Woodburn, Indiana: Sean Redden was crushed to death early Tuesday morning in an industrial press at the BF Goodrich tire plant. The Allen County Coroner's office has ruled his death an accident. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting an investigation into the fatality.
The plant's union, United Steelworkers Local 715L, said in a statement that it is eager to assist in the investigation and work with the plant’s management “to prevent another tragedy in the future.”
Pender County, North Carolina: 47-year-old Roberto Gonzalez Jr. was killed at a municipal beach dredging project when one of the 3,000-lb. pipes being unloaded from a trailer rolled onto him. Gonzalez was a truck driver who delivered piping to Topsail Beach. He was contracted by Weeks Marine to work on the $24 million project, which involves pumping 2.2 million cubic yards of sand onto the oceanfront.
Mill Valley, California: 27-year-old Edgar Martin Ramos Martinez suffered fatal injuries when a Eucalyptus tree he was cutting fell and struck him. The Guatemalan native was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene. He worked for Clements Tree Service.
Keithville, Louisiana: 45-year-old Jose Paramo was crushed when a bucket lift fell on him at a construction worksite. Paramo was transported to Ochsner LSU Health Hospital, where he later died. According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Paramo was using a remote control to remove the bucket lift from a trailer attached to an Asplundh work truck when it slid off the trailer and pinned him underneath. CPSO says the trailer had slipped into a ditch, causing it to become unlevel.
First responders used floor jacks to lift the equipment off Paramo and administered CPR.
OSHA and the CPSO will be investigating the incident.
Port Everglades, Florida: a man was struck and killed by a large piece of equipment at the Port Everglades facility of Sol Shipping, a major melon importer in North America. The victim’s name has not yet been released. The incident occurred in the afternoon of Jan. 20.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office and OSHA are conducting investigations.