Friday, April 14, 2017

Welder Corey Thomas Morris with Three D Metal Works, Inc. killed while working at CMC Steel South Carolina in Cayce

Welder Corey Thomas Morris, 25.  From his facebook pages.  RIP buddy


Cayce, SC (WLTX) - 

The Lexington County Coroner's office has released the cause of death for a man killed at a steel plant in Cayce, SC Thursday.

According to Coroner Margaret Fisher, Corey Thomas Morris, 25, of Murrells Inlet, SC, died at the scene as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Morris, a welder, was not an employee of CMC Metals, but was an employee of another company (
Three D Metal Works, Inc., based in Andrews) subcontracted to welding work at the facility, according to Fisher.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. at the plant, which is located on New State Road in Cayce. No one else was injured as a result of the accident.

Details of the accident remain under investigation by the Cayce Department of Public Safety and CMC officials.



The subcontractor killed during a workplace accident at CMC Steel South Carolina on Thursday has been identified.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Corey Thomas Morris, 25, of Murrells Inlet. Morris was working as a welder and died at the scene. Morris was not an employee of CMC Metals but was a third-party contractor employed by Three D Metal Works, Inc., based in Andrews.

According to the autopsy, Morris died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The accident happened Thursday afternoon according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety. Cayce spokesperson Ashley Hunter says the call came into Cayce Public Safety just after 5 p.m. No one else was injured during the accident.

No other information is available from the city.

CMC Steel South Carolina is located on New State Road in Cayce. The company, which is headquartered in Irving, TX, has more than 120 local recycling centers, steel mills, fabrication facilities, marketing and distribution offices, construction-related product stores and more in more than 12 countries, according to the company's website.

"Commercial Metals Company is fully cooperating with the authorities who are investigating the tragic incident," says an e-mailed statement from the company. "We extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of the young man who lost his life."


Three D Metal Works is a Medium to Heavy Fabrication Shop located in Andrews, SC. We focus on Steel and Lumber related industries. We have an extensive Field Service presence in these industries.

Sanitation worker, Dantrell Gray, crushed to death after he fell off the left rear corner of a 2003 Freightliner FL80 garbage truck of J.D. Parker & Sons as it was backing up in New Port Richey, FL

PORT RICHEY, FL — They often work in stealth, under the cover of darkness, coming and going through alleys and near homes.

They collect the things others toss and drive it all away.

But not without risks.

Six minutes before sunrise on Friday, a sanitation worker with J.D. Parker & Sons, Inc. fell off the left rear corner of a garbage truck as it was backing up, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The truck then ran over him. Dantrell Gray, 25, of Spring Hill later died at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

His boss described Gray as a very nice guy and a hard worker.

"He showed respect for the job, and he showed respect for me," said Dave Parker, president of J.D. Parker and Sons, a New Port Richey-based garbage collection company. "I liked him very much."

Friday's day started like any other, Parker said. Gray, fellow loader Steven Gourlay, 24, and driver David Sibley, 40, both of Port Richey, were on their usual route through west Pasco.

Gray fell as the truck was backing up on Bourbon Street near Tipton Avenue, in unincorporated Pasco near the intersection of State Road 52 and Little Road. The incident is still under investigation, troopers said.

"I believe we're ranked in the top five in the world of the most dangerous jobs," Parker said. He listed risks workers face every day: being hit by cars, falling off the truck and even having chemicals explode in the back of the truck.

"There's a lot of ways to get hurt doing this. We make the job as safe as possible … and sometimes unfortunate things happen."

Gray's family, some of which may live in Arkansas, couldn't be reached Friday.

Parker said much of the crew hadn't learned of Gray's death by midday, as some were still out on their routes. Of the ones who knew, some were taking it harder than others.

"It's a bitter taste of reality, and it makes everyone stop and think," Parker said.

It was not the first time in company history someone had died after being run over by a truck. In 2010, J.D. Parker, 68, who ruled over Pasco's oldest garbage franchise, which is heading into its 68th year of operation, was killed that way, too.

The elder Parker, Dave Parker's father, was performing maintenance on a truck in the company compound when it rolled forward and crushed him.

Does Gray's death bring back memories?

"It doesn't help," Parker said.


PASCO COUNTY – A Spring Hill man died today (April 14) of injuries he received when a garbage truck backed over him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dantrell Gray, 25, of Spring Hill, died at Bayonet Point Hospital where he was taken after the incident.

