I’ve been gone the past few weeks and behind on memorializing those killed in the workplace. I’ll catch up this week and next. Meanwhile, over the weeks covered here, we have 5 workers needlessly killed in trench collapses, as well as falls, traffic incidents, fires, machinery and other incidents. 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 acquired 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.
Ronald Mishna Killed In East Palo Alto Forklift Accident At The Home Depot
EAST PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (May 17, 2022) – An employee of The Home Depot identified as Ronald Mishna has tragically died in an East Palo Alto forklift accident. San Mateo County officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:00 a.m. on Friday. Ronald Mishna was working at The Home Depot when he was hit in the head by a case of water that fell off a forklift. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Despite the best efforts of first responders, Ronald Mishna died due to his injuries. Cal/OSHA is continuing to investigate what may have contributed to the forklift accident.
McDonald’s Employee Killed in Targeted Drive-Thru Shooting
Gambrills, Maryland — An employee at a McDonald’s in Maryland was shot and killed at a drive-thru window early Friday in what police believe was a targeted killing. At around 4:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots at the McDonald’s in Gambrills, Maryland, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said in a statement shared on social media. At the scene they found a man dead of an apparent gunshot wound. “The victim was identified as Britrain Marcelus Gray, 23, of Odenton, and was working at the restaurant at the time of the shooting,” police said, noting that Gray’s manner of death will be determined by a medical examiner.
Roadway worker killed by vehicle in SW Iowa
Red Oak, IA — A road construction worker was struck by a vehicle and killed near Red Oak Thursday night. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to Highway 34 and Evergreen Avenue on the west side of Red Oak for a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident around 6:45 p.m. Authorities say Shawn Dale Kammerer of Red Oak was driving eastbound on Highway 34 approaching a transition area into a construction zone when he failed to obey a stop sign and struck a construction worker who was running a traffic control device. The construction worker — identified as Brian Kelly Parker of Harlan — was taken to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Cement truck driver killed when vehicle crashes, rolls in southwest Kansas
COATS, Kan. (WIBW) – A cement truck driver was killed Thursday morning when his vehicle crashed and rolled in Barber County in southwest Kansas, authorities said. The crash was reported at 10:05 a.m. Thursday about two miles south of McAdoo Road and Elm Mills Road. The location was about six miles south of the city of Coats. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2013 Kenworth cement truck was cresting a hill on southbound McAdoo Road when its right front tire caught loose sand at the edge of the roadway, pulling the vehicle closer to the ditch. The cement truck over-corrected, entering the east ditch, where it overturned and rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels facing northwest. The driver, Anthony R. Peek, 58, of Medicine Lodge, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Portland police: Security guard killed in May 6 shooting near South Waterfront
PORTLAND, Ore. — A man who died in a May 6 shooting near downtown Portland’s South Waterfront has been identified as 22-year-old Sircharles Marc Anthony Jones. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said Thursday that Jones was working as a security guard at the time he was killed. On Friday, May 6 around 3:20 a.m., officers responded to a shooting call in the 2100 block of South River Parkway near South Moody Avenue. There, they found Jones dead from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle. A medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide.
Man dead after workplace accident at Tractor Supply center in Macon
MACON, Ga. (WGXA) — An employee at a Tractor Supply center died Thursday. According to Coroner Leon Jones, coworkers found the man deceased around 9:39 a.m. The workplace accident involved a forklift and a safe, Jones said. The Tractor Supply Company Distribution Center is located on Tractor Dr. in South Macon off of Sardis Church Rd. Tractor Supply Co. representatives said in a statement that the company is “fully cooperating with local authorities.” Coroner Leon Jones says deputies and the fire department responded Thursday to a man pinned between a gun safe and a forklift. Authorities say they found 55-year-old David Butler dead. 13WMAZ spoke with a former employee who says Butler’s death was preventable. Some of the common themes were poor training, poor staffing and generally lax training here at the tractor supply Macon distribution center.
