Death in the workplace: confined spaceSummer vacations, eclipses, white power marches and murders –but one constant: people keep dying in American workplaces

One killed in industrial accident on Friday

Wichita, KS — A construction worker was killed Friday afternoon when part of a concrete roof fell on top of him. The large warehouse at 29th and Mead was being demolished in sections, said Wichita fire battalion Chief Scott Brown. Brown said he did not know if the portion of the building the man was in was meant to have come down at that time. The man, who was about 50 years old, was discovered by co-workers. The Wichita Fire Department was able to remove the body from the rubble using heavy lifting equipment. “A whole roof came down, and it came down in pieces,” Brown said.

Second police officer dies after overnight shooting in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Two police officers were killed and two wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer died shortly after the incident. Officials said the second officer died Saturday afternoon. The two Florida officers were killed late Friday night in Kissimmee, just south of the theme park hub of Orlando. Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said at a news conference Saturday that a suspect, Everett Miller, was arrested several hours after the shootings. In Kissimmee, officers Sam Howard and Matthew Baxter were checking suspects in an area of the city for drug activity when they were shot, O’Dell said earlier. They did not have an opportunity to return fire. “They were surprised,” O’Dell said. When asked whether they were ambushed, he said, “It’s too early to tell, but it’s leading that way.”

Man struck and killed by vehicle after his big rig breaks down on Highway 99

OSHA investigating fall that killed teen in Hindu temple

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fall that killed a 15-year-old boy inside BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Thursday night. The agency did not elaborate on the fatal fall, and only said they are aware of the incident and looking into it, an OSHA spokeswoman said. The Hatfield, Pa. boy fell about 45 feet inside the main temple building at about 3:50 p.m. and was pronounced dead about an hour later. He was volunteering at the campus.

22-Year-Old Worker Dies After Falling Down Elevator Shaft at Manhattan Condo Project

New York, NY — A 22-year-old worker died after falling down an elevator shaft at an under-construction Manhattan condominium tower Friday, authorities say.  Fire officials were called to the 52-story tower under construction at 281 Fifth Avenue, near 30th Street, after getting a call about the accident around 9:40 a.m.  The worker, Jonathan Lupinsky of Yonkers, was pronounced dead at a hospital. The circumstances surrounding the accident weren’t immediately clear.

Florida man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time

Miami, FL — Surveillance video recently released by police captures the moment a Miami man shot and killed a AAA contract worker in July.  Jesus Esquivel, 63, confessed to fatally shooting the man over the amount of time it took for AAA to get him assistance, the Miami Herald reports.

19-year-old Vilonia sanitation worker killed in crash

Vilona, AR — A memorial fund has been set up for a 19-year-old sanitation worker who was killed on the job on Monday. Weston Chapman of Cabot was a passenger in the Zella’s Trash Service Inc. Freightliner truck when it hydroplaned on the wet road, hit a ditch and rolled over, according to an Arkansas State Police report. The driver, 59-year-old Terry Cathy of Cabot, was injured but “is stable and [expected] to recover,” the sanitation company wrote in a social media post.

State police identify truck driver killed in fatal Interstate 81 crash in Tully

TULLY, N.Y. — State police have identified the driver killed in a crash earlier Thursday morning along Interstate 81 in Tully. Patricia S. Rodgers, 48, of Burlington, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. Law enforcement were called to a portion of I-81 south just north of Exit 14 (Tully) at about 7:10 a.m. after passersby saw a heavily damaged guardrail, officials said. Rodgers had been driving a tractor-trailer north along the roadway when she went across the median and through the southbound lanes, state police said.

Worker Dies After Fall In Superior Hotel Elevator Shaft

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) Superior police say a 63-year-old maintenance worker died when he fell to the bottom of a hotel elevator shaft. Authorities say the accident happened Tuesday evening at the Androy Hotel. Hotel staff and other witnesses told police and medical staff that the elevator had been malfunctioning, and that the night maintenance worker was trying to fix it. He apparently used a key to open the elevator door and went through the open door, not realizing the elevator cart was above his floor. Police say the worker fell about 15 to 20 feet to the basement. He died at the scene

Employee Shot To Death At South Sacramento Auto Body Shop, Suspect Arrested

SOUTH SACRAMENTO, CA — Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting at an auto body shop that left an employee dead. It happened Tuesday afternoon on the 3000 block of 52nd Ave. in an industrial area of South Sacramento. Wednesday morning, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed as 37-year-old Arnulfo Soto. 

