Monday, December 18, 2006

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

A partial list of American workers killed in the workplace over the past two weeks.

Employee dies in accident at Linden Lumber Co.

LINDEN, AL - An employee at Linden Lumber Co. died in an accident while working at the plant yesterday afternoon. Marengo County Coroner Stuart Eatmon said that Ronny Pritchett fell through the roof of the flooring plant at the facility yesterday.

“They were out there repairing the roof at the flooring plant when he fell through,” said Eatmon. “He fell about 30 feet head first so he died instantly on impact.”

Eatmon said that Pritchett did not have on a safety harness while he was on the roof and that he wasn't tied off to anything. He said that Pritchett stepped backwards and fell through a hole on the roof headfirst.

Ft. Worth Officer Killed On Side Of Road

FORT WORTH, TX -- A Fort Worth police officer was killed early today when his patrol car was struck from behind and burst into flames as he was helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was identified as Dwayne Freeto, a 34-year-old rookie. He died at the scene.

Explosion and Fire

MILWAUKEE - An explosion and five-alarm fire ripped through Milwaukee's Falk Corporation, 3001 W. Canal Street in the Menomonee Valley just after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was extinguished a couple hours later. Three workers are confirmed dead. Deceased are Curtis J. Lane, 37, of Oconomowoc; Thomas M. Letendre, 49, of Milwaukee and Daniel T. Kuster, 35, of Mayville.Lane's father-in-law, William Borgiasz of Oconomowoc, said Lane was the father of two children, ages 2 and 4, and his wife, Tina, operates a day care center. "It is a big tragedy," Borgiasz said. "It is really hard to deal with. All we are going to tell them is, 'Daddy ain't coming home."' Kuster's father, Melvin, said his son was a third-generation Falk employee who worked in the loading area and had been there more than 10 years. "You shouldn't have to bury your kids," he said, crying. "Thirty-five-years-old old, maybe if he was jerk or drug addict it wouldn't be so bad, but he was great."

Thomas Letendre was from Milwaukee. He was a forklift operator at Falk, married with three children. Letendre's older brother works at Falk and was able to escape the explosion. The Letendre family declined comment.

Accident crushes worker

Walla Walla, WA - A 20-year-old man died Friday morning after being crushed by a tractor while working at a construction site, authorities said. Dominick Castillo died shortly after being pinned beneath a small tractor while working at a housing development site near College Place in unincorporated Walla Walla County.

About 10:30 a.m., Castillo had been operating a New Holland front-end loader, which is used to move dirt, when for an unknown reason he got out of the driver's seat and went to the front, said Sgt. Barry Blackman with the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's officials said the older-model tractor was still running at the time. Castillo became pinned beneath the wheels and scoop and suffocated from the weight, Blackman said.

Deputy's killer was part of gang, Gunman had been on community supervision

Seattle, WA - The man who apparently shot and killed a King County sheriff's deputy Saturday was a member of a violent Seattle gang and was on active supervision by the state Department of Corrections. Raymond O. Porter, 23, was killed by other deputies after he shot Deputy Steve Cox in the back room of a White Center home early Saturday

Worker killed in blast at aircraft parts plant

CA - A worker died Sunday afternoon in an explosion at a plant that manufactures airplane parts, authorities said. The unidentified man died just before 2:30 p.m. when an oven exploded at the M.C. Gill Corp. in the 4000 block of Easy Street, said Sgt. Richard Williams of the El Monte Police Department. "We got a number of calls about the explosion," Williams said. "No one knew where it was coming from. You could hear it from quite a ways off." M.C. Gill describes itself as the world's largest manufacturer of original equipment and replacement baggage compartment liners for aircraft. Employees were working regular shifts when the accident occurred. Afterward, police evacuated and sealed off the facility pending an investigation. There were no other reports of injuries, police said.

