Construction Manager Killed in Tragic Accident In Woodland Park

~ by Trevor Phipps ~

Early last week, a horrific tragedy struck a local construction site that took the life of a well-known project manager.

 According to officials of the Charis Bible College and their construction contractor, Executive Custom Construction, Inc., Robert Ummel, better known on the construction site as “Grumpy,” suffered a fatal accident from a  forklift rollover accident that resulted in his death on Jan. 28 at around 9 a.m.

 Shortly after the incident occurred, the Charis Bible College sent out a press release stating that the accident was still under investigation and that Charis and the construction contractor offered their prayers and condolences to the Ummel family.

 According to people who worked on the site, Ummel was driving a forklift up an embankment close to his office trailer when the incident occurred. As he was headed up the incline, he accidentally clipped his office trailer which ejected him out of the vehicle right when it rolled over.

 The construction superintendent lived locally in Woodland Park and had been in charge of the multiple phases of construction on the Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) property since it launched their original  phase one project that brought the bible college to Teller County. Most of those who worked for Ummel always wondered why he would introduce himself as “Grumpy.  In reality, most agreed that he was one of the nicest humans a person could meet on a construction site.

Andrew Wommack is President and Founder of Charis Bible College

 Ummel was the head of probably the largest recent construction project that the county has seen in decades since Andrew Wommack, founder of AWM, chose to break ground nearly a decade ago to a place where he could pursue their evangelical mission, while enjoying picture-perfect views of Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain.”  Many of his visions became a reality this month when “The Sanctuary’s” doors opened to students coming from across the world. The site boss had supervised the construction of the phase one building, the phase two auditorium, which opened last year, and the town’s first multi-level parking garage.

No development in Woodland Park has proceeded as quickly as the various pursuits of the Andrew Wommack Ministries project in recent decades.

 The death came as a shock to many community members as the construction veteran had many decades of experience in the industry including several hours operating forklifts. The accident marks the first death on the Charis construction site, and the first work-related death since a man died building the Trail Ridge Apartments near the Safeway center.

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Sept 18 2018 forklift tip over Jefferson County TX

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County man alleges an on-the-job accident led to the amputation of his foot.

David W. Mickles filed a complaint on Oct. 29 in the Jefferson County District Court against P.C. Pfeiffer Co. Inc., et al. alleging gross negligence and premises liability.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 18, he was employed by James J. Flanagan Shipping Corp., which was subcontracted by P.C. Pfeiffer Co. The suit states on that date, he was operating a 12,000 pound pneumatic tire forklift when it began rocking due to excessive weight of the load, causing the machine to fall and land on him. The plaintiff alleges his foot was nearly severed at the ankle, which required amputation, and he sustained injuries to his left arm. 

The plaintiff holds P.C. Pfeiffer Co. Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate equipment and failed to provide sufficient training and supervision.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief and such other and further relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by Muhammad S. Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston and Allena J. Wright of Law Office of Allena J. Wright in Houston.

Jefferson County District Court case number D-202840

OSHA continues probe into construction site death in Kuam

Posted: Dec 04, 2018 9:51 PM PSTUpdated: Dec 04, 2018 9:51 PM PSTBy Nestor LicantoCONNECT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still investigating the construction death last week of Jay Wasisang, who died after apparently being struck in the head by a backhoe at a Mangilao site. In a speech Wednesday for the Northern Guam Rotary Club, local Labor Department safety administrator Jesse Pangelinan says the accident could have been prevented if the proper safety procedures were followed.

"I don't know what happened, but there was a backhoe and there was a forklift. That's all I know. But just from that, if he was really a spotter he needs to be away. If he's gonna go into that trench, that boom has to be away. That operator has to have the equipment controls neutralized or off. And in fact new backhoes, it's just a switch. Hit it, that thing's off," he said.

He says it was the second construction-related death this year. Federal OSHA responds to serious industrial accidents, and contractors must report deaths within 8 hours, and dismemberments and other severe injuries within 24 hours.

Pangelinan says Guam DOL provides OSHA training and consultation. They conduct site inspections to identify hazards, and can conduct on-the-spot abatement.

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51-year-old Ubaldo Vargas Vera, of Porterville killed in forklift incident

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A man was killed Monday in an incident involving a forklift.

The incident took place in an orchard off Highway 166, south of Bakersfield.

A Kern County coroner’s official on scene confirmed the man’s death, which the official said would be investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

***UPDATE The driver was crushed by the forklift.

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Glenn Alan Shelly is the seventh person to die on the job in Franklin County this year, the deadliest in recent memory for local workplace fatalities.

Shelly of Mercersburg died on Nov. 28 while working at a distribution warehouse in Guilford Township. He was 64.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation of Franklin Storage, 900 Kriner Road. The investigation can take 6 months.

Emergency personnel responding to the 2:50 a.m. call on Nov. 28 at Franklin Storage found a person underneath an 1,800-pound stack of plywood, according to a report from Franklin Fire Company. The person died before rescuers arrived. They used air bags to free the victim.

Shelly died of blunt force trauma to the neck and chest, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner.

OSHA at this time has no details about the incident, according to OSHA spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.

OSHA most recently inspected Franklin Storage in June 2013 and issued citations for forklift violations. An initial $3,500 fine for the serious violation of transporting unauthorized riders on a forklift was reduced to $2,625. The company was also cited for failing to certify forklift operators.

Shelly, a 1972 graduate of James Buchanan High School, had three sons and a grandson. He had owned and operated Ag Products Co. Inc. with his father, the late Glenn O. Shelly of Mercersburg, before working at the True Value and Home Depot Direct warehouses, both in Hagerstown, Md. Funeral services are Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Mercersburg.

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Six other men have died this year while working at Franklin County businesses:

  • Three men died died when a 300-ton crane collapsed on Feb. 2 at Manitowoc Crane's Grove US plant at Shady Grove. OSHA fined Manitowoc $14,976 for failing to protect employees.

  • A man died on Feb. 28 after a heavy piece of machinery fell on him at Mellott Manufacturing, 13156 Long Lane, Mercersburg. OSHA investigated and fined the  company $21,720 for violations unrelated to the accident.

  • Two men died after an explosion and fire on July 19 in a paint shop at Letterkenny Army Depot.  OSHA is investigating.

VIA: Jim Hook  717-262-4759

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64-year-old Mercersburg man killed in industrial accident at Chambersburg warehouse

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A 64-year-old Mercersburg man died early Thursday morning in an industrial accident at a Franklin County warehouse.

The accident occurred at about 2:50 a.m. at Franklin Storage LP on the 900 block of Kriner Road in Chambersburg.

Fire and emergency officials dispatched to the scene discovered the victim lying under a 1,800-pound stack of plywood.

The victim, identified as Glenn A. Shelly, was dead at the scene.

The incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA confirmed that Franklin Storage LP has a prior OSHA inspection history, dating back to 2013, when citations were issued for forklift violations, including unauthorized riders being transported and failure to certify forklift operators.

Original Post Via: FOX43 NOVEMBER 29, 2018, BY KEITH SCHWEIGERT