Rockdale County deputy killed while directing traffic on Highway 138
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – The Rockdale community is mourning the sudden loss of Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Jenkins who was tragically killed while directing traffic Wednesday night. Deputy Jenkins was guiding cars through Highway 138 at the intersection of Highway 212 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle. Rockdale County deputies responded to the scene and found him unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital where he died of his injuries. The driver of the car was uninjured and remained on scene with Jenkins until help arrived. Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident.
Texas deputy killed in crash with 18-wheeler, another injured during hospital escort
Houston, TX — A Texas sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday after a crash with an 18-wheeler truck on a Houston-area freeway and another was injured during an escort to the hospital, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Adam Howard, 27, died a short time after the incident on State Highway 249 in a Houston suburb. He was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition before he died, authorities said.
Body found after massive fire tears through NJ waste facility
ELIZABETH, N.J. (1010 WINS) — A body believed to be a worker was found Wednesday after a five-alarm fire tore through a waste management facility in Elizabeth on Tuesday and burned into the night. The body is thought to be an employee “because that was the only individual who was unaccounted for,” a representative for the mayor’s office said. Firefighters worked for hours to finally bring the blaze under control, after thick black smoke was seen for miles and fumes blanketed the area and forced evacuations.
Worker killed by truck on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley identified as Dylan Motte, 25
Morongo Valley, CA — A survey worker died after being hit by a pick-up truck on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley on Monday afternoon. He was identified as Dylan Motte, 25, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. The crash occurred when a Ford F-150 driving westbound in the passing lane on the highway crossed into the center median while approaching Senilis Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The F-150 then hit the worker, who was standing next to his work truck. The force of the crash caused the Chevrolet to hit an SUV that was being driven eastbound on Highway 62. Motte was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died around 9:15 p.m. Motte’s home city was listed as “unknown” by the coroner.
Red Bluff firefighter dies after tree unexpectedly falls
RED BLUFF, CA — A local firefighter died Friday after being hit by a tree that unexpectedly fell. Chico-based Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression Inc. announced the passing of Darin Banks, 27, of Red Bluff through its social media. Banks was assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew working to prepare an area for prescribed burning in Tuolumne County. He leaves behind his 4-year-old son, mother, siblings, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Buffalo’s worst mass shooting takes 10 lives, leaves 3 wounded; attack called ‘a racially motivated hate crime’
Ten people were gunned down at a Buffalo supermarket Saturday in a horrifying mass shooting that officials were quick to label as “pure evil” and racially motivated. The shooting stunned a community basking in a warm May afternoon, with shoppers filling the Tops in a predominantly Black neighborhood at 1275 Jefferson Ave. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were Black and two were white, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. Most of the victims’ identities weren’t released as of late Saturday night. Four of those shot were store employees. However, sources told The News that one of the dead was Aaron Salter, a recently retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard at the store who confronted the gunman.
MAN DIES FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT IN MONTGOMERY
MONTGOMERY, Minn. (KEYC) — The State Patrol is investigating the death of a powerline worker who was run over by a skid loader Tuesday morning. It happened around 9:30 a.m. in Montgomery near the intersection of Highway 99 and County Road 140. The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as 23-year-old Tanner Korey Dosch, of Rosemount, who was an employee of Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative. Authorities say Dosch was riding in the bucket of a skid steer loader, driven by another employee. They say the skid loader went off the shoulder of the highway, into the ditch area, and Dosch’s harness rope was run over by the vehicle and he was pulled from the bucket and under the vehicle.
Man killed in a Salt Lake industrial accident
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A construction worker died Monday afternoon in an apparent industrial accident after falling about 26 feet, according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department.
Fire Capt. Tony Stow confirmed the fatality, which occurred at about 3:05 p.m. in the area of 2300 North and 2200 West in Salt Lake City. The worker died at the scene. Salt Lake City police also responded to the area to assist in the response, officials said. The man who died was not immediately identified. No further details, including the man’s employer, and what may have caused the fall, were released Monday afternoon. Utah Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the fatality.
