Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Weekly toll

Construction worker dies in accident at Gulfstream

A construction worker died on Thursday afternoon from injuries suffered while working on renovation of Gulfstream Park.

Desmond Wickham, 35, suffered serious head injuries when he was struck by a forklift while working in the barn area, the Miami Herald reports.

Hallandale Beach, Florida, police and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the accident

Hilton Head worker dies in collapse of pool deck

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A worker was killed when a pool deck collapsed and buried him in freshly poured cement, officials said.

William Gonzalez Sanchez, 24, of Bluffton, was killed Tuesday at a Hilton Head Island home. An autopsy Wednesday showed Gonzalez died of asphyxiation, said Lt. Bob Bromage of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. It took about 20 minutes to get him out of the cement, police said.

Four other men were standing on the deck when it collapsed, and two were treated for minor injuries, police said.

BNSF Worker Dies

A machinist at Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway has died after an accident at the shop complex in Topeka.

57-year old Geoffrey McIntyre died on Monday from injuries he sustained after an accident last week.

Officials say McIntyre was working on a rail press when a component struck him in the face and knocked him back. He fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.

Officials are still investigating the accident and aren't sure exactly what happened because no one witnessed the accident and no machines were broken.

Poultry plant worker found dead in holding tank

TEMPERANCEVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police are investigating the death of a poultry plant worker on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Authorities say the body of 35-year-old Luis Diaz Roblero was found around 2 a-m on Saturday in a holding tank at the Tyson poultry processing plant in Temperanceville.

Fellow employees said they think Roblero slipped and fell into the water holding tank. The tank -- about 15 feet deep -- holds grease, water, chicken parts. Employees say Roblero was missing for several hours before his body was found.

Roblero leaves behind a wife and five-month old son. Family members say he moved to the Eastern Shore from Guatemala nine years ago, then began working for Tyson a few years later.

Worker Dies When Crane Collapses On Boston Waterfront

BOSTON -- A worker died on Wednesday when the crane he was operating collapsed and pinned him at a South Boston waterfront construction site, authorities said.

Adam Boudreau, 45, of Seekonk, suffered severe injuries to his stomach after the accident at about 8 a.m., authorities said.

Boudreau was lifting steel I-beams off of a truck and attaching them to the crane during construction of a luxury apartment complex on Northern Avenue when the boom buckled and collapsed on top of him, witnesses said.

Wisner police officer killed making arrest

WISNER -- This Franklin Parish town's assistant chief of police was killed Sunday while trying to arrest a burglary suspect, State Police said.

Bill Linder, a veteran police officer, was responding to a burglary about 10 a.m. when he was shot during a fight with the burglary suspect, Ray Bingham, said Trooper Julie Lewis, a spokeswoman for Troop F.
Bingham, 43, of Wisner, was accused of shooting Linder several times with the officer's own weapon, Lewis said.

Death of construction worker is second in two days

For the second day in a row, a construction worker died while working on a project, authorities in Hallandale Beach said Thursday.

Desmond Wickham, 35, died Thursday afternoon after suffering serious injuries when a forklift struck him, police said.

The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. near the horse barns on the north side of Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., where some construction is going on.

On Wednesday, Mario Alberto Orozco, 29, an employee of Engineering Control Systems, died after the saw he was using to cut through a sewer line suddenly kicked back and struck his neck about 10:30 a.m., police said


WAND, MO A 31-year-old rail worker is dead after being crushed by a freight train that derailed this morning in Springfield.

Springfield police say the worker was from Waterloo, south of St. Louis. He was walking alongside the train with other crewmembers when seven rail cars went off the tracks at about 1 a.m. Authorities aren't yet releasing his name.

The derailment spilled grain from the rail cars, and two were left hanging over the edge of the Sangamon overpass, forcing authorities to close the lanes below to traffic.

Police and the union pacific railroad are trying to determine what caused the derailment. Clean up is continuing. Amtrak's passenger trains also run through the area, but those trains aren't reporting any significant delays today.

Worker killed in power saw accident

Hallandale Beach, FL -- A construction worker was killed Wednesday when he lost control of a gas-powered saw as he helped dig a water main. Mario Alberto Orozco, 29, and about four other Engineering Control Services employees were working at Southeast 10th Street and Southeast Third Avenue when the saw cut into Orozco's upper torso.

Worker killed in Volta tomato cannery accident

A tractor-trailer rig rolled backward down an unloading ramp and killed a sanitation worker at a Merced County tomato packing plant last week.

Perfecta Mendoza, 45, of Keyes was working at Ingomar Packing Co. in Volta at about 7 a.m. on Sept. 30 when a truck arrived with two trailers loaded with tomatoes, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Goins.