Construction Worker Killed by Bulldozer

MURRIETA, CA - A 26-year-old construction worker died after being struck by a bulldozer, authorities said today. Brandon Woods, of Sun City, was hit when a bulldozer stalled as it was coming over a hillside causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and hit Woods, said Murrieta police Sgt. Ron Driscoll. The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of Keller Road and Menifee Road in Murrieta.

OSHA probes death of Mayflower employee

Toledo, OH - Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are trying to figure out what caused the accident that killed a Mayflower employee late Tuesday night. Allen Eugene "Al" Randleman, 58, New London, was injured while working the third shift at the plant. He was transported by ambulance to Fisher-Titus about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. "Mr. Randleman was one of the most well-liked people in this plant," said Frank DiCesare, director of human resources at the plant. "Always upbeat, very positive, jovial. Just an all around great guy." "On behalf of the company, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers at this unfortunate time," he said. Randleman had severe head injuries, said Dick Tracy, assistant area director for the Toledo OSHA office.

Truck driver killed in crash on I-94

Ann Arbor, MI -- A man was killed Friday morning when the tractor-trailer truck he was driving veered off the road and hit a pillar supporting a bridge on westbound I-94 at US-23, Michigan State Police said.

Town employee dies after accident

Christianburg, VA -- Funeral services were held Monday for 57-year-old Douglas C. King, a Christiansburg town employee who died Friday as a result of an accident at a construction site. Town Manager Lance Terpenny and other town employees, including public works employees, attended services for King, who resided in Pembroke.

Capt. Dalton Reid of the Christiansburg Police Department said the accident happened Friday afternoon when a piece of heavy equipment used for compacting dirt rolled down a 30-foot embankment. King was thrown from the driver's seat and then the machinery rolled over him, Reid said.

Colorado Officer Dies in Traffic-Stop Shooting, Funeral Information Below

Colorado Springs, CO - A Colorado Springs officer pulls a blue Kia over for a D.U.I. traffic stop. Backup arrives, and soon after, the suspected drunk driver shot Officer Ken Jordan numerous times, killing him. He died less than an hour later at Memorial Hospital. The suspect, 25-year-old Marco Lee, was shot multiple times by two other officers. He is in critical condition, but is expected to survive. While the scene was a difficult place for officers to be, investigators were forced to spend hours there, waiting for sunlight to aid in their investigation.

Worker dies in forklift accident

AMBERLEY VILLAGE, OH -- A worker died of injuries after a forklift accident Monday night at the Pepsi Americas plant in Amberley Village, authorities said today. Police identified the worker as Michael Martin, 43, of Cincinnati. He had been an employee of Pepsi Americas since October 2000. Emergency workers were called to the plant just before 9 p.m. for a report of an industrial accident. Martin was involved in a forklift accident and died of his injuries upon arrival at University Hospital, police said. "Yes, we are investigating that accident. We have a man on the scene," said Bill Wilkinson, an OSHA assistant area manager. He said it should take two to three weeks to gather the basic information on the fatal accident. Wilkinson did not have a timetable for his agency's final report.

Ohio man dies in power plant accident

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. - An American Electric Power employee from Ohio was killed Tuesday when the mobile crane he was dismantling at the Kammer-Mitchell power plant fell and struck him in the head. William R. Oshie, 50, of Shadyside, Ohio, died after an ambulance took him away from the plant, said Carmen Prati Miller, a spokeswoman with the Columbus-based company. Oshie was a 28-year veteran who worked on a regional maintenance crew. His death was the second at the plant this year. Oshie was disassembling and preparing to move a mobile gantry crane, a metal structure that looks like two A-frames connected by a cross beam, she said.

Security guard found dead at LCCC

GODFREY, OR - Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is reporting an investigation into the death of a 74-year-old security guard who was found dead on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Tuesday morning. Louis J. Perkins, 74, of the 1100 block of Garden Street, of Alton, was found in the men's restroom in the basement of the Riverbend Arena at 6:55 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:58 a.m. by Coroner's Investigator Deborah B. von Nida. Perkins was an employee of Securitas Inc. of St. Louis, which contracts security services for the campus.

