Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workplace Fatalities

WEATHERFORD, Texas  – A Weatherford firefighter has died after assisting in firefighting operations in West Texas, the department said Sunday. “It is with great sadness and deepest regrets that the City of Weatherford and Weatherford Fire Department report the passing of Firefighter Richard ‘Andy’ Loller, Jr.,” officials said. Officials said Loller Jr. suffered a medical emergency while performing wildland firefighting operations in West Texas. He was flown by helicopter to receive medical treatment and was stabilized before he was placed in a medical airplane to Odessa. While in the flight to Odessa, Loller Jr. passed away.

Worker dies while trimming tree in Annapolis

Annapolis, MD — A worker died when he was struck and pinned by a branch from a tree he was trimming in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Fire spokesman Lt. Erik Kornmeyer said Sunday. Fire and police were called at 3:35 p.m. to the 100 block of Sunset Drive to find the man who was still harnessed 8 feet up in the tree after he died from his injuries, Kornmeyer said. About an hour later, the special operations unit removed the unnamed man from the tree.

Postal Service worker dies in Scott County while delivering mail

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – The United States Postal Service confirms one of its employees died while on the job in Scott County. In a statement, the USPS says, “The Postal Service, particularly the Georgetown, Kentucky postal family, mourns the loss of City Carrier Assistant Daniel Rosenbach and extend our deepest condolences to his family.” Scott County Coroner John Goble tells WKYT Rosenbach was delivering mail on Friday afternoon in Georgetown when he suddenly passed out. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Goble says an autopsy was performed in Frankfort on Saturday and it was determined he died from a heart attack. The USPS confirms Rosenbach just recently started as an employee, with his first day being on May 12. Goble says Rosenbach was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and a seven-year-old daughter. Goble says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will further investigate the death starting on Monday.

CBP Employee Killed in Crookston Crash While On Duty

Crookston, MN — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee died in a crash on a northwestern Minnesota highway Thursday afternoon. Christopher Bacon, 51, was killed in a crash on Highway 2 near Crookston around 1 p.m. while on-duty as an operations manager, according to the agency.Bacon worked for the agency for 22 years and leaves behind a wife and four children. No one else was killed or injured in the crash. State Patrol is investigating.

Baltimore County Police Identify Victim In Industrial Accident On Schilling Road

Baltimore County, Maryland – A 31-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident this morning in the unit block of Schilling Rd., 21030.  Michael David Zeller, of the 800 block of Creek Rd., 21221, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Baltimore County Fire Department. At 8:30 this morning, a medic unit from the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a fall subject.  The location of the incident is a building which is currently under renovation.  Upon arrival, the medic crew found a single patient who was trapped in an elevator shaft.  Preliminary information indicates that the patient may have fallen approximately 20 feet and became trapped between a wall and the counter-weight from one of the elevators.

Man killed in industrial accident

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) – One man is dead after an industrial accident Friday morning at a facility near Osceola. According to Captain David Gladden of the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, authorities went to Arkansas Steel Processing in Osceola about 2 a.m. Friday after getting a call about the situation. Dreason Williams died when he became wedged between a moving roller and the frame of the machine, Gladden said. The machine started moving back and forth, but once the machine started going in the other direction, Williams was released, Gladden said.  Williams was taken to South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP) — A 23-year-old Milwaukee police officer died and his partner was injured when their squad car rolled over near an overpass during a high-speed chase with a motorist who had been driving recklessly, the department’s chief said Friday. Officer Charles Irvine Jr., who was in the car’s front passenger seat when it rolled over on Thursday, had been with the department since he was 19 years old and became an officer two years ago, police Chief Alfonso Morales said. Irvine’s partner, 36-year-old Matthew Schulze, was treated at a hospital and released. “Our Milwaukee police family is suffering. We lost one of our own,” Morales said.

Washington police want to inspect SUV involved in fatal building crash

Washington, PA — Washington police have obtained a warrant to inspect the SUV that slammed into a medical building Wednesday, killing an employee and injuring several others. Police said the charges could be filed against the driver, who was injured, if investigators rule out a medical or mechanical issue, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV. The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. when a vehicle accelerated into a Washington Health System outpatient center on Leonard Avenue. The vehicle was headed north on Sharp Avenue before it crashed, according to the county coroner. Authorities identified the woman killed as Kimberly Dollard, 57.