Employee killed in industrial accident in Shelby County

A female employee at ABC Polymer (Eva Saenz, of Alabaster), in Helena, was killed in a possible industrial accident. According to Helena Police, the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. The employee was reportedly pulled into an industrial machine and died.

Ward Museum Employee Killed in Accident

Salisbury, MD — Brian MacIvor with the Ward Museum was killed after falling from a ladder at the facility on Saturday.   A statement from executive director Lora Bottinelli said that the maintenance assistant was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he had worked at the museum for the last seven years.

Georgia construction company ‘devastated’ about worker being killed at Alabama Publix

Madison, GA — Coworkers are “devastated” about the slaying of a 61-year-old Georgia man who was killed during a Monday-night robbery while he worked at a construction site outside an Alabama Publix store. “Van Johnson was a very good man,” said Benning Construction President Ryce Elliott. “We are devastated. He will be sorely missed.” Johnson, a supervisor at the Atlanta-based construction company, was working at a renovation site outside the Publix store on County Line Road in Madison when he was robbed and killed around 11:30 p.m.

Dump truck driver killed in Western Massachusetts crash identified

Colrain, MA — A dump truck driver was killed Tuesday after crashing into a home on Jacksonville Road in Colrain.  The crash took the life of the driver. He has been identified 46-year-old Robert Leustek of Winchester, New Hampshire by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Livermore man killed while operating forklift at worksite

Stanley Park, CA — A man who died as he was operating a forklift Monday afternoon in Lafayette was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as Edwin Gomez-Zarate of Livermore. Gomez-Zarate, 35, died shortly after 3 p.m. when Lafayette police were sent to a worksite in the 800 block of Avalon Avenue near Stanley Park. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) officials said Gomez-Zarate was driving a forklift to load and unload paver stones for a landscaping company when he became trapped in or by something.

FDNY engineer dies at 43 amid battle against 9/11-linked brain tumor, one year after his firefighter dad’s death

New York, NY — Firefighter Robert Alexander always followed in his father’s footsteps — even in death. The 43-year-old — who worked on FDNY fire boats — died Monday of a brain tumor stemming from his time at Ground Zero. For Alexander, succumbing to a 9/11 illness is a heartbreaking family affair — a year earlier, his father Lt. Raymond Alexander, died of cancers linked to his time on the pile, FDNY sources said. “World Trade Center illnesses continue to take the lives of far too many FDNY members, now including two generations of the Alexander family — a father and son who served so bravely, for so long,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Wednesday.

Power line kills one landscaper, hurts another in Palm Beach

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a landscaper who came in contact with a primary high-voltage power line in Palm Beach, an agency spokesman confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The worker was at the top of a ladder in a neighborhood in the 600 block of South County Road, near Jungle Road, when he came in contact with the power line, Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Division Chief Sean Baker confirmed. He said a second worker was on the ground and holding the ladder and received a strong but indirect shock.

Industrial fatality worker identified as “Stevie” Lawrence of Millbrook

Clanton, AL — The 23-year-old employee who died in a tragic industrial accident on Aug. 8 has been identified by the Clanton Police Department as Steve “Stevie” Andrew Lawrence of Millbrook. According to a statement by Captain David Clackley, police responded around 7 a.m. to a call about an injury to an employee working on a machine at Adient metals manufacturing plant in Clanton. “It was determined that while the other employees on the line were on a break, an employee (Lawrence) had entered a protective enclosure, and was struck by the automatic movement of that machine,” Clackley said.

