Posted with permission from Confined Space, a newsletter of workplace safety and labor issues.

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

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — Police have identified a tractor-trailer driver who was killed in a highway crash involving several vehicles in western Massachusetts near the Connecticut line. Massachusetts State Police said Sunday that 33-year-old Anthony Gentile of Thomaston, Connecticut, died in the wreck involving two tractor-trailers and four other vehicles on Interstate 91 northbound in Longmeadow on Saturday morning. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Troopers say a Peterbilt tractor-trailer slammed into the back of another tractor-trailer that had slowed because of traffic from a line painting project. The Peterbilt then hit four cars before crashing through a guardrail. Gentile was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Three people were electrocuted while installing gutters on a new building in southern Minnesota Saturday, leaving one of them dead and another in critical condition. According to police in Faribault, three workers from Shane Southard Construction were installing gutters on a building at 17th Street Northwest and Hulett Avenue when one struck a power line, electrocuting all three. Two of the workers went into cardiac arrest. Both men were hospitalized. Eric Hunter, 42, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. Anthony Bendrick, 39, is in critical condition.

Tugboat blast kills 3, hurts 6

CALVERT CITY, KY — Three people died and six were injured after an explosion rocked a dry-docked tugboat near Calvert City, officials said. Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Cash said it appeared the tugboat was undergoing repairs at the time of the explosion and was docked at First Marine Dry Dock Boat & Barge Repair. Timothy L. Wright, 52, of Calvert City; Jerome A. Smith, 56, of Thibodaux, Louisiana; and Quentin J. Stewart, 41, of Opelousas, Louisiana, were pronounced dead at the scene, Cash said. Jimmy Lang and Billy Counts were flown by helicopter to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., with serious injuries. James Lang and Tyler Wedington were taken by ambulance to Lourdes hospital in Paducah with serious injuries. Javier Fuenes, 21, and Wilson Madrid, 23, were taken by ambulance to Marshall County Hospital in Benton with minor injuries. Cash said the tugboat was owned by Smithland Towing, while the workers present during the explosion worked for First Marine, Four Rivers Marine Coating, Hutco and Thermal Control.

Highland School District employee dies in collision with school bus

Cowiche, WA — Authorities aren’t yet sure what caused a fatal crash involving a Highland School District bus and a district food truck that shut down part of Summitview Road for about five hours Friday afternoon. Rosa Gutierrez, a school district employee, died just after 12:30 p.m. when the food truck she was driving about half a mile south of Cowiche rear-ended a school bus that had just stopped to let children off, authorities said.

‘He was a good man’ | GDOT worker killed while out treating roads for ice

Thomaston, Ga — He had joined the DOT in the 90s and was working long hours before the accident happened. A Georgia Department of Transportation worker who lost his life while working to treat the roads for ice earlier in the week was not just a hard worker, but a loving father and grandfather. Carey Byron Ellerbee, 60, tragically lost his life on Thursday, January 18, after the GDOT truck he was driving was struck by a CSX train on Monday. Ellerbee and his crew had been working long hours helping to treat the roads. Kenny Coggins, Ellerbee’s cousin, said he had been working for two to three days straight. Coggins says that the intersection where Ellerbee lost his life has ‘awful visibility’ and that there are no warning lights or even an arm to stop traffic from crossing the train tracks for an oncoming train.

Tow truck driver killed in Durham crash

DURHAM, N.C. — A tow truck driver died Friday morning when his wrecker ran off the road in Durham and slammed into a tree, police said. Police said the crash happened on North Miami Boulevard at Robinhood Road shortly after 10 a.m. Brandon Watson, a family friend and fellow tow truck driver, identified the dead driver as Danny Mangum. “He called me this morning, at 9:35, same words as always. ‘Hey buddy, I’m going out on my rotation. … Be safe out there,'” Watson said. “I guess those will be the last words I hear from Danny.”

