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.

Sheriff identifies utility worker killed by falling tree in Alexander County

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — 31-year-old Brian Wilmoth, was killed around 4:15 a.m. at the intersection of Mountain Ridge Church Road and Dover Church Road near Taylorsville.  Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman told Channel 9 that Wilmoth, who was from Wilkes County and worked for Asplundh Company, was clearing a line trying to restore power. He was using a chainsaw to cut a tree that had fallen across power lines when the lines suddenly sprang upward, throwing the tree onto him. Wilmoth died at the scene.

POSTAL WORKER KILLED IN ‘FREAK ACCIDENT’

Clarkesville, GA — A Clarkesville Post Office employee delivering mail on a rural roadway was killed Monday afternoon after a large tree fell across her vehicle, smashing its front passenger compartment. According to information released to The Northeast Georgian by the Georgia State Patrol, the victim was behind the wheel of a 2003 Honda Element, traveling north on Buckhorn Road, when it was crushed by a tree that fell from atop an embankment at approximately 12:58 p.m. Oct. 23. Habersham County Coroner Kasey C. McEntire identified for The Northeast Georgian Tuesday morning the victim as being Zekeiah “Nikki” Veramick Cole-Hunt, 36, of Mt. Airy.

Pipeline worker thrown into fence, died instantly

BETHLEHEM TWP., OH — A pipeline worker, killed Monday when a natural gas line blew, was thrown into a fence and died instantly, the Stark County Coroner’s Office said. Coroner’s Office Investigator Rick Walters said Wesley J. Johnson, 60, of Wooster, was standing near the pipe while he and another Columbia Gas Transmission worker were completing maintenance at a metering station. The cause of the incident, in the 8500 block of Beth Avenue SW, remains under investigation, line owner TransCanda said. Investigators believe the end cap came off the pipe, spewing natural gas and other materials used in the transmission line. The pressure of the materials threw Johnson backward into the fence, Walters said. An autopsy was planned for noon Tuesday, but Walters said the cause of death was massive trauma to Johnson’s chest.

Flesh-eating bacteria from Harvey claims another area victim working to rebuild Houston

Houston, TX — A 31-year-old man reportedly working to restore homes damaged from the storm apparently contracted necrotizing fasciitis, the rare bacterial infection that kills soft tissue, commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. Authorities said the man died last Monday, Oct. 16. Flesh-eating bacteria deaths, though unusual, struck a number of Houston-area victims after Harvey.

Amazon employee killed after being hit by vehicle in Monee parking lot

Kankakee, IL — A Kankakee woman died after she was hit by a sports utility vehicle Monday night in Amazon Fulfillment Center’s parking lot in Monee, officials said. Carla Arnold, 50, was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m. at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields after suffering multiple injuries, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. First responders found Arnold trapped underneath a vehicle about 6:20 p.m. near the main entrance at 6600 W. Monee-Manhattan Road. They lifted the vehicle off her and transported her to St. James Hospital, officials said. Monee Police Chief Scott Koerner said the driver was looking for a place to park while Arnold was walking toward the entrance and the two did not see each other.

Worker killed at southern Indiana auto parts factory

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Clark County coroner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a worker at a southern Indiana auto parts manufacturing plant.The coroner’s office says 44-year-old Melissa Stephens suffered multiple blunt force trauma in an accident involving a machine Saturday night at the Autoneum North America plant in Jeffersonville. Autoneum’s Toledo, Ohio, plant was fined nearly $570,000 in May following the amputation of an employee’s hand, wrist and part of his forearm. It was cited for three “willful violations,” meaning the company was aware of them, and two repeated violations.

Police officer killed during domestic dispute call

GIRARD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer has been fatally shot while responding to a reported domestic disturbance in the northeastern part of the state. Authorities say 31-year-old Girard police officer Justin Leo was shot just after 10 p.m. Saturday as he and another officer stood at front door of a home where the suspect opened fire. Leo died during surgery at a Youngstown hospital.

Raleigh miner killed on job, becomes year’s 7th coal-mining death in WV

Colcord, WV — A Raleigh County coal miner was killed on the job Monday, making the seventh mining death in West Virginia this year. James Ray Adkins, 48, of Colcord, was killed at the Marfork Coal Co. Horsecreek Eagle Deep Mine, according to a prepared statement issued by the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. State officials released no details about how the death occurred, except to say that Adkins was found dead on the surface, his body in a raw coal stockpile at the Marfork Processing Plant, near Pettus. Adkins had been discovered missing shortly after 7 a.m., the agency said. He was a fire boss and belt man at the operation, and had worked for the company for 17 years, a company spokesman said.

