Workers killed

I’ve been away, so this week’s list of workers killed on the job is longer than usual. On average, almost 100 workers are killed every week in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work.  Over 20 times as many die from occupational diseases, many due to exposure to hazardous substances many years before they died, or from COVID-19 acquire at work.  The few narratives below (gathered from almost 100 Google News searches) do not come close to capturing the full toll that work takes on the working people of this country — even in normal years, much less during the COVID pandemic. Nevertheless the accounts below gave you a taste of the preventable carnage occurring in workplaces across the country every day.

Body of worker found on roof of John Deere plant

FARGO, ND — Authorities responded to a report of a body found on the roof of a John Deere plant in north Fargo, Friday Feb. 25. According to Gregg Schildberger, the director of communications & governmental affairs for the city of Fargo, The Fargo Police Department responded to a call of a deceased male, 24-year-old Harrison Toyne, at around 7:48 a.m. on the roof of John Deere Electronic Solutions, where employees had discovered the body of a coworker. Schildberger says at this stage of the investigation, the death appears to be a non-suspicious, workplace-related incident.

Bouncer at Dooley’s Tavern in Roseville shot dead while removing suspect from bar

ROSEVILLE, Mich. – A Warren man died after being shot several times while another was injured at a Roseville bar Saturday night, police said. The victim was identified as 36-year-old man named Julius who worked as a bouncer at Dooley’s Tavern. According to Roseville police, he was removing an individual at the bar when the suspect produced a firearm and shot Julius several times. The shooting happened at approximately 11:40 p.m. Saturday night at the bar, which is located at 32500 Gratiot Avenue.

Salinas community reacts to shooting death of Salinas Police officer

SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV)– In a somber press conference held by the Salinas Police Department, Police Chief Roberto Filice identified the officer killed in the line of duty late Friday night. 30-year-old Salinas Police Officer Jorge David Alvarado Jr. was attempting a traffic stop on a vehicle on Griffin and East Market Street in Salinas around 10:41 p.m. Friday when shots were fired. Officer Alvarado was shot and ultimately died from injuries sustained in the shooting. A suspect was arrested and taken to county jail after Alvarado’s actions, according to police.

Man dies in industrial accident at Blount Island warehouse, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that a man died in a work-related accident on Blount Island. According to Sgt. Rudlaff, with the Sheriff’s Office, police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m. Rudlaff said a forklift was moving approximately 500 pounds of a paper product. Some of the product fell from the pallet, striking 18-year old Timothy Middlebrooks who was working as a longshoreman at a warehouse on Blount Island. He was said to have suffered a major head injury. The man died of his injuries. He was not identified, but was said to be between the ages of 18 and 20. The forklift operator was said to be cooperating with investigators. The JSO and Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating. We’re told that while the warehouse is on JaxPort property, the building is leased out to a private company, and the man who died was not employed by JaxPort. News4JAX looked into other accidents reported at the Blount Island port and found there have been at least three others reported in about the last year, including one at the Talleyrand terminal. Of the four, two have been deadly.

21-year-old widow mourns sanitation worker killed in hit and run

NANUET, NY — A sanitation worker was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car while crossing the street to collect trash receptacles in a hit and run in Nanuet. It happened in the area at 17 South Second Avenue around 6 a.m. Friday, when the victims were struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Arriving officers located one of the victims unresponsive lying in the roadway, while the second man was seated on a nearby curb experiencing pain and difficulty breathing. The driver of the garbage truck described hearing a loud collision when the men were struck. Both victims were initially treated by officers before being transported to area hospitals, where one of the victims, Estibe Bustos Ceballos, died two days later. “He was everything to everyone,” Caballos’ widow, Erica Chicaiza, said. “He was the full support for us.”


EL DORADO COUNTY, CA  – A logging accident on Leoni Meadows claimed the life of one person, Friday evening. According to Cal Fire, the accident occurred at Leoni Meadows area near Grizzly Flats. Initial reports indicate that a man part of a logging crew in Leoni Meadows received fatal injuries caused by a piece of equipment. Moreover, authorities said that the man died at the scene. At this time, the circumstances surrounding the incident and the identity of the deceased victim remain unavailable. Leoni Meadows Officials are still currently investigating the logging accident.

