Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workplace Deaths

Man dies in pressroom accident at Pennsylvania newspaper ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A contractor (Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez, 32)became trapped underneath a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of a Pennsylvania newspaper, suffering fatal injuries.The Lehigh County coroner says the man became trapped at The Morning Call in Allentown on Tuesday afternoon. Crews have…

Workers Memorial Day Around the Country

Workers Memorial Day events were held around the world last weekend. Here are some articles about many of the US events. Others weren’t covered in the press. California “Worker’s Memorial Day” Celebrates California’s Fallen Providers Gov. Brown Declares April 28 as Workers Memorial Day Coming together for a safer Tesla on Workers’ Memorial Day Annette Brooks, Caltrans worker killed in…

My Workers Memorial Day: Fight for Your Union, Fight for Your Lives

I hope you’re all doing something to commemorate Workers Memorial Day — even if your own personal moment of silence and commitment to do more this coming year to ensure that workers come home safe and healthy at the end of the workday. Last night I was interviewed on Houston’s  KPFT “Voices at Work” radio…

Weekly Toll: Mourning for the Dead

Two Fatalities Confirmed in Helicopter Crash Near Smethport Keating Twp, PA — Two workers were killed when a helicopter performing maintenance on power lines crashed late Sunday afternoon 1.5 miles north of Smethport Borough in Keating Township.  The fatalities confirmed by State Police at the Kane barracks and McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill.  A third person in the helicopter, believed…

Weekly Toll: Public employees, workplace violence and death in a tire-shredder

I’ve been away, so it’s a long, depressing list this week. Lowlights include 11 public employees in states that don’t have OSHA coverage – Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio: Highway workers, police, firefighters. PennDOT worker killed in I-99 crash LOGAN TOWNSHIP, PA — State police at Hollidaysburg are investigating a…

Weekly Toll: Falls, shootings, explosions — and two more tow truck drivers

Man found dead, pinned underneath Bobcat in York County PARADISE TWP., PA — A New Oxford man died Monday afternoon after being pinned underneath a piece of construction equipment. Shane Hockensmith, 30,  was found unresponsive — and determined dead — under a Bobcat in the first block of Beaver Creek Road around 4:12 p.m., according to…