Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An employee of the Jewel Date Company date packing house was seriously injured in Thermal, California

THERMAL, Calif. - An employee at a Thermal date packing house was seriously injured this afternoon and had to be airlifted to a hospital, fire officials said.

County firefighters were called at 3:30 p.m. for a "medical emergency'' at the Jewel Date Co., 84675 Avenue 60, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

A woman who worked at the packing house was found with major injuries, though specifics on what type of injury she sustained and how it occurred were not immediately released.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Hagemann said.

Cell tower worker crushed to death by a truck-mounted hydraulic crane that tipped over on its side at T-Mobile cell tower in downtown Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One person has died and another injured after a truck-mounted hydraulic crane (a boom truck) tipped over in the 1700 block of Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas.

Dallas police and fire responded to the incident just after 2:40 p.m. Monday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue says when firefighters arrived at the location, they found the large crane tipped over on its side and into a fenced area surrounding a T-Mobile cell tower. There were three workers at the site when the crane tipped over.

One of the workers was crushed by the crane and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another worker was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crane operator was not injured.

Identities of the workers have been released.


A 51-year-old worker was killed and another person was injured after a boom truck crane toppled over in downtown Dallas Monday afternoon, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue officials.

The truck-mounted hydraulic crane overturned at about 2:45 p.m. near a T-Mobile cell phone tower at 1700 Arts Plaza.  The truck says that it is a National Crane truck.  It appears to be a swing seat crane.

Authorities said Isidro Morales, a worker on the ground, was pinned by the crane and died at the scene.

Officials said the crane operator was not injured and another worker on the ground sustained injuries that were not life threatening.

It is unclear at this time what caused the crane truck to topple over, and Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman James Evans said officials don't know what type of work was being done at the time of the incident.

About National Crane

Starting as a small family business in 1945, National Crane has come to symbolize the gold standard of durable boom trucks. The company has led the market in its field for decades, and an estimated 90 percent of all National Crane products sold since 1963 are still in operation today. This is a particularly impressive record, considering well over 30,000 National Crane units have been delivered.

National Crane currently produces 12 series of boom trucks, ranging in capacity from 7,25 t (8 USt) to 36 t (40 USt). It also produces pedestal-mounted versions of its cranes for use in industrial applications, as well as a range of accessories such as personnel baskets, pallet forks and clamshell buckets.

Its products are usually subject to demanding work routines, being required to lift several times a day, every day. With such intensive work schedules, reliability, durability and ease of operation are key factors. National Cranes has all three – in abundance.

Although North America remains the single biggest market for National Crane, the company’s products are also popular in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

An employee of MasTec on a man-lift was electrocuted to death after touching a power line in Cape Coral, Florida


 A utility worker who was shocked after touching a power line in Cape Coral has died, according to a spokesperson for LCEC.
Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) said the victim was an employee of MasTec, an engineering and construction company.

The incident happened at SE 8th Avenue and SE 10th Street. A portion of SE 10th Street near Cultural Park Boulevard is blocked by crime scene tape.

A resident who lives near the scene said he saw the utility workers trying to resuscitate the victim before the victim was transported to a nearby hospital.



A Mastec utility employee was killed after coming in contact with a high-voltage power line on Tuesday afternoon, Lee County Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Karen Ryan said.

The worker had earlier been hospitalized in critical condition, Cape Coral Fire Department Division Chief Mike Russell said.

The events that led up to the situation are unclear.

No further information is immediately available. 

MasTec, Inc. is an infrastructure construction company operating mainly throughout North America across a range of industries.
Top 600 Specialty Contractors 2011, 2011 Hispanic Business 500


Our activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of energy, communication and utility infrastructure, such as: electrical utility transmission and distribution, natural gas and petroleum pipeline infrastructure, wireless, wireline and satellite communications, wind farms, solar farms and other renewable energy, industrial infrastructure and water and sewer systems. MasTec’s customers are primarily in the utility, communications and government industries.

The Company’s corporate website is located at www.mastec.com.

