Cape May, NJ — A 47-year-old construction worker died after being struck by a board and falling off scaffolding Tuesday in Cape May County, authorities said. Joel Duarte-Dutra, of Maple Shade, was framing a porch at a home on Sprucewood Road in the Villas section of Lower Township when he was thrown from the self-constructed scaffolding, a police statement said. Duarte-Dutra was unconscious and bleeding when emergency workers arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving treatment. A helicopter was en route to fly him to a hospital.
Salisbury Chemical Plant Employee Dies After Falling Into Open Tank
Salisbury, NC — The employee who died in a workplace accident Saturday morning at a chemical plant in North Carolina has been identified, according to WSOC. The victim, identified as 43-year-old Clint Miller, fell 10 feet into an open tank at about 4 a.m. during a loading operation while working at AkzoNobel in Salisbury. “He mixed compounds. He mixed chemicals,” said Clint’s mother, Sandy Miller.
LIVE OAK, FL — A construction worker, who suffered serious injuries after a fall from the back of a truck on Interstate 10 on Tuesday, died from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol released Saturday that 43-year-old Zachariah Stinson, of Pace, died Thursday from the injuries he suffered around 10 a.m. Tuesday. According to FHP, a SICE construction work truck was stopped on the south shoulder of I-10 at the eastbound at mile marker 286, just past the U.S. 129 exit to pick up a foldable construction sign. The report states that Stinson removed the sign and placed it in the back of the 2018 Ford F250. Stinson then sat on the tailgate to move to the next location. According to the report, the driver of the truck, Richard Mann, 51, of Jacksonville, accelerated attempting to merge into the outside travel lane. When the vehicle accelerated, Stinson fell off the tailgate and struck his head on the paved shoulder, the report states.
Man dies after tree falls on him, trapping him in machine
Independence, MI — A 36-year-old Waterford man died Friday when a tree fell and trapped him in a walk-behind skid steer, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. The man was using the skid steer — a type of loader — to spread mulch on his employer’s property on the 4700 block of Rattek in Independence Township when a section of a large hardwood tree fell on his back. Authorities were called just before noon. “The impact forced his head forward into the steering levers of the machine and pinned him,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “The levers went into the subject’s head contributing to his death.” The man died as the region was under a high wind warning, with peak gusts of more than 60 mph expected.
Construction Worker Dies After Trench Collapses
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A family is mourning the loss of a 34-year-old construction worker that died on Thursday. Officials say he was working in a trench when one of the walls collapsed onto him. “We just had two individuals that were working on a construction site over here in a trench,” said Captain Rich Miller of the Sioux Falls Police Department. “It’s approximately 10 to 15 feet deep. While they were digging, there was a partial wall collapse.” One worker was trapped – buried underneath dirt. Police say nearby construction workers did their best to free the worker. Then, one of them called for help. Police say they were on the scene in Southeastern Sioux Falls in about two or three minutes. “The person was still in the ditch when fire rescue got here and then Fire Rescue actually went down into the trench and then retrieved the individual from there,” said Miller. Fire Rescue found the man unconscious and in cardiac arrest.
Funeral arrangements announced for slain Terre Haute officer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Funeral arrangements were announced Saturday for a Terre Haute police officer killed in the line of duty Friday. Ofc. Rob Pitts’ visitation will be Tuesday. Pitts died Friday when he and three other officers responded to an apartment in The Garden Quarter around 6:30 p.m. as part of a homicide investigation. As two officers came up, police say the suspect started shooting at them. Patrolman Pitts was killed by a single shot to the head, according to the Vigo County Coroner’s Office. He was a 16-year veteran of Terre Haute P.D.
Las Vegas Captain Dies from Apparatus Wreck Injuries
Las Vegas, NV — A Las Vegas Fire-Rescue captain who was paralyzed from the neck down in an apparatus wreck nearly 15 years ago has died from his injuries. The Review Journal reports that Capt. Thelonius “Theo” Adams passed away Tuesday night in Las Vegas as a result of the injuries he sustained in a November 2003 apparatus rollover. The 54-year-old firefighter was a 13-year veteran of the fire service at the time of the accident.
Police ID utility worker killed by falling pole in Paauilo
Paauilo, Hawaii — Hawaii Island police have identified a 52-year-old man who died Wednesday in a fatal industrial accident on Highway 19 in Paauilo. The victim has been identified as Lyle Kaaihili of Waikoloa, according to the Hawaii Police Department. According to police, a utility company using a boom truck was replacing a utility pole on the shoulder of the highway near mile marker 35 when the accident occurred about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told police that as the pole was being positioned into place, the boom collapsed and the pole fell onto the victim, who was an employee of the utility company.
Iron Ridge woman dies after truck hits ladder
NC lineman in bucket truck touches power line, blasted by thousands of volts
Mulberry, NC — A Pike Electric lineman blasted Tuesday with thousands of volts of electricity has died of his injuries in North Carolina, according to the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire and Rescue. T.C. Simpsom was working on a power line in the Mulberry community of Wilkes County, about 80 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, when the accident happened. He died after spending two days in critical condition, according to the department. Typical voltage for a local transmission line is 13,800 volts, experts say, while long distance lines can carry 155,000 to 700,000 volts, according to Slate.com. It’s unclear which type of line shocked Simpson.