San Jacinto deputy constable shot, killed at PlazAmericas Mall in SW Houston identified

HOUSTON, TX – A San Jacinto County Pct. 1 deputy constable was killed after a shooting at PlazAmericas Mall in southwest Houston Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities. Officials from the Houston Police Department and San Jacinto County identified the officer as Deputy Neil Adams. The deputy was at the shopping complex working an extra job at the time of the shooting. Adams was an officer who worked for the county where he took care of a multitude of environmental issues like spilled sewage and other unsanitary conditions, according to Pct. 1 Constable Roy Rogers. He graduated from the police academy back in 2012. HPD Chief Troy Finner said the shooting happened around 3:57 p.m. in the 7500 block of Bellaire Boulevard. According to reports from the scene, Adams and the suspect were involved in an altercation before the suspect gained control of Adams’ gun. The suspect shot Adams and then ran to the food court.

Man killed in industrial accident in Pleasant Prairie

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI — A 51-year-old Kenosha County man died as a result of injuries sustained in an industrial accident Thursday morning, police said. Police and fire and rescue crews were dispatched at 8:30 a.m. to a facility in 8500 block of 100th Street, where first responders found plant coworkers of the injured party attempting to aid the unresponsive coworker. Police said that preliminary investigation determined that the employee suffered fatal injuries after coming in contact with racking while operating a mobile lift. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene and is investigating the accident, police said. The Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the scene.

Santee trucker, 51, killed in UPS semi crash on I-15 near Mission Valley

SAN DIEGO, CA — A truck driver from Santee was killed Tuesday evening when the UPS semi he was driving jackknifed and overturned on a rain-slicked Interstate 15 in the Mission Valley area, authorities said. The driver was identified Wednesday as 51-year-old Jeffrey James Sutch, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash, involving a Freightliner semi hauling a trailer, occurred just before 6:15 p.m. on north I-15 approaching Interstate 8 near Mission Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. “At the time of incident, it was actively raining, and the highway road conditions were wet,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said in a news release. According to the agency, witnesses said the trailer started sliding side to side on the wet freeway, causing it to fishtail as the truck left the roadway. The semi jackknifed, hit a tree and overturned, according to the Highway Patrol. Firefighters responded to the scene for a vehicle-rescue call, but Sutch “did not survive the crash” and died at the scene, according to the Fire-Rescue Department CHP spokesman Officer Sal Castro. Sutch is the second San Diego-area UPS employee to be killed on the job in recent months. In October, UPS delivery driver Steve Krueger was killed when a plane crashed into his truck on a residential Santee street.

Truck driver killed after semi bursts into flames along I-12

HAMMOND, LA – A man driving a semi-truck died Wednesday after his vehicle struck a cable barrier along I-12 and caught fire. Louisiana State Police said the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on I-12 near the Hammond exit. According to State Police, 48-year-old Charles Headspeth of Greensburg was heading westbound when his truck went off-road and struck the median cable barrier. The vehicle then caught fire and was soon engulfed in flames.

Baton Rouge deliveryman killed on the job ‘always knew how to bring smiles’

BATON ROUGE, LA – Capitol City Produce is lamenting the loss of Tarik Domino, a beloved employee who was killed by a stray bullet while making a delivery in Mississippi. The business took to social media Tuesday night to honor Domino, known at work as the “Top Banana” and “French Quarter King.” “From pushup competitions in the truck yard to arm wrestling in dispatch, Tarik always knew how to bring smiles to those that needed it and encouraged everyone to work harder at their job and in their personal life. Tarik had so much more than just friends here at Capitol City Produce, he had another family,” the company said in a post on Facebook. Domino was shot to death in Jackson, Mississippi after a fight broke out between two men in front of a Dollar General where he was making a delivery Monday morning. Police said he was not involved in the altercation and was hit by a stray bullet when one of the men started firing.

