Weekly Toll: Workers not coming home from work last week
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1 worker killed, 1 hurt after Dumpster falls at NC Campbell’s Soup plant, reports say
MAXTON, N.C. (WNCN) – One worker died and another was hurt in an incident involving a large trash bin at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Robeson County on Sunday, media reports said. WMBF reported that a Dumpster fell on two workers around 11 a.m. at the plant at 2120 N.C. Highway 71 in Maxton. Two workers were hit by the Dumpster, which killed one and sent the other to a hospital, WPDE reported. The Robesonian newspaper reported that workers were trying to move the trash container with a forklift when it fell. The condition of the injured worker is not known.
KC gas station employee shot, killed during robbery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police want to know who shot and killed a worker at a gas station early Monday morning. The shooting happened before 4 a.m. during a robbery at the Inner City Oil Station at 59th Street and Swope Parkway. Police say a customer walked into the gas station just after 4 a.m. and found the only worker dead on the floor inside. Police say the gas station attendant had been shot during a robbery of the business. Relatives of the 33-year-old victim tell FOX 4 that they worried about him working the overnight shift, which they believe can be dangerous. Although the man’s name has not yet been released by police, family members say he was hard working, engaged to be married, and the father of three children. Family members also are complaining about the business, saying this is not the first time it’s been the scene of a crime. And some relatives say the neighborhood might be better off if the station closed.
NYC Construction Worker Killed in Scaffolding Accident
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan, NYC – A worker died after being struck in the head in a construction accident in Upper Manhattan late last week. Authorities report that 28-year-old Angel Ezpinoza, a resident of Staten Island, was working on a landing below the roof of the International House on Riverside Drive near W. 122nd St. when the beam fell from scaffolding being broken down by two of his co-workers high above. WABC-TV reports the building was used as a dormitory for students from several universities. The six men on the job site — employees of Pratt Construction and Renovation Inc. — were doing minor renovations to the building’s exterior, police said. Ezpinoza was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Firefighter Dies Battling Wildfire Near Yosemite National Park
Mariposa County, CA — A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said. Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36, died in the morning hours, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The blaze broke out Friday night in Mariposa County, near the west end of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest. Fire officials said it had burned about 150 acres (61 hectares). Varney worked through the night and was driving the bulldozer to cut a firebreak to keep the fire from extending into a nearby community, according to fire chief Nancy Koerperich. He is survived by his wife, Jessica, daughter Malhea, 5, and son Nolan, 3.
Massachusetts police officer shot and killed with own gun: police
WEYMOUTH, Mass. – A Weymouth Police Officer is dead after responding to reports of a man vandalizing and erratically driving in an eastern Massachusetts town, according to our NBC affiliate WBTS-TV. According to authorities, Officer Michael Chesna responded to the call at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at a local hospital where authorities say the suspect Emanuel Lopes, 20, was allegedly driving recklessly. Chesna then saw Lopes vandalizing a home, that’s where Lopes then hit Chesna in the head with a rock and took his gun shooting Chesna multiple times, officials said. After the shooting, medics came at the scene and took Chesna to South Shore Hospital where he later died.
Loved ones gather at candlelight vigil to remember tattoo parlor shooting victims
Fresno, CA — It was an evening filled with shared stories, laughter and tears as dozens of people went to remember their loved ones. It was just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, when police were called to Fresh Ink Tattoo Studio for a shooting that took place inside. “They located two victims inside the tattoo parlor that had been shot multiple times and began performing CPR and first aid on them,” said Lt. Carl McKnight. Jesse Hernandez, 35, and Pisa Xayapheth, 30, were transported to Community Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.
Vigil held for man killed in Dallas sanitation truck crash
Dallas, TX — Friends, family and strangers attended a Saturday night vigil for a man killed in a sanitation truck crash. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the driver of a city sanitation truck to crash into a parked trash truck. There were two passengers in the city truck. One was in critical condition, the other died. Saturday night’s vigil was an intimate gathering for Alvin Sadler, held just feed from where the 49-year-old City of Dallas sanitation worker died Thursday. Desmond Watts drives the route regularly and says it can be dangerous. “It’s a little chaotic as you can see there’s no real indications on the road it’s just one big street. This trucks take up a lot of space so if you’re not careful you can definitely get hurt,” he said. The city worker who was critically injured will have to have his legs amputated.
