FedEx truck driver killed after crashing over highway in Texas
DALLAS, TX — A fiery crash killed the driver of a FedEx delivery truck in Dallas early Saturday.The victim is 30-year-old Quantico Smith. Dallas police say the fatal accident began when two cars crashed on I-45 near Overton. The FedEx truck hit the one car that stayed on the road and the cab of the truck fell off the bridge, bursting into flames.
Hauppauge worker killed in industrial accident
Hauppauge, NY — A pharmaceutical worker died after an industrial accident Friday in Hauppauge, police said. Sergio Escobar, 59, of Brentwood, was cutting a metal drum with a grinder at about 11:45 a.m. at Bactolac Pharmaceutical “when the drum exploded and struck Escobar,” Suffolk County police said in a statement. Escobar was taken by ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police are investigating the accident at the Old Willets Path business and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified, police said.
Henderson gas station employee shoots 3 of his coworkers, killing 1
LAS VEGAS, NV – A shooting at a gas station in Henderson left one person dead and two others injured Friday. Henderson police officers responded to reports of shots fired at 9:50 a.m. at the Terrible Herbst convenience store and gas station on Sunset Road at Annie Oakley Drive. Henderson Police Officer Rodrigo Peña said three people were shot. Two of the victims were transported to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition, according to police. The third victim was transported to Henderson Hospital with gunshot wounds. One of the victims later died at the hospital, police said. Family members told FOX5 the victim’s name was Zachary Ragusa. His family said he was 18 years old who worked at Terrible Herbst as a smog check technician. They said he loved playing hockey, listening to heavy metal and watching the New York Jets. He was an honor student, a Christian and had no enemies, they said. The suspect, 22-year-old Rafael Valdez was an employee at Terrible Herbst. After the shooting, the victims, who are also employees, said Valdez ran away. He was found and arrested on the 2800 block of North Green Valley Parkway.
Randolph man dies in accident with train
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – A railroad employee died from his injuries Tuesday morning in an accident with a train at Cedar Creek Lumber. According to Sparta police, train conductor Robert Hemling, 39 of Randolph, was found unresponsive and taken to Mayo Clinic – Sparta Campus, where he was pronounced dead. The incident is under investigation.Man dies at N. Mississippi construction site
Construction Worker Dies in Fall
Kent, WA — Shawn Moore, working for Jim Edwards Construction Company, fell from a steep pitch two story residence without fall protection while doing installation of metal roofing system. Moore fell from 17’11” and suffered death “multiple blunt force injuries” (Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
State police identify trooper killed in crash on I-84 east in Tolland
TOLLAND, CT – Connecticut State Police said Trooper First Class Kevin Miller from Troop C died Thursday following a car accident on I-84 east in Tolland. State police said a tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on I-84 in the right lane of three at slower speed than the flow of traffic. State police said Miller was traveling eastbound on I-84 in the right lane of the three, when he collided into the rear end of the tractor-trailer. Miller sustained fatal injuries from the accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered no injuries, according to state police.
Investigation underway after worker crushed at Port of Houston
HOUSTON, TX – Authorities said they are investigating the death of a worker who was crushed Tuesday at the Port of Houston. The incident was reported at 8:17 a.m. on a ship in the Houston Ship Channel. Officials said it appears that the person was working in the hold of a ship called Grebe Bulker when something fell on the worker. The identity of the worker was not immediately released.
Suspect in Hopkinsville officer’s slaying killed in Tennessee
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A man suspected of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer in a small Kentucky city has been killed by law enforcement officials in Tennessee. Kentucky State Police Trooper Rob Austin says in a statement Friday that 34-year-old James K. Decoursey of Hopkinsville “had a brief encounter with law enforcement” officials in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he “was shot and died from his injuries.” Police said Decoursey was impersonating a police officer when he pulled 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer Phillip Meacham over Thursday afternoon. Decoursey then shot and killed Meacham, who was off-duty, before running from the scene and taking off in a pickup truck.
Man dies in “freak” industrial accident
Thomasville, AL (WKRG) – Authorities are investigating following a death at the Louisiana Pacific mill in Thomasville Saturday. The Clarke County sheriff confirms one person died in an industrial accident. Clarke County medical examiner, Mitch Finney tells News 5 21-year-old James Dylan Sealey of Butler, Alabama was killed Saturday evening in a “freak accident”. Finney says Sealey was working on a crane when he either fell or was pulled between two pieces of equipment. Sealey was pronounced dead at the scene dying from blunt force trauma to the chest area. Sealey was a maintenance worker for Louisiana Pacific and was working on a crane at the time of the accident. Finney says it took an extended period of time to remove Sealey’s body because it was located about 95 feet in the air. Thomasville Fire Rescue assisted in the removal of Sealey’s body.