Police identify T-Mobile employee killed in Lakeforest Mall stabbing

Gaithersburg, MD — Montgomery County police have identified a T-Mobile employee who was stabbed several times at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg and later died Monday. Jose Alexander Maldonado, 23, an employee at the mall’s T-Mobile store, died after being stabbed on Monday, police said in a press release Tuesday. County and Gaithersburg police officers were called to an area near the food court around 11 a.m. Monday, police said in a press release. They found Maldonado with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said.

East Texas deputy constable fatally shot while at second job at Houston mall; suspect also killed

Houston, TX — An off-duty East Texas deputy was fatally shot at a Houston mall Wednesday. Neil Adams, a deputy constable in San Jacinto County, was working a second job at the PlazAmericas mall when he had a confrontation with another person about 4 p.m., Houston police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference Wednesday evening. Finner said the other person got hold of Adams’ gun and shot him, then went into the food court. Police located the suspect, who had a sharp-edged weapon, Finner said. As the suspect came toward officers, two of them opened fire, Finner said. The suspect, who has not been identified, died at a hospital.

Firefighter Dies After Emergency Call In Whiteford

WHITEFORD, MD — An officer with strong ties to the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company passed away Tuesday, according to officials. “With great sadness,” the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company reported “the unexpected line of duty death (LODD) of our beloved FF/Secretary Janet Holbrook.” Janet Holbrook — wife of the fire company’s president, Larry Holbrook — died overnight after returning home from an emergency call, officials said in a statement Tuesday. She was 52.

Man who died in Steel Dynamics incident identified

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The identity of the man who died in a work accident at Steel Dynamics has been released. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office reports that the victim was 63-year-old Jeffrey Stewart of Clay County. On Feb. 18, emergency crews were called to Steel Dynamics’ 455 West Industrial Drive location for a cardiac arrest/possible deceased person report. When deputies arrived on the scene they found that Stewart had been caught in a roll-up door that he had been working on. Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene.

A FedEx employee died in a work-related accident

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A FedEx employee,  33-year-old Jessica Jamesdied on the job early Friday morning at the FedEx World Hub on Memphis in an accident involving a forklift, according to Memphis Police. Police were notified at about 2:30 a.m. Friday about the woman who died while operating a forklift at the facility. FedEx Corporation Inc. issued this statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our team member. Our heartfelt thoughts are with our team member’s family, their colleagues, and all those affected by this event. We are fully cooperating with the investigating authorities.” This is an ongoing investigation. No other details were immediately disclosed.

Worker killed in accident at Bayport Container Terminal

PASADENA, TEXAS — A worker was killed on Feb. 21 while loading containers onto a ship at the Bayport Container Terminal, according to ABC13. The victim was operating a truck known as a “mule,” which is a truck that containers are loaded onto from ships, according to Port of Houston Authority spokesperson Lisa Ashley. She said the truck was lifted off the ground by a crane because the container on-board did not detach. The worker was killed. The International Longshoremen’s Association took the story to social media on February 22. They identified the man as 40-year-old John Tyler of Houston Local 24. They added details to the story that were not released via the media outlets. They stated that Tyler was offloading a container ship named Maersk Detroit. The container was still attached to the truck when the crane lifted both the container and truck about 40 feet off of the ground. Witnesses stated that the truck came crashing to the ground with Tyler still on it. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

West Memphis firefighter dies in line of duty on interstate

MEMHIS, Tenn. — A West Memphis firefighter is dead after an 18-wheeler hit him Saturday morning. On Feb. 26, a West Memphis Firefighter, Jason Lang, lost his life. “Firefighter, Jason Lang immediately, and without hesitation, bravely made the ultimate sacrifice, and he will always be remembered for his legacy and bravery for serving others,” said Chief Barry Ealy. Firefighter Lang was headed to an EMT clinical training class in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Lang stopped to offer assistance during a traffic accident alongside the interstate and was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler passing by.