Houston construction worker killed in rollover accident on Texas 21

Houston, TX — The man who died Monday morning in a single-vehicle rollover on Texas 21 was a 30-year-old construction worker who lived in Houston. According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, Jonathan Escobar, 30, and Edi Perez, 24, were on their way to get breakfast tacos for their fellow construction workers stationed at a nearby worksite when their eastbound pickup veered off the road and flipped several times. Perez, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Escobar had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, Morgan said. He was pronounced dead at the scene using an ID from Mexico.

Quitman County deputy killed in line of duty crash Sunday

Crowder, MS — Deputy Jimmy Clark kept candy in his patrol car and would stop and talk to the kids in Crowder and Quitman County when they got out of school. Town Clerk Stephanie Armstead said Clark loved the kids, and they loved him back. He was known and loved by everyone in Crowder, a town of between 700 and 800 people where he was the police chief before he left around two years ago to be a Quitman County deputy.  Early Sunday morning, Clark was responding to a shooting call when he swerved to dodge two dogs in the road in the Falcon community on Mississippi 3, about eight miles north of Marks, fellow officers said.

2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Charlottesville Are Mourned

Charlottesville, VA — The Virginia state police on Saturday were mourning the loss of a pilot and a trooper-pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a white nationalist and “alt right” rally in Charlottesville. “Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day,” Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said in a statement after the crash shortly before 5 p.m. The pilot of the Bell 407 helicopter, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, of Quinton, died at the scene of the crash southwest of Charlottesville, the state police said. The pilots were helping with law enforcement efforts in Charlottesville, where a rally of white nationalists and “alt right” groups turned violent, before the crash, state police said.

Truck Driver Killed In Fiery Crash On I-95

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – A truck driver died as a result of injuries he sustained in a fiery crash that occurred at 4 a.m. on Sunday on I-95 near mile marker 223 in Brevard County, Florida.

The man was driving a semi-tractor trailer northbound on I-95 directly behind another semi truck driven by 43-year-old Lawrence Lee of Grenada, Mississippi. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man failed to slow down as his semi approached the rear of the first semi. The front of his semi then caught fire after it had struck the rear of the first semi. FHP has been unable to identify the remains of the driver due to the fire.

Worker crushed to death by granite slab at NC business

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A worker died Friday after a piece of granite fell on him while working at NCO Custom Marble and Granite, officials confirmed. The North Carolina Department of Labor said it is investigating after the 21-year-old man was killed around 12:15 p.m. at the business on Gulf Court. Another employee was injured in the same incident and was taken to the hospital. They are expected to be OK, the company said. The identity of the victim has not been released but the company said he was the owner’s nephew. The owners of NCO Custom Marble and Granite said they are shocked and heartbroken by the accident.

Name Released of Man Killed in Industrial Accident

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who died after he was trapped beneath the counterweight on a piece of heavy equipment at a western Pennsylvania business. Authorities say 55-year-old Timothy Grills of Penn Township was working on the equipment Thursday at Aarcon Enterprises Inc. when a portion separated and fell to the garage floor. The North Huntingdon Township company’s website says it provides heavy construction equipment and operators for major site improvement projects.

NC lineman killed while changing power pole

FAIRMONT, N.C. (WBTW) – The NC Department of Labor confirms a lineman was killed changing out a power pole Wednesday in Robeson County. The department says the incident happened at 10:30 a.m. on Fire Tower Road, across from Wire Grass Road, in Fairmont. Preliminary reports say that employees were changing out a power pole and while moving a ‘primary neutral’, there was an arc down through the pole to the ground and the victim was standing near the pole. According to Stephanie Chavis with Robeson County Emergency Management identified the victim as 24-year-old Matthew Sampson, who was employed with East Coast Electric of Pembroke.

State investigating blueberry farm after temp worker dies

SEATTLE, WA – State officials have launched an investigation into a Sumas blueberry farm to determine if any workplace conditions caused the death of a temporary worker who died Sunday. Honesto Silva Ibarra went to a Bellingham clinic complaining of headaches after picking berries at Sarbanand Farms. The 28-year-old collapsed and later died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Washington Labor and Industries spokesman Tim Church said the agency opened two separate investigations: workplace safety with health inspection and employment standards.

