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Toll Workplace DeathErie man killed in North East workplace accident

NORTH EAST, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police and the Erie County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of an Erie man (Scott Olewski ) who was killed in a workplace accident at a North East Township business on Friday. The 53-year-old man died after he was hit by a truck while working around a loading dock at Bay Valley Foods, Erie County Deputy Coroner John Maloney said Sunday. Bay Valley Foods is located on Parkway Drive, off Loomis Street east of North East Borough.

PennDOT worker killed in equipment accident

Hollidaysburg, PA — A PennDOT worker was killed Thursday in Blair County after an incident involving heavy equipment. State police at Hollidaysburg reported Friday that troopers responded to a work zone area at about 12:48 p.m. on Juniata Valley Road in Frankstown Township. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker had reportedly become trapped beneath a piece of unidentified heavy equipment machinery. The worker, identified as Bryan Chamberlain, 30, of Imler, had been a passenger on the equipment when, for unknown reasons, the machine “popped out of gear” and began rolling backwards, police said. The driver unsuccessfully attempted to stop the roll and jumped off before the equipment went over and down a steep embankment. Chamberlain was thrown from the equipment and crushed between the equipment and a tree, police said. The incident was described as an “accidental death.”

OSHA investigating worker electrocution death

KINCHELOE, WV — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 30-year-old man at a job site in Harrison County Thursday.The investigation was confirmed by Blake McEnany, assistant area director for OSHA’s Charleston office. According to a report provided to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the man was electrocuted while working on a generator that runs a water pump to a well pad 2 to 3 miles away. The deceased was a contractor working on a site operated by H.G. Energy Services, the report states.

Concord man killed in roofing accident on Pleasant Street

Concord, NH — Kenneth McKenna, 51, of Concord died Tuesday following a construction accident at a commercial property at 280 Pleasant St., at about 11:32 a.m. Police say he fell approximately 30 feet from a roof and landed on a concrete-like surface below, causing him to suffer critical injuries. He was taken by ambulance the short distance to Concord Hospital, where he later died. “He was a hard worker and a master at what he did,” Lagasse said. “Ken was very serious and proud about the quality of his work. He didn’t let much keep him from getting the job done.” McKenna, previously of Epsom, was employed by Craigue & Sons, a contracting company with an office in Concord. He worked for the family-owned company for approximately two decades.

Workers killed in scaffolding collapse near Disney identified as Hillsborough men

ORLANDO, FL — Two workers who fell to their deaths when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site near Disney World have been identified as a former officer with Plant City man who is a former concrete company executive and a father and stepfather who lives in Seffner. Officials say they don’t know what caused the collapse, which occurred early Wednesday as the men were pouring concrete on the seventh floor of a 16-story hotel under construction. The two were identified as 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala, a former vice president at S&Z Concrete from Plant City, and 46-year-old Jerry Bell, a 46-year-old father and stepfather who lives in Seffner, the Miami Herald reported. The accident happened just outside Disney property, Orange County Fire-Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. “They were on the scaffolding, and for reasons unknown at this time, that support structure gave way, sending two workers plummeting to the ground below,” Jachles said. A third worker managed to hang on and climb to safety.

Construction worker killed in Waterville Township crash

Waterville Township, OH — Authorities have identified Nathan Soto as the road construction worker struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday on eastbound U.S. 24, just west of the Shops at Fallen Timbers mall. Mr. Soto, 42, of rural Napoleon, Ohio, was  pronounced dead at 4:10  p.m. at the scene in Waterville Township, according to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. The crash, which involved a vehicle driven by Michael Massucci, 34, of Waterville, restricted the eastbound traffic to one lane for a time, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Electric worker killed in accident in south Nashville

Nashville, TN — A contract employee for Nashville Electric Service was killed while working on power lines on Nolensville Pike. Greg A. Turner, 27, of Anniston, AL, died after he accidentally made contact with a live wire, according to a Metro Police news release.The lineman works for Davis H. Elliott Co. The company had been hired by NES. Police said Turner was working on an electrical pole in the 2900 block of Nolensville Pike. Turner was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Tree trimmer electrocuted while working in tree near power lines

A tree trimmer was electrocuted Wednesday afternoon on the job on the far east side of Columbus. The worker was shocked after climbing about 25 to 30 feet up a tree off Forestview Drive. Firefighters on scene said the worker was part of a family business. They said a father and two grown sons were working when one of the sons was electrocuted. They said the victim was stuck in the tree when crews arrived on scene. Firefighters had to wait for AEP to verify the nearby power lines were shut off before they could attempt to rescue him. He was dead by the time they reached him.

Construction Worker Electrocuted in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT — A 33-year-old construction worker died from an electrical shock at a job site in Salt Lake City, according to a fox13now.com news report. The victim, Travis Stoddard, was a subcontractor performing electrical work for an expansion being built at the Utah State Archives and Records Service building. Stoddard is believed to have died Monday but was not discovered until Tuesday because he had been working alone. The Salt Lake City Police Department watch command log says Stoddard was last seen Monday by other employees. Stoddard’s wife contacted the job foreman when he didn’t return home from work. The construction worker’s body was discovered on top of a cooler Tuesday morning.

OSHA investigating workplace death in Pamplico

PAMPLICO, SC (WBTW) – OSHA is investigating after a person died on a job site in Florence County. Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said a person died on a job site on Tuesday morning on Pamplico Highway in Pamplico. The victim died while operating a concrete truck and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Holly Beeson, with the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, said SC OSHA is investigating a workplace fatality that occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.  Beeson also said the employer is Concrete and Materials Placement.

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