Worker killed in truck accident at Ohio flexible packaging firm

Findlay, Oh — A man is dead after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck at a flexible packaging plant in Findlay, Ohio. Andrew T. Hohman, 41, an employee of Valfilm North America Inc. and a Findlay resident, was working on a locking mechanism for a loading dock at the facility when he was struck and killed by truck as it backed up, Findlay police said. William L. Saunders, the tractor-trailer truck driver from Risingsun, Ohio, police said, could not see Holman as he backed into the docking space. The victim was pinned between the truck and the dock and suffered head injuries. Attempts to save Hohman by Valfilm workers and Findlay Fire Department workers were unsuccessful and he died at the scene, police said. Hohman was apparently sitting on the ground facing the dock while working with tools on the mechanism. The driver had a green light to back into the dock, but could not see the victim. There was noise from a nearby machine and an idling truck in an adjacent bay.

MARTA contractor struck and killed by train

Atlanta, GA — A MARTA contractor died after being struck by a train near Medical Center Station Sunday night. Robert Smith of Griffin, 38, was working on a rail line when he was struck by a northbound train before 9 p.m., the agency reported. He was in his work vehicle at the time.  It’s unclear what caused the accident or why Smith was on the tracks at the time. MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher said the agency is investigating. No injuries to train passengers or operators were reported. Fisher said the agency has safety protocols to protect people working near railroad tracks, but declined to elaborate.

One dead, one injured in train wreck near Truxton

FatalitiesTRUXTON, AZ – One man died and another suffered serious injuries from a train collision Tuesday afternoon in a remote canyon, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office reported. Walter Erickson, 63, of Lenexa, Kansas, was pronounced dead upon arrival. Matthew Thompson, 26, of Salem, Missouri, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was listed in stable condition. Deputies were called out to the accident around 3 p.m. Tuesday and saw one train belonging to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway with significant front-end damage. The other train had been pushing maintenance equipment belonging to Herzog Railroad Services, and the equipment had been derailed. Both the deceased and injured man were Herzog employees.

Central Pa. volunteer firefighter dies in the line of duty

Dover, PA — A volunteer firefighter in York County died while performing routine maintenance on a traffic control unit. The Dover Township Volunteer Fire Department announced Wednesday that Grant Froman was performing maintenance on the vehicle when he died. A neighbor discovered him and started life-saving measures, but Froman was later pronounced dead at York Hospital.

Tow truck driver killed in Route 287 crash was 24, cops say

Bridgewater, NJ — State Police have identified the tow truck driver killed after being struck by a car along Route 287 on Wednesday as a 24-year-old Piscataway man. Nicholas Coble was standing behind his truck preparing to tow a car involved in an earlier accident near mile marker 18 in Bridgewater when he was hit, State Police said. Coble was struck about 1:45 p.m. in the southbound outer roadway by a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 64-year-old Chestnut Ridge, New York, woman.

A ‘protector’ and ‘a heart of gold’ – 2 St. Louis workers who fell to their deaths are ID’d

ST. LOUIS, MO • Police released on Wednesday the names of the two workers who died after falling down an elevator shaft at a downtown construction site Monday morning. They are Joey Hale, 44, and Ben Ricks, 58. Hale lived in the 3700 block of Potomac Street. Ricks lived in the 4000 block of Peck Street.The men died Monday at 1501 Washington Avenue in a building being converted into a hotel. The two workers were in a basket suspended six stories high inside the elevator shaftwhen it fell, officials say. “They were cutting some pipes, something went wrong and the basket fell,” St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said at the scene Monday. St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards told reporters that a safety cable snapped before the men plunged to their deaths. “We don’t know exactly how the cable snapped, but it did indeed snap,” Edwards said.

Man dies at Randolph County mine

Belington, WV — A man died from injuries sustained at a Randolph County mine Tuesday, according to the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. Ronald Taylor, 43, of Belington, was driving at the Carter Roag Coal Company’s Morgan Camp Mine when he hit a steel object in the road, Samantha Smith, a spokeswoman for the OMHST, said in a news release. The roof support jack in the road got into the passenger compartment and hit Taylor, said Amy Louviere, spokeswoman for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Taylor, a shuttle car operator, was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital, in Morgantown, with head injuries at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was pronounced dead Wednesday, Louviere said. Taylor is the third coal mining death in the state this year. Two others died in February. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the only other coal mining deaths reported this year were one apiece in Indiana and Kentucky.