Truck driver killed in fiery crash

Wharton, TX — The driver of an 18-wheeler was killed Thursday in a fiery crash on the U.S. Highway 59 bridge over the Colorado River. Wilfredo Martinez Ayala, 46, of Houston was declared dead at the scene. His rig and two cars in tow were destroyed in fires that began around 7:39 a.m. The crash closed traffic on the highway in both directions for 10 hours, causing traffic to be diverted through Wharton.

Driver in Parkland Accident Tried Swimming to Shore Before Drowning

Parkland, FL — Authorities have identified the man killed when he drove a construction dump truck into a Parkland canal Monday. Jeffrey Seraphin, 24, of Belle Glade, drove the truck into the water around 10:30 a.m. outside a construction site near 15490 Loxahatchee Road in what authorities are calling an “industrial accident.” BSO’s Traffic Homicide Unit is investigating the accident, which set off a frantic search for Seraphin by Coral Springs Fire Rescue and BSO Dive Team members. They eventually pulled the deceased driver from the water. According to investigators, Seraphin was driving a Caterpillar dump truck and traveling west within the construction site, south of 15490 Loxahatchee Road, when the accident was set in motion. Seraphin was reversing toward a man-made canal to dump a load of dirt and mud and reversed “past the point of safety,” leading the truck to slip back into the water, the press release states. He was able to exit the truck and tried to swim to shore. But he was unable to swim to safety and ultimately drowned, according to BSO. Coral Springs Fire Rescue pronounced Seraphin dead at the scene.

Michael Pittman Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident off 390th Street near Gowrie, IA

Gowrie, IA — February 19, 2022, 27-year-old truck driver Michael Pittman was struck and killed by another big rig off 390th Street near Gowrie. Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. at a hog farm located at 1165 390th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Pittman was operating one of two commercial tractor-trailers waiting to unload at the farm. Reports indicate he was out of his truck and walking between it and the second rig when the other driver reversed into him, pinning him between the trucks. Pittman suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

Elko mine worker killed in equipment accident

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — An employee at a mine in northern Nevada was killed in an equipment accident, the Elko Daily Free Press reported. The worker, Marissa Hill, at Nevada Gold Mines’ Cortez Hills Underground Operation was killed late Monday night in an accident involving power haulage, which is equipment such as shuttle cars, scoops, locomotives and front end loaders. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has been notified and is on site.

Worker dies after being run over by bulldozer at Volusia landfill

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 57-year-old day laborer was killed after deputies say he was run over by a bulldozer while on a job site. Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Tomoka landfill west of Port Orange on Wednesday morning. Officials say the victim was working as a traffic controller to help show customers where to dump their materials. Authorities say it appears he was run over by a bulldozer operating in the area.

Worker Shot Dead Inside Philly Vietnamese Restaurant

Philadelphia, PA — A 59-year-old worker at a Vietnamese restaurant was shot dead in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday night. Xiao Zhong Lin was shot once in the right side of his body inside the restaurant on the 5500 block of Whitaker Avenue around 8:25 p.m., police said. A person closing the shop told NBC10 the victim was an employee.

Veteran officer killed, beachgoers scared in chopper crashes

Newport Beach, CA — Two chopper crashes on opposite sides of the country over the weekend have FAA officials investigating and safety concerns being raised. In Newport Beach, California, officers were responding to reports of a disturbance when, for unknown reasons, a police helicopter went down in shallow water. The pilot, 14-year veteran officer Nicholas Vella, was killed in the crash. Another officer, a 16-year veteran who wasn’t identified, was taken to the hospital in critical condition but has since been released.

Worker dies at City of Jacksonville construction site

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A construction worker at a city-owned construction site has died. Jacksonville said the employee of a subcontractor fell off scaffolding at the Jack Amyette Recreation Center at 1825 South Drive. The accident happened shortly before 2:00 p.m. The North Carolina Department of Labor says Occupational Safety and Health Division assigned two compliance officers to visit the site. The rec center was destroyed by Hurricane Florence in 2018 and has been undergoing a major reconstruction effort. Felipe Avalos, 65, was working as a subcontractor with the Bordeaux Construction Company on the Jack Amyette construction site.