Worker Dies In Fall At Trump Construction Site In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV - A construction worker fell to his death today (Tuesday) at the site of the new Trump Tower condo-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. KLAS-TV is reporting that workers on the site say the man died after falling down an elevator shaft in the high-rise tower. Las Vegas police spokesman Jose Montoya confirms the department was called to the scene at about 11 am this morning. Construction deaths are investigated by federal safety officials. No OSHA investigator was available for comment Tuesday. The Clark County coroner's office had no information on incident. A spokesman for Trump International did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Construction worker dies in 40-foot fall at Scottsdale site

Scottsdale, AZ - An out-of-state construction worker died after falling an estimated 40 feet from the roof of a temporary circus tent being erected at an office complex in north Scottsdale, the second of two construction accidents Wednesday in the East Valley. The 58-year-old man worked for Florida-based Royal Hanneford Circus Co. He was helping erect the tent about 2 p.m. at 8501 E. Raintree Drive for a Vanguard Group employee event later this month, according to information from Scottsdale police. The man’s name was not released pending notification of relatives. He died from his injuries at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, according to police.

Canal worker killed after falling in Mohawk

Mohawk, NY - Cohoes man spent nearly 30 minutes in icy water. A New York State Canal Corporation worker died Thursday after he fell into the icy Mohawk River. Michael Len was pronounced dead on arrival at Ellis Hospital. The director of the Canal Corporation, Carmella Matello, says Len was part of a crew that was preparing Lock 9 in Rotterdam Junction for the winter. Len was 45 years old and from Cohoes. He worked for the Canal Corporation for the past 16 years.

Man fatally shot while working at METRO garage

Houston, TX - The shooting happened around 11pm Wednesday inside a METRO bus garage on Uptown in southwest Houston. According to a supervisor who knew both men, the suspect and victim used to be friends. The victim was working as a contract employee with Firestone, changing tires on METRO vehicles. The two men had worked together for about a year until a disagreement came between them. The suspect reportedly was moved to another job assignment as a result. The supervisor told Eyewitness News the men's argument involved a woman. That dispute came to a deadly end when the suspect arrived and fatally shot the victim. But that's where the dispute took another turn. Police were called to a possible suicide at 1:30am Thursday. They believe the dead man is the suspected shooter, as the description of the man and the vehicle matched witness reports. The victim has been identified as Mario Love, 27. He was a husband and a father. The suspected shooter has not been identified.

Man, 45, Killed When Stone Slab Falls On Him

Stroudburg, PA - A 45-year-old man (Francisco Romero) was struck and killed by a 1,000-pound slab of stone that fell on him as he was moving it Wednesday afternoon at the All Granite and Marble Corp., 70 Storm St., Stroudsburg, Stroud Area Regional police reported. Monroe County Coroner David Thomas said the victim's identification would be released today, pending notification of next of kin. Police said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the yard area where thousands of pieces of stone are stored. Company employees freed the man from under the slab. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a county deputy coroner.

Sheriff's deputy directing traffic hit by car, killed

AIKEN, S.C. - A sheriff's deputy directing traffic during a plant fire here was hit by a car and later died, authorities said Friday. Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard, 29, was wearing an orange reflective vest and waving a cone-shaped traffic flashlight when he was hit by a Honda CRV on Thursday night, authorities said. Sheppard, who had been with the sheriff's office since July 2004, suffered a head injury and was airlifted to a hospital where he died late Thursday night. The state Highway Patrol is investigating. Sheppard, of Batesburg, was among several officers directing traffic on U.S. Highway 1 near the entrance of an industrial park that housed a BAE Systems factory, which makes parts for military vehicles, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle reported on its Web site

’Something went drastically wrong’: Explosion at Cambridge high rise kills Nstar worker

Cambridge, MA - An NStar operating mechanic was killed and 100 people were treated for smoke inhalation today after an explosion in a sub-basement vault at a Cambridge high rise sparked a three-alarm blaze that left workers breaking windows for air and forced a dramatic rooftop evacuation. The dead worker, identified by NStar officials as Kevin Fidalgo, 28, who has worked for the utility since 2000, was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital after a transformer exploded at about 10:55 a.m. in the electrical vault where he was doing routine maintenance work, hospital and fire officials said.

