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May 28, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An unidentified construction worker was being treated for first- and second-degree burns after an accident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. Don Scheuch, head of the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority, said the victim's crew was working on a steam valve that broke. He was burned over about 40 percent of his body and airlifted to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he was stable but critical. VA spokesman Kevin McIver said the accident happened while staff and local emergency services teams were participating in a mass casualty drill, so the worker was treated immediately and evacuated.
December 23, 2010
An employee of a Needmore lumber company was killed Tuesday when an oak tree he was cutting down fell on him, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. Melvin Daniel Powell, 62, of 14077 Timber Ridge Road, was working on a job for M&C Lumber on private property along Bethel Church Road in Bethel Township, Pa., at about 12:33 p.m. when the incident occurred, police said. Powell was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Deputy Coroner Darrin Smith at 2 p.m., police said.
September 20, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A road maintenance worker died Monday morning after he fell from the back of a West Virginia Department of Highways dump truck south of Berkeley Springs, according to West Virginia State Police and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Robert Fleece Jr. apparently struck his head after falling from the truck on Honey Crest Drive off Winchester Grade Road, according to Trooper H.D. Heil and DOT spokesman Brent Walker. Fleece was one of three workers who were on a stand in the rear of the truck, which was spreading gravel on freshly tarred pavement about 8:20 a.m., police said.
June 16, 2011
Details of the contracts proposed for three Washington County Public Schools’ employee groups will not be posted online before a school board meeting Tuesday, school system spokesman Richard Wright said Thursday. The Washington County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on contract issues during Tuesday’s 1 p.m. meeting at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue. Some board members said this week that all three employee groups would get raises if the contract proposals are approved.
December 3, 2008
A worker was injured Wednesday morning at the new hospital construction site on Medical Campus Road. The worker was making his way from the fourth floor to the third floor when he took a misstep off a ladder, the hospital's public relations director said Wednesday. Maureen Theriault said the man was injured while working on the south tower area, where steel is going up. The man was put in a basket and lifted out with a crane, she said. The worker was taken to the emergency room, where he was in good condition Wednesday afternoon, Theriault said.
By DAVE McMILLION | | March 17, 2011
A worker at the Holcim (US) Inc. cement plant on Security Road was injured Thursday afternoon when a drilling tool fell on him in a quarry where workers have been pumping out water, officials said. The man was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown with a collapsed lung and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said. Robin DeCarlo, spokeswoman for Holcim (US) Inc., said the worker was conscious, speaking and alert after the accident. The accident occurred when a "drill steel" came lose from a drill, according to Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
September 9, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A worker was injured Wednesday afternoon when he fell about 17 feet into an empty tank under construction at the City of Hagerstown's wastewater treatment plant off Frederick Street, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion 2 Chief Randy Myers said. The worker was helping build the concrete tank that will be used to treat sewage when he apparently fell off a ledge on the inside of the tank at about 3:30 p.m., Myers said. The worker appeared to have arm and shoulder injuries and was taken to Washington County Hospital, Myers said.
August 20, 2006
The degree to which companies accommodate worker desires: Flextime: 57 percent Ability to telecommute on an ad-hoc basis: 45 percent Compressed workweek: 35 percent Family leave above the required federal Family and Medical Leave Act: 27 percent Ability to telecommute on a part-time basis: 26 percent Family leave above required state law: 25 percent Ability to bring child to work in emergency: 22 percent ...
By Dan Dearth | July 2, 2007
A Hagerstown man was listed in critical condition Monday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore after he was burned while working on a piece of equipment almost two weeks ago at St. Lawrence Cement. Bob Klinger, the human resources manager at St. Lawrence Cement, said last week that Kevin Molloy, 58, suffered significant burns. No one else was injured. A spokeswoman from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday that she could not contact investigators to confirm whether an investigation of the accident was complete.
January 24, 1998
Lawsuit claims fired worker not 'team player' By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Royal Vendors worker who alleges he witnessed the sexual harassment of a female co-worker filed a lawsuit Friday claiming he was fired for not being a "team player" in defending the company against her lawsuit. In his lawsuit, David Brackett Jr. said he witnessed the sexual harassment of Vicki Rhodes and attempted to stop it. The suit names Royal Vendors, Director of Personnel Robert Kutcher and Supervisor Mark High as defendants.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | September 1, 2013
Labor Day has a deeper meaning for some area workers than just a day of recognition and time off from work. Guy Greene of Hagerstown said that as workers are honored on Labor Day, it is important to remember the U.S. soldiers fighting overseas because they don't get to take the holiday off. “I'm retired from the military, so I know what it is to work every weekend and every holiday,” he said. “I've got to give them pride and thank them for it.” Frank Wiley of Hagerstown, who served in Vietnam, said members of the military should be recognized on Labor Day. “They need to recognize more for the troops than they are doing now,” he said.
