Man Killed in Lackawanna Industrial Accident

Sep 28, 2012 Full story: WBEN-AM Buffalo 14

Federal workplace safety authorities tell Buffalo media outlets that a 3-ton steel beam fell on the men at the Linita Design and Manufacturing plant in Lackawanna at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#1 Sep 28, 2012
If some cop or fireman had been killed, it would be front page

Factory workers, farmers, construction workers, store clerks, cab drivers, risk their lives every day making an honest living
Larry Mondello

Buffalo, NY

#2 Sep 28, 2012
People risk their lives everyday just crossing the street. Why should factory workers, farmers, construction workers, store clerks, cab drivers, be trated with the reverance that Cops & Firefighters deserve? They aren't paid to put their lives at risk. Cops & Firefighters are!
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#3 Sep 28, 2012
Larry Mondello wrote:
People risk their lives everyday just crossing the street. Why should factory workers, farmers, construction workers, store clerks, cab drivers, be trated with the reverance that Cops & Firefighters deserve? They aren't paid to put their lives at risk. Cops & Firefighters are!
So, this steel worker wasn't paid to risk his life by working with 6,000 lb steel beams swinging from a crane above him?

I am not saying dead cops and firemen should not get respect, but they don't need to be worshiped.

A dead cop or fireman's widow gets big fancy parades and funerals and lifetime federal and state pension and benefits. His kids will go to college free. This steel worker will get a small funeral with his family and a few co-workers. If the widow gets a decent lawyer, he will negotiate a $100,000 check for her
Larry Mondello

Buffalo, NY

#4 Sep 28, 2012
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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So, this steel worker wasn't paid to risk his life by working with 6,000 lb steel beams swinging from a crane above him?
I am not saying dead cops and firemen should not get respect, but they don't need to be worshiped.
A dead cop or fireman's widow gets big fancy parades and funerals and lifetime federal and state pension and benefits. His kids will go to college free. This steel worker will get a small funeral with his family and a few co-workers. If the widow gets a decent lawyer, he will negotiate a $100,000 check for her
The steel worker is paid to work with those steel beams. If his stupidity or inattention gets him killed it's on him. If a malfunction in his machinery is the cause of his demise then his family should be well compensated for their loss by civil action. The family of the deceased steel worker would probably make out better than the Civil Servant's family under these circumstances.

A Cop or Firefighter has no choice. They are required to enter the mouth of the lion. They cannot say no to the dangerous missions they are assigned. You are a fool if you think otherwise!
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#5 Sep 28, 2012
Larry Mondello wrote:
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The steel worker is paid to work with those steel beams. If his stupidity or inattention gets him killed it's on him. If a malfunction in his machinery is the cause of his demise then his family should be well compensated for their loss by civil action. The family of the deceased steel worker would probably make out better than the Civil Servant's family under these circumstances.
A Cop or Firefighter has no choice. They are required to enter the mouth of the lion. They cannot say no to the dangerous missions they are assigned. You are a fool if you think otherwise!
So, you think most police and fire deaths are not because of carelessness?

I beg to differ. The overwhelming majority are quite preventable
Larry Mondello

Buffalo, NY

#6 Sep 28, 2012
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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So, you think most police and fire deaths are not because of carelessness?
I beg to differ. The overwhelming majority are quite preventable
No. I believe most industrial deaths are due to carelessness first then equipment failure.

A Cop can do everything right and still get killed. Firefighters have too many variables to deal with making their jobs much harder.
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#7 Sep 28, 2012
Larry Mondello wrote:
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No. I believe most industrial deaths are due to carelessness first then equipment failure.
A Cop can do everything right and still get killed. Firefighters have too many variables to deal with making their jobs much harder.
I never had you figured for a cop/fireman admirer

Of course, you do agree that volunteer firemen are a joke, right
Larry Mondello

Buffalo, NY

#8 Sep 28, 2012
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh wrote:
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I never had you figured for a cop/fireman admirer
Of course, you do agree that volunteer firemen are a joke, right
I admire nobody. Just stating facts. Volunteer firefighters have a purpose and serve it adequately.
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#9 Sep 28, 2012
Larry Mondello wrote:
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I admire nobody. Just stating facts. Volunteer firefighters have a purpose and serve it adequately.
Would that purpose be....ARSON ????
Doc Brown

United States

#10 Sep 29, 2012
Really Larry ??? Please be some what of a decent man and show some type of respect to the man who lost his life supporting his family. I work in a factory to support my family and if something happened to me I wouldn't want some clown saying it was my own stupidity, but a tragic accident. No one plans on dying when they punch in not even my brother who is a buffalo firefighter, think of his and your family who might read this, they have my prayers and thoughts...
Charlotte Reinbolt

Jamestown, NY

#12 Sep 29, 2012
I am the aunt of the 26-year-old worker whose legs were broken (Patrick Barker). It was neither stupidity or inattention. Both Saba (the man who was crushed) and Pat have the reputation of being two of the best workers at Linita Design. It is an extremely dangerous occupation, in my opinion, and a tragic set of circumstances. Both Pat and his younger brother, who also works there, are EXTREMELY broken-up emotionally after witnessing their good friend and coworker die. They both loved Saba and he was one of the most conscientious workers at the plant. Saba's son (age 18/19) also works there and had to, helplessly, witness the death of his father, as it took some minutes to position a second crane to remove the 3-ton beam from its position atop Saba. Saba wasn't killed instantly, but spoke of his difficulty breathing before he died. His chest and legs were crushed. Saba leaves a wife and three children -- the youngest is an 8-year-old son. There was a simple graveside service on Friday and Saba was buried in a pine box. His family grieves for him. It was and is a tragedy. This is the extent of my information.
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#13 Sep 29, 2012
Charlotte Reinbolt wrote:
I am the aunt of the 26-year-old worker whose legs were broken (Patrick Barker). It was neither stupidity or inattention. Both Saba (the man who was crushed) and Pat have the reputation of being two of the best workers at Linita Design. It is an extremely dangerous occupation, in my opinion, and a tragic set of circumstances. Both Pat and his younger brother, who also works there, are EXTREMELY broken-up emotionally after witnessing their good friend and coworker die. They both loved Saba and he was one of the most conscientious workers at the plant. Saba's son (age 18/19) also works there and had to, helplessly, witness the death of his father, as it took some minutes to position a second crane to remove the 3-ton beam from its position atop Saba. Saba wasn't killed instantly, but spoke of his difficulty breathing before he died. His chest and legs were crushed. Saba leaves a wife and three children -- the youngest is an 8-year-old son. There was a simple graveside service on Friday and Saba was buried in a pine box. His family grieves for him. It was and is a tragedy. This is the extent of my information.
I extend mt deepest sympathy to the family of the man who died, I wish for the best for your nephew

By the way, how much do you weigh?
Charlotte Reinbolt

Jