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Category: Industrial accidents


Man crushed in industrial accident in Graham identified

A 23-year-old man who died Tuesday in an industrial accident in Graham has been identified as Ryan Veysey.

Veysey was a subcontractor from Vancouver doing a job at a gravel pit in the 19100 block of Canyon Road when a scissor lift pinned him against a railing for several minutes.

After being freed, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Veysey bled to death due to a crushing injury to his chest and abdomen, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and the state Department of Labor and Industries are investigating.


Firefighters working to rescue man hurt on ship moored at Port of Tacoma

UPDATE: Firefighters have pulled an injured man from the hold of a fishing vessel at the Port of Tacoma. He’s on his way to the hospital and is expected to survive.

PREVIOUS POST: Firefighters are working to rescue a man who’s been hurt aboard a cargo ship moored at the Port of Tacoma, a department spokesman said.

The extent of the man’s injuries are not known at this time.


UPDATE: Man dies after accident on Tacoma Tideflats

A truck driver has died after an accident, apparently while he was making a delivery to Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. on Portland Avenue.

Simpson Tacoma Kraft has released this statement:

There was an accident yesterday afternoon involving a contractor’s driver making a delivery to the mill.  He was transported to a local hospital and we were informed he passed away.

We are shocked and saddened by this accident and extend our deepest sympathies to the driver’s family, loved ones and colleagues.

Simpson Tacoma Kraft employees rendered assistance when they found the driver in distress, and the fire department was also

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Dept. of Labor and Industries looking into deaths of propane workers in Auburn

The Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the deaths of two men killed on the job Wednesday in Auburn.

The two employees at Ferrellgas, a propane distribution company, were operating a boom truck that struck a live power line around 5 p.m. Firefighters responded to a report of a commercial truck fire at 3611 A St. South and found the two men dead at the scene.

These are the 35th and 36th workplace deaths in Washington state so far this year. From 1998 to 2010, there have been 22 electrocution fatalities involving workers who came near power lines.


Goodwill fine in employee death lowered from $50,000 to $13,300 on appeal

State labor regulators and Tacoma Goodwill Industries have settled the company’s appeal of a nearly $50,000 fine stemming from the death of a developmentally disabled worker just over a year ago.

Goodwill will now have to pay $13,300 for three violations related to the implementation of its accident prevention program, record keeping and the safety features of its box tipping machines, the nonprofit announced Friday. The company was initially cited with nine deficiencies.

On April 15 last year, Nick Miller (pictured here), a 27-year-old with cognitive abilities of a 10-year-old

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Hazmat crews at Port of Tacoma spill

A Tacoma Fire hazardous materials team is at the scene of a chemical spill at Emerald Services in the Port of Tacoma.

Tacoma Fire spokeswoman Jolene Davis said about 150 gallons of methyl ethyl ketone spilled out of its main container, but is being held by an outer, backup container. The liquid is a solvent that can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, according to the EPA.

Crews are on scene at 1825 E. Alexander Ave., but there’s no immediate danger. Davis said there were two employees on scene at the time of the spill, but

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Fatal industrial accident at Nalley Valley Goodwill

A person was killed just before 11:30 a.m. at the Goodwill Operations Center in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley, Tacoma police said.

Update: Talked to the Tacoma Fire Department, who said they found a man inside a trash compactor on the loading dock of the business. He was transported to a hospital trauma center.

Goodwill spokesman Matthew Erlich said the machine was not a compactor, but one that lifted large cardboard boxes.

Elaine Fischer, a spokeswoman with the Department of Labor and Industries, said they had opened an investigation.

Update: The dead man’s name is Nicholas Miller, his

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