Worker dies after falling into Erie Canal

GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- A worker died after falling into the Erie Canal while clearing debris from a dam gate Thursday morning. Michael Len, 45, was working with several other state Canal Corporation employees at Lock 9 when he lost his footing and fell into the Mohawk River near Glenville around 9:30 a.m. The Cohoes man fell about forty feet and he hit the bottom of the lock gate at water level. He was then swept downstream for about a quarter-mile, where he was pulled from the river by the Beukendaal fire department, state police Sgt. Anthony Miserendino said. Len was taken to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, where he was pronounced dead.

Aurora Store Clerk Killed During Robbery

AURORA, Colo. Aurora Police are looking for a gunman in a deadly shooting at a 7-Eleven convenience store that happened in the overnight hours early Sunday. A man walked into the store at E. 6th Ave. and Havana just after 3 a.m. Sunday and shot a 62-year-old female employee, Aurora detective Bob Friel told CBS4. Friel said it appeared to have happened during a botched robbery; it didn't appear that any money was taken and the suspect apparently walked away on foot.

Gunman felt cheated over his invention

Chicago, IL - A West Side truck driver turned a downtown law firm into a nightmare of blood and broken glass, his rage apparently fueled by the belief he had been cheated over the invention of a toilet designed for tractor-trailers....Joe Jackson, armed with a snub-nosed revolver, sought out one attorney, Michael McKenna, an intellectual property specialist. He found him, shot him, then continued firing at others in the 38th-floor office until the snipers shot Jackson in the chest and head.He killed three people, wounded another and, after a terrifying 45-minute standoff Friday afternoon, was taken down by two SWAT snipers. McKenna, 58, fellow attorney Allen Hoover, 65, and Paul Goodson, 78, a part-time employee and retired teacher, were all killed. Jackson, 59, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Man Falls to Death at Power Plant

Castaic Lake, CA - An employee (Donne Ballard) of the Castaic Power Plant died Saturday night after he fell more than 40 feet from a scaffold into the water. Officials said the fall occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the power plant located at 3770 Templin Highway northwest of Castaic Lake. Four engines from county Fire Station Nos. 149, 103, 134 and 126 responded to the scene, said Los Angeles County supervising fire dispatcher Phil Ulloa. A county helicopter was also called, but was canceled en route due to the inclement weather. Ulloa said the first engines arrived at the scene at 8:20 p.m. He did not know at what time emergency personnel recovered the body, but did confirm it had been recovered. The employee's name and what caused him to fall were not known as of press time Saturday night. The Castaic Power Plant is jointly operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the state Department of Water resources. The plant receives water from Pyramid Lake through the 7.2 mile, 30-foot diameter Angeles Tunnel.

Sanitation Worker Dies, Family Notification Delayed

NEW YORK, NY -- The family of a Bronx sanitation worker who died on the job wants to know why it took 12 hours for the city to tell them about it. The Sanitation Department says Rafael Concepion, 36, was hurt when he was tossed from his truck at about 2:45 Saturday morning. He suffered injuries to his chest and broke his leg. He suffered from internal bleeding and died on the operating table. But his family says they learned about the accident on Saturday afternoon. Concepcion's sister, Raquel Martel, says they never got to see him before he died at the hospital. Matthew LiPani, a spokesman for the Sanitation Department, says the delay in notifying the family would be part of the investigation into Concepcion's death.