Worker killed by concrete slab in southeast Austin identified

AUSTIN, TX — A man who died after a 15-ton slab of concrete fell on him at a southeast Austin construction site has been identified.Initial information indicates, Amir Kaman, 49, was delivering a different kind of concrete slab for a garage project when a concrete wall being installed fell over onto the cab of a truck. Two people with knowledge of the site and construction safety say that caused a chain reaction that flipped the slabs that were on the truck’s flatbed onto Kaman. When emergency crews arrived at the construction site at Wickersham Lane and Cromwell Circle on Tuesday morning, they found Kaman pinned under the slab. While they tried to extract him, Kaman died at the scene.

Police: Worker Killed After Van Hits Garbage Truck

St. Albans, VT — A Vermont sanitation worker was killed when a van rear-ended the garbage truck he was loading trash into on Friday morning, police said. St. Albans police say Casella employee Patrick Wedge, of St. Albans, didn’t hear or see the van, which was being driven by East Fairfield resident Ben Smyth.Wedge was pinned between the garbage truck and the van, and died at the scene.

Perrysburg man killed at Andersons facility in Maumee

MAUMEE, OH — A man who died in an accident at an Andersons location in Maumee Wednesday has been identified as a Perrysburg resident. According to Maumee police, Thomas C. Robinson was fatally injured as a result of an apparent industrial accident. Maumee Police and Fire responded to the location, in the 400 block of Illinois Avenue, on the report of an injured person. Robinson was reportedly working in the rail facility at the time of the incident and that matter is currently under investigation.

Oregon OSHA launches farm fatality investigation

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon OSHA confirms it has launched an investigation into the farm fatality near Milton-Freewater Saturday. It will not be a speedy process. Once a probe starts, it must be completed in 180 days. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office reports that Dominic Ferraro, 35, of Walla Walla was killed when he lost control of his combination tractor and baler. He tried to leap clear off the vehicle, but came up short and was fatally injured. The accident occurred at Klein Farms.

1 dead, 1 hurt in west Mich. civic center collapse

Holland, MI — One worker died and another was injured after a civic center ceiling collapsed Tuesday on the state’s west side. Holland Department of Public Safety police and fire units were dispatched to the Holland Civic Center at about 3:13 p.m. and found one person trapped in the debris and another injured near the collapse, which involved a small area near the east doors, authorities said in a statement.

Northfield man dies after workplace accident in Farmington

Northfield, MN — A 36-year-old man from Northfield was killed in a workplace accident at Valmont Industries in Farmington this past week. Enrique Rosas Murga died around 2:30 a.m. Thursday from “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. Rosas Murga was helping operate a machine that tapers aluminum pipe into flag poles and light poles, according to Farmington Police Detective Sergeant James Murphy.

Worker killed after reported explosion in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – A person has died after a workplace incident in Kalamazoo. According to a release from the Department of Public Safety, officers responded to the area of Palmer Avenue near Factory Street for reports of a small explosion, just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. When they arrived on scene, they found 45-year-old Christopher Hugh Murdock suffering from severe traumatic injuries. First aid was started, but he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Worker’s Body Found in Ohio Pub’s Walk-In Cooler

Cincinnati, OH — An employee (20-year-old Brandon Chandler) was found dead in a walk-in cooler at a restaurant in a Cincinnati neighborhood. Police say they responded to Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Monday morning after a fellow employee found the man’s body. The man had worked at the restaurant and pub in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood Sunday night and appeared to have been in the cooler overnight. Police say the employee was in his 20s and did not appear to have been locked in the cooler.

Police ID worker killed in collision with SUV on Fargo airport runway

FARGO, ND – A contract worker painting markings on the runway of Hector International Airport was killed in a collision with an SUV early Monday, July 31, 2017, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. The worker was identified by Fargo police as Darry Arveson Jr., 48, of Glen Ullin, N.D.

Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty After Walking His Son to First Day of Kindergarten

Southport IN — An Indiana police officer killed in the line of duty last week saw his son off to school hours before his death, an interaction seen in a touching photo released by his department. Southport Police Department Lt. Aaron Allan walked his son to the bus stop on his first day of kindergarten on the day he was killed, police said. Allan, who has two sons, was responding to the scene of a car crash in Southport to aid a driver who crashed through a fence and flipped his car. But the driver, 28-year-old Jason Brown, then allegedly shot Allan multiple times.