Log truck driver killed in 2-vehicle crash near Monmouth
Monmouth, OR – A log truck driver was killed and another driver was injured south of Monmouth after their vehicles crashed Thursday along Oregon 99W. The 2002 Kenworth log truck hit a green 2002 Toyota pickup around 6:50 a.m. when the smaller truck pulled onto the roadway from Parker Road, according to Oregon State Police. The log truck driver, who hasn’t yet been identified by state police, died at the scene.
Work-related death under investigation
Man crushed to death at pet food manufacturer in Ogden
OGDEN, Utah — A man was crushed to death at a pet food manufacturing plant in Ogden early Tuesday morning. A representative for American Nutrition said 33-year-old Raul Ortiz was an employee at the plant, and he was crushed to death after getting into a piece of equipment called a palletizer elevator around 3 a.m. It is believed Ortiz got into the palletizer elevator while the power was running, and the machine rose up and crushed him against the top of the elevator.
Woman killed after getting trapped, suffocating at Columbia construction site, coroner says
Man dies after industrial accident at manufacturer in Danvers
Danvers, MA — A man suffered fatal injuries on Tuesday after an industrial accident reported at a manufacturing company in Danvers. The man (Anthony Lyon, 42) was transported from ITW Devcon on Endicott Street to Beverly Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, officials said. Danvers police and fire officials responded to an apparent industrial accident at the manufacturer at 130 Endicott St. at 8:40 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Amerault. Amerault said they arrived to find an outside contractor who had been working on a piece of equipment when he fell from an unknown height off a ladder.
72-year-old man run over, killed by asphalt paver in Orange City
ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A 72-year-old man was run over and killed Tuesday after falling off an asphalt paving machine he had been operating in Orange City, police said. The freak accident occurred at the future site of a medical complex on Harley Strickland Boulevard. Orange City police said Ulysses Tolbert, of Deltona, was moving the asphalt paver to another area of the parking lot when he fell off the machine for an unknown reason. The machine ran over him and pinned Tolbert underneath, police said. Other contractors tried to use a Bobcat to lift the machine off the man, but the paver was too heavy. A large heavy-duty wrecker was brought in to move the paving machine off his body, police said. Tolbert was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange City Fire Rescue. Police said the paving contractor working on the lot is Pavemax Asphalt Services.
LCRA employee dies in on-the-job accident in Kendall County
San Antonio, TX — A Lower Colorado River Authority employee died Monday as a result of an accident at a substation northwest of San Antonio, officials with the water and energy utility said. The accident happened at around 4 p.m. Monday at a substation in Kendall County near Boerne, LCRA spokeswoman Clara Tuma said. No other information was immediately available.
Philadelphia Airport Employee Stabbed to Death By Co-worker Inside Terminal
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A 35-year-old man stabbed his 28-year-old co-worker in the stomach inside the Philadelphia International Airport terminal, according to police. A fight reportedly broke out between three employees of Worldwide Flight Services, a company contracted by Frontier Airlines to clean planes. Police believe a box cutter was used in the stabbing. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Sabine Parish man dies when crushed by boat
Sabine Parish, TX – -A Sabine Parish man died Tuesday morning when he was crushed by a 6,000-pound boat that he was working on, Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said. The victim, 35-year-old Jessie P. Clavier, of Many, died instantly at the scene. Rivers said the accident, reported to the Sabine sheriff’s office shortly before 9 a.m., happened at the Branam residence on Bayshore Drive located on Toledo Bend Reservoir north of Toledo Town. Clavier, an employee of B&K Branam Enterprise, was using a grinder underneath the boat, which was on land and hoisted into the air by a track hoe and one nylon strap. The boat had been up about 20 minutes when the strap broke and it fell on top of Clavier. Rivers said a witness said it took almost 10 minutes to get the 24-foot aluminum boat off of Clavier before emergency crews arrived.
Alabama truck driver killed in wreck on Highway 45 Alternate
Fulton Township man among 4 killed after utility, septic trucks collide in York County
Lancaster, PA – A Fulton Township man was one of four killed in a York County crash Monday morning. Jonathan Beiler, 27, of the 100 block of Brabson Lane, died in the two-vehicle crash in the area of 7620 Lincoln Highway, according to the York County coroner’s office. Three Chester County men were also killed: Gregory Butcher Jr., 36, of West Chester; Reuben Fisher, 23, of Oxford; and Matthew Hurst, 24, Glenmore, according to a news release from the coroner’s office. The men were in a Little Washington Fabricators Inc. utility truck when it collided with a septic truck around 7:30 a.m., according to the coroner’s office. The westbound utility truck, driven by Butcher, reportedly crossed over the center lane into the path of the eastbound septic truck, according to the coroner’s office.
Crane accident at Arkansas bridge construction site kills 1 worker, injures another
Union County, AR– A crane that was being disassembled at an Arkansas bridge constriction site collapsed Thursday afternoon, leaving one worker dead and injuring another, the El Dorado News-Times reported. Eduardo Vasquez-Perales, 49, and Elvin Bermudes, 37, were dismantling the boom crane at the new Calion bridge site in Union County when the machine caved in on top of them, pinning them to the ground. Other workers used to a forklift to get the crane off the Mississippi residents, according to a Union County sheriff’s office report cited by the newspaper. Vasquez-Perales was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.He had worked with W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Co. for five years, company spokesman Kenny Bush said.