Weekly toll: explosions, electrocutions and three more tow truck drivers
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Ames Company Releases Details in Employee’s Workplace Death
AMES, Iowa — An Ames company has confirmed one of its employees died as a result of an accident on the job. At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, Danfoss employee John Lavery, 45, was working at the company’s 13th Street location. A preliminary investigation revealed the safety hood on a motor testing operation fell and struck Lavery. He was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Lavery had been with the company since October 2017. Danfoss says the safety hood is intended to be a protective shield to keep operators safe during testing procedures. In a press release, the company said it plans to replace the existing safety hoods on all other testing equipment before resuming operations.
Police identify truck driver killed in Massachusetts crash
Fatal construction accident in Gloucester has ties to Bellingham Co.
GLOUCESTER, MA – A 27-year-old Gloucester man died Thursday in a construction accident in that city, in a project reportedly involving a Bellingham company. Justin Harrington, 27, was working alone as part of a home renovation project at the time, according to Steve O’Connell, a spokesman with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. According to O’Connell, Harrington was using a mini excavator to dig out part of the foundation at the home, and became pinned between the equipment and an I-beam supporting the house. His body was discovered by a fellow worker at about 9:30 a.m. Gloucester Building Inspector William Sanborn told The Gloucester Times the building permit for the project was issued to contractor Ryan Hayes of Trust Design & Remodel LLC of Bellingham. O’Connell said Harrington was employed by MD MacEachern Landscape and Construction in Manchester – information was unavailable as to whether that company was a subcontractor for Trust Design & Remodel.
1 Dead, 1 Critical After Worker Strikes Power Line While Installing Gutters
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – An 11-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service was shot and killed and a police officer was wounded while serving an arrest warrant in Harrisburg early Thursday. Officers returned fire and killed the gunman. Authorities identified him as 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis, a Philadelphia man with two active warrants from his hometown. U.S. Attorney David Freed said members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were serving an arrest warrant on a woman who lived in the 1800 block of Mulberry Street. Sturgis opened fire on the team, killing Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill and injuring York police officer Kyle Pitts, a member of the task force that includes state and local police officers.
West Feliciana Parish firefighter dies in the line of duty on Wednesday
BATON ROUGE, La – Tragedy strikes as a firefighter in West Feliciana was struck and killed by vehicle while assisting with the investigation of another crash.Shortly after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday January 17, 2018, Louisiana State Police troopers began investigating a fatal crash on US 61 north of LA 421 in West Feliciana Parish. According to a release from LSP: “The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Wakefield Fire Department were investigating a crash in the southbound lanes of US 61. At the same time, 51 year old Robert McCoy of Tallulah was traveling southbound on US 61 in a 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 pulling a trailer. McCoy lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway as he approached the crash scene. McCoy’s truck struck multiple first responder vehicles and Chief Achord as he was assisting a motorist at the scene.”