The latest list of workers not coming home at the end of the shift
Jimmy Ray Baker, 45 of Houston identified as victim of rock crusher accident in Altus
Altus, OK — An adjustment to a Terex Finlay Impactor turned fatal when Jimmy Ray Baker [Note: His actual name was Jimmy Jay Baker], 45 of Houston was pulled into the rock crusher May 2. Emergency responders including emergency management services, Altus Fire and Rescue, and Altus police, were called to the 1500 block of West Broadway Street in Altus around 11 a.m. to save Baker, a construction worker who, according to Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick, was trying to remove a rock that had jammed the machine. Baker was pulled into the machine when safety protocols were inadequately followed that caused the machine to be incompletely shut off, LeVick said.
Rochester Man Killed After Industrial Accident in Herkimer County
Rochester, NY — John Sedita, 53, of Rochester, was killed in an industrial accident in Herkimer County Saturday morning. State Police were called to the Cook Fence Company in Newport after they say a bundle of fence fell on top of a worker while he was unloading bundles from a trailer using a forklift. Sedita was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Officials piece together events before Ohio nursing home shooting
KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio – Authorities in Ohio are piecing together the events that led up to a nursing home shooting that left four people dead including the suspected gunman. Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, nurse Marlina Medrano and nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz were killed in the Friday attack. Suspect Thomas Hartless was found dead inside the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville, a village of some 500 residents, about 25 miles (39 kilometres) east of Columbus. Authorities have said they’re looking into the relationship between Hartless and Medrano, who had obtained civil protection orders against him in connection with domestic violence cases.
Sheriff’s Deputy, Officer Killed In Modesto Car Crash
MODESTO, CA — A sheriff’s deputy and a community service officer have died in Modesto when the patrol car they were riding in struck a building and caught fire. Authorities said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Garner and his passenger, Officer Raschel Johnson, were responding to a burglary call when their car swerved and hit an auto wreckage business Saturday morning.
Roofer dies after fall at apartment
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Thirty-three-year-old Alberto Dominguez died Thursday after a 20-foot fall from the roof of a two-story apartment building, Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt said. Dominguez, who is from Mexico but was living in Indianapolis, was part of a roofing crew working at 34 Country Squire Court, Avolt said. Dominguez was working for an Indianapolis-based roofing company. He was wearing his safety harness. However, the safety rope was not attached and had been removed from the harness, Couch said.
Jacksonville police: 1 dead, 1 hospitalized after industrial fall at construction site
Jacksonville, FL — One worker died and another was critically injured Thursday after a three-story fall at a construction site near Myrtle Avenue and West 16th Street, authorities said. The accident occurred about 11:50 a.m. at the Mary Eaves apartment complex under construction in the 1200 block of West 16th Street.The men were working out of a wooden crate perched atop a hydraulic lift, loading doors into a third-story window, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The pair fell when the crate they were using as a platform tipped over and came crashing to the ground, said Sgt. David Smith. It’s unclear if the workers were strapped into harnesses. “It came loose from the lift and fell to the ground, taking them with it,” Smith said. The fall comes the same week as OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The initiative is marked by voluntary events for employers to educate and have dialogue with employees about workplace hazards, prevention methods and safety policies.
Tow truck driver struck while assisting motorist dies
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — A Killeen tow truck driver died Thursday morning after being struck by a minivan while attending to a vehicle on U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14. At approximately 6:20 a.m., the driver, who was a vehicle recovery specialist with Goodes Towing, was loading a vehicle onto the back of his truck when he was struck by the minivan driving westbound on 190, according to Harker Heights Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Miller. Miller said the tow truck driver had activated his emergency headlights and was walking from the stalled vehicle back to the truck at the time of the collision. The force of the collision amputated the man’s right leg below the knee.
Employee dies in fire at North Carolina golf course
ELKIN, NC (AP) – An employee has died after an explosion at a North Carolina golf course. Wilkes County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Carson says the fire was reported early Thursday at the Countryside Golf Course in Elkin. Investigators say 64-year-old Gary Jordan died when a fire started in a building that stored golf carts. Investigators think the explosion occurred while Jordan was fueling the golf carts. About 20 carts were destroyed.Firefighters don’t know what caused the initial fire, but they think the fuel from the golf carts sparked the explosion.
Worker dies after incident in flooded basement
Ketchum, ID — A Ketchum man died Wednesday after attempting to pump water from the basement of a home at the eastern end of Eagle Creek Road, north of Ketchum. Mike Wirth, 54, who was hired to work at the site, died after being brought to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, family friend Susan Teren confirmed. Teren is also the office manager of Wirth Co., a Ketchum-based landscaping company that Wirth owned with his wife, Tami Nakaoka. The Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments were dispatched around 11 a.m. Wednesday to reports of a man trapped in a flooded basement.
Crash update: Semi-truck driver killed by detached container
Tacoma, WA — A semi-truck driver died after the container he was hauling detached and smashed into the truck’s cab. The driver, traveling on northbound I-5 in Tacoma, was braking for traffic when the truck hit a center Jersey barrier near South 72nd Street. The container detached from the truck’s chassis, smashed into the cab, killed the driver, and then rolled into the southbound lanes.
Highway Patrol releases name of semi-truck driver killed in collision
NEW TOWN, N.D. – UPDATE: The name has been released of one of the semi-truck drivers who was killed on Highway 23B near New Town, N.D., on May 6. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a frac sand semi was heading west and a crude oil semi, driven by 29-year-old Anthony Gonzales, was heading east.The west-bound truck came into Gonzales’ lane and the trucks collided head-on. Both vehicles caught on fire and burned completely.