Memorial Golf Tournament for Man Killed by Lightning Strike
MAUMELLE, Ark. — A Central Arkansas community is rallying together to help the family of a construction worker killed by a lightning strike. It’s been almost a month since 27-year-old Tyler Grisham was killed when the tree he was standing under was struck by lightning. Tyler had been on a job site for RedStone Construction off Coronado Cove in Maumelle doing contract work on a water main project. Friends and family are organizing a memorial golf tournament to both benefit Tyler’s wife and daughters, as well as raise awareness of the dangers of lightning. “No one else should have to lose a daddy or a husband,” said Tyler’s wife Shawna-Leigh Grisham.
FDNY Battalion Chief Robert Miuccio dies of 9/11-related cancer
New York, NY — Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Robert Miuccio, a Ground Zero hero famed for walking through burning buildings with a cigar in his mouth instead of an air mask, died Thursday of 9/11-related cancer, his family said. He was 76. “My dad never stopped thinking about the guys in the department,” his son, retired firefighter Robert Miuccio Jr., told the Daily News. “When we were at the hospital, he was talking in his sleep. ‘Come on boys! We gotta put the fire out.'” Miuccio, who served with the department for 39 years, died after a two-year battle with lung cancer, officials and family said. Miuccio’s brother perished in the terror attack. He set aside his grief for the next 3½ months as he led firefighters’ efforts to recover the remains of the dead. “They assigned him a section of the pile,” said Muccio Jr., 53, who continues to deal with serious health complications from his own 9/11-related illnesses. Hundreds of firefighters worked under his command, his son said.
OSHA investigates after construction worker killed in Butler County
REILY TWP., OH — Federal work safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Cincinnati man working on a new home construction job in Reily Twp. That man is 60-year-old Ramon P. Rangel-Luna, of Cincinnati, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. A preliminary cause of death and manner of death are pending, according to the report. Information obtained by the Journal-News on Friday indicates Rangel-Luna was working as a rigger for a roofing project in the 300 block of Gates Road around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Rangel-Luna had both hands on the load line and was electrocuted when the load line from the crane came in contact with an overhead power line, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, which has opened an investigation into the fatality. Rangel-Luna was working for Avendano Carpentry in Cincinnati, according to OSHA.
Vigil for slain Imo’s Pizza delivery driver
ST. LOUIS, MO — An Imo’s Pizza delivery driver was shot in the neck on July 4, 2018 while he was making a delivery in south St. Louis City. Dave Matthews, 31, died from his injuries Saturday morning. Matthews was delivering a pizza just before midnight in the 3900 block of Potomac in Tower Grove South where he was shot several times and rushed to the hospital. Police have not identified a possible suspect.
Ottawa Lake man dies at workplace; incident under investigation
OTTAWA LAKE, MI — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 29-year-old Ottawa Lake man who died at his workplace Thursday. At approximately 3:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to Erie Technologies, 6872 Memorial Highway in Ottawa Lake in regards to an unconscious employee. The man, who was not identified, was found unresponsive inside an industrial work area at plant, a news release said. Deputies administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation and other live-saving measures, however, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man killed during power line work
Elkhart, IN – A worker died after touching a power line in Elkhart Friday. Elkhart police said the 21-year-old man was apparently working as a contractor on electrical lines when he came into contact with a cable and was killed in the 900 block of Hester Street around 9:30 a.m. Police did not release the man’s name in a news release about the incident. The case remains under investigation.
Disney employee died after being trapped under utility cart, police say
Orlando, FL — Walt Disney World employee was killed on Monday after he became trapped under a utility cart he was working on, a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated. The report, released on Tuesday, revealed that the utility cart Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was working on drove onto the curb, ran into a chain link fence and fell on top of him. Ojeda was working on the cart’s battery when he died at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, according to the report. Two witnesses, identified as resort employee Danny Vazquez and new hire Josh Willner, told police they saw the accident happen from about 20 yards away. Vazquez told authorities he was showing Willner around the facility when he heard “a screeching sound and turned to see a Toro utility vehicle drive up onto a curb and into a chain link fence.” The men said they saw the vehicle move six feet up the fence before falling on top of Ojeda.