Two dead in collapsed trench
PUNTA GORDA, FL — Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded to a collapsed trench that trapped and killed two construction workers Monday afternoon. The collapse happened on Burnt Store Road near Notre Dame Boulevard, according to Fire Public Information Officer Todd Dunn. 41-year-old Marcos Santiz-Lopez and 25-year-old Brandon M. Colburn were killed when the trench gave way at the construction site. Emergency crews responded shortly after 3 p.m. One man was reportedly buried in the trench and another was missing. Crews quickly found one of the men dead and continued to search for the other. Both north and southbound lanes of Burnt Store Road were closed while emergency crews conducted a recovery operation. “We’ve got a special operations crew here with the other rescue crew,” Dunn told The Daily Sun early Monday evening while emergency crews were still trying to locate the second worker. “What they are going to do now is to shore up the trench to make sure it doesn’t collapse any farther. That way we can recover the one victim and hopefully find the second victim.” But Dunn confirmed around 9 p.m. that the second victim had died. The victims worked for a private contractor hired to lay down utility lines to provide reclaimed water for the Tuckers Point subdivision, according to Charlotte County spokesperson Brian Gleason.
Volunteer firefighter dies about month after truck flips during Beaver County wildfire
BALKO, Okla. — One of the two firefighters hurt in a rollover crash while battling a large wildfire in northwest Oklahoma has died. In early April, Tyler Morris and Jason Smith were inside a water tanker when it rolled down an embankment, landing on its top in a fire in Beaver County amid zero visibility. The ground around the truck was charred. First responders got Smith out of the truck, and he and Morris were badly burned. Smith, a volunteer firefighter with the Balko Fire Department, was taken to a burn unit in Texas and allowed to go home a few weeks later. Authorities announced over the weekend that he has since died.
FedEx truck driver killed in Lebanon County I-81 crash identified
LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – The FedEx tractor-trailer driver who was killed in a two-vehicle crash on I-81N in Lebanon County Saturday afternoon has been identified by State Police as 50-year-old Coy Quackenbush of North Carolina. According to State Police, the FedEx tractor-trailer was hauling tandems when it left its lane and impacted a second vehicle, causing the tractor-trailer to rollover shortly after noon. First responders attempted to extricate Quakenbush but determined he was deceased. A 57-year-old female passenger in the tractor-trailer was extricated and transported to Hershey Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
1 killed in workplace accident at Procter & Gamble in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. — One person has died at a Procter and Gamble facility in Greensboro, according to the North Carolina Department of Labor. The victim was 49-year-old Montrell Rudd, Procter & Gamble confirmed. Officials said NCDOL sent an Occupational Safety and Health Division officer to the scene this past Friday afternoon and will be investigating the accident. The NCDOL said from a preliminary investigation it appears the employee was struck by a piece of equipment and was caught between it and died.
Richmond man, 23, killed at Amazon construction site in Stafford
Richmond, VA — A Richmond man was killed during the construction of a new Amazon facility in Stafford County. On May 4 at 3:44 p.m., first responders were dispatched to the site of an Amazon facility under construction at 220 Centreport Parkway, near the county airport. A Cat Haul Truck, an oversized off-road dump truck, had backed over the UTV, causing fatal injuries to the UTV driver. Deputies found the body of the driver, 23-year-old Brody Beverly, 23, in the UTV, authorities said. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Traffic Safety Unit and the Drone Team. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was contacted and responded to the scene to investigate.
Worker killed in ‘industrial accident’ by truck driver, San Jose police say
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A worker was struck and killed by a truck at a home in San Jose on Thursday, police said. Police said a worker was hit at 7:59 a.m. on the 1200 block Lennon Way, situated in a residential area. A truck was bringing equipment to the home and as the driver was backing up, struck the worker, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. An aerial view showed the back of the truck in the driveway of a home. Several police cars were blocking access to the street. Cal-OSHA was being sent out to investigate.
Rattlesnake handler dies after snake bite during show, family says
FREER, Texas (Gray News) – A rattlesnake handler died over the weekend in Texas while handling a snake during a show at the Freer Rattlesnake Roundup event. Eugene Roberto DeLeon, 60, was bitten by a rattlesnake on April 30 while performing at the annual show, according to his family. DeLeon was flown to a hospital in Corpus Christi where he later died. DeLeon was a veteran snake handler and part of the Snake Busters Snake Handlers. His sister, Monica Dimas, shared on social media that he had a passion for snake handling and died doing what he loved.