2 men killed in Jasper Co. interstate crash identified

JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) –Two men were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 59 in Jasper County on Wednesday. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of the men killed was a tow truck driver stopped on the side on the interstate, trying to pull another vehicle out of a ditch. Jasper County Coroner Randy Graham said Paul Jason Moorehead Sr., 48, was the tow truck driver killed in the collision. Moorehead was from Meridian. Graham identified the second victim as 69-year-old William Bernard, of Mandeville, LA. According to the NHTSA report, Moorehead was stopped on the side of the interstate near the 118 mile marker, working to pull another vehicle out of a ditch when the crash happened just before 3:30 p.m.

NC Dept. of Labor investigating workplace death of Columbus County man

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An investigation is underway into the death of a Columbus County man who died on the job this week. Jason Tyson with the state Department of Labor said Friday afternoon that Kenneth Dewayne Soles, 37, died Monday around noon after falling through the roof of a building he was working on and suffering fatal injuries when he landed on a forklift. Soles, who was working for McDuffie Home Improvements, fell 20-plus feet through the roof of Southeast Paint and Body Shop at 570 Chadbourn Highway in Chadbourn. Tyson said the Department of Labor has started its investigation into Soles’ death and that it could take six months for a full report to be finalized.

Putnam County, OSHA investigate fatal construction accident

PANDORA, OH —A construction worker fell to his death in an accident Thursday morning in rural Putnam County. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, at 10:07 a.m. its office received a 911 call reporting a male fell from a barn roof and was seriously injured at 13917 Road 2, near Pandora. Upon arrival, Elmer D. Christner, 21, of Geneva, Indiana, was found unconscious on the ground with severe injuries. Christner had been removing sheet metal roofing from a pole barn when a cross member supporting his weight broke, causing him to fall approximately 26 feet to the ground. Christner’s injuries were fatal, and he was pronounced dead on the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anna Horstman.

Deputy marshal, gunman killed in Harrisburg

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.”

South Carolina Sheriff’s Deputy Dies After Being Shot, Along With 3 Other Deputies, During Domestic Violence Call

York County, SC — A South Carolina sheriff’s detective died on Wednesday evening, a day after he and three other law enforcement officers were shot, officials said. Sheriff’s Detective Michael R. Doty died of his injuries, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said on the department’s Facebook page. A man shot the four officers early Tuesday near a South Carolina home, a sheriff’s spokesman said, after deputies were called there for a complaint of domestic violence.

Employee dies following accident at Indiana sawmill

MONTEZUMA, Ind. — Authorities say a 47-year-old sawmill employee has died after being injured in an accident at the facility in western Indiana. The Parke County sheriff’s office said Brian L. Grayless of Tangier was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident on Monday night in Montezuma. The mill is located about 65 miles west of Indianapolis. The sheriff’s office says details about what happened were under investigation.

Amtrak employee ‘fatally injured’ at South Loop mechanical facility

Chicago, IL — An Amtrak employee died from an injury suffered Tuesday morning at a rail yard in the South Loop, authorities said.Another employee found the Martin Rivera, 42, about 7:15 a.m. on the tracks in the 1400 block of South Lumber, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.Rivera was dead on the tracks when paramedics arrived, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. He lived on the Northwest Side.The employee was ”fatally injured” at an Amtrak mechanical facility in the vicinity of a service and inspection building, according to a statement from Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. No other injuries were reported.

Man killed in tractor rollover is identified

Chico, CA — The farm worker killed when a tractor tipped over and pinned him near an orchard north of Chico has been identified. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday he is Arturo Ocampo-Santos, 55, of Chico. According to the California Highway Patrol, Ocampo-Santos was driving a tractor onto a trailer bed about 2:40 p.m. Monday when the tractor tipped over, trapping him underneath the vehicle. Ocampo-Santos became pinned under the tractor and died at the scene. The accident happened near an orchard on Anita Road just off Highway 99. The CHP said the accident remained under investigation. Investigators had not yet determined exactly what caused the tractor to lose its balance and overturn.

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