Truck driver dies in Route 80 crash near Pennsylvania border
Hardwick, New Jersey — A truck driver died in a crash late Wednesday night on Route 80 in Hardwick, New Jersey State Police say. The accident occurred on the eastbound side of the highway, about half a mile from the Pennsylvania border. The male driver, 45, was negotiating a curve when his Volvo tractor-trailer overturned, ending up on the right side of the roadway.
Kentucky police officer killed in the line of duty; no suspect named
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WCHS/WVAH) — A suspect has not been named after a Pikeville, Ky., police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday night. Officer Scotty Hamilton was a 12-year veteran and joined the Pikeville Police Department in 2006. Kentucky State Police Post 13 Public Information Officer Jody Sims said Hamilton was shot while he and Trooper Matt Martine were investigating an area known to have high criminal drug activity.
FDNY firefighter from Floral Park dies in Harlem movie set fire
New York, NY — A New York City Fire Department veteran from Floral Park died fighting a five-alarm fire in Harlem on Thursday night. Fire Department of New York firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, of Floral Park, died Thursday in a fire in Harlem. The fire broke out around 11 p.m. Thursday, officials said, in a basement at 773 St. Nicholas Avenue near 148th Street in Harlem on the set of “Motherless Brooklyn,” an adaptation of a novel by Jonathan Lethem directed by Edward Norton and starring Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Bruce Willis and Norton.
Police say Sioux City worker dies after being crushed
Sioux City, SD — Police say 42-year-old Brian McCormick has died in a northwestern Iowa transportation hub accident. The Sioux City Journal reports that the incident happened shortly before noon Wednesday at the Big Soo Terminal in Sioux City. Police Lieutenant Mark Kirkpatrick says a worker was crushed as he attempted to move train cars and that the death is being treated as an accident. Kirkpatrick says officers were still investigating the incident Wednesday afternoon.
Tow truck driver responding to accident struck and killed
ANDOVER, Mass. – State police in Massachusetts have identified the tow truck driver who was struck and killed while responding to a late-night highway crash. Police say 41-year-old Daniel Coady was standing outside his truck in the breakdown lane of Interstate 495 in Andover at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. He was loading one of the vehicles involved in the original two-car crash onto his flatbed when a car driving past struck a disabled vehicle, pushing it into him.Coady, who lived in North Andover, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Worker Dies in Massachusetts Furnace Equipment Supplier Explosion
Ayer, MA — An explosion at a Massachusetts manufacturing facility has killed one worker and injured another. Officials say the man was an employee at Advanced Vacuum Systems in Ayer, about 40 miles northwest of Boston. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office says its investigation suggests the explosion was the result of a pressure vessel malfunction. The workers have not been identified.
Contractor dies at BMW Manufacturing Plant
GREER, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating what appears to be an accidental death at BMW Manufacturing. BMW officials said in a statement the death happened in one of the plant’s paint shops. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the victim is a private contractor who was working on equipment. The victim has been identified as Bojan Sprah, 45, of Boiling Springs. Clevenger said the preliminary cause of death is listed as open head trauma, secondary to blunt force trauma and entrapment in moving machinery. Pelham Batesville Fire Chief Charles Jolley said the call was received around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jolley said it was “obvious” the person was deceased. He had to be extracted from machinery by the coroner’s office.
Worker found dead in cargo hold of ship at Port of Houston
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who was extracted from a ship at the Port of Houston Tuesday morning.
The incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on a ship at the Houston Ship Channel. Officials said the worker had to be extracted from a cargo hold of the ship. It’s not immediately clear how the worker got there.
MTA bus driver strikes, kills colleague at Queens depot
Queens, NY — An MTA worker was fatally struck by a bus driver at a Queens depot Tuesday morning, marking the second on-duty death at the transit authority this month. The driver was reversing a bus at the MTA Bus College Point Depot when he ran over his colleague, a 59-year-old man who was directing traffic around 10 a.m., according to the MTA. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by police.
Memorial Service Held for Rookie Police Officer Killed in Pomona
Pomona, CA — A memorial service was held Thursday for the rookie police officer killed during a call in Pomona earlier this month. Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas‘ cap and a U.S. flag rest on a pedestal during Casillas’ funeral services at Purpose Church in Pomona on Thursday. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Greggory Casillas was killed during a lengthy standoff in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street when he was shot through a door on March 9. The suspect in the shooting, 38-year-old Isaias De Jesus Valencia, has been charged with murder in Casillas’ death, as well as the attempted murder of several other officers. Casillas, a 30-year-old husband and father of two, was sworn in as a Pomona police officer in September and was just about to complete his field training the night he was gunned down.
