Sunday, November 20, 2016

BACKOVER DEATH: OSHA investigating death at Kimble landfill AFTER a heavy-equipment operator backed over Jonathan W. Sprinkle, who worked on the ground assisting trucks unloading at the landfill.

OSHA investigating death of Jonathan Sprinkle at Kimble landfill

Tuesday Posted Nov 15, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Share By Nancy Molnar Times-Reporter staff writer

DOVER, PA - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident that killed a 62-year-old New Philadelphia man at the Kimble Sanitary Landfill on Thursday.

"We have a compliance officer on site conducting the inspection," said David Wilson, acting area director of the OSHA Columbus area office, on Monday. "We just opened the inspection this morning."

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Walt Wilson said shortly after the incident that a heavy-equipment operator backed over Jonathan W. Sprinkle, who worked on the ground assisting trucks unloading at the landfill. The operator of the front-end loader checked his mirrors before backing the equipment that emits beeps when running in reverse, according to Wilson.

Sprinkle's obituary said he had worked 18 years for the Kimble companies.

"Kimble Company is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of its valued employees on November 10, 2016," Kimble Co. general counsel Nathan D. Vaughan said in a prepared statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased," he wrote in an email to The Times-Reporter. "Out of respect for the family and those involved we are not releasing any additional details of this incident and are working closely with authorities who are reviewing the matter."

Sprinkle's death is not the first to occur at a Kimble business.

OSHA fined Kimble Clay & Limestone $4,000 for a 2003 accident that killed Lorin H. Beaber, 52, of Mineral City.

An OSHA report on the incident said the deceased, a forklift operator, picked up a bank of oxygen cylinders to load onto a flatbed truck. He set the emergency brake, and dismounted from the forklift while it was still running, with the load suspended in the air. He was found pinned between the load and the truck. He was asphyxiated.

The investigation of the 2003 incident showed that Beaber did not lower the forks prior to dismounting. It also found that the forklift was defective because the parking brake did not work and the tilt boom mast drifted under the load.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2004 in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court by the family of the deceased against the company was dismissed at the heirs' request the following year.

Kimble Clay & Limestone and Kimble Sanitary Landfill share the same address at 3596 State Route 39 NW in Dover Township.

The company reached an out-of-court settlement in a case in which one of its trucks collided with a Garrettsville man's vehicle on State Route 8 in Stow in 2013. The estate of Daniel L. Vincent, who died shortly after the crash, charged that the truck from J & J Refuse and Kimble Recycling & Disposal had mismatched brakes and was driven by an operator whose driving record had not been adequately investigated by the business.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 71 fatalities occurred in the waste management and remediation sector of the economy in 2014, the most recent year for which figures were listed. Deaths totaled 63 in 2013, 65 in 2012 and 75 in 2011.

UNDER-RIDING DEATH: Female drunk driver killed after she slammed into a parked tractor-trailler on Route 295 in New Jersey

Woman killed in I-295 crash with tractor trailer, police say
By Don E. Woods | For

updated November 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM

CHERRY HILL, NJ – A woman died after her car collided with a tractor trailer on Route 295, according to New Jersey State Police.

The woman's name was released as of Saturday morning, pending the notification of her family, said Trooper Alejandro Goez. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash.

The crash occurred at 4:22 a.m. in the southbound lane of Route 295 around milepost 34 in Cherry Hill between a tractor trailer and a Nissan Maxima. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where she was pronounced dead.

According to 6ABC, the tractor trailer was parked on the shoulder of Route 295 when the Nissan hit it from behind.

New Jersey State Police closed down the right lane during their investigation and it was not reopened until 8 a.m.

Most likely this female driver was drunk.  The majority of the drunk driving accidents occur during the a.m. hours like this one under-riding collision.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 03:54PM
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (WPVI) -- A woman is dead after her car collided with a tractor-trailer in South Jersey.

The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the southbound lanes of Route 295 in Cherry Hill.

Police say her car slammed into the back of the parked big rig. The truck was sitting in the shoulder of the freeway.

It took rescue crews nearly a half hour to free the woman from the wreckage.

She was rushed to Cooper University Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.