Mr.Gray was standing on the exterior of a 2003 Freightliner FL80 truck driven by David Sibley, 40, of Port Richey. Sibley was backing the truck, which was operated by J.D. Parker and Sons, west on Bourbon Street. Mr. Gray fell into the roadway and the truck backed over him, troopers said.

1 dead, several injured in collision between minivan and farmworker bus in Merced County in California

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says the incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday near Nevada Street and Highway 59. (KFSN)

By Nathalie Granda
Updated 45 mins ago
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says the incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday near Nevada Street and Highway 59.

Authorities say the bus was driving north on the highway when it started to slow down to make a left turn. A minivan also driving north then entered the southbound lane to pass the bus. The minivan collided with the rear left of the bus, causing it to overturn.

A man in the bus was partially ejected and then smashed underneath the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was trapped inside his vehicle and had to be removed by firefighters. He was flown to a Modesto hospital. One other person was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

CHP say they don't believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, and will be investigating both vehicles.

"These people are trying to get to work, and make a living for their families. It's always tragic to see the loss of a family member or a citizen -- especially when we arrive on scene and see the graphic details about it," said Obed Macias, CHP Officer.

Passengers in the bus say they had left from Madera to work in the nearby fields. Authorities have not released the identity of the victim.

Eight other people suffered other people suffered minor injuries.

Two black female passengers are dead, driver injured after a speeding Ford Expedition SUV rear-ended a parked tractor-trailer in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia

Friday, April 14, 2017 12:19PM
FELTONVILLE (WPVI) -- Police say two women are dead and a man is hospitalized after the SUV they were traveling in crashed into a parked tractor trailer on Roosevelt Boulevard.

It happened before 9 a.m. Friday in the outer northbound lanes of the boulevard near D Street in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

Video from Chopper 6 HD showed a beige Ford Expedition with heavy front-end damage wedged against the rear section of a tractor-trailer.

Raw video: First responders at the scene of a deadly crash on the Roosevelt Boulevard on April 14, 2017.

The front section of SUV's roof had been partially torn off.

Action News is told the injured man was at the wheel of the SUV when it hit the tractor-trailer, which was parked in the right outer lane of the boulevard.

"At this point it's an ongoing investigation," said Philadelphia Police Lt. Gregory Brown. "The driver at Einstein (Medical Center) is reported in stable condition."

Two passengers in the SUV, a 25-year-old woman and a 40-year-old woman, did not survive the impact. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medics.

All outer northbound lanes of the boulevard were shut down at the scene immediately following the crash, as police investigated.

Action News is told the tractor-trailer was legally parked at the time of crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler told us he had been taking a federally required rest break and was at a nearby hotel when the collision happened.

There were skid marks visible at the scene, but it is not clear if they were made by the Expedition.

It is also not clear if there was another vehicle involved that might have contributed somehow to the collision.

"Some people say there was another vehicle. But again, the investigation will reveal that. We are out canvassing the area for witnesses and video. But at this point I can't confirm" that another vehicle was involved, Brown said.

These are two more under-riding deaths.  Most likely the driver was speeding (judging from the skid marks and the massive damage to the SUV) and failed to stop on time during the night hours.

3-alarm fire causes the roof of a Hoboken apartment to partially collapse

HOBOKEN, N.J. – The roof of a Hoboken apartment partially collapsed as firefighters battled a blaze Friday morning that prompted evacuations of three buildings.

The fire broke out on the third floor at 64 Monroe St., according to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Residents at a neighboring building say smoke alarms awoke them around 5:30 a.m.

"We just heard the alarm and I knew what to do, which was evacuate immediately," a resident said. "Luckily my purse was next to my bed, and I grabbed it. Otherwise, I would have just left it."

More than a dozen firefighters responded to the scene, and were seen on the roof as a portion of it appeared to collapse.

No one was injured in the blaze, which forced the evacuation of three buildings.

"Out of an abundance of caution," the effected building and two neighboring complexes were evacuated, Zimmer said.

A city spokesperson says Monroe Street is closed from First Street to Observer Highway and Observer Highway is closed from Madison Street to Monroe Street.

