Latest Occupational accidents News

A Massachusetts tree worker dies after being hit by a limb

Sep. 19, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a tree worker who was hit by a tree limb on the job has died. WPRI reports 28-year-old Taylor Bowen, of Rehoboth, was up in a bucket truck in Swansea on Thursday when he was found unconscious. Swansea police say Bowen was lowered from the bucket and...

Man dies in O'Fallon workplace accident

Sep. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is dead after an apparent workplace accident in the St. Louis suburb of O'Fallon. Police and an ambulance were called just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday to R&R Contracting and Sanitation. Workers arriving at the business had found 36-year-old Kenneth Atchison of...

Man dies in forklift accident in suburban St. Louis

Sep. 19, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a construction worker has died in a forklift accident in suburban St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that O'Fallon police say they responded to the scene around 5:20 a.m. Thursday. The man who died has not been identified. He is the second worker to die in...

Worker who herded people out before explosion is called hero

Sep. 17, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A maintenance manager was credited Tuesday with saving lives by evacuating a building before an explosion that gravely injured him, while investigators began examining the rubble to determine the cause and the firefighter who died was saluted. Larry Lord emptied the building of "at...

Worker killed at St. Louis tunnel construction site

Sep. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Mo. (AP) — Officials say a worker has been killed at a construction site in suburban St. Louis. Metropolitan Sewer District spokesman Sean Hadley says a crane struck the worker around 3 a.m. Tuesday in Shrewsbury as crews work around the clock on a nearly 4 mile-long (6.4 kilometer) tunnel to...

Officials: Worker killed at North Carolina construction site

Sep. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina labor officials say a worker at a construction site was killed when a piece of heavy equipment tipped over. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that state Occupational Safety and Health Division spokeswoman Mary Katherine Revels says the unidentified employee was...

Correction: Illinois Tollway-Work Zone Memorial story

Sep. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — In a story Sept. 14 about a traveling memorial with names of people killed in work zone crashes coming to Illinois, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of an Illinois tollway worker who was killed. His name was David Schwarz, not Schwartz. A corrected version of the...

The Latest: Injured chief is brother of fallen firefighter

Sep. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a deadly propane explosion in Maine (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Maine public safety officials say a firefighter killed in a propane explosion that injured eight other people was a 30-year member of the Farmington Fire Department. Gov. Janet Mills on Monday ordered...

Independence sanitation worker killed in crash on US 160

Sep. 14, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — A sanitation worker for the southeast Kansas town of Independence has been killed in the crash of a truck. The Wichita Eagle reports that the crash happened Thursday on U.S. 160 as the truck was on its way to the county landfill, killing 20-year-old Taylor Lee Edwards of...

Lawsuit: Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

Sep. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying to make repairs after a Colonial Pipeline Co....