Joseph Tomanelli died, son seriously injured after fiery crash of a newly bought 2005 Cirrus SR22 plane while practicing touch-and-go landings in Meriden, near Wallingford, Connecticut

 Joseph Tomanelli, died while learning how to fly the newly bought plane

A doctor is dead and his son is seriously injured after a small plane crashed in Wallingford, near the Meriden-Markham Municipal Airport, Monday night.  They had just bought the plane and they were learning how to flight it.  They end up crashing the plane in flames and killing the father and injuring the son.

The person killed in the crash has been identified as Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, 56, of Cheshire.

RAW: Meriden Crash
(Published Monday, April 24, 2017)

Tomanelli's 21-year-old son, David, of Hamden, was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The father and son were attempting to land, according to Wallingford police. Authorities have not said which man was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

Wallingford police and Meriden police said they both responded to the scene, which was east of the airport, on Hanover Avenue just after 6:28 p.m. The airport is located near the Meriden-Wallingford town line.

The small plane went through a chainlink fence before crashing on a berm on Hanover Avenue. The aircraft was engulfed in flames, Wallingford police said during a news conference Monday night.

 Plane Crashes in Meriden

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be the primary agencies investigating the crash.

Joseph Tomanelli was an internist and Primary Care physician with Hartford Healthcare. They released the following statement on his death:

"MidState Medical Center, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and all of us at Hartford HealthCare offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, his family, friends, colleagues and patients. We are incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy – Dr. Tomanelli was a well-known and esteemed primary care physician in our community for years and will be tremendously missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him."

Based on the plane registration records, Joseph Tomanelli has just bought (April 3, 2017) the Cirrus CR232 plane from Vista Two LLC.  It is obvious that he was still learning how to fly the plane and he end up dying for it.

Date: 24-APR-2017
Time: 18:25
Cirrus SR22
Owner/operator: Private
Registration: N94LP
C/n / msn: 1484
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK), Meriden, CT - United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature: Training
Departure airport: Meriden Markham Muni (KMMK)
Destination airport: Meriden Markham Muni (KMMK)
While practicing touch-and-go landings, the aircraft impacted the terrain off the departure end of Runway 18 at Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK) in Meriden, near Wallingford, Connecticut. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and one of the two related occupants onboard received fatal injuries. One occupant onboard the aircraft received serious injuries.


N94LP Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Summary
Fixed wing single engine
(4 seats / 1 engine)
Airworthiness Class
Serial Number
CONT MOTOR IO-550 SERIES (Reciprocating)
Horsepower: 300
Less than 12,500lbs
Not defined
Mode S Code
053205727 / AD0BD7
Registration Details
Certificate Issue Date
Airworthiness Date
Last Action Date
Registry Source

Registration History

Date Owner Location

Airframe Info

Model:SR22    Search all Cirrus SR22
Year built:2005
Construction Number (C/N):1484
Aircraft Type:Fixed wing single engine
Number of Seats:4
Number of Engines:1
Engine Type:Reciprocating
Engine Manufacturer and Model:Cont Motor IO-550 SERIES


Registration Number:N94LP
Mode S (ICAO24) Code:AD0BD7
Certification Class:Standard
Certification Issued:2005-07-15
Air Worthiness Test:2005-06-17
Last Action Taken:2008-07-15
Current Status:Valid


Registration Type:Corporation Owner:Vista Two Llc Address:Scottsdale, AZ 85254
United States Region:Western-Pacific    

Fraser Shipyards will pay a $7,530 fine and has implemented new rules after worker Joseph Burch was burned to death earlier this year

 Fraser Shipyards will pay a $7,530 fine and has implemented new rules after a worker was burned to death earlier this year. | Photo: WDIO-TV file


  April 24, 2017 02:59 PM

Fraser Shipyards has reached a settlement with federal regulators over an incident that caused injuries to a worker, who later died.

Joseph Burch was burned while working with an open flame on Feb. 6, and died on April 8. He had been with the Superior company for 22 years.

Fraser announced Monday that it had made voluntary safety enhancements and will pay a $7,530 fine to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to settle a case related to Burch's injury. The fine is a 40 percent reduction from what OSHA had originally proposed.

The new rules require all workers who may encounter sparks, flames, or similar conditions to wear fire-retardant suits.

"We want to enhance the safety of all Fraser team members who are involved directly in hot work or any work that may come close to such an environment," said James Farkas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fraser Industries, in a prepared statement. "That is why we have made these voluntary changes and worked quickly to resolve this case with OSHA."