By ROXANN MILLER | | August 29, 2013
An employee was killed Thursday in an industrial accident at Manitowoc Crane Group, according to a company official and state police. Rickie Lee Grimsley was killed when he was pinned between a parked crane and a crane that was being moved by another employee, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. No age and hometown for Grimsley were available Thursday night. Wayne Bunch, Manitowoc's vice president of human resources Americas, confirmed earlier Thursday that a worker had died in the accident.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 22, 2013
Landing a good job may still be elusive for some in today's economy, but workers on average can make $5,000 more a year in the skilled trades than college graduates, officials said Thursday night during a graduation ceremony for the Barr Construction Institute in Hagerstown. The institute, operated by the Cumberland Valley chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., offers training in the electrical, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and carpentry fields at a location on North Locust Street.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 24, 2013
When Boonsboro High School hosts the Dwight Scott Invitational track meet next spring, finalists will be able to line up in one heat. Work is being done this summer to install a new, wider track at the high school as one of several summer maintenance projects undertaken by Washington County Public Schools. Going from seven to eight 42-inch lanes also will give the school a chance to one day host a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional meet, Boonsboro High Athletic Director Sue Lowery said.
July 21, 2013
Area health professionals were honored for their contributions to the region's wellness at the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center's annual awards dinner June 11 at Cumberland Country Club. The nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers were honored for their outstanding leadership, service and commitment to patients, clients and the community. The center provides services in Washington County, including facilitating medical student rotations with practitioners in the county, offering interdisciplinary and continuing education in geriatrics and gerontology at Washington County facilities, and providing a summer health careers program in conjunction with the Board of Education.
By DAN DEARTH | | July 17, 2013
A rescue operation for a 19-year-old man trapped in a silo Tuesday off Lehmans Mill Road north of Hagerstown ended after nearly three hours, when the victim was placed in a basket and hoisted through the top of the structure. Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jason Eckstine said Andrew Horst, who had been trapped inside the silo after falling at about 10:30 a.m., was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday morning, said a hospital spokeswoman.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | July 16, 2013
Braxton Berkey, a living historian at Fort Frederick State Park, was decked out in 18th-century clothing as the sun beat down on the area Tuesday. The Somerset, Pa., man was to spend much of the the day outdoors, talking to and greeting visitors and performing musket demonstrations. However, he said that as long as he stays hydrated, his clothing actually keeps him from getting too hot. “We have natural fiber material in our clothing, and when we sweat, the sweat presses up against us,” said Berkey, 24. “The sweat builds up and eventually you become sort of like your own AC unit.” Workers across the county had to deal with the heat Tuesday as the temperature climbed to a high of 93 degrees at 4:23 p.m., according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website at
July 15, 2013
The Washington County Historical Society will hold a free tour day Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller House Museum for employees, retirees and their families of the firms participating in the “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage” exhibit. A new item was added to the exhibit since its initial opening. A Marker rifle, made in Sharpsburg in the 1800s, was a late arrival and joined the many historic and current examples of industries that have been a part of the county's long economic success.
By DON AINES | | July 12, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a probable 2014 gubernatorial candidate, was talking manufacturing jobs instead of litigation Friday in a meeting with labor and management at the United Auto Workers Local 171 union hall in Hagerstown. Gansler made the visit as part of his “Building Our Best Maryland” tour to promote a seven-point program to encourage manufacturing in the state during a roundtable discussion. “One thing you hear all the time is how many companies have left” the state, Gansler told a gathering of about 50 people, including executives from manufacturing companies Volvo, Cinetic Landis and Berwick Offray.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 12, 2013
The West Virginia State Police seized property estimated to be worth about $200,000 Thursday from a former state Division of Highways worker accused of stealing from the agency, according to court records. William Robert Smallwood, 55, of 135 Myers Bridge Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday morning by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Smallwood, who worked as a storekeeper for the highway division's District 5 operations in Berkeley County, is no longer employed with the agency, West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said Friday.
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