March 11, 1990 |
Fighting for an injured worker's rights under New Jersey's workers' compensation system is a role that Westville resident Joe Mays relishes. "A car has more rights in New Jersey than an injured worker," said Mays, a self-styled advocate for the injured. "If you have an accident with your car, the insurance company asks you to get several estimates, then allows you to get it repaired at a garage of your choice. " That's not the case for the injured worker. "The insurance company tells you what doctor you must use," Mays said.
January 8, 2004 |
A 49-year-old man working on the reconstruction of the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge fell 15 feet into the Delaware River shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday, but was not seriously injured, police said. Efstathios Loiosidis of Upper Darby was in the water for about five minutes before being taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, where he was treated and released, New Hope Police Officer Keith Golder reported. Loiosidis is an employee of Allied Painting, a New Jersey subcontractor, said Linda Spalinski, spokeswoman for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
April 20, 1988 |
A Streets Department worker has been suspended from his job after being charged last week with drunken driving when he crashed a city truck twice into a South Philadelphia house. Lawrence Tilghman, 41, received a department hearing yesterday and was told of his suspension with intent to dismiss, according to Deputy Streets Commissioner John Heany. Tilghman and a companion decided to take turns teaching themselves to drive the traffic-engineering truck on a South Philadelphia parking lot last Wednesday while its regular driver had gone to make a phone call, Heany said.
October 23, 2012 |
A PENNSYLVANIA Turnpike worker who fought with distinction in Vietnam was killed Monday morning in a crash on the eastbound lanes near Plymouth Township. Michael R. Sanfelice, 66, of West Norriton, was standing near a turnpike-commission maintenance truck when a box truck crashed into it. The box truck overturned, and Sanfelice was hit by the maintenance truck, authorities said. He was killed and three others were injured. "Today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and all of Montgomery County has lost a strong leader and a dear friend," state Rep. Mike Vereb, whose district includes West Norriton, said in a statement.
February 26, 2013 |
A 50-year-old worker died after he fell into a sugar hopper Monday afternoon at an industrial plant in Bucks County, authorities said. Janio Salinas Valerda, of Edgewater, N.J., was pronounced dead at the CSC Sugar plant at 80 Roebling Road in Falls Township, said Joseph Campbell, the Bucks County coroner. The sugar hopper was not functioning correctly, and Valerda apparently was trying to unclog it with a large pole from a catwalk when he fell in, Campbell said. Police said he was missing for about an hour before CSC staff discovered him. "We're assuming that it was some kind of accident," said Lt. Henry Ward of the Falls Township police.
December 6, 2007 |
An African American construction worker at the Comcast Center building site said yesterday that he had been blackballed as a "troublemaker" for complaining that a white coworker taunted him with a noose in October. Paul Solomon, a 14-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, told City Council that he had been working full-time before the Oct. 1 incident. Since that job ended, he said, he has worked only five of the last 45 days. "It seems like I've been put on the bench," he said.
May 24, 1992 |
Florence E. Senior, 90, a longtime Democratic City Committee worker who loved her fellow senior citizens and her native Manayunk, died Thursday at Nazareth Hospital. She had lived in the Northeast for about 45 years. Mrs. Senior was born and raised on Umbria Street in Manayunk, and although she moved to Academy Gardens and then Bustleton after World War II, she never lost her love for the hills and people of her old neighborhood. "She was a real Manayunker," said her grandson, James B. Senior.
July 8, 2009 |
A temp worker at a Camden chocolate processing plant died this morning after he fell into an eight-foot vat that was mixing and melting chocolate to be used in Hershey's candy. Vincent Smith II, 29, of Camden, was standing atop a platform and tossing blocks of solid, raw chocolate into the tank, Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said. The tank was heated at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and paddles inside stirred the chocolate as it was thrown in. When Smith fell around 10:30 a.m., one of his three coworkers on the platform immediately rushed to turn the machine off and the two others tried to pull him out. But Smith had been struck by one of the paddles, suffering fatal injuries.
January 14, 2008
A female employee of a Rite Aid pharmacy in Northeast Philadelphia was wounded by a gun blast yesterday during a robbery in which three men stole an undetermined amount of narcotics. The police said the assailants entered the pharmacy at 4018 Woodhaven Rd., around 10:30 a.m. and forced two members of the staff to the back of the store. A robber then fired a shotgun blast into the floor, causing ricocheting pellets to hit one of the employees in the face and arm. The assailants tied up the employees and fled.
March 14, 2013
POLICE in Warrington, Bucks County, say that a secretary for a Bucks County ambulance company stole $642,000 from the nonprofit over four years, allegedly to support a gambling habit. The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Danette Lewchick, 56, was sent to Bucks County prison Monday after being unable to post $25,000 bail on theft and related charges. Authorities say she became the Warrington Community Ambulance's financial secretary in 2008. She allegedly took money from the company's account and put it toward her personal use. Her attorney, Jeffrey Solar, says she has "a severe gambling addiction.