Even though President Trump somehow forgot to mention Workers Memorial Day at his rally in Michigan Saturday night, we here at Confined Space will never forget.
Fair employee dies on the job in Alexander City
Arizona police officer killed, suspect arrested after stealing 3 cars
Nogales, AZ — A police officer in Arizona is dead and a suspect is in custody after stealing three cars in a violent series of incidents Friday in Nogales. According to Nogales police, officer Jesus Cordova was shot multiple times and killed after pulling over a driver following an armed carjacking at about 2:40 p.m. The suspect exited the car and shot at Cordova after being pulled over, police said. He then allegedly stole two more cars during a police chase, authorities said. Cordova, 44, was engaged and the father of three children. His fiancee is 5 months pregnant with their fourth child.
Construction worker killed by falling limestone on IU campus
Bloomington, IN — A large piece of limestone being installed above a doorway fell and killed a construction worker at Swain Hall West on Indiana University’s campus Wednesday afternoon.IU spokesman Chuck Carney confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the construction worker died. Monroe County coroner Joani Shields said the victim was identified as 35-year-old William M. Brown Jr. of Bloomington. He worked for an independent contractor that had been hired by Indiana University to do renovations on the building. He was not an employee of IU. The crew had been using equipment to lift and place limestone above an interior doorway at the north side of the building when it fell, according to preliminary reports given to emergency responders at the scene. Construction workers had started CPR on the man, who was hit in the head and chest by the limestone, according to Sgt. Brandon Hudson of the Bloomington Fire Department. Hudson estimated the piece of limestone was 6 feet long.
Man who killed Maine sheriff’s deputy now in custody
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine – The search for a man accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy came to an end Saturday, the fourth day of an intense manhunt in the woods of central Maine. The Maine Department of Public Safety reported that 29-year-old John Williams was in custody but declined to release details of his arrest. Williams was wanted in the fatal shooting early Wednesday of Cpl. Eugene Cole in the town of Norridgewock. Police declined to say whether Williams had been apprehended, or had turned himself in.
Cape Coral tow truck driver killed on the job
CAPE CORAL, Fla – A Cape Coral tow truck operator is dead after being hit by a car, Friday night. Cape Coral Police officers responded to the scene of a serious injury crash at Pine Island Road and Pondella Road, shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday. The victim, identified as Wes Dale, was towing a vehicle when a malfunction occurred causing the vehicle to roll on top of him, according to loved ones. Wes died from his injuries Saturday morning.
Round Rock officer succumbs to injuries after being struck by car
ROUND ROCK, TX — Round Rock police officer Charles Whites died Friday, 61 days after he was struck by a driver while directing traffic around the scene of a fatal wreck on Interstate 35. Whites, 63, was the first Round Rock officer killed in the line of duty in the department’s more than 70-year history, a police spokesman said.
Truck driver killed in single-vehicle crash in Lakeland ID’d
Construction worker who died after fall in Vernon identified
VERNON, CT (WFSB) – Police have identified the female construction worker who died after suffering a fall in Vernon Friday morning. According to police, the worker fell through a hole in the first floor of a Grand Lofts Luxury Apartments building on the Hartford Turnpike. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Police initially said the woman, identified as 55-year-old Anita Goodwin of Broadbrook, suffered life-threatening injuries. LIFE STAR transported her to Hartford Hospital where she died. Police said this is the third incident they have responded to at the complex. The complex is being built and managed by the Santini family.
Rail Worker Struck, Killed
Bowie, MD — Luke J. Gsell, age 20, of Garnet Valley, PA was killed on April 24, 2018 when was struck and killed by an Amtrak train about a half-mile north of the Bowie State University MARC station Tuesday morning while working as a lookout. Luke worked out of Amtrak out of Bowie, MD and was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Lodge no. 3012.
OSHA launches inquiry
CLINTON, IA — The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a man who reportedly fell from a ladder onto a nearby power source in Clinton. Jose Sanchez, also known as Sanchez-Martinez, was in his mid-20s working for ASG Home Exteriors Corp., based out of McHenry, Illinois, when the incident happened on April 6. In a 911 call, a witness stated that after a “big boom,” she saw a man lying on the ground. At the time of the call, 8:15 a.m., Sanchez was awake and breathing. The female witness said she could hear him mumbling, but soon started to close his eyes. She reported he was having a hard time breathing. The witness said the man had fallen from what appeared to be a 25-foot ladder and hit a nearby “power source” in the back of building two and three at the complex. Clinton Fire and Police departments assisted on scene and brought Sanchez to Mercy Medical Center North.
Woman killed in accident at Bush Brothers’ facility
Dandridge, TN — A temporary worker was killed in an accident yesterday morning at the Bush Brothers cannery in Chestnut Hill, Sheriff Bud McCoig reported. Shannon Smith, 40, of 211 Sullivan Point, Dandridge, died in the accident involving a lift used to hoist heavy pallets of canned goods, the sheriff said his deputies’ reports indicate. Smith had been working at the plant (3304 Chestnut Hill Road) for about six months through a temporary agency, he said. According to deputies’ reports, Smith was cleaning in the area of the machine when she accidentally set off a sensor that caused it to lift, wedging her between the machine and a metal post.
Truck driver killed
MESOPOTAMIA, OH — A truck driver hauling logs was killed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after one of the logs fell off his truck and struck him. A supervisor at the Trumbull County 911 Center said the accident happened in the 9000 block of Bundysburg Winsdor Road. On scene was the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and fire departments from Mesopotamia, Winsdor and Middlefield. The victim’s name was not released Tuesday.
Utility worker shot, killed on job site in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO — A utility worker died at a hospital after being shot at a job site in Kansas City. The shooting, which appears to be random, was reported just after 8:30 a.m. at a construction site near Ninth Street and Brooklyn Avenue, according to Kansas City police. Johnathon L. Porter, 23, was a worker for a company that contracted with Spire. The shooter walked up to a group of workers and briefly spoke to them before he pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the group as he walked away, according to witnesses.
Longview, WA — An employee of GT Metals and Salvage, Christopher Cobb, was killed while dismantling a metal frame structure when the structure fell on him. (Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industry.)