Man dies after explosion at northern Utah Autoliv factory
Salt Lake City, UT — A man died early Monday after an explosion at an Autoliv Facilities factory in Box Elder County. Police received a call that the Promontory factory, which produces airbags for vehicles, was on fire about 2:12 a.m., according to a news release from the Box Elder County sheriff’s office. Ronald Larson, 64, of Cache Valley, was trapped inside the facility, and personnel at the site were trying to extricate him, the release said. Larson had reportedly been alone in the mixing portion of the building when the explosion occurred.
Two cops, one firefighter who joined Ground Zero first responders die
New York, NY — Two retired NYPD cops and an upstate fire battalion chief, who were among the many first responders to rush to Ground Zero after 9/11, have died. NYPD Lt. William Wanser, Detective Pedro Esponda and Watertown Fire Battalion Chief David Lachenauer — all retired — succumbed to cancer over the weekend, according to family and friends. Wanser, who joined the NYPD in 1984, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60. Lachenauer died Friday after battling cancer for a year. He was 61. As a firefighter, Lachenauer worked for three days to clear the rubble left by the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Esponda, who joined the NYPD in 1982, died Sunday. He was 60.
Coroner’s office IDs man killed by forklift in southwest Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV — The Clark County coroner’s office has identified a man killed Monday morning at a southwest Las Vegas Valley construction site. Stephen Lee Goodall, 53, died about 9:50 a.m. at a construction site at 9750 W. Sunset Road, near South Grand Canyon Drive. Las Vegas police said Goodall was crushed by the arm of a forklift. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating his death. The agency said that there have been 11 workplace deaths in Nevada this year, including that of a man killed last month in the east valley when a mobile home fell on him. His death remains under investigation.
1 dead, 3 injured in explosion inside furnace company in Ayer
AYER, Mass. — One person is dead and three people were injured in an explosion at a furnace company in Ayer around 5:22 p.m. on Friday. The explosion happened at the AVS Furnace Company on Fitchburg Road. The explosion was so powerful it tore a hole in the roof. People in the area said homes and businesses shook when the explosion happened. One employee was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Worcester. He was later pronounced dead. Another employee suffered minor injuries. Two firefighters were injured, one with chest pains and another picked up a charged wire, but both are expected to be OK. The cause of the explosion is said to have been related to an apparent pressure vessel malfunction.
Victim, crushed to death at Ogle County landfill, has been identified
DAVIS JUNCTION, IL — The Ogle County Coroner confirms that a man was killed during an accident at the Orchard Hills Landfill in Davis Junction Wednesday morning. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office says while several trucks were unloading items at the landfill, one of the trucks rolled, crushing the victim, a man in his 40s, who was assisting unloading one of the trucks. He has been identified as 48-year-old John Overstreet, of Davis Junction. Overstreet was at the rear of his trailer, removing his tarp, between his trailer and another semi-tractor that was parked behind him. The driver of the second trailer, Dariusz Achramowicz, a 55-year-old man from Elmwood Park, IL, had stopped and exited his vehicle to take the tarp off his trailer when the vehicle began rolling forward. Overstreet was pinned between the semi and the trailer. New Milford EMS arrived on the scene shortly before 7 a.m. and tried to revive Overstreet, but were not successful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Texas volunteer firefighter dies after injuries from March 10 grassfire
Ellinger, TX — A Texas firefighter injured two weeks ago while working a brushfire has died, officials confirmed. Firefighter Larry Marusik, a member of Ellinger Volunteer Fire Department, died Friday at Brooke Army Medical Center, according to the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management. He was 68 years old.
Fuyao vows to work closely with investigators after worker crushed to death
Dayton, OH — Workforce safety investigators are looking into the accidental death of a worker at Moraine’s largest employer, a business fined last year by OSHA for multiple alleged “serious safety violations.” The Tuesday early-morning death of Fuyao Glass America Inc. forklift operator Ricky Patterson of Dayton has renewed attention on safety at the Chinese automobile glass manufacturer. Patterson died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what has been ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Moraine police and fire crews responded the Fuyao plant on West Stroop Road about 5:20 a.m. on a report of an accident involving a forklift driver, a statement from police said. Patterson died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show. The Dayton man was found early Tuesday morning “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.
Worker Dies at Plywood Mill in Southern Oregon
DILLARD, Ore. (AP) — Roseburg Forest Products says one of its employees died in an accident at its plywood plant in Dillard, Oregon. The Springfield-based company has yet to release details about what happened, and says the incident is under investigation. The employee was identified as 57-year-old Joel Kuhse, who had worked for the company since 2010. Martin Merica told The News-Review that his father-in-law worked at the press next to Kuhse, and called for help Monday after finding Kuhse motionless on top of his load.