In a separate case, Fraser agreed earlier this year to pay $700,000 to settle an OSHA investigation into lead exposure at the shipyard. 


SUPERIOR, WI – A man who was burned while working at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in February has died.

The incident occurred Feb. 6 during work when Joseph Burch was working on a vessel undergoing services and repairs by Fraser. The ship was in winter layup in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

“Fraser Shipyards is saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Burch,” said James Farkas, president and chief operating officer of Fraser Industries, in a prepared statement. “We wish to extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Mr. Burch worked for more than 22 years with the Fraser team. All of us at Fraser are thinking about him and those who loved him at this time of loss.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

“We’re now working together with OSHA and the Boilermakers to understand fully how this happened and to prevent any future incidents from happening,” Farkas said in a prepared release in February.

The investigation will involves a review of company policies, interviews with those working during the incident, and an on-site investigation of the facility.

Earlier this year, Fraser reached an agreement with OSHA to settle a case related to employee exposure to lead paint and other sources during the repowering and refurbishment of the Herbert C. Jackson. Fraser paid $700,000 in fines for the case.


A Fraser Shipyards employee who was injured while working on a Great Lakes freighter in February has died, and the company faces a citation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the incident.

Joseph Burch, a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 117 and a 22-year employee of the company, died Saturday night, according to his family.

"He loved the work there," said Burch's brother, Eric Mackie of Duluth. "He was proud to work for Fraser."

Burch, 53, of Superior, leaves behind four siblings, his mother, nieces and nephews.

"He was a generous man," Mackie said. "He really cared for his family."

A veteran, Burch served in the U.S. Army in Alaska, as well as in the National Guard.

"He was an avid outdoorsman," Mackie said. "He'd hunt, fish, go camping."

The Superior native died as a result of burns suffered in the Feb. 6 incident on a vessel that was moored in the Twin Ports for repairs during winter layup.

"He never recovered from the burns," Mackie said.

"I would say he was a very brave man," said Mackie's wife, Amy.

They said Burch suffered burns to his lower extremities and had multiple infections related to the burns over the past few weeks, including sepsis.

OSHA on March 30 issued a citation to Fraser in connection with the incident, according to documents obtained by WDIO-TV.

The citation notes "serious" violations from what OSHA says was the use of "defective or damaged personal protective equipment" and not ensuring "that employees used appropriate hand protection or protective clothing when exposed to hazards."

It states that during work in the ballast tank or cargo hold of the freighter Roger Blough in February, "employees performing work with a hand-held torch were not adequately protected from molten metal, sparks, fire, or flame" because jackets and coveralls were not fire-retardant — something that was corrected during the OSHA inspection. The citation also states that protective clothing "was allowed to have holes and frayed fabric" — a violation the agency says must be abated by April 13.

The federal agency proposes a penalty of $12,548, according to the documents obtained by WDIO.

Companies can contest citations and appeal penalties from OSHA. Fraser Shipyards said Monday that it still is working with OSHA and that it will have the opportunity to discuss the findings further with the agency before a final resolution is determined.

"Fraser Shipyards is saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Burch. We wish to extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends," James Farkas, president and chief operating officer of Fraser Industries, the shipyard's parent company, said in a statement Monday. "All of us at Fraser are thinking about him and those who loved him at this time of loss."

The February incident came just weeks after Fraser announced a settlement with OSHA after the shipyard was alleged to have overexposed workers to lead during the repowering of the freighter Herbert C. Jackson last year. OSHA cited Fraser with 14 health violations, and the original civil penalty was nearly $1.4 million. Under the terms of the settlement, Fraser had to pay a $700,000 fine and develop a new safety plan in exchange for not having to admit fault or liability for the alleged violations.

4 construction workers were injured after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Northeast D.C.

Workers injured after trench collapse at DC construction site

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Worker rescued after trench collapse at DC construction site; several more injured

Updated:Apr 24 2017 11:15AM EDT

WASHINGTON - Four workers were injured after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Northeast D.C. Emergency crews responded to the scene around 9:15 a.m. along the 300 block of H Street.

Three of the workers were hospitalized. One was treated on the scene. Authorities say none of the workers were trapped when they arrived.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.  Most likely, the trench was not safely secured and its walls collapsed.