Helicopter crashes in Cajon Pass, kills 3

CAJON PASS, CA - Three people were killed Sunday night when a Mercy Air medical transport aircraft crashed near the top of the Cajon Pass. The helicopter - a Bell 412 known as Mercy Air 2 - was carrying a pilot and two crew members whose names had not been released as of late Sunday. The crew was headed back to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville from Loma Linda University Medical Center, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration. No patients were on board.

Shreveport wastewater treatment plant worker dies in accident

Shreveport, LA - A 47-year-old city of Shreveport employee died today after falling into an open wastewater treatment container at Lucas Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pastor Douglas was standing atop the 15-foot-deep container preparing to clear foam from the top of the open-air container with a high pressure hose. He was working with another plant employee at the time of the incident, who went to turn on the pressure hoses used to minimize unnecessary foam. When the employee returned, Douglas wasn’t standing atop of the container.

Sunmount employee killed in accident

PLATTSBURGH, NY — A Sunmount Development Center employee was killed when the van she was driving was hit head-on near Watertown. Joanne Burrows, 53, was killed in the accident, which occurred on Route 3 about 10 miles east of Watertown around 8 a.m. Monday.

Roofer's Fall Triggers State Investigation

Burlington, VT - A roofer was critically injured Monday in a two-story fall on a job in Burlington. So far, police have withheld his identity. State officials are investigating whether safety regulations were violated. Police say the roofer fell two stories, about 25 feet, while working with two other roofers on the flat surface of a North Street apartment house, owned by the Burlington Housing Authority.

Bethel cab driver shot to death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Bethel car driver was killed when suspects on a snowmachine approached his idling cab and shot him in the head with a shotgun, according to city officials. While police would not release the man's name because his kin in Korea have not been notified, he was identified by a close friend as Ju Young Joung. He was known as J.J., said the friend, Peter Kim, who worked the night shift at Taxi Cab Company with Joung. Joung, 45, had lived in Bethel for more than 10 years, Kim told The Anchorage Daily News.

Powell man dies following accident

POWELL, MT - A Powell man died Friday from injuries sustained following an industrial accident, according to a report by the Park County Sheriff's Office. Kenneth Chenoweth, 46, died after being pinned by a piece of heavy equipment. Chenoweth was extricated, given medical care and transported to Powell Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said the report. Park County Coroner Tim Power said the cause of death was blunt force injury to Chenoweth's thoracic area resulting from pressure from the boom.

Family of worker who died at Spokane wastewater plant speak publicly

SPOKANE, Wash. - Family members of the construction worker who died at Spokane's wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday said Tizoc Gayton was a likeable man and a soccer fanatic. 26-year-old Gayton died after being hit by a steel beam that moved during construction at the plant. Ironically, he was working to replace the digester in which Mike Cmos died years earlier. Gayton's brother and sister said he was a generous person whose favorite time of year is Christmas. In fact, they say he just got his Christmas tree a couple of days before his accident. The president of Garco Construction said Gaton had only been working for the company a few weeks.

Construction Worker Dies After Being Hit By Van In Sanford

SANFORD, Fla. -- The construction worker who was hit by a passing van Tuesday morning while on the job in Sanford died Tuesday afternoon. Sanford police said 37-year-old Jimmie McLeod, of Apopka, passed away at the hospital. He was on State Road 46A, near Airport Boulevard in Sanford, putting drainage pipes in the ground when he was hit by a white van. The van immediately stopped. The investigation is ongoing and there have been no charges.

Man Dead After Falling From Building At Bag Company

Cincinnati, OH - A Cincinnati man fell to his death Tuesday morning while at work at a factory in Walton, Kentucky. Police say that a 39-year-old employee of Holland Roofing fell some 35 to 40 feet from the roof of the Duro Bag Manfacuring Company. The man, police say, was alone on the roof when he fell. Police have not determined what caused the man to fall to his death. His name has not been released.