North Carolina worker dies after becoming stuck in bread machine, officials say
Selma, NC — According to WTVD and Univision 40, the incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Azteca Market in Selma. Employee Virginia López Severiano, 44, was seriously hurt after she became trapped in part of the industrial mixing machine, officials said. Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel told WRAL that López Severiano had been cleaning the equipment, which appeared to be on at the time. Emergency crews worked for about an hour and a half to release López Severiano from the machine, WRAL reported. She was then flown to Duke University Hospital, where she died that evening, officials said. Occupational Safety and Health Administration representatives have launched an investigation, according to the news outlets.
Ocala tow truck driver killed when pickup he was hauling hits and drags him almost 30 feet
Ocala, FL — A tow truck driver was killed Monday when the vehicle he was towing struck him and dragged him about 30 feet, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Southeast Second Street at Southeast 54th Court. The intersection is south of Fort King Street and just west of Baseline Road. The 38-year-old Ocala tow truck driver had repossessed a F-350 pickup truck and was towing it along the roadway. He stopped for some reason, perhaps because he detected a problem. Authorities said the man got out of the vehicle and went underneath the pickup truck. But the tow truck was not in park. The tow truck moved forward, and the pickup struck the man and dragged him approximately 30 feet, FHP said.
Police ID Dump Truck Driver Killed In Horrific Maryland Crash
Baltimore, MD — The dump truck driver killed in a crash on Aris T. Allen Boulevard Monday, May 2 was identified as a 63-year-old Glen Burnie man. Cleve Tyrone Maynard was heading east when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a bridge retaining wall just before 1 p.m., Anne Arundel County Police said. The truck then overturned into a ravine below, bringing members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department to the scene.
Man dies in silo in Cumberland County
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Emergency crews recovered the body of a man who died in a silo Monday evening in Cumberland County. The coroner said Daniel Burkholder, 68, was overcome by gases caused by the fermentation of the silo’s contents. Police were called to the 1500 block of Rockledge Drive in South Middleton Township around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Family members said Burkholder had gone out to the silo, and when he didn’t return, they went to check on him. He had fallen in and was unconscious. According to fire police, Burkholder had climbed the 60-foot silo, opened the hatch, then fell onto a loader within the silo, where emergency crews attempted to rescue him. He was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. The coroner ruled his death accidental and said it was caused by asphyxiation complicated by a myocardial infarction.
Worker dies in fall at Wonderland Pier in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, N.J. – The worker killed earlier this month at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk fell from a lift after the concrete slab beneath the equipment collapsed, according to the contractor for the project. Robert Sanger, 62, of Pittsgrove, was fatally injured in the industrial accident on May 2 after completing work on the Ferris wheel at the popular amusement park. He was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, where he died. Sanger was the co-owner and operator of Cargo Tech International, where he worked as a welder and fabricator, his obituary read.
Shane Smith, Sanger’s partner and the company’s president, told the Press of Atlantic City that Sanger had finished work on the Ferris wheel and was lowering the lift to relocate it when the concrete slab gave way. Smith was not at the work site, but was informed of the accident by other crew members.”The concrete platform gave way. The high-reach collapsed down through the hole,” Smith said. “He went to move the machine, and it fell.”
FedEx employee killed at facility in Olive Branch
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An employee was killed during an accident at the FedEx Ground facility in Olive Branch Sunday morning. Police responded at the facility located on 7480 Nail Road around 5 a.m. where they located a unresponsive man caught in between a conveyor belt and a conveyor belt motor. Officers said the conveyor folded down and retracted, crushing the victim. One worker told officers he tried to turn the conveyor on to free the victim but was unsuccessful. The fire department arrived on the scene and cut the victim out of the conveyor system. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Public health worker killed by “pack of dangerous dogs” in Alabama after she went to home to follow up on another dog attack
Red Bay, Alabama — An Alabama sheriff’s office says a public health worker was killed by a “pack of dangerous dogs” after she went to a home to follow up on a report about dogs attacking and injuring another person days earlier. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the dogs’ owner, Brandy Dowdy, 39, has been charged with manslaughter. Oliver said deputies on Friday saw several dogs attacking people south of Red Bay, and that led to one person suffering minor injuries and to some dogs being euthanized. Deputies were in the area to investigate an unknown vehicle and they found the body of Jacqueline Summer Beard, an Alabama Department of Public Health employee. Oliver said Beard was there because of a dog attack earlier in the week that sent someone to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, with injuries. The sheriff said investigators believe the dogs attacked Beard as she tried contacting their owner. Red Bay is in northern Alabama, on the Mississippi state line.