One Person Killed in Palo Alto Preschool Parking Lot Construction Site Accident
Palo Alto, CA — One person died in a fatality at a worksite in the parking lot of a preschool and church Thursday morning in Palo Alto, police said. Police spokeswoman Janine De la Vega said an officer was flagged down at 8:47 a.m. while patrolling near the 2400 block of Middlefield Road. The fatality was reported at a construction site outside a parking lot for Love N Care Preschool and Bridgeway Church, located at 2490 Middlefield Road. There was heavy equipment and machinery involved in the worksite, De la Vega said, but police cannot yet confirm the reason for the worker’s death.
Worker Stuck In Machine, Killed At Sharon Sheet Metal Company
SHARON, MA (CBS) – A 26-year-old worker at a sheet metal company in Sharon was killed in a horrific incident Thursday morning. Police, firefighters and EMTs were called to InMetal on Merchant Street around 9:30 a.m. after the operator of a large metal-cutting machine got stuck in the machine. “He was trapped pretty good,” Deputy Fire Chief Richard Murphy told reporters. It took about an hour-and-a-half to free the worker, who was then rushed to Norwood Hospital. He died a short time later. His name has not been made public yet.
63-Year-Old Postal Worker Dies Delivering Mail in 117-Degree Heat
Los Angeles, CA — Peggy Frank, a 63-year-old California postal worker — and also a mother and grandmother — died this week while working her usual route in unusually hot weather. The extreme heatwave currently afflicting Southern California was especially brutal in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, where temperatures were recorded as high as 117 degrees the day Frank succumbed to heat exhaustion. According to CBSLA, Frank’s family is unhappy the United States Postal Service had her working in such high temperatures at her age. “To have my mom 107 [degrees], humidity, carrying the mailbag around with no air conditioning in the car — yeah, I’m sure she’s probably gonna overheat,” Frank’s son Kirk Kessler told CBS2 News.
Construction worker dies after fall off Highway 80 bridge
OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) – The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says a construction worker died while working on a bridge Thursday morning. They say it happened just before 9:40 A.M. at the site of a new bridge under construction on U. S. Hwy 80 East in the Monroe area. Investigators say it appears the worker fell from the bridge. When the deputies had arrived, the victim was dead. The worker’s name is being withheld until his family can be notified.
Man killed at construction site in Concord
CONCORD, PA — An industrial accident that claimed the life of a construction worker Tuesday afternoon is under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s office. Cpl. Danea Durham, spokeswoman for Troop K Media, said the incident at 1 Braxton Way was reported about 1:30 p.m. According to Durham, the construction worker was apparently hit by a piece of equipment. The unidentified construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
Construction worker killed in Pitt County identified
PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) Deputies have identified a construction worker killed just outside of Greenville on Thursday. Deputies say 57-year-old Mark Davis, of Greenville, died around 5:00 p.m. when he was hit by a dump truck. It happened in the 3600 block of Tifgreen Drive and was initially investigated by Greenville police. Police later discovered that the mishap actually happened outside the city limits so deputies were called in to take over the case. Authorities say the man was working with others to install a road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say the death is still under investigation.
Firefighter dies after gas explosion turns street into rubble
Sun Prarie, WI — Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, identified the firefighter who was killed as Cory Barr. Konopacki says firefighters and police responded to a reported gas leak about 6:20 p.m. Witnesses reported the explosion about 7:15 p.m. “We were told that a contractor did strike one of our natural gas mains”, said Amy Jahns, spokesperson for We Energies. Authorities have cordoned off a half-mile radius from the blast zone downtown. Meantime, one firefighter was still hospitalized and in stable condition, said police Lt. Kevin Konopacki of Sun Prairie, a suburb of Madison. A plume of smoke could be seen for miles around the community of 30,000 near Madison. Fire crews worked into the evening and flames could still be seen from Sun Prairie High School, almost one mile away just before midnight. According to a GoFundMe account, Barr was 34-years-old.
Authorities say Iowa man killed when crane boom fell on him
CHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a man was killed when a crane boom collapsed onto him, pinning him to the ground, in northeast Iowa. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the boom fell on 57-year-old Timothy Brandau at his business in Chester on Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An official cause of death was not provided, and sheriff’s officials haven’t said what caused the boom to fall. A deputy who prepared the incident report didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration Administrator Jens Nissen said he hadn’t been notified about the incident and couldn’t provide any information.