ODOT worker killed on I-680
Mail carrier killed when struck by own mail truck in Washtenaw County
LYNDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A postal worker was killed Wednesday afternoon when her own mail truck struck her in Lyndon Township. Michigan State Police troopers responded to a report of a fatal collision involving Tracy Sylo, a U.S. Postal Service carrier. Investigators said Sylo had parked her truck at the top of a driveway on Lake Road and got out. The vehicle somehow started to roll down the driveway and struck Sylo, pinning her between the truck and a metal guardrail, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Former NY firefighter, JWU grad dies of 9/11-related illness
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A retired New York firefighter and renowned chef has died from an illness related to the September 11 terror attacks, his family confirms. Keith Young, 53, was an 18-year veteran of the FDNY and worked on the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence who later became known as the “Firehouse Chef,” Young went on to publish his own cookbook and was a two-time champion on the Food Network show “Chopped” and also found success on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” Young leaves behind three children. He lost his wife to breast cancer in 2012.
Construction worker dies after fall at State College apartment complex
STATE COLLEGE, PA – State College police said a construction worker died Tuesday morning after a fall. Police said the fall was reported just before 9:30 a.m. at the Beaver Terrace Apartments on East Beaver Ave. Police said the 43-year-old Bellefonte man, who has been identified as Corey Eicher, was performing construction repairs to a 5th floor balcony when he fell 28 feet and succumbed to his injuries.
Leland man dies in fall at construction site
Brunswick, NC — A 32-year-old Leland man died after falling at the Wilmington construction site where he was working Friday afternoon. Ramero Felipe fell from a six-story scaffold at the Cape Fear Apartments on Chestnut Street at 2:15 p.m., North Carolina Department of Labor spokesman Jason Tyson. The fall appears to be accidental, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said. A preliminary investigation shows Felipe was installing brick veneer to the front of the building before falling the six stories between the building and the scaffolding, Tyson said.
Falling panels kill man at Topeka sale barn
TOPEKA, KS — A Ligonier man died during a workplace incident at the sale barn in Topeka. Delmar Yoder, 18, was helping set up panels to create temporary stalls at the Livestock Auction tent, 601 E. Lake St., when one of the panels fell on top of him around 11:45 a.m. Friday, said Stewart Bender, chief of the Topeka Fire Department. Another man tried to lift the panel off Yoder, but the rescue was interrupted as about six or seven more panels toppled to the ground. “It was a domino effect then after the one,” Bender said. The other man escaped that situation unharmed. Yoder was pulled from the wreckage as emergency responders were called to the scene.
Worker Dies After Fall in Manhattan Subway Tunnel
New York, NY — A worker making repairs to a subway tunnel in Manhattan was killed early Tuesday when he fell and injured his head, the police said. The circumstances of the accident, which occurred just before 5 a.m. at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue inside the tunnel that carries the 4 and 5 trains, were not immediately known, the police said. Officers responding to a 911 call found the man unresponsive and lying on the southbound tracks with trauma to his head. The man, identified by the transit workers union as St. Clair Ziare Richards-Stephens, 23, of the Bronx, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Richards-Stephens appeared to have fallen from an elevated position within the tunnel area while working at the location, the police said. The investigation is ongoing.
September 11 Hero Dies from Cancer Related to Attack
New York, NY — Thomas Phelan saved hundreds of people on the morning of September 11, 2001. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 45 Monday, becoming one of the thousands of victims who have succumbed to cancer after being exposed to carcinogens after the attack. Phelan was working for the Circle Line Statue of Liberty ferry cruises when the hijacked planes hit the Twin Towers. Instead of running away, he helped ferry people from the city. “He brought supplies, rescue workers & was a huge part of the operation,” according to the NYC Fire Wire Facebook page. In 2003, Phelan continued to answer the call of duty, becoming an FDNY firefighter and eventually a marine pilot. The hero was diagnosed with cancer linked to the 9/11 attacks, having been exposed to toxic fumes. He is one of thousands of similar victims, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s World Trade Center Health Program.
CDOT contractor dies in Clear Creek Canyon accident
Clear Creek Canyon, CO — A CDOT contractor died after falling in Clear Creek Canyon on Tuesday afternoon. Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, was part of a crew doing rockfall mitigation work along U.S. 6 when the accident occurred. Sarinana-Herrera fell between 50-70 feet. The scene of the incident was initially investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The specific cause of the accident will be determined during a future OSHA investigation. The rockfall work included rock-scaling efforts, rock anchors and adding 285,000 square feet of wire mesh. CDOT contractors began the $3 million rockfall mitigation project in late February between mile markers 260 and 272. That work is on pause until the investigation is concluded.