According to Goins, the driver took the rig up the unloading ramp and parked it, but failed to properly set the brakes. Mendoza was standing in the path of the vehicle when it began to roll, and she was unable to get out of the way. Goins said the vehicle struck Mendoza and pinned her against another piece of equipment.

Worker Dies in Holstein Dairy Silage

Ramon Leon Felix, 22, of Storm Lake died Sept. 29 after being trapped in a silage pile at Holstein Dairy LLP at 5311 130th St. in Holstein.

The Ida County Communication Center received a 911 call Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. from the dairy stating a subject who had been trapped in a silage pile was not breathing.Holstein Ambulance was dispatched to the scene. CPR was in progress when personnel arrived. Felix was later pronounced dead at the scene by the Ida County coroner.

Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman said, "Ramon was working by himself and he either fell from the top of the pile or the pile gave way covering him with a couple tons of silage. Other employees at the scene said he had been by himself 30 to 45 minutes before he was found and pulled free

Police Report: Worker dies at retirement complex

A 32-year-old man was killed, possibly in an electrocution, as he worked on a ceiling light fixture at Bridgewood at Four Seasons Retirement & Assisted Living Community.

Christopher M. Clark of Vancouver died at the retirement home at 11700 N.E. Angelo Drive, in the Burton area, said an investigator for the Clark County medical examiner's office. Officials were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon.

Clark, who worked at the complex as a maintenance man, had been working on a ceiling light fixture. He believed the power had been turned off, but it hadn't, the investigator said.

Farm worker's death ruled accident

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL - As he did most days at his job in the hen houses of Zephyr Egg Co., Santiago Gomez was pushing a metal cart through the rows of chickens.

But on Friday the walk proved fatal for the 18-year-old Mexican immigrant. Somehow - the egg company can't say for sure - the cart touched a live power cord. Santiago was electrocuted.

They said Gomez rammed his cart into a cord that powered a large exhaust fan in the hen house at about 8:30 a.m. and the impact probably sliced the cord's insulation.

OSHA investigating worker death at Erie plant

ERIE, Pa. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a man crushed in a machine Monday.The victim's name has also been released. Authorities say Brian Bongiorno of West Springfield was crushed in a machine on which he was performing maintenance at the Accuride Corporation.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the death accidental yesterday, but is delaying a decision on the cause of death. Accuride primarily makes aluminum truck and trailer wheels.

Yell County worker killed in mill accident

Danville, AK - A former Ola High School student was killed early Friday morning when his clothing apparently became tangled in machinery he was operating at Deltic Timber Corp.

Juvenile Justice Worker Died Breaking up Fight

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- An employee at a state-funded halfway house in the Panhandle has died trying to break up a fight between two teenage inmates.

Authorities say Bert Radford died over the weekend of what may have been a heart attack or seizure. The boys involved will be disciplined for the fight, but will receive NO additional punishment for the death.

Radford worked for the North American Family Institute, which is a private residential treatment facility for male juvenile delinquents near DeFuniak Springs. Counselors have been sent to the facility to meet with boys who may have seen the fight.

Vermont OSHA Probes Fatal Construction Accident

One Springfield man was killed last Thursday morning and a Perkinsville man was badly injured when a construction vehicle known as a boom truck tipped over. They fell from its basket more than 20 feet to the ground.

Michael Benoit, 50, was pronounced dead at Springfield Hospital on Thursday. Mathew Odice, 23, was flown by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and was listed in serious condition Friday, upgraded from critical on Thursday.

The two men were subcontractors working with the Quinn Company of Rutland on a series of condominiums behind the Castle Hill Resort that overlooks Okemo Mountain.
Odice's mother, Deborah Varney of Perkinsville, said she was told Friday by another construction worker at the site that loose ground below the topsoil may have caused one of the machine's four wheels to sink in, tipping the vehicle over.

Construction worker dies in south Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS - It took authorities nearly two hours to recover the body of a construction worker who was killed Tuesday morning after the collapse of a retaining wall of a building he was working in.

The worker was in the basement of an old, dilapidated building in south Minneapolis when the rubble fell, leaving a gaping hole in the alley at the side of the building. Two other workers were able to escape.

The dead worker's name has not been released. More here.

Pepco Worker Dies From Electrical Shock

Washington (AP) - A Pepco worker has died after being severely shocked Sunday by a live electrical wire.The utility company says 47-year-old Michael Boxley died late Monday at the Washington Hospital Center. Boxley was a senior line mechanic who had been with Pepco for 17 years.

Officials say he came in contact with the live wire while completing repairs atop a distribution pole in the Landover area of Prince George's County.

Fatal accident under investigation

An investigation is continuing into an accident at Brazier Mine Construction in Wright that killed a man Wednesday.