WV firefighter dies trying to rescue residents
SUTTON, WV (WOWK) – A firefighter died in the line of duty Sunday while trying to rescue two people whose car went into the Elk River. A woman and child also died in the accident that happened around 2:30 Sunday afternoon in Sutton. The heroic volunteer firefighter who died while attempting to rescue a woman and a child near Gassaway has been identified as John Forbush, according to the Summersville Police Department. Both occupants drowned in the accident. A deputy and state trooper were able to pull one of the victims from the water. The deputy and state trooper were also able to pull another man from the water that was attempting to rescue victims and was beginning to go under. That person is expected to be okay.
Cops eye angry customer in fatal shooting of Chinese food delivery man
Queens, NY — A hard-working Chinese food delivery man was shot and killed while on the clock in Queens Saturday night — and now cops are probing whether the gunman is a disgruntled customer who had “multiple disputes” with the restaurant over his orders, sources told The Post. Zhiwen Yan, 45, was on his scooter and making a delivery near 108th Street and 67th Drive in Forest Hills around 9:30 p.m. when he was blasted once in the chest and mortally wounded, police said on Sunday. Sources said cops are now eying a 50-year-old customer who has an ongoing beef with staff at Great Wall on Queens Boulevard, allegedly menacing them with a gun in January and twice vandalizing their vehicles. Yan leaves behind a wife and three kids, ages 2, 12 and 14.
2 Alto men killed in trench collapse
LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. —Two Alto men were killed after a trench collapsed Friday evening. It happened just after 8:30 p.m. on 60th Street between Morse Lake Avenue and Timpson Avenue in Lowell Township. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, two men were found dead under a 14-foot trench that was being dug for drainage where a pole barn was being built. According to police, the bodies of the two men were recovered after 2 a.m. The Bowne Township Fire Department identified the deceased men as Pete Bencker, 59, and Ron Bencker, 68, both from Alto.
TVA worker dies at job site
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WSMV) – An employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority passed away Wednesday while on the job. TVA officials told News4 lineworker Joe Brown died on duty at a job site after allegedly falling to his death near Old Sam’s Creek. “Our focus is on supporting Mr. Brown’s family and his fellow line workers during this difficult time,” TVA Public Relations Officer Jim Hopson said.
Police investigating nurse’s apparent suicide at Kaiser amid industry-wide workforce burnout
Santa Clara, CA — Santa Clara police are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night at the Kaiser hospital on Lawrence Expressway, where a nurse apparently took his own life. Officers received reports of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the emergency department of the Kaiser campus shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Assistant Police Chief Wahid Kazem told The Chronicle. Officials at Kaiser said the incident occurred in a closed room adjacent to the emergency department, and no other staff or patients were threatened. Although there are not additional details about the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center worker, issues of mental health and stress among healthcare workers have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns related to staffing and working conditions have also been factors in recent negotiations between hospitals and labor unions. Many nurses say they are deeply frustrated about being overworked and understaffed, that they receive relentless requests for overtime and that they get little time to even use the restroom or take a needed break. Hospitals in California are short the equivalent of more than 40,000 full-time nurses, a UCSF study reported in August 2021, nearly 14% less than needed.
Suspect apprehended after Knox County deputy killed by car fleeing police on US 150
ALPHA,IL — A Knox County sheriff’s deputy was struck and killed by a suspect’s vehicle as he was setting up spike strips intending to stop the suspect at the intersection of U.S. Route 150 and 150th Avenue in Henry County on Friday morning. Illinois State Police reported the suspect’s vehicle crashed in a field north of the intersection and Galesburg officers apprehended the suspect after a brief foot pursuit. 34-year-old Nicholas D. Weist was killed in the line of duty. At 8 a.m., Galesburg police officers responded to a 911 call of a suspect with a gun at the Circle K Gas Station on Main Street in Galesburg. Two Galesburg officers located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect continued to drive and fled north on U.S. 150.