Officials identify man electrocuted while trimming tree in Camarillo
Camarillo, CA — A 29-year-old from Oxnard was identified as the man who died Friday while trimming a palm tree in Camarillo. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that Eduardo Sampayo Jimenez was electrocuted while working near power lines in the 500 block of McLeod Rondo.
Disgruntled worker killed nurse in Alabama hospital
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A job-related dispute led to a health care worker opening fire inside a hospital in a shooting that left two people dead and another critically injured, authorities said Thursday.A man pulled out a gun and shot two people Wednesday night inside UAB Highlands, which is affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The man then killed himself with a shot to the head, authorities said. UAB spokesman Tyler Greer said the gunman, who police identified as 31-year-old Trevis Coleman of Birmingham, worked for UAB, as did Nancy Swift, a 63-year-old nursing manager who was killed.
Cirque du Soleil Death in Florida Under Federal Investigation
Tampa, FL — The death of a Cirque du Soleil performer after he fell during an aerial act is under federal investigation, according to a Department of Labor spokesman. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened the investigation into the death of Yann Arnaud during a performance in Tampa, Fla., spokesman Eric Lucero confirmed to Bloomberg Environment on March 19. Arnaud fell to the stage below him during an aerial straps routine on March 17, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said in a statement. Cirque du Soleil said Arnaud was a “long-time aerialist” who had been with the company for more than 15 years. Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was diagnosed as having head and neck injuries and later died.
AMELIA COURTHOUSE, Va. — Authorities say a Virginia farm worker was killed when he became buried in soybeans. The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites an Amelia County Sheriff’s Office release that says 30-year-old Dustin Lee Arthur was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday evening. The sheriff’s office said Arthur was wearing a safety harness and was tethered to the grain bin at the time. Amelia County’s director of emergency management, Kent Emerson, says rescuers had to create a way to safely enter the bin before digging to find Arthur, who was found deceased.
Forklift crushes construction worker to death at violation-plagued Queens jobsite: ‘He was afraid of dying’
Queens, NY — A horrific forklift accident killed a hardhat at a troubled Queens construction site Tuesday, officials said. Edgar Pazmino, 34, an immigrant from Ecuador, was crushed against a wall by the heavy machine, witnesses said. He died at the scene. The jobsite had been peppered with safety violations and stop work orders since September, records show. Pazmino’s brother-in-law told the Daily News that Pazmino repeatedly expressed concern about the working conditions at the site. “He used to say it was very dangerous to work there. He told me this last Saturday,” he said. “‘There’s not enough security. One of these days I’m not going to survive.’ He was afraid of dying. He always complained about it.” Pazmino was working with another man to lift a large window with a forklift when the window fell on him on 89th Ave. near 150th St. in Jamaica at about 11 a.m., police said. “His friend was moving the window,” said Thomas, 37, a fellow construction worker. “When he was moving the window he didn’t see the dude was behind him. So he pushed it toward the wall and it crushed him. It crushed his head, I know that. He was gone.”
OSHA, Tampa police investigate accident that claimed Cirque performer’s life
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Saturday night, in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 people, veteran performer Yann Arnaud fell to his death while performing a high flying stunt. His wife was in the crowd as paramedics rushed on stage to help. “He didn’t move. The whole time ever since he fell and the whole time somebody was on a loud speaker every two minutes asking people to stay in their seats and then eventually, they asked us to leave,” said News Channel 8 reporter Anthony Allred, who was in the crowd as a spectator.
Employee dies in accident at sawmill
St. Joseph, IL — Federal authorities have opened an investigation into a workplace fatality at one St. Joseph company. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said a worker, confirmed as Joshua S. Hill, 38, died in an accident at American Walnut Co., 2801 S. Second St. The accident occurred in the company’s sawmill, said Rhonda Burke, with OSHA’s district office in Chicago. Preliminary information indicates that the employee came into contact with operating equipment used at the facility. The company reported the accident, as required.
OSHA investigating the electrocution of a Clewiston landscaping worker at Alva address
Alva, FL –The death of a citrus company worker in Alva on Sunday morning is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Daniel Cruz Gomez, 41, an employee of Southern Garden Groves Corp., a Clewiston citrus processing company, was electrocuted shortly before 8:30 a.m. when he moved a ladder and it came in to contact with low-hanging electrical lines at 18511 Docs Road, according to a report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
UPS Worker Dies in Fall
Seattle, WA — While extending the guardrail on a K-Loader at United Parcel Service, Patricia Geehan fell approximately 20 feet to the concrete below, striking her head. (Washington Dept of Labor and Industries)
A man has died in a fall at a construction site in southeastern North Carolina.