Man suspected of killing 2 Longboat Key resort employees used to work there

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. — The man accused of killing two employees at the Zota Beach Resort worked part time for the resort’s security company. Darryl Hanna, 29, was a guard for North Palm Beach-based Victory Security and last worked at the resort Wednesday, Aug. 2, according to information contained in the arrest warrant affidavit.Timothy Hurley, 59, a front desk manager and Kevin Carter, 51, a security guard, were found shot and killed the following Friday by a hotel guest.

Dutton worker died of ‘crush and blunt force injuries’: Medical Examiner

Dutton, NY — The cause of death for the construction worker who died following an accident at a Dutchess Avenue development site was “crush and blunt force injuries,” according to Dutchess County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Chute. Officials have not released the name of the victim. Chute said the autopsy was conducted Aug. 4, the day after the construction worker died and another was injured due to the collapse of a retaining wall at the O’Neill Group-Dutton site. Fire Chief Mark Johnson said the wall, which had been holding in “thousands of yards of dirt for the project,” collapsed and fell onto the worker. The other worker with him was able to escape the collapse but was hit by falling material.

Concord man was fourth killed on N.H. construction site since May

Concord, NH –  A Concord man was the fourth construction worker killed on a New Hampshire job site since May. The death of John Davis, 55, this past Saturday in Webster prompted an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is looking into three other construction-related fatalities in recent months, OSHA spokesman James Lally said Thursday. Those other incidents all occurred in May on job sites outside of Merrimack County. Christopher Hewey, 37, of East Alstead died May 16 in Acworth when a trench he was working in collapsed. George Moran, 70, died the next day in Wolfeboro after falling from a scaffold, and Frederick Wilhelmi, 32, of Hudson died in late May while working for a tree service company. The Webster Police Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding Davis’s death in Webster this past weekend. Authorities said Davis died when a construction vehicle he was operating went down an embankment and rolled on top of him.

Window Washer Who Fell to His Death ‘Worked His Tail Off,’ Son Says

NEW YORK CITY — The Flatiron window washer who fell to his death Monday when the hook attached to his harness abruptly broke was a hardworking father who scrubbed glass across the city for more than three decades to support his family, his distraught son recalled. Eduardo Monge, 56, was working on the 12th floor of 60 Madison Ave., near East 27th Street, Monday when his equipment gave way around 10:30 a.m., officials said. He plunged six stories to his death, police said. “My dad worked his tail off in this country. He came here from Costa Rica in the ’80s,” Monge’s son, Jeff Monge, 19, told DNAinfo New York outside their Bronx apartment building Wednesday.

Plymouth contractor, 29, dies after fall from ladder

PLYMOUTH, MA – A 29-year-old Plymouth man died from injuries he suffered when he fell from a ladder while working on a home Wednesday afternoon, police said. The man was working for a contractor at a home on Priscilla Beach Road in Plymouth around 1:20 p.m. when he fell from a ladder and sustained “significant head trauma,” Plymouth Police Capt. John Rogers said.

Worker killed, pinned between truck bucket and billboard

A worker was killed when he was pinned between a truck bucket and a billboard sign. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release says 58-year-old Robert Tanner was working outside the Glory Days Grill in Palm Harbor Wednesday morning when he was crushed. The release says Tanner was in the bucket, 20 feet (6 meters) in the air, when he accidentally activated a control panel while leaning out. The bucket began to rise, pinning him to the sign’s metal overhang. A co-worker tried to reverse the boom from a control panel near the ground but was unsuccessful.

Ambulette worker killed after van rolls over her in the Bronx

Jonesborough truck driver killed in Baton Rouge robbery remembered as ‘happy and jolly’

Baton Rouge, LA — Friends of truck driver Keith Odom, gunned down when he was robbed as he repaired a leaking tire on his trailer Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were still in shock Wednesday. Odom, 49, of 1214 Old State Route 34, died shortly after being shot by a black male who still hasn’t been found.