Man arrested after killing co-worker at Janesville business
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A new employee opened fire at a Janesville business, killing a co-worker as bullets ricocheted around a room, according to police. The 23-year-old Evansville man claimed he was being bullied by co-workers in the seven days he had been working at Precision Drawn Metals. But, Janesville Police Chief David Moore said at a news conference Wednesday there was no evidence of that. “That is not supported by any statements we’ve taken from employees or their management,” Moore said. The victim is a 30-year-old man from Janesville, Ratzlaff said. His name has not been released. No other employees were injured.
Contract worker killed in accident at Louisiana refinery
WESTLAKE, La. (KLFY) A contract worker at the Phillips 66 refinery plant in Westlake died in an accident Wednesday, officials said. Harry C. Northrop, 65, of Sulphur was fatally injured at about 11:30 a.m. “while unloading equipment,” according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kayla Vincent said. She said foul play is not suspected and the death appears to be accidental.
5 dead in coastal Mississippi crime spree
BILOXI, Miss. (WPMI) — NBC 15 News has learned a fifth person died in a crime spree along the Mississippi Gulf Coast Wednesday. Police say it began in Biloxi with three killed at Broadway Inn and ended with a police standoff at a Gulfport gas station. We’ve learned a carjacking victim caught up in the middle of those two crime scenes also died. WLOX reports a hotel owner and two workers were killed in the shooting in Biloxi.
One man killed, another injured in trench collapse
BOISE, Idaho — One man was killed and another injured in a trench collapse on April 21, in Canyon County. According to the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 11:15 on Linden, west of Middleton Road. A 22-year-old man from New Plymouth was rescued and transported to a nearby hospital, sustaining lower-body injuries. A 23-year-old man from Seaside, Oregon was buried in the collapse and was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collapse is still unclear at this point. OSHA has opened an investigation into the incident.
Worker dies in fall at Teton Village
Jackson Hole, WY — Construction worker Ricardo Miranda Hernandez died Wednesday after falling off a roof while working on the Cody House Condominiums in Teton Village.Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said the cause of death has not been determined yet. Blue confirmed that Hernandez, whose age was unknown as of press time, fell off the roof at about 8:30 a.m. “Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is saddened that a construction worker has died after suffering a fall while working on the roof of the Cody House Condominiums,” the resort said in a press release. “Teton Village Fire Department and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded immediately, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.” The worker was not a resort employee. He was contracted by an outside company — MD Roofing — for work on the condominiums, which are adjacent to the Bridger Gondola.
2 killed in copter crash ID’d as Mercy Flight pilot, Bell Helicopter employee
Elba, N.Y. — Colleen Lamie said she was sitting in her bedroom Tuesday afternoon when she heard a disturbing sound behind her house in the Town of Elba — a series of “whoops” and “clicks,” then a loud explosion, all within a few seconds. “I thought I could feel the vibration of the boom,” she said. It was a Mercy Flight helicopter. It crashed during a training exercise at about 1 p.m. in a field off Norton Road, killing Mercy Flight pilot James E. Sauer, 60, of Churchville, and Stewart M. Dietrick, 60, of Prosper, Texas, a Bell Helicopter employee/pilot. They were pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office. The helicopter had taken off from the Genesee County Airport about four miles away, where Mercy Flight bases some of its aircraft. In a statement, Mercy Flight said the accident occurred during its annual Bell Helicopter factory training. Sauer, a retired New York State Police pilot, began working with Mercy Flight in October 2020.
Woman dead after workplace accident in Belmont
BELMONT, Miss. (WTVA) – An employee at a mattress plant in Belmont was seriously injured and later died from her injuries. Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones said Olivia Hernandez, 46, of Belmont, died early Tuesday morning at the hospital in Corinth. She worked for Comfort Revolution, a subsidiary of Tempur Sealy.