Worker dies from head injury in accident at Geneva Rock in Draper
DRAPER, UT — A worker has died after a chute he was installing at a Geneva Rock operation in Draper fell on him, authorities said. The 57-year-old Lee MacKay died of his injuries Wednesday afternoon, Draper police said. Officers offered condolences to his family and co-workers. MacKay was trying to free the heavy piece of equipment that had become stuck when it struck him in the head around 1:30 p.m., said Draper Police Sgt. Chad Carpenter. Draper detectives and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating.
Rustburg truck driver killed in DC-area electrocution
Lorton, VA — A truck driver from Rustburg is dead from a power line electrocution outside Washington D.C. Fairfax County Police say 47-year-old Bobby Blevins Junior pulled off to the side of the roadway Thursday and apparently tried to raise the metal cover that caps the trailer, putting that cover in contact with overhead power lines. The exact circumstances remain under investigation.
Potsdam man killed in workplace accident
CANTON, NY — An Atlantic Testing Laboratories employee was killed last Friday afternoon in a workplace accident at the former cogeneration plant, 80 Lincoln St. Justin A. Miller, 33, also known as “Jam,” of Potsdam, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred between 3:45 and 4 p.m., said village police Sgt. Basil W. Cheney.
Fatality in plant explosion is Johnson City’s second industrial death in less than a week
JOHNSON CITY, TN – A worker killed at a fluorescent bulb recycling facility Wednesday afternoon became the second industrial accident fatality in Johnson City this week. Johnson City Fire Department District Chief Mike Oliver confirmed one person died in the explosion at Lighting Resources Llc., 300 Boggs Lane, a fluorescent bulb recycling facility.Firefighters were responding to a fire alarm at the business around 4:30 p.m. when people called 911 and reported hearing a loud boom.
Man who died in QEP silo collapse identified, OSHA investigating
Johnson City, TN — The man who died Saturday when a silo collapsed at a Johnson City hardwood flooring plant has been identified. According to Johnson City Police Department records, James Reed was using a Genie boom lift to spray sawdust off the inside walls of a silo at QEP Co., Inc., 2225 Eddie Williams Road, when the sawdust reportedly collapsed on him. Around 12:45 p.m., coworker Ricky Welsh, who was using a Bobcat to clean up around the silo, said he saw sawdust come out of the silo’s door and noticed the Genie boom lift was also covered in sawdust, according to the police report. Welch told police he couldn’t see Reed and told another coworker, Darrell Roop, that he thought the silo had collapsed.
WSU employee dies after hit by car on campus
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -A Wichita State University employee who was hit by a car on campus last week has died. University spokesperson Joe Kleinsasser said Kathy Hull was in a crosswalk on campus last Tuesday when she was struck by a car driven by a student. Hull died on Monday. Hull worked at Wichita State for 29 years, most recently as a visual resources coordinator for the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. The student’s name was not released.
Farm worker dies in tractor accident
Waynesboro, GA –A 57 year-old farm worker was killed Thursday afternoon, March 8, when he apparently fell from the tractor he was driving and was run over by a mower. Thomas Bates was mowing grass in a pecan orchard just off Highway 56 south of Waynesboro. The Burke County Emergency Management Agency received a call at 2:22 p.m. and responded to the scene, finding Bates with no pulse at the scene.
Freak Accident Near Broadway Junction
BUSHWICK, NY – A construction worker was crushed to death in a freak accident at a job site near Broadway Junction in Bushwick over the weekend, police confirmed. The accident took place around 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 10 at 1949 Broadway and Stewart Street. As a forklift was lifting a load of scaffolding pipes, the vehicle tipped over, crushing the 47-year old operator between the forklift and a flatbed truck, said police. Responders rushed to pull the tipped vehicle upright, and the victim was transported to Brooklyn University Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.
60-Year-Old Security Guard Killed On The Job Thursday Identified
Walnut Creek , CA — A 60-year-old man from San Pablo who was killed in Walnut Creek on Thursday night while working as a security guard at a construction site has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as Harry Edward Swayne III. Swayne was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime after police responded to a call from the 1800 block of Lacassie Avenue just before 7 p.m. Concord resident Hakim Madjour, 34, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Swayne’s death. The two men were coworkers, and Madjour allegedly attacked Swayne with a metal pole, resulting in severe head injuries. Madjour was treated for minor injuries before being booked into jail on $1 million bail.