Electric lineman killed in work accident in Coffee County
COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A lineman for Duck River Electric Membership Corporation was killed Tuesday after his bucket truck caught fire in Coffee County. According to the corporation, 58-year-old Dean Batey was repairing a light, when a fire ignited on his truck’s boom. The boom connects the truck to the bucket. Batey reportedly tried to lower the bucket but when he was unable to, he removed his safety harness and jumped 12 to 15 feet. DREMC said Batey was conscious when transported to Unity Medical Center in Manchester but later died before he was to be airlifted to another hospital. Batey worked for DREMC for 19 years.
Man ID’d in Lake Worth lightning fatality; three bolts struck tree
LAKE WORTH, FL — A 39-year-old West Palm Beach man died Tuesday when three bolts of lightning struck a tree near where he was working in Lake Worth, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Antonio Miranda and his father, 71-year-old Enrique Miranda, were cutting branches in a wooded area near Pierce Drive and 22nd Avenue North. The three bolts struck a tall Australian pine near where the two were standing at about 2:45 p.m. The electrical current from the bolts went through the tree and ground, causing them to fall, the sheriff’s office said. Enrique Miranda managed to call 911, the sheriff’s office said. Both men were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, authorities said. Antonio Miranda was pronounced dead at about 3:30 p.m. The two men owned Top Choice Pest Control in Royal Palm Beach, according to Florida business records.
SWEPCO worker dies on the job
SHREVEPORT, La. – AEP SWEPCO has confirmed the Tuesday death of a lineman while working alone in a residential neighborhood. William “Tommy” Lawrence, 42, of Benton had worked for SWEPCO for 22 years. He leaves behind a wife and two children. SWEPCO did not release the location of the neighborhood, nor the circumstances surrounding the accident. The cause of death is under investigation.
Employee killed in shooting at Taco Bell in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, AL — Police say one person has been fatally shot at a fast-food restaurant in Alabama. Huntsville Police Lt. Michael Johnson told news outlets that employee was killed at a Taco Bell on Monday night. Police say one person is in custody, but the name of the suspect has not been released. The identity of the victim also has not been released. Johnson says gunshots happened after an altercation.
Man dies in work accident in forest
Lobster Creek, OR – Trevor Ramirez, 25, of Redmond, died Monday after suffering work related injuries near Lobster Creek. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office along with other emergency personnel responded at about 12:20 p.m. to an area called Goat Rock for an injured worker. Ramirez was drilling rock approximately 17 miles northeast of Gold Beach between the Lobster Creek and Silver Creek drainage for Apex Explosives. Authorities believe Ramirez may have been struck by falling debris. An initial investigation determined Ramirez was working alone, was discovered injured by another contractor doing work in the area and required immediate medical attention.
OSHA looking into recent death
Glens Falls, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into a workplace death. On July 9, Jason F. Langdon, 43, died at SJB Services, Inc. on Button Road in Waterford after a drill attachment came loose during ground drilling activity.
Buffalo man killed in industrial accident in Eden
EDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man was accidentally killed in Eden on Tuesday. Eden police say they responded to a report of an injured man at a residence on Eckhardt Rd. around Noon. The man, who was identified as Jason Ochterski, 29, was unloading fencing from a tractor trailer when the incident occurred. According to police, the load shifted and pinned him. Officials tried to save him, but could not.
American Fork man dies in Lindon industrial accident
American Fork, Utah — An American Fork man died following an industrial incident Monday morning in Lindon, according to the Lindon Police Department. According to information released by Josh Adams, chief of the Lindon Police Department, the man, Riley McGill, 21, of American Fork, was injured in a forklift accident at 10 a.m., Monday at Right Manufacturing in the area of 1800 W. 120 South. McGill became trapped while operating a forklift and received fatal injuries. No foul play is suspected. “It was a freak accident, no one saw what happened,” said Brian Pittard, president of Right Manufacturing. “We are devastated. Our prayers go out to his family. He was a real good kid.”
Chicago officer kills himself in police station parking lot, officials say
Semi driver killed in head-on crash near Hinton identified
HINTON, Okla. – Officials have released more information on a crash that killed one person in Caddo County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and emergency crews responded to I-40 near Hinton Friday just after 7 p.m. OHP says semi driver Justin Schnieder, 34, of Elk City, was driving in the outside lane on I-40 westbound when he had a tire blowout, causing him to cross over the center median through the cable barrier and hit a semi in the eastbound lanes head-on. Schnieder was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.