Investigation continues into falling death of Newton man
Newton, IA — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the falling death of a rural Newton man. Larry Van Wyngarden, 66, appears to have fallen to his death from a feed trailer in rural Marshall County. “He was delivering feed at a pork facility,” Hoffman said. “The preliminary indications show he fell but that can be from any number of causes. We don’t know at this point if he slipped and fell or it certainly could have been from another medical emergency at the time that led to his fall.” Hoffman said Van Wyngarden received a significant injury to his head from the fall which is estimated to have been from about 10 to 12 feet. Van Wyngarden was employed by Heartland Co-op of Newton.
Togiak cannery worker dies after falling 15 feet from dock at low tide
TOGIAK, Alaska – An Oregon man died after apparently falling 15 feet from the dock of a cannery at low tide Wednesday evening, Alaska State Troopers say. According to an AST dispatch posted online, 56-year-old James Schneider was an employee at the Togiak Fisheries Cannery near Twin Hills, Alaska. He was found lying face down in the mud at around 6:25 p.m.
Norton Shores police officer killed in early morning crash
NORTON SHORES, MI — A single-car crash that killed a Norton Shores police officer remains under investigation. Officer Jonathan Ginka, 34, was on duty when he crashed his patrol car into a tree shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
Two men, 37 and 83, die from unrelated falls in Jefferson County
Jefferson County, AL — Two men were killed in separate falls in Jefferson County this week. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified the victims as Leon Barley Jr. and Archie Gordon McBride. Barley was 37, and McBride was 83. The first accident happened about 10:30 a.m. Monday in Homewood. Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said McBride fell off of a ladder at his Edgeknoll Lane home. Hours later, Barley was killed in an industrial accident. Authorities responded at 6:55 p.m. to the 1500 block of Sterlite Drive in Birmingham, north of Tarrant. The Georgia man was part of a Tradesman International crew working on a new construction project at Kamtek Corporation, Yates said.
Forklift tips over, kills Menards employee in Burnsville
Burnsville, MN — An employee suffered fatal injuries when the forklift he was operating at a Menards store tipped over, authorities said Tuesday. Alec M. Saunders, 27, of Burnsville, was injured Friday morning and died later that day at Hennepin County Medical Center, the medical examiner’s office said. James Honerman, a spokesman for the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), said the forklift rolled over in the yard area of the big box home-improvement store.
Man crushed in accident at Fayetteville Coca-Cola plant
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A man has been killed in an accident at a North Carolina plant. The Fayetteville Observer reported that 34-year-old Joseph Kemper of Fayetteville died late Monday morning in an accident at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. The North Carolina Department of Labor said Kemper was caught between a lift gate and a trailer and suffered a head injury. Emergency personnel were not able to revive him.
Hyundai contract worker dies after becoming unresponsive
Montgomery, Ala — Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama officials say their thoughts and prayers are with the family of a contract worker who died after becoming unresponsive while working. According to Robert Burns the Director of Human Resources Sub-Division, on Monday around 8:30 p.m. Charles Turner, an employee working for Aerotek, became unconscious while working.
Dump truck driver killed after slamming into tree
ALBANY, NY – A dump truck lost control in Albany and slammed into a tree, killing its driver. It happened around noon on Broadway near Lawn Avenue. The truck was nearly unrecognizable after the crash. Police say the 27-year-old driver was pulled from the wreckage. He was taken to Albany Medical Center where he later died. His name has not been released.
Beloved Owner Of South LA Market Killed During Shootout With 2 Robbers
LOS ANGELES, CA — Mourners gathered outside a South Los Angeles market Monday to remember the owner killed during a robbery over the weekend.Two armed men robbed the Martinez Market at 6565 South Normandie Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. In the process, Carlos Martinez, 61, got into a gun battle with the robbers and was killed, police said.
2 killed in plane crash near Lake Berryessa identified
NAPA COUNTY, CA — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed in a Napa County lake. The scene was so remote, crews could only access it by boat. The plane crashed just after 9 a.m. Monday near Lake Berryessa. The NTSB and FAA as well as the Napa County sheriffs have been investigating. The plane that crashed was a special amphibious plane that’s made nearby in Vacaville. The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Jon Murray Karkow, the pilot in command of the aircraft, and 41-year-old Cagri Sever, who was a passenger. Both are employees of ICON Aircraft.
Crowds pay respects to Iowa deputy killed in the line of duty
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. — A constant crowd gathered Sunday with heavy hearts to remember Pottawotamie County sheriff’s deputy Mark Burbridge. He was killed on the job on May 1.His visitation was Sunday in Council Bluffs. “He was just a wonderful man,” said a person just outside the funeral home. Deputy Burbridge was shot and killed May 1 on the job.
Man dies following workplace fall weeks after becoming a dad
KALAMAZOO, MI — A 25-year-old Vicksburg man who became a father less than two weeks before suffering a brain injury in a workplace fall has died. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 12 for Wesley P. Harrington, who died May 5. Harrington, who was employed by Singleton Exteriors, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fall at work on April 23 and died less than three weeks later
Life taken ‘for nothing.’ Cigarette sale refusal possible motive in stabbing.
Modesto, CA — A convenience store employee’s life may have been taken by a man angered that he could not buy single cigarettes. About 11:15 Thursday night, a white male who appeared to be in his 20s went into Hatch Food & Gas on West Hatch Road At Dallas Street and wanted to buy a loose cigarette or two, store manager Gary Singh said Monday. Told the store does not sell singles – it is illegal – the man became angry, Singh said, sharing information provided by a second employee who was working that night. When the employee who refused the sale went outside about 30 minutes later, a man was waiting for him and fatally stabbed him, Singh said, though he emphasized he could not be sure it was the same man.