"Some can take a couple of months and some can take more than nine months," said J.D. Danni, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration program manager in Cheyenne.
Zachary Childs, 23, of Wright, was killed when a large piece of sheet metal fell on him from a forklift just after 2 p.m. at the company's site just south of Wright, officials have said.
Childs was taken by ambulance to Campbell County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police identify DOT workers killed by motorist

SUWANEE, Ga. - Flags outside Gwinnett County facilities were at half-staff Thursday, a day after two county transportation workers were killed and another badly injured when they were hit by a motorist.

Police say the workers were painting a road when the car hit them and crushed them against a nearby Department of Transportation truck at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victims were Raymond Williams, 57, of Hoschton, and Kathy Blevins, 43, of Conyers.
A third worker, Kenny Anderson, 51, of Dacula, remained hospitalized Thursday at Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Macy's Employee Killed On Escalator

Police are investigating a tragic accident at Macy's Manhattan department store on Friday morning. Authorities say an employee was killed while working on an escalator.

Co-workers found the man slumped over equipment with burns on his face around 7a.m. They immediately called for help. "As we went into the lobby, we had confirmation from the manager that there was a confirmed electrocution on the fifth floor, not the lobby. We went up to the fifth floor, assumed it was an electrical panel maybe he touched it and got jolted back on the floor but it turned out it was only like a two by two foot opening elevator pit, actually an escalator pit," explains FDNY Captain Napolitano.

Worker falls 21 stories

A construction worker fell 21 stories to his death at the 7 World Trade Center building yesterday, the second accidental death of a worker since the massive rebuilding effort after the Sept. 11 attack.

The worker, whose name was not released, fell down an elevator shaft in the main lobby of the building at 11:45 a.m., according to workers at the scene. He died on impact when he landed in the basement.Workers at the site said the man was an employee of Prince Carpentry in Manhasset, which did not return calls for comment. They said he was probably in the shaft building the barriers that are designed to prevent the type of accidental fall that killed him.

Police Officer Mourned By Seguin Family

SEGUIN, Texas -- A family in Seguin is remembering a Prairie View police officer fondly.
Christopher Sobieski, 39, had finished a routine traffic stop on U.S. Highway 290 when a pickup rear-ended his 1999 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Sobieski was sitting in the car when it was struck and burst into flames.

Worker’s Death Prompts Investigation and Reflection

People who knew Montgomery “Monte” Thornton say he had a sense of redemption that was contagious. Thornton, 46, was killed Aug. 25 in a bizarre accident that is under investigation by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It was a Wednesday afternoon around 2:20 when Thornton, a maintenance worker for the city of Richmond, drove a riding lawn mower around a tree, alongside a tall patch of grass and down a steep embankment to his death. Thornton was with a crew of four or five Department of Public Works employees cutting grass in the 700 block of Oregon Hill Parkway, near the Gazebo that overlooks the river.

The patch of land Thornton was traversing is flat, but drops off sharply. According to Bill Farrar, spokesman for the public works department, none of Thornton’s coworkers saw him plunge over the embankment and out of sight. The riding lawn mower flipped on top of Thornton, trapping and crushing him.

Man Crushed To Death In Northeast Auto Repair Shop

A worker at a northeast Rochester auto repair shop died Monday afternoon when a truck fell on him and crushed him. Rochester Police report that at about 3 p.m. an employee was working underneath a delivery truck belonging to Matco Tool Company at the U Need A Tire Shop at 180 Hudson Avenue.

A worker told News 8 over the phone the worker's name was Robert Hollingsworth and that he was in his fifties. The truck was up on jacks, but for some reason rolled off the jacks and crushed him. Workers lifted the truck off him using tools, and he was taken to Rochester General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Va. records year's first miner deaths

Virginia's first two mining fatalities of the year occurred in the past few days when two miners were killed performing routine underground work in different mines.

The first accident happened Friday in Lee County. The second occurred Sunday in Buchanan County.

In the first incident, a worker at the Cumberland River Coal Co.'s Fork Ridge mine was killed at 8:40 p.m. Friday as he worked on electrical equipment, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Spokeswoman Jan Zentmeyer in the agency's Big Stone Gap office said Leonard Holcomb, 51, of Dryden was preparing a receptacle for a new transformer when he made contact with a 7,200-volt terminal.

In the second incident, which occurred at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Consolidation Coal Co.'s No. 1 mine near Oakwood, a miner was killed as he worked to repair a conveyor belt, Zentmeyer said. She said Hassel G. Payne, 46, of Cedar Bluff became entangled in the top and bottom conveyor belts and was crushed to death.

Worker Dies from Burns

Huntsville, AL - One of the workers severely burned in a fire at a Hampton Cove home has died.
The fire happened Friday. 30-year-old Larry Lee and 45-year-old Bill McDonald were burned scraping glue from the floor of a Hampton Cove home.

Lee and McDonald were both flown to UAB Burn Center. Lee died from his injuries on Saturday.
As of 9:00 Sunday night, McDonald was listed in critical condition.