Employee killed in shooting at north Columbus barbershop
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man is dead after a shooting inside a north Columbus barbershop on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Columbus Division of Police, officers were called to the 5800 block of North Meadows Boulevard just south of East Dublin Granville Road around 12:04 p.m. The suspect walked into Executive Barber Salon and shot a 51-year-old male employee, according to police. Family members identified the man who died and police later confirmed his name was Lawrence Jefferson. Jefferson’s family told 10TV he had only been working at the shop for a month. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Construction worker killed at Wilsonville job site, deputies say
WILSONVILLE, Ore. — A construction worker died at a job site on Tuesday after being hit by a construction vehicle, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened at around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on Southwest Industrial Way in Wilsonville, deputies said. Deputies said the driver of the construction vehicle is cooperating. The sheriff’s office says several agencies responded to the scene, including OSHA.
Construction Worker Dies In Livermore After ‘Structural Collapse’
LIVERMORE, CA — A construction worker died in Livermore April 21 when part of a construction site collapsed, the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said. Crews responded to a home on Avalon Way in Livermore around 1 p.m. “Upon arrival, it was a fatality due to a workplace accident injury related to a structural collapse,” Dan Moyles with LPFD said. It was determined that the worker was the owner of the construction company, Moyles said. Moyles did not confirm what it was that collapsed.
One person killed in industrial accident
TOWN OF MONTGOMERY, NY – A truck driver was killed after being hit by a forklift while making a delivery to a Hudson Valley business. The incident took place in Orange County in the town of Montgomery around 9:15 a.m., Monday, April 25 at L&W Supply located at 155 Bracken Road. Town of Montgomery Police responded to an industrial accident and found that Homer D. Baker, age 54, of Waycross, Georgia, was struck and killed by a forklift while making a delivery, said Stephen Ragni, spokesman for the Montgomery Police.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina police officer was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, police say. The suspect accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr, an officer with the Cayce Police Department, also died, authorities say. The unidentified suspect killed himself after officers attempted to negotiate with him for seven hours, Chief Chris Cowan said at a press conference. Barr was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance just before 3 a.m., the Cayce Police Department said on Facebook.
Wyoming Co. Truck Driver Killed In Silver Springs Crash
Silver Springs, WY — A dump truck owned by the Wyoming Co. Highway Department crashed Friday afternoon, around 12:45 p.m. killing its driver. According to witnesses, the driver was headed east on East Perry Ave in Silver Springs when he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic, hitting several parked cars and sheering off an electric pole before coming to rest against a building. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Identity of the driver was not released.
Retired Cambridge fire chief killed in Nebraska wildfire
RED WILLOW COUNTY, Neb. (KLKN) – A retired Cambridge Fire Chief was killed Friday evening while assisting with firefighting efforts in Red Willow County, according to the County Attorney. Paul Wood, Red Willow County Attorney, says John Trumble, 66, of Arapahoe, died Friday evening around 7 p.m. as a result of the wildfire in Red Willow County. Trumble was retired as the Cambridge Fire Chief but was helping crews by acting as a spotter. Officials say Trumble’s vehicle was northbound on Road 407, approximately seven miles southeast of Bartley, Nebraska when it left the roadway due to poor visibility from smoke and dust. Officials say that is where Trumble was overcome by smoke and fire.
Man accused of killing Setters security guard arrested
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A employee at the Setters Volleyball Club in Dayton died after trying to break up a fight on Friday, April 22. According to the Dayton Police Department, a fight broke out in the Setters Volleyball Club parking lot in the 1000 block of Gateway Drive around 9:15 p.m. on Friday. Officers were dispatched to the sports lounge on reports of a fight that broke out involving around 15 people. Medics arrived to discover a unconscious man bleeding from his head in the parking lot. Officers later learned that the unconscious man was a security guard at the Setters Volleyball Club. Ronnie Brown, 60, of Dayton, was reportedly punched in the face and fell on his head causing severe bleeding. Brown was transported to a local hospital where he died Sunday. Authorities said Brown tried to break up a fight when he was struck.