US Navy contractor names 4 killed in Hawaii helicopter crash

HONOLULU, HI (AP) — A civilian contractor working for the U.S. Navy on Wednesday disclosed the names of four employees killed when their helicopter crashed on the Hawaii island of Kauai. Croman Corp. said 64-year-old Daniel Maurice of Lyle, Washington, was the aircraft’s chief pilot. Three Kauai residents who were on board also were killed. Patrick Rader, 55, was the command pilot. Ericka Tevez-Valdez, 42, and Mathew Haider, 44, were mechanics. Croman said the crew was conducting routine training operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility under contract with the Navy when their Sikorsky S-61N helicopter crashed shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Worker dies after being run over by Florida street sweeper he was driving

Brandon, FL — A Florida man was killed after he was run over by the street sweeper he was driving. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the unidentified 57-year-old man was operating a street sweeper in the parking lot of a Brandon Publix supermarket when a crash sent him flying out of the truck into its path as it kept moving forward, running him over and killing him. FHP says the sweeper operator left the parking lot of the Publix late Friday to make a U-turn to get back into the lot. The sweeper truck went into the path of another car, which crashed against the side of the street sweeper. The worker, who authorities say was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and run over by the vehicle.

Semi truck driver killed on Indiana Toll Road near Shipshewana

Shipshewana, IN — A semi truck driver was killed on the Indiana Toll Road. The collision happened around 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, near Shipshewana. Indiana State Troopers arrived to find two semi-trucks, one parked on the shoulder and another crashed in the ditch. The 45-year-old man who drove the semi that was struck was found, unresponsive, in the ditch. Despite live-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the victim pulled over on the side of the road because he ran out of fuel, when a second semi-truck being driven by 35-year-old man hit the semi before crashing through a guard rail and running over the driver.

Work Truck Driver Killed in Rear-End Crash with Semi-Truck on I-5 in Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA — February 15, 2022, one person was killed in a collision between a work truck and a semi-truck on Interstate 5 in Pierce County. Authorities say the incident happened around 2:40 p.m. on southbound I-15 near South 84th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a landscaping truck was traveling south on the roadway at speeds reportedly exceeding 60 miles per hour on the highway when it collided with the back of a semi-truck that was slowing ahead in response to traffic. The work truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Contractor dies from injuries at Valero Port Arthur, Texas, refinery

HOUSTON, TX – A contractor died on Friday after being injured while working on a biodiesel plant construction project at Valero Energy Corp’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, according to local media reports. The contractor was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries, according to the reports. An autopsy was ordered by Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Marc DeRouen, who told the Port Arthur News that the death appeared to be accidental. DeRouen identified the victim as Harvey Fabriguze, 61, an industrial painter, according to KFDM-TV.

Police seeking new leads after guard shot, killed at Stonecrest car dealership

Stonecrest, GA — DeKalb County police are asking the public for help in identifying and locating five suspects in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a car dealership near the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday night. Officers found 24-year-old Henry Ashley, who worked as a security guard at the Courtesy Chrysler Dodge dealership at 8455 Mall Parkway, with a gunshot wound around 11 p.m., a DeKalb police spokesperson said. Ashley was taken to a hospital, where he died. Investigators determined Ashley was investigating a suspicious person alert on the property when he encountered a group of suspects, according to a news release. Moments later, he was shot while in his marked work vehicle.

Animal rescue worker dies after being attacked by dog in Oakland Park

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman after a dog attack. The incident occurred Feb. 17 at 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida on Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park. Preliminary investigation revealed a large mixed breed dog was found abandoned in the middle of the Everglades and brought to the animal rescue facility a month earlier for rehabilitation. Detectives said both women worked at the facility and were attending to the dog when one of them was attacked by the animal. The second woman tried to help her colleague and was also attacked by the animal. Deputies contained the dog until Broward County Animal Care arrived and took custody of the dog. The two women were taken to a hospital for treatment. One of the victims, Pam Robb, was later pronounced dead.