Officials say the workers were about 25 feet down when the trench collapsed.

Nathaniel Tyrone Coles, 65, killed, his wife critically injured after tree strikes their car on Route 40 in Virginia

State Police: 65-year-old Gretna man killed after tree falls onto car

by Catherine Doss

Monday, April 24th 2017

PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) - State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Sunday afternoon.

According to State Police Nathaniel Tyrone Coles, 65, of Gretna, was driving his car on Route 40 near Tucker Road when a large tree fell and hit his car just after 6 p.m.

State Police say Coles' wife, Denny Lea Coles, 70, was in the passenger seat.

Police say both were wearing their seat belts.

State Police say neither speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

They say both Mr. and Mrs. Coles were taken to the emergency room in Gretna.

State Police say Nathaniel Coles was pronounced dead at the hospital.

They say Denny Coles has life-threatening injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. 

Such a freak, tragic accident, & so heartbreaking, I worked with Tyrone for 10 years @ Klopman

Uninsured Bargains Galore furniture warehouse turns to ashes after massive fire in Martinsville, Virginia

Officials waiting for building that caught fire to cool down before investigating

by Elizabeth Tyree

Monday, April 24th 2017

Hots spots are still smoldering after a building caught fire in Martinsville this weekend (Photo: Tony Watts/WSET)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Hot spots are still smoldering after a fire at a Martinsville building over the weekend.

The fire broke out at the Bargains Galore building on Aaron Street Saturday.

Fire crews said they couldn't get to all the hot spots on Monday because part of the building collapsed.

Once firefighters are able to get things under control, OSHA inspectors, asbestos inspectors, and engineers can go to work.

"We have been monitoring it since the fire and the rain is hampering our efforts at this point," said Martinsville Fire & EMS Deputy Fire Marshal, Andy Powers. "Also, the threat of further collapse of the building, so what we are waiting on now is for the rain to die down and actually be able to get in there and get a hold of the situation."

Officials are expecting it to take several days for the structure to cool down so they can go in.
They don't know what caused the fire and they say the owners did not have insurance.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A large fire ripped through and destroyed a furniture warehouse in Martinsville on Saturday.

Fire Chief Ted Anderson says the fire broke out just after 5 p.m. at American Furniture warehouse in the 200 block of Aaron St.

When Martinsville Fire & EMS first arrived, they found the warehouse heavily engulfed in flames.

Fire crews had the fire under control just before 8 p.m.

The building is believed to be owned by Fred Martin and Associates, according to fire officials; and the business, Bargains Galore, was owned by John Martin. Neither of which are believed to have had insurance, according to Anderson.

Fire officials say the building is a total loss.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire, according to fire officials; and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. You can read the full press release on the incident below:

On Saturday April 22, 2017, at approximately 5:08 pm, Martinsville Fire & EMS responded to an alarm for a structure fire at 200 Aaron Street. Arriving units found the commercial structure heavily involved in fire. Due to the amount of fire involvement, size of the structure, equipment and firefighters available, a defensive attack was established. A four alarm callback was initiated. Martinsville Fire & EMS received response back from one shift, two support personnel from Martinsville Fire & EMS volunteer staff, Henry County Department of Public Safety, Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, Stones Ambulance Service, Martinsville Police, Water, Electric, and Public Works Departments along with the American Red Cross. The fire was logged under control by the incident commander Assistant Chief Dan Howell of B Shift at 7:54 pm. In this situation, the rain assisted with fire suppression efforts. Crews will remain on the scene throughout the night. The scene will continue to have hot spots and will smolder for days to weeks. Aaron Street will remain closed until the street is cleared of debris and the threat of further collapse is secured.

The structure is believed to be owned by Fred Martin and Associates. The business, Bargains Galore, was owned by John Martin. Neither of which are believed to have had insurance. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The funding for this large of an investigation is usually relied heavily upon the insurance company. This will add delays and complications to the investigation. Deputy Emergency Manager Bobby Scott contacted the National weather service to confirm no lightning strikes within the City of Martinsville prior to the fire. Anyone having any information that is valuable to the investigation please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Andy Powers at (276) 403-5205.

This story has been updated.