Update on the CSB’s Assessment into Loy-Lange Box Company Deadly Explosion

CSB - U.S. CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD -- An independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public, and the environment
Update on the CSB’s Assessment into Loy-Lange Box Company Explosion

The CSB has confirmed that the vessel that launched into the Faultless Linen building was a vertical condensate storage tank, technically referred to as the SCR or semi-closed receiver. The SCR provided the condensate or hot water to a steam generation and supply system supporting a corrugated box manufacturing process. That process was being started up on the morning of the incident.   Initial visual examination suggests that the bottom pressure boundary of the SCR failed.  Once the SCR unit is removed from the building, CSB investigators will conduct a more thorough inspection of the SCR.

According to initial calculations performed by CSB investigators, the SCR contained about 510 gallons of water and was operated at about 330°F and 100 psig. The SCR itself is roughly 20 to 25 feet tall and about 3 feet in diameter and about 3000 lbs. When the vessel failed, the hot condensate jetted from the bottom, converting from hot water to steam. The power of the jet of water rapidly turning to steam broke the vessel loose from its piping attachments and fastenings, propelling it through the internal structure and roof of the building. The downward force of the steam launched the 3,000 pound vessel with a speed of about 120 mph, about 425 feet into the air and about 515 feet from its starting point. The SCR remained airborne for over 10 seconds.​

The structural integrity of both buildings is still being assessed. One crew was able to enter an area deemed safe at the Loy-Lange facility to 3-D photo-document the scene. This information will be used to further assess the site and determine next steps to stabilize the building and the location of potential evidence.
Protocols to remove the SCR from the Faultless building are also being developed. The failure mode of the SCR is unknown at this early stage in the assessment, however, in cases of vessel failure it is typical for the CSB to examine issues of vessel operation, preventive maintenance, and mechanical integrity.

The CSB is an independent federal agency whose mission is to drive chemical safety change through independent investigations to protect people and the environment. The agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical incidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

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Timothy Evans died at ISOFlex Packaging after his head was crushed by a baler in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a worker at a packaging plant has been classified as an accident.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says 51-year-old Timothy Evans died Wednesday at ISOFlex Packaging.

Police said Evans was operating a baler inside the plant when it became full.

Police say Evans suffered a head injury while trying to close the baler door with a co-worker. He died at the scene in what police are calling a work-related accident. 


The Sigma Plastics Group merges ISO Poly Films and Flexsol Packaging divisions into the new ISOFlex Packaging unit
ISOFlex Packaging to consist of six locations with capacity additions planned

December 1, 2015 (Pompano Beach, FL) - The Sigma Plastics Group, North America's largest privately held film and sheet manufacturer - announced today that it will be merging ISO Poly Films and Flexsol Packaging into a new operating division to be named ISOFlex Packaging. Previously, ISO Poly Films had been operating two locations based in Vancouver, WA and Gray Court, SC. Flexsol Packaging had been operating four locations based in Pompano Beach, FL, Statesville, NC, Nashville, TN, and Chicago, IL. The name change will take effect January 1, 2016.

ISOFlex Packaging will consist of the above mentioned six locations and will have a total film and bag capacity of 350 million pounds before any planned expansions. ISOFlex capacity addition plans include six new coextrusion lines ranging between 3 and 7 layers to be installed at four of the locations over the next year. ISOFlex will continue to service the same markets and customers that the former divisions had in the past. These markets include the specialty plastics film and bag markets for shrink, barrier, laminating, printing, coating, converting, and can liners. End use markets include food and beverage, consumer packaging, industrial, Jan/San, and agricultural.

The ISOFlex Packaging name and logo reflects the merger between two of Sigma Plastics Group's flagship divisions and seeks to maintain a connection to the former division's brands and what made them successful. Sigma Plastics Group CEO and Chairman, Alfred Teo, states "We are taking two really good divisions of Sigma Plastics and merging them into one great division. This will create even more synergies and opportunities that will enable us to even better serve our customers in the flexible packaging markets we compete in."

About The Sigma Plastics Group:
The Sigma Plastics Group was founded in 1978 by Alfred Teo and is the largest, privately owned film extrusion group in the United States, Canada, and Central America. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, the company has 40 manufacturing facilities, producing annual throughput of approximately 2 billion pounds of resin and employs over 4,500. Sigma Plastics Group manufactures industrial film, agricultural film, commercial plastic film, stretch film, merchandise bags, T-Sacks, industrial trash liners, produce bags, hygiene films, garment bags, and food bags.

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