Man killed while moving heavy equipment in Athens car shop

Athens, GA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the workplace death of a man in a car shop on Monday in Athens, according to Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson. The accident at The Diesel Authority off Commerce Road claimed the life of Jeremy Scott Busby, 29, who was co-owner of the business with Nicholas Webb Athens-Clarke police were notified of the accident at 4:20 p.m. When the responding officer arrived, he found Busby dead from a head injury A heavy hydraulic car lift had fallen on him, according to the police report. Wilson said Busby was trying to reposition the car lift by using a forklift to move it into place so it could be bolted to the floor. The lift began to fall and Busby jumped off the forklift and attempted to stop it from falling, but it came down on him, Wilson said.

Robeson County electrical worker electrocuted on job

RED SPRINGS, NC  — An electrical worker died Wednesday after coming into contact with an energized line while working in Robeson County. The man, who has not been identified, was employed by East Coast Electric of Pembroke and was doing contractor work for Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp., a Lumbee River news release said. The man was working off Old Wiregrass Road near Fairmont when the accident happened midmorning, said Lumbee River spokesman Walter White. It’s believed the man was doing routine work, White said.

Worker who died after 4-story fall identified

UPDATE: The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says the man fell through the roof of the 4-story building. He has been identified at 49-year-old Kirk Smith of Fresno. OSHA is handling the investigation.A worker at a construction site south of Fresno died after falling about 40 feet.

Police: Security guard dies after gate falls on him

 A security guard was crushed to death by a falling gate at the fairgrounds in Miami Beach, police say. According to Miami-Dade Police, the incident happened while the guard was on duty at the front entrance of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Tuesday morning. The gate fell on the guard while he was letting a car through.

Worker Killed in Grain Engulfment Incident at Iowa Facility

Waterloo, IA — A 68-year-old worker died Monday after he was buried by soybeans in a grain bin at the East Central Iowa Cooperative site in Waterloo, IA. Waterloo Fire Rescue Capt. Ryan Mahood told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that about 30,000 bushels of soybeans were inside the storage tower when the worker, identified as Rand Eugene Renner, entered Monday morning. It is unclear why the man entered the grain bin, the newspaper said. The man became trapped at the bottom of a 30’ to 40’ funnel in “crusty” grain that seemed to flow poorly, Capt. Mahood told the Courier. Fire crews sliced holes in the side of the bin to remove grain, working for about two hours to free Renner before removing his body around 1:30 p.m., Radio Iowa reported. An auger in the bin was operational at the time Renner became trapped.

Local firefighter dies battling Montana fire

Lolo Peak, MT — A Vista Grande Hotshot died fighting a fire in western Montana, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday. Firefighter Brent Witham died  Wednesday, Aug. 2, on the Lolo Peak Fire, burning on the Lolo National Forest in Montana, San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron announced with great sadness. “Witham’s death was the result of a ‘tree felling’ accident that occurred while he was assigned to the Lolo Peak Fire,” according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Missouri officer killed during traffic stop, suspect also wanted in New Hampshire

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities were searching Monday for a 39-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop. Clinton officer Gary Michael was killed Sunday night. Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, was charged in the killing Monday, even though he remained on the loose. Michael, 37, had been on the force less than a year, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said. The traffic stop, near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, involved a registration violation, Lowe said.

Abilene officer killed in crash on the way to Dallas

Abiline, TX — A detective with the Abilene Police Department was killed and two others were injured in a crash while on the way to the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas Sunday evening. According to Abilene Police, 33-year-old Detective Elise Ybarra’s unmarked auto was rear-ended by a pick-up on Interstate 20 about twenty miles outside Abilene Sunday night. Ybarra drove an unmarked detective’s vehicle into a line of slow-moving traffic and was struck shortly after by a Chevrolet truck. Milliorn and Collins were transported to Hendrick Medical Center, and both were expected to recover from their injuries. She died at the scene.