County highway worker killed on job

Columbus, WI - Columbia County Highway Department employee Nathan B. Price, who was described as a positive person with an upbeat outlook on life, was killed Tuesday morning in a work-related accident in the town of Columbus. Price, 41, of Rio, was working as part of a mowing detail when a vehicle became stuck in the mud in a ditch on U.S. 151 near the intersection of state Highway 73. Price suffered a fatal head injury after being struck by a cable when workers attempted to pull the entrenched vehicle out of the ditch with a second vehicle. There was no indication of equipment breakage, said Columbia County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Michael Babcock.

Caught On Tape: Robbers Shoot Store Employees, Gunmen Flee Store Empty-Handed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Robbers in Nashville, Tenn., shot and killed two convenience store employees Tuesday night, and the whole incident was caught on tape. Security camera video shows two armed gunmen, wearing ski masks, walking into the store. One of the men demanded money, but fatally shot the cashier when he spoke back in Arabic, authorities said. The robbers became frustrated after they couldn't open the cash register, police said.

Man killed at Otsego work site

Otsego, MI - A construction worker from Howard City was killed this morning at the site of the new Otsego High School when he was struck in the face by a large pipe cap that popped off because of an apparent buildup of pressure, authorities said. Otsego police officers and firefighters responded at 6:30 a.m. to 540 Washington St. after receiving a report that a construction worker had suffered a head injury, according to a news release. The 41-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken to Borgess Medical Center, where he died from the injury, police said.Police said in the news release that the piping system had recently been pressure tested and that it appears there was residual pressure still in the system that caused the cap to strike the man in the face when he tried to remove it.

Work injury deadly for Temple man

Temple, TX - Rickey P. Clark Jr., 30, of Temple was killed in an industrial accident about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Lock Joint Tube of Texas, 3601 Eberhardt Road, officials said. Justice of the Peace David Barfield, Precinct 3, Place 1, pronounced him dead at 9:20 a.m. and ordered an autopsy at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. He said Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. Lt. Rick Ashe of the Temple Police Department said since it was an accident the police will not be taking any action. A police chaplain notified the victim’s family, he said. The victim was wrapped up in a machine that rolls coils of steel, Barfield said. The machine possibly hooked the man’s clothing, he said. Three co-workers next to him saw him, then they didn’t, he said.

Fort Wayne man killed in Columbia City accident

Forth Wayne, IN - A Fort Wayne man was killed Thursday morning in a material handling accident at the Steel Dynamics, Inc., plant in Columbia City, according to the company. The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. James K. Hall, 41, of Fort Wayne, who was killed, had been employed by the Fort Wayne-based company for nearly four years in the shipping department. According to a company statement, he was loading beams for a rail car shipment at the time of the accident.

Farmer bleeds to death after farm accident

BECKEMEYER, IL - A farmer bled to death after his leg got mangled in a feed auger Wednesday night at his rural Beckemeyer farm, authorities said. Gerard Buss, 53, died after his leg apparently slipped into the auger about 5 p.m., Clinton County Coroner David Moss said. An employee from a farm implement dealer went to a barn at the farm to bring Buss some parts and found him unconscious. "When he got there, he found Mr. Buss unconscious and entangled in an auger feeding device," Moss said. "The auger would move the cattle feed from the silo and dispense it to the animals."

Officer Dies in Car Accident

Princeton, KY - A Princeton, Ky. police officer from Hopkinsville is dead after a single-vehicle car accident. State Police say 54-year-old Officer David Scott of Hopkinsville, Ky., died yesterday morning when his truck hit a ditch near Princeton. Police say the truck slipped off the right side of the road and overturned several times. Scott was off-duty from the Princeton Police Department at the time of the crash. Investigating officers say he was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck as it flipped.