Ironworker killed in explosion at Florida plant

O’BRIEN, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have identified the worker killed in an explosion at an iron working plant. Suwanee County fire officials say 32-year-old Andrew James Reynolds died in the Wednesday morning explosion at the Suwanee Iron Works. Fire Chief James Sommers told reporters that a welding bottle holding pressurized gas exploded. The death is being investigated by the Suwanee County Sheriff’s Office, state officials and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Baltimore fire officials say no barriers in place to keep deep trench from collapsing and killing worker

Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Fire Department officials said Wednesday that a deep trench that collapsed around a 20-year-old construction worker did not have protective shoring to stop the muddy earth from caving in. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office is investigating the conditions that led to the death Tuesday of Kyle Hancock in the 2000 block of Sinclair Lane in the city’s Clifton Park neighborhood, agency spokeswoman Theresa Blaner said Wednesday. She declined to comment further. She said she would not speculate on what investigators might find. Federal law establishes safety procedures for those working in trenches. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, trenches 5 feet or deeper must have protective systems such as shored-up walls, shields and sloped ways out. Dozens of workers are killed each year in trench collapses across the country. White Marsh-based R.F. Warder Inc. was the contractor on site to repair a backed-up sewer line from a nearby recreation center, city officials said. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

Utility Worker Dies Under Manhole

Cape Coral, FL – A utility worker died while working under a manhole in Florida on Friday. Anthony “Tony” Pimentel died while doing construction-type activities in Cape Coral, The News-Press reported. “Pimentel was 53. His death is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Southwest Utility Systems, for whom Pimentel worked, has declined to comment. His name was released Monday,” the report stated. “Witnesses say paramedics spent almost two hours working to recover the body, which had been submerged under water,” the Associated Press reported.

Truck driver killed in Baldwin County crash

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Alabama State Troopers said a truck driver injured in a wreck near Bay Minette Sunday night has died.  Crash investigators said 25-year-old Manjinder S. Tiwana of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania was driving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 65 when the vehicle struck a guardrail and crashed into

Wyoming man succumbs to farm manure methane and drowns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Authorities say a 52-year-old man has died after falling down a well shaft at a southeast Wyoming dairy farm where he succumbed to methane fumes from cow manure and drowned in a pool of water. The Laramie County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Erasmo B. Gonzalez, who lived on the farm in the small community of Carpenter. Three others who tried to save Gonzalez Tuesday were treated for methane exposure. Two were hospitalized. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Don Hollingshead says Gonzalez slipped and fell down a 10- to 12-foot (3- to 3.6-meter) well shaft where he lost consciousness because of methane fumes that had seeped into the well shaft in water that drained off farm manure piles. Gonzalez drowned in the well.

Dover man dies after tree falls on him, York County coroner says

Warrington Township, PA — A man employed by a tree care company died at York Hospital on Monday after a tree fell on him in northern York County, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay. Despite efforts to save his life, Jason Covert-Kohler, 35, of the first block of North Main Street, Dover, died at the hospital at 3:42 p.m. the same day, Gay said. Covert-Kohler, along with other employees of Out on a Limb Tree Care Inc., of Dover, was working in the 1000 block of Twin Lakes Road, Warrington Township, when a tree fell on him about 2:30 p.m., Gay said. An ambulance crew arrived and transported an unresponsive Covert-Kohler to the hospital. Gay said Covert-Kohler’s cause of death was blunt force head and neck trauma and his manner of death was accidental.

Search continues for missing worker on Potomac River

WASHINGTON, DC — The police and fire departments in D.C. were still searching Friday for a construction worker who went missing in the Potomac River Monday. Police said the worker went missing after a pontoon boat that was working on the Key Bridge overturned due to a strong current. Two other construction workers were on board but were rescued. A helicopter was used to search the area near the Key Bridge on Friday. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Two Westar Energy workers die after suffering severe burns

TOPEKA, Kan. — Two Westar Energy employees have died after suffering severe burns at the utility’s largest plant for generating electricity. Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig confirmed Monday that the two workers died Sunday night at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The workers were flown by helicopter to the Medical Center after the accident late Sunday morning at the Jeffrey Energy Center, about 30 miles northwest of Topeka. The company did not immediately release details about the accident or identify the workers.

Lamar man dies in farming accident

LAMAR, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a deadly workplace accident in Lamar Monday afternoon.  Todd Hardee, the Darlington County Coroner, says 68-year-old Ted “Peter” Windham, of Lamar, died after he was run over by a tractor while working on his family’s farm, Windham Farms. The accident happened just before 1 p.m. in a field on Hibiscus Road.

Worker dies in building collapse in Brewerytown

Philadelphia, PA — A worker was trapped and killed Monday when a two-story home under demolition in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia partially collapsed. The man was one of two workers at the building in the 1500 block of North Bailey Street around 11 a.m. when the rear of the structure collapsed, fire officials told the Associated Press. One of the workers was able to escape the debris, but a 60-year-old man became trapped and was pronounced dead shortly after the collapse. He was not immediately identified.

Trench Collapse Weekly Toll

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