Sanitation Worker Killed
Pasco, WA — A loader had just finished pushing the garbage to the back of one bay, and was backing up to do the next bay. A spotter, David Dietrich, walked behind the loader while looking the other way and was run over. (Washington Department of Labor and Industries)
Eureka man killed by fallen tree branch while working in Hydesville
HYDESVILLE, Calif. — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) are investigating the death of an independent contractor from Eureka who was killed in Hydesville while doing tree work Wednesday. The HCSO said at around 8 a.m. on March 7 a medical call was made to authorities regarding a worker who had been struck by a tree branch. The worker, 42-year-old Scott Eskra of Eureka, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
I-4 Ultimate worker killed in Orlando construction accident
ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) – The Orlando Police Department has confirmed that there was an industrial accident near South Street and Interstate 4 (westbound on-ramp). They say that a piece of construction equipment fell on top of a worker that was below. That worker, identified as Michael Tolman, 56, was transported to the Orlando Medical Regional Center, where he later died. Tolman was an ironworker for Shelby Erectors, authorities said.
LA PUENTE, CA – An employee of Domino’s Pizza died after being stabbed at least once during a fight with a coworker. Deputies say they responded to the store in the 1000 block of Hacienda Boulevard just before 6 p.m. Saturday for an “assault with a deadly weapon” call. When they arrived, they located male victim who had been stabbed at least once in the upper body. The man was taken to the hospital where he died. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the man and the suspect, both of whom are employees at the location, were involved in a physical altercation. During the course of the dispute, deputies say the suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim.
Pigeon Forge, TN — The president of a Tennessee variety show venue says one of its workers has died after a carbon dioxide leak. The Oak Ridger reports that David Fee, president and CEO of the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, issued a statement Thursday saying theater technician Josh Ellis has died. The 38-year-old Ellis died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he had been placed in a medically-induced coma. Authorities said Ellis and two employees who went to check on him were found unconscious during a performance March 3. Hundreds of people were evacuated. The two surviving workers were released from a hospital within hours. A theater official has said the leak stemmed from a valve left open on a machine that uses carbon dioxide to create fog.
Driver killed, multiple injured after bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine
Baldwin County, AL — The driver of a bus carrying Texas high school band students has died and numerous people are injured after the bus crashed down a steep embankment off the side of an Alabama interstate, authorities said. At 5:33 a.m., the tour bus, which was headed west on Interstate 10 toward Houston, careened near the highway median and ended up in a 50-foot ravine, Lt. Joe Piggott of the Alabama Highway Patrol said in a statement. Baldwin County Sheriff Mack said emergency units were dispatched to evacuate and extricate the passengers. Some were carried out by police deputies, others were brought to the surface by firefighters who rappeled down the ravine. First Class Tours, which owns the bus, identified the deceased driver as one of its employees, Harry Caligone.
3 Workers Killed, Gunman Dead In Standoff At Veterans Center In Yountville
YOUNTVILLE, CA — Three workers for a program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder were found dead Friday along with the suspect who took them hostage at the largest veterans home in the U.S. The four bodies were discovered nearly eight hours after the gunman slipped into an employee going-away party in a building where combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receive treatment, said California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs. The gunman who killed three people who work for a California program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder was kicked out of the program, a relative of one victim said Friday. Albert Wong, 36, was identified as the man who went to The Pathway House therapy center on the sprawling campus of the largest veterans homes in the country and took a psychologist and two executives hostage, authorities said. Gunshots were fired around 10:30 a.m. after he arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville but nothing more was heard from him or the women until their bodies were found at about 6 p.m., authorities said. Killed were program Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48; Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 42; and Jennifer Gonzalez, 29, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.“These brave women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans, working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” The Pathway Home said in a statement.
Family mourns loss of man after Sandy industrial accident
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT — A family is mourning after losing their brother in a freak construction accident in Sandy Friday. A massive pipe crushed Russell Andrews, 46, after it fell off the chain hoisting it in the air at a construction site near 11450 S. 1000 East. But Russell Andrew’s family said their brother was a dump truck driver and had no business helping lay pipe on the construction site. “He was willing to help people— I imagine with his boss being there, and running the equipment, ” said Jason Andrews, the victim’s brother. “He was apt to help because that’s his job.” Police on Friday said Russell Andrews was standing on the pipe as it was being moved, and at some point, he jumped off and ended up underneath the 4,000-pound tube that dropped off the chain and crushed him.
Truck driver killed, I-26 overpass badly damaged in fatal Orangeburg wreck
Orangeburg County, SC — Dept. of Transportation crews on scene of a wreck in Orangeburg County that left a truck driver dead and an overpass badly damaged Friday morning. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2016 Peterbilt tractor trailer ran off the road near mile-marker 153 on I-26 eastbound around 10 a.m. The truck hit a bridge column for the 4 Holes Road overpass, and the truck driver died at the scene, Highway Patrol says. The overpass was severely damaged, video from the scene shows. The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office says Travis Hall, 46 of Wagener, South Carolina was driving the truck.