Forklift crushes, kills man in Kalispell

KALISPELL, MT — A 42-year-old Kalispell man died this morning when he was run over by a forklift at the concrete company where he worked, Flathead County authorities said. Tim Walters jump-started a forklift, but it had been left in gear. The large back tires ran over Walters, who died of internal injuries, said Deputy Coroner Lt. Dave Leib. The accident happened about 7 a.m. at Flathead Concrete Products. It is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Md. construction worker dies after falling about 50 feet

Bethesda, MD - A 20-year-old Maryland man on the roof of a residential project in Bethesda died Thursday after falling about 50 feet, according to Montgomery County officials. Sergio Alfredo Moscoso was on the roof of one building that is part of a new apartment and condominium community under construction at 5405 Tuckerman Lane. Around 8 a.m., the man slipped and fell, landing on a concrete pool deck below and suffering life-threatening injuries, says Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

CSX worker killed in accident

Minoa, NY - Police have released the name of the CSX worker killed in Thursday's train accident. Ronald D. Foster, 54, of East Syracuse was pronounced dead at the scene after his truck was hit by a train in the CSX Railroad Yard in Minoa. Police said Foster, a CSX employee, was working at the time. They said he was crossing the tracks at about 5:20 p.m. when the train, operating in reverse by remote control, hit him. It took crews until about 3 a.m. to extricate Foster's body, and several factors played a role in the process.

Worker dies after fall at Georgetown Lowe's

Georgetown, KY - An employee at the Lowe's in Georgetown died from a head injury suffered in a fall this afternoon. About 3:30 p.m., witnesses said Paul Edward Brewer, 61, of Georgetown, had climbed a 15-foot ladder inside the store. Another employee found him on the floor with severe head wounds, said Scott County Coroner John Goble. Brewer was transported to Georgetown Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police were called about 3:40 p.m. to the store on Magnolia Drive off Cherry Blossom, said Georgetown Police Detective Tom Bell. State OSHA investigators responded to the scene as well.

Job-site fall kills Huntington dad, Roofer, 28, plunges 42 feet during work on arena in Marion

Marion, IN - A 28-year-old single father from Huntington was killed while working at a construction site in Marion. Aaron J. Weber slipped off of a wet roof and fell 42 feet to his death while working on the city’s Memorial Coliseum, police said. Weber’s body was found at the side of the building about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Weber’s father, Steven Weber, also of Huntington, said his son had lots of friends and was a good father to his 9-year-old son, Tyler.

OSHA Investigates Death At DOT Worksite

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating a fatal accident Thursday that killed an Iowa Department of Transportation worker. It happened at the corner of Seventh and School streets just north of downtown. Police said Gary Crabtree, 62, died when a cement truck backed over him Elvis Mrzljak, 26, was driving the cement truck, according to a news release.

NTSB: Chopper That Crashed Not Equipped Properly, Crash Killed Pilot, Caps' Minority Owner

DAGSBORO, Del. -- A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said the helicopter that crashed Thursday in Dagsboro, Del., killing two people, was not equipped for instrument flight. The NTSB's Brian Rayner didn't comment on the pilot's decision to take off in foggy conditions at night. The pilot didn't hold an instrument rating. Real estate developer and Washington Capitals minority owner Josh Freeman was killed in the crash, along with the pilot, Danielle Howell. The wreckage was strewn over a distance of about 180 feet. It appears the helicopter skidded along the ground, disintegrating as the rotors continued to spin. All four rotor blades were sheared off, and the tail section was broken off. Freeman, 42, was president and chief executive officer of Carl M. Freeman Associates. The pilot was Danielle Howell, 30, of Richmond, Va.

Bad Axe man killed in accident

MARLETTE TWP., MI - A 53-year-old man died Wednesday in a construction accident at Marlette Airport. Police received the call at 3:11 p.m. after John Corrion of Bad Axe, who was operating a construction roller, backed the roller over the the edge of an elevated construction site, police officials said.

Newspaper Carrier Killed in Freak Accident

South Bend, IN - BJ Geraci didn't know anything about the lady who delivered her newspaper, until that carrier was killed outside her home in a freak accident just after 5 a.m. Friday. 71-year-old Carolyn Clifton was climbing out of her car to take a South Bend Tribune to the front stoop, when police say that car crushed her.