Authorities ID truck driver killed in 18-wheeler rollover crash

WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – The driver of an 18-wheeler is dead after a rollover crash Monday morning in Webster Parish’s Evergreen community. The tanker truck was traveling southbound on Hwy. 159 around 10 a.m. when it left the roadway, according to Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton. According to authorities, an investigation revealed that 46-year-old Joe A. Ogden of Haynesville lost control of his 2007 Mack Truck, exited the right side of the roadway, and overturned. Police say Ogden was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was partially ejected from the truck. He sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster Parish Coroner.

Construction worker buried alive when wall collapses on him

Poughkeepsie, NY — Poughkeepsie fire officials tell the Poughkeepsie Journal that the wall collapsed the afternoon of Aug. 3 in the Hudson Valley. Emergency crews found one worker trapped under debris and a second man injured nearby. Officials say the trapped worker was dead by the time rescue crews reached him 30 minutes later. The other worker was treated at a hospital.

Man Struck, Killed by Tree Limb in Connecticut Identified

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police say the tree company worker who died last week in Connecticut after he was struck by a tree limb was from Harwinton. Windsor police on Monday identified the victim of Friday afternoon’s accident as 33-year-old Shawn Varley. Capt. Thomas LePore says the man was working on private property in Windsor when he was hit by a large branch. He had been working for J&J Log & Lumber Corp. of Dover Plains, New York.

Police identify truck driver killed in I-81 crash

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) State Police identified the tractor trailer driver killed along Interstate 81 Sunday as 33-year-old Michael Conner Carter, Jr., of Panama City, Fla. Carter was hauling frozen foods when his truck overturned along the highway between Mount Jackson and Edinburg, police said.

Worker dies in accident at Colorado coal processing plant

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A worker died in an accident at a northwestern Colorado coal processing plant. The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports the body of 32-year-old Jason Stevens of Vernal, Utah was found under a two-ton trough at a Deserado Mine production facility near Rangely. U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the initial investigation indicates Stevens – a surface mechanic – was working alone and didn’t report at the end of his shift on Wednesday. An operator found his body at 1:30 a.m. Thursday under a large container used to clean coal. Danny Clark, the mine’s human resources manager, says Stevens was trying to remove a portion of a steel beam when the accident occurred.

Worker killed When Tractor Overturns

Chelan, WA– Carlos Sanchez was operating a tractor in an apple orchard when it rolled over and he died from mechanical asphyxia. [Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industries]

Minneapolis School Explosion Leaves Two Dead And Several Injured

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — An 81-year-old janitor has been confirmed as the second victim killed after a school building collapsed in an explosion Wednesday, an incident that injured several others. The blast occurred in a utility area at the Minnehaha Academy as students were playing soccer and basketball. The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said contractors were working on one of the campus’ buildings at the time of the blast, which investigators believe was caused by a natural gas explosion. The explosion killed Ruth Berg, a receptionist for 17 years at the school who “welcomed everyone with a smile,” the school said in a statement, and part-time janitor John Carlson, who was found buried in the rubble at 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

Officer killed in the line of duty in Yoakum County

Seagraves, TX — An officer who worked for both the Seagraves Police Department and for the Yoakum County Sheriffs office was killed in the line of duty Saturday. According the Yoakum County Sheriffs Department, Deputy Jason Fann was heading to a call in his patrol car when he was involved in a traffic accident and was killed. The details of the crash have not been released; the accident is still under investigation by the Department of Public Safety. We’ll continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

Man dies after Minnesota City workplace accident

MINNESOTA CITY, MN — A Wisconsin man died last week while inspecting a dump truck, according to the Winona Daily News.  Zachary Lilla, 20, of Fountain City, Wis., died after suffering a traumatic brain injury when the box of a dump truck he was inspecting unexpectedly dropped, striking him on the head. He was taken to Winona Health on July 31 and later died. The accident happened at Custom Power Coatings in Minnesota City. Lilla worked for Baures Excavating in Fountain City, who owns the dump truck. He and a co-worker were examining the dump truck when the accident happened.