ME’s Office identifies man killed in industrial accident in NW San Antonio area

Bexar County, TX — The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a man killed in an industrial accident on Tuesday as 29-year-old Dustin Ray Sipps. SAFD officials say a piece of industrial machinery fell on him at a worksite on Calle Rialto near Ralph Fair and I-10. He was dead once fire crews arrived at the scene.

Maintenance worker dies at LEGOLAND New York Resort

Washingtonville, NY — State police are investigating the death of a maintenance worker at LEGOLAND New York Resort this month. Shane Roy Gunser died on the job Feb. 5.The 33-year-old from Washingtonville was working as LEGOLAND New York Resort’s chief hotel maintenance engineer when he passed away. So far, it’s not clear how he died or if it was during a work-related incident. A LEGOLAND New York Resort representative offered condolences and referred questions to police.

Truck driver killed in I-15 accident near Payson

PAYSON, Utah — A driver was killed Tuesday after their truck caught fire after running off Interstate 15 in Payson, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Witnesses said a tire blew on a dump truck traveling in the northbound lanes of the highway near 800 South, causing it to lose control and careen into a guardrail before it spun, rolled on its side, and became fully engulfed in flames. The adult male driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was the only occupant of the truck.

Tow truck driver hit and killed by semi-truck on I-5 in Milton

FIFE, Wash. — A tow truck driver was killed after he was struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 5 in Milton Tuesday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol (WSP).
The crash happened on northbound I-5 just south of Porter Way around 6:15 a.m. WSP Trooper Robert Reyer said the 65-year-old driver of the FedEx semi-truck was arrested for suspicion of DUI. WSP identified the tow truck driver who was killed as 49-year-old Joe Masterson. According to the towing company, he was a father of four and had worked with the company for six years.

Truck driver killed after colliding with semi on southbound I-5 in Tacoma

Tacoma, WA — A driver is dead after his work truck rear-ended a semi-truck on southbound Interstate 5 just north of South 84th Street in Tacoma on Tuesday afternoon. The collision occurred about 2:41 p.m. when a landscaping truck hit the back end of a semi-truck that was slowing down in the far right lane, according to Washington State Patrol spokesperson Trooper Robert Reyer. The work truck appeared to be moving in excess of 60 miles per hour when it hit the semi, according to troopers on the scene. Traffic was slowing for another accident ahead, he said. The driver was the only person in the work truck. Fire department crews extricated him, but he was declared dead at the scene, Reyer said.

Former Papa Johns employee accused of killing two workers at his old store in Elkhart

ELKHART, IN — A former employee of a Papa Johns location in Elkhart is accused of murdering two ex-coworkers there on Sunday. In court documents filed Tuesday, Elkhart County prosecutors say Jose Benitez-Tilley spoke to employees at the pizza chain on Saturday evening to ask for a job. One hour later, he allegedly returned and shot to death 37-year-old Dustin Carr, and 22-year-old Haley Smith. Their bodies were found in an alley behind the store at 1532 of Cassopolis Street the next day.

Man killed at freight trucking facility in Boone County identified

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – A man killed last week at a Northern Kentucky freight trucking facility has been identified, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were dispatched around 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 16 to the Southeastern Freight Lines facility at 1040 Fleet Blvd. for a possibly deceased man trapped under the wheel of a tractor-trailer, according to an incident report. Ricky Markley of Erlanger was hooking up a dolly to his tractor-trailer when the semi-truck, which had two trailers attached, began to move, the report states. Markley was caught between the two trailers when the tires trapped him and began to roll over him. A coworker was able to prevent the truck from completely running him over, however it took several minutes to put the truck in reverse as there was insufficient air pressure, the report states, adding Markley had been crushed under about 23,000 pounds.

One thought on “Weekly Toll: Punching Out for the Last Time”
  1. Anyone who uses the phrase “job-killing regulations” should be dragged along and made to take part in a fatality investigation. It’s heart-wrenching.

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