Even though President Trump somehow forgot to mention Workers Memorial Day at his rally in Michigan Saturday night, we here at Confined Space will never forget.
Fair employee dies on the job in Alexander City
Arizona police officer killed, suspect arrested after stealing 3 cars
Nogales, AZ — A police officer in Arizona is dead and a suspect is in custody after stealing three cars in a violent series of incidents Friday in Nogales. According to Nogales police, officer Jesus Cordova was shot multiple times and killed after pulling over a driver following an armed carjacking at about 2:40 p.m. The suspect exited the car and shot at Cordova after being pulled over, police said. He then allegedly stole two more cars during a police chase, authorities said. Cordova, 44, was engaged and the father of three children. His fiancee is 5 months pregnant with their fourth child.
Construction worker killed by falling limestone on IU campus
Bloomington, IN — A large piece of limestone being installed above a doorway fell and killed a construction worker at Swain Hall West on Indiana University’s campus Wednesday afternoon.IU spokesman Chuck Carney confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the construction worker died. Monroe County coroner Joani Shields said the victim was identified as 35-year-old William M. Brown Jr. of Bloomington. He worked for an independent contractor that had been hired by Indiana University to do renovations on the building. He was not an employee of IU. The crew had been using equipment to lift and place limestone above an interior doorway at the north side of the building when it fell, according to preliminary reports given to emergency responders at the scene. Construction workers had started CPR on the man, who was hit in the head and chest by the limestone, according to Sgt. Brandon Hudson of the Bloomington Fire Department. Hudson estimated the piece of limestone was 6 feet long.
CLINTON, IA — The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a man who reportedly fell from a ladder onto a nearby power source in Clinton. Jose Sanchez, also known as Sanchez-Martinez, was in his mid-20s working for ASG Home Exteriors Corp., based out of McHenry, Illinois, when the incident happened on April 6. In a 911 call, a witness stated that after a “big boom,” she saw a man lying on the ground. At the time of the call, 8:15 a.m., Sanchez was awake and breathing. The female witness said she could hear him mumbling, but soon started to close his eyes. She reported he was having a hard time breathing. The witness said the man had fallen from what appeared to be a 25-foot ladder and hit a nearby “power source” in the back of building two and three at the complex. Clinton Fire and Police departments assisted on scene and brought Sanchez to Mercy Medical Center North.
Woman killed in accident at Bush Brothers’ facility
Dandridge, TN — A temporary worker was killed in an accident yesterday morning at the Bush Brothers cannery in Chestnut Hill, Sheriff Bud McCoig reported. Shannon Smith, 40, of 211 Sullivan Point, Dandridge, died in the accident involving a lift used to hoist heavy pallets of canned goods, the sheriff said his deputies’ reports indicate. Smith had been working at the plant (3304 Chestnut Hill Road) for about six months through a temporary agency, he said. According to deputies’ reports, Smith was cleaning in the area of the machine when she accidentally set off a sensor that caused it to lift, wedging her between the machine and a metal post.
Truck driver killed
Utility worker shot, killed on job site in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO — A utility worker died at a hospital after being shot at a job site in Kansas City. The shooting, which appears to be random, was reported just after 8:30 a.m. at a construction site near Ninth Street and Brooklyn Avenue, according to Kansas City police. Johnathon L. Porter, 23, was a worker for a company that contracted with Spire. The shooter walked up to a group of workers and briefly spoke to them before he pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group as he walked away, according to witnesses.
Longview, WA — An employee of GT Metals and Salvage, Christopher Cobb, was killed while dismantling a metal frame structure when the structure fell on him. (Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industry.)