Construction worker killed after falling down elevator shaft

A construction worker has died after falling down an elevator shaft on the University of Maryland College Park campus. Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells news outlets that Francois Odil Dishmey Kelly was working Thursday afternoon on the upper floor of a building under construction when he fell. The University of Maryland Police Department and fire personnel responded shortly after 1 p.m. and pronounced Kelly dead at the scene.

County man dies after industrial accident at Haviland

HAVILAND, OH – A Paulding County man died Thursday following an incident at a county manufacturing facility. According to Paulding County Sheriff’s Office records, a caller from Modern Plastic Recovery in Haviland called for an EMS unit at 1:02 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. The caller “advised a machine blew up” and they had a male with injuries. The injuries individual was transported to Van Wert County Hospital.

City of Moscow contractor employee killed in construction acciden

MOSCOW, Idaho – A contractor for the city of Moscow was killed Thursday morning during a construction accident, according to city officials. The man has been identified as 22-year-old, Scott Burbank of Pullman, Washington. Officials said the Motley and Motley employee was working at the city’s Vista Water Tank as part of the city’s Booster Station Replacement contract near Hathaway Street. Burbank was driving a pneumatic roller to pack down a work area on the construction site. The vehicle was operated over uneven terrain, it became unstable and Burbank was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over, said city officials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the worksite.

Rockford man charged in co-worker’s death

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (WIFR) — A Rockford man is charged in the August 2nd death of his co-worker at a Kane County meat plant. Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon charges 27-year-old Ler Htoo with involuntary manslaughter in the Wednesday death of 22-year-old Ai Moo Say. Investigators say Htoo was “acting recklessly” when he allegedly threw a meat knife at Say, hitting him in the chest near his heart. Say was later pronounced dead.

Woman killed in Commerce industrial accident

Commerce, TX – A woman was killed in an apparent industrial accident that occurred last week in Commerce. The woman, who’s identity has not yet been released by the Commerce Police Department, was working at the new KLZ Stone Group facility near Highway 11 in Commerce. Police officer Angela Price stated that the Commerce Fire Department and EMS were called out to KLZ on July 24 for an accident involving a 53-year-old woman at the facility, and the woman was transported to the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce where she was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries by Judge J. Reeves. 

Man Dies at Plastics Factory

Phillipsburg, NJ — A 46-year-old man died last week when he was struck in the head while working on a machine at Berry Plastics. The incident happened at a plastic fabrication facility in Phillipsburg, NJ. According to local authorities, Noel Oquendo, an operator at Berry, was working on a machine used to print labels on plastic bottles when he sustained blunt force trauma to his head while tending to a problem on the machine. Berry Plastics in New Jersey is a subsidiary of Berry Global, a manufacturer of plastic packaging products that is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The company employs more than 20,000 people, and has more than 130 locations around the world.

Worker Dies in Fall

Spokane, WA — Imoa Ioane was loading the conveyor mounted to his roof loading truck with bundles of shingles at SRS Distribution Inc, when he fell from the truck.  [Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industries]

Construction Worker Killed By Collapsing Foundation In Medford

MEDFORD, MA  — Authorities in Massachusetts say a construction worker was killed when the foundation of a building collapsed onto him. The Middlesex district attorney’s office says the 50-year-old man had been working alongside the foundation when he was struck on Wednesday in Medford. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Civic Center work halted during investigation of fatal accident

Holland, MI — Renovation work at Holland’s Civic Center has been halted after a fatal accident on Tuesday, Aug. 1, involving a sub-contracted worker. Ruben Gomez-Vazques, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene after being trapped for about 15 minutes after a partial ceiling collapse near the east entrance of the building. He was a worker for X-treme Demolition, working to partially demolish the building as part of a $16.5 million renovation of the Civic Center. Another construction worker, 41-year-old Rafael Hernandez-Alvarez of Grand Rapids, was seriously injured in the accident. Based on interviews and observations, the two workers were doing demolition work on a small section of cement floor on the second level of the Civic Center. A section of that floor collapsed and both workers fell at 3:13 p.m. Hernandez-Alvarez was freed from the debris before police arrived, but Gomez-Vazques was trapped until firefighters could extract him.

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