Chattanooga, TN — Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say an employee working for a contractor at a state project on State Route 111 was killed Thursday morning when a southbound semitractor-trailer loaded with coal overturned in a work area near the Hamilton-Sequatchie county line. The big rig flipped onto its side, hitting Christopher Harden, 21, of Rossville, Georgia, who was standing in the construction zone, THP spokesman Sgt. Alan Bailey said Thursday via email. The tractor-trailer was driven by 33-year-old Jason Canada, of Albany, Kentucky. Canada was taken to Erlanger hospital by ambulance, Bailey said. The truck is owned by Double Dee Trucking out of Albany, he said.
Cloquet, MN — Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at the Sappi paper and pulp mill in Cloquet on Tuesday. “We are shocked and saddened to confirm the death of Mr. Ryan Martin,” corporate spokeswoman Olga Karagiannis wrote in an email Wednesday. “Sappi is investigating and working with authorities to understand the cause of death.” Cloquet police and fire crews were called to the mill just before 5 p.m. Tuesday on the report of a man down, according to a statement from police. The 53-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cloquet mill last had a fatality in 2003, when 47-year-old Kerry Roe died while doing maintenance work on electrical equipment in the finishing department. Sappi later paid a $50,000 fine under an OSHA settlement.
OSHA investigation underway following construction worker’s death
BOSTON, MA – An OSHA investigation is underway after a construction worker fell and died on a job site in East Boston last week. The victim, from Worcester, was working on the framing of a building on Paris Street May 7, where a new 32-unit building called Paris village is going up. A spokesperson for his union says he was up on one of the top levels of the building when he fell four stories. The New England Regional Council of Carpenters has identified the victim as 48-year-old Jose Rodriguez of Worcester. Video from Sky25 showed a harness behind crime scene tape at the construction site. Rodriguez was working for a company out of Lunenburg called Northeast Framing.
Mississippi Police Officer Killed in Fiery Wreck
Raleigh, MS – A Raleigh, Mississippi police officer was killed in a fiery crash while on duty Thursday. Officer E.P. Morris’ patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree before becoming engulfed in flames around noon on Highway 18 within the city limits of Raleigh, according to The Clarion Ledger. The veteran officer was pronounced dead on the scene.
Pen Argyl man dies while doing work at Lower Nazareth church
LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A Pen Argyl man died at a Lower Nazareth church Tuesday afternoon while working. According to Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek, his office was called around 1 p.m. to Life Church located at 4609 Newburg Road in reference to a deceased man.The man has been identified as Aldwin Bobb, 76, of Pen Argyl. The coroner says Bobb died in an attic crawl space while he was doing some electrical work. It’s unclear what killed the man.
Butler, TN — A Mountain City man died at the Shoun lumberyard, a large sawmill in Butler, TN, last week when he reportedly fell on a saw. According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, Mountain City resident Edward Maines, 40, an employee at the company was on the job when he was found dead at the scene around 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Shoun Lumber, 147 George Shoun Lane. “Upon arrival investigators found that Maines had an accident at the mill,” Reece said, adding, “He had fallen on a saw, and was deceased.”
FORT WORTH, TX —
A road crew worker was killed Tuesday morning after being hit by what was initially suspected to be a driver under the influence
, police said. The motorist was taken into custody but released after police determined the driver has a medical condition which caused the accident, police said Tuesday afternoon. The victim was Phillip Szurgo
t, age 45, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Washington man dies in accident at Mat-Su landfill
Anchorage, AK — A man was killed by machinery in a work-related accident Monday morning while working at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s Central Landfill, officials said. Alaska State Troopers identified the man killed in an industrial accident as Lorin R. Ellsworth, 59 of Moses Lake, Washington. Ellsworth was employed by a contractor that was baling scrap metal at the landfill, 1201 N. 49th State Street in Palmer, according to a borough statement. He was crushed by the scrap metal baling machinery, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.
Man dies in industrial accident after falling from roof, police say
NORFOLK, VA — A man died Monday morning after falling from a roof in what police are calling an industrial accident. The man – whose name has not yet been released – died on scene. Norfolk Fire-Rescue responded around 6:50 a.m., police said, for a report of a man who fell from a roof. He fell from the roof of Tidewater Insulators, located at 5610 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, according to Norfolk police spokesman Cpl. William Pickering. The corporal said that police are continuing to sort out what happened. He said police were initially told the man was working on the roof. The parent company of Tidewater Insulators, Ohio-based Installed Building Products, is aware of what happened and is working with police, according to Kelly Riehl, a spokeswoman.
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Way too many deaths even when ignoring the much greater number of workers who die from chronic occupational diseases.