Troopers identify truck driver killed in crash north of Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, NC — The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the driver who died when his truck veered off of U.S. 220 and collided with a tree as 70-year-old Larry Steven Newell, of Candor. Newell worked for Wayne Dunn Logging, LLC, a shipping and trucking company based in Mount Gilead. First Sgt. B.G. Jones said Newell did not apply the brake at any point in the collision, which suggested a medical issue. The report still had the cause of the wreck as “due to a medical issue” as of Friday morning, according to the Highway Patrol
Eureka man killed by fallen tree branch while working in Hydesville
HYDESVILLE, Calif. — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) are investigating the death of an independent contractor from Eureka who was killed in Hydesville while doing tree work Wednesday. The HCSO said at around 8 a.m. on March 7 a medical call was made to authorities regarding a worker who had been struck by a tree branch. The worker, 42-year-old Scott Eskra of Eureka, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials said Eskra was doing tree work on the property when he was killed by a felled tree branch.
Missouri officer killed, 2 hurt when sent to wrong house
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer who was shot and killed and two others who were wounded had been sent to the wrong house following a 911 call, authorities said Wednesday. Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said no one spoke when the 911 call came in Tuesday night but two women could be heard arguing in the background. For reasons that authorities still are trying to determine, the officers were sent to the address in Clinton where they were shot. The home that officers should have responded to was in Windsor, about 15 miles away. The three Clinton officers went inside the home to determine if criminal activity was occurring and James Waters was in the residence and shot them, Lowe said. It’s not clear if Waters, 37, was living there. Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, died. Officer Nathan Bettencourt was in stable condition Wednesday. The third officer, Nicholas Kasper, was treated for gunshot wounds and released Wednesday.
Body found in debris of massive construction fire near downtown Denver
Denver, CO — A body has been found in the smoldering debris of a major fire at a construction site near downtown Denver Wednesday afternoon that sent a plume of smoke 200 feet into the air and was so hot that it demolished 40 cars. There is still one person missing. “We need to find them,” Denver Fire Department spokesperson Greg Pixley said. “We have to go through and make sure this doesn’t happen again.” One person was critically injured in the blaze and four others were injured either jumping from the burning building or catching people who were, Pixley said. A firefighter also suffered burn injuries.The fire was first reported at a construction site for what was supposed to be a new apartment building near 18th Avenue and Emerson Street at around 12:09 p.m. Pixley says Denver Fire received reports that after the blaze broke out on the third floor of the building, construction workers leapt from the structure to avoid the rapidly growing flames, which consumed the exposed wood at the site within moments. “This is very unique,” Pixley said.
Man killed in Hermiston work site accident
HERMISTON, OR — A man died in an industrial accident southwest of Hermiston on Tuesday morning, but much of the information about the accident is still yet to be released. At 11 a.m., Umatilla County Fire District 1 officials were dispatched to an industrial site on Cottonwood Bend Road, where an Amazon facility is being built. Battalion Chief Corey Gorham said one man died as a result of an accident, but did not confirm his name or exactly how he died. Gorham said the incident is being investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and that he couldn’t release any more information about it. Dispatchers on the emergency scanner said the man had been hit by highly pressurized water, and that CPR was administered. Shortly afterward, a dispatcher said a chaplain had been sent to scene.
Mercer County village worker killed in industrial accident
MENDON, OH — A Village of Mendon employee was killed in an industrial accident Thursday at the village utility department, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. Brendan Poling, 49, had climbed inside the bed of a dump truck carrying salt and it appeared he slipped into a salt auger, where another village employee discovered him, the sheriff said in a prepared statement released tonight. Deputies were dispatched to the utility department, 340 E. Market St., just after 11:30 a.m. for a male stuck in an auger. Poling, who was a Mendon resident, died at the scene, the sheriff said. No word on whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted. OSHA, part of the federal labor department, usually investigates industrial accidents.
Crown Point man dies after building materials topple onto him at Nick’s Building Materials, police say
CROWN POINT, IN — OSHA officials have been contacted to investigate after a Crown Point man died in a work-related injury Monday morning, authorities said Tuesday. Kelly S. Davaney Jr., 23, was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma at 10:58 a.m. at the scene in the 11100 block of Broadway, according to a Lake County coroner’s office release. Crown Point police and fire responded to Nick’s Building Materials, 11100 Broadway, at 9:52 a.m., for a report of a serious injury to an employee, according to police. It appears building materials toppled onto Davaney, causing his injuries, police said.