Truck driver killed in crash

OSHA investigates fatal fall at Bethany Village in Centerville

Dayton, OH — 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. The accident happened at the retirement village, 6455 Far Hills Ave.

Fall kills worker at Miami Beach condo site

Miami, FL — A construction worker fell 10 stories and died Friday at the vacant Versailles Hotel in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported. Argentina-based Faena Group, led by developer Alan Faena, has been redeveloping the 16-story hotel property at 3425 Collins Avenue as a condominium.

Body of missing worker recovered after Louisiana oil rig explosion

New Orleans, LA — The body of a worker missing since an oil production platform in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain exploded and caught fire on Sunday has been found, local officials said. The body of Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, was recovered on Friday on the lake’s shoreline in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s equivalent to a county, Sheriff Joe Lopinto said in a video posted on Facebook. The explosion occurred on a rig operated by Clovelly Oil Co.

Worker Dies After Falling Off Palmetto Expressway

Miami, FL — A construction worker has died after falling off the the Palmetto Expressway Friday morning, Florida Highway Patrol officials said. Authorities at the scene say the construction worker was injured after falling off the highway near Northwest South River Drive. He was was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, according to a Medley police officer.  He’s been identified by his employer as Peter Bilinski, working as a bridge inspector for The Corradino Group. He was apparently surveying some construction when he fell. The fall is estimated by fire rescue officials to be about 30 feet from the top of the overpass to the ground. At first he was conscious and telling rescuers that he was in a lot of pain.

Franklin Township: Fatal Industrial Accident on Claremont Road

FRANKLIN PARK, NJ – Peter Martorana was more than a construction worker who died in a tragic accident earlier this week, he was a husband, and a father of three children.  Peter Marotana, 39 years old of Point Pleasant passed away due to an industrial accident at 125 Claremont Road, in the Franklin Park section of Franklin Township, according to police. Marotana fell approximately 30 feet while he was working on the roof of a building, police said in a statement.

Friends mourn truck driver killed in cras

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Friends and co-workers of Timothy Williams can’t believe that the truck driver is gone. The 45-year-old died on Tuesday night in a crash near the Robeson and Bladen County line after a car pulled out in front of him. Williams swerved off the road and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tow truck driver killed, woman arrested in suspected DUI crash on 15 Freeway in Temecula

Temecula, CA –A tow truck driver was killed Friday evening, Oct. 20, after he pulled over to the right shoulder of a 15 Freeway off-ramp in Temecula to help a motorist and was struck by a suspected drunk driver, the California Highway Patrol said. The incident happened about 11:35 p.m. on the Temecula Parkway off-ramp of the southbound 15 Freeway. A 28-year-old man from Wildomar, an employee of DJ’s towing, had been called by AAA to help a motorist whose vehicle had become disabled, a CHP news release says. A 2016 Kia Optima sideswiped the disabled vehicle, struck the tow truck driver and then struck the back of the tow truck. The truck driver was thrown onto the bed of the tow truck from the force of the crash, according to officials. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he died from his injuries.

Man dies in accident at German Pellets

The Port Arthur Fire Department confirms to KFDM/Fox 4 News a man died in an industrial accident at German Pellets at the Port of Port Arthur.  Firefighters tell us the man was in a bobcat machine removing wood pellets from a silo. There was an accident shortly before 8 a.m. Friday and some of the material fell onto the bobcat and the man.

Worker killed in forklift rollover at John Wayne Airport is identified

Orange County, CA — Orange County coroner’s officials released the name this week of a Los Angeles man who died in a workplace accident at John Wayne Airport. The man, identified as Jose Manuel Gomez, 30, suffered fatal injuries when a forklift he was operating rolled over on him at about 4:30 a.m. Monday at the airport, said Luke Brown, a spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which investigates workplace accidents.

Worker Dies in Fall While Installing Solar Panels on Corona Roof, NYPD Says

CORONA, NY — A 60-year-old construction worker was killed Thursday after falling from the roof of a home where he was installing solar panels, police said. The man, who has not been identified, was working on the roof of the two-story home at 94-22 50th Ave. at around 11:30 a.m. when he fell, police said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Crane operator fatally crushed by falling metal in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, WI – Authorities say a crane operator was killed at a metal business in Milwaukee when he was crushed by a 5,000-pound piece of metal. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the victim as 42-year-old Kelvis Price of Milwaukee. Price was lifting the large steel plate with a magnetic crane that he operated by remote control at Russel Metals on Monday afternoon when one of the magnets failed. Price was found lying on his back with the plate on top of him from the waist down. He was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday night.

Truck driver killed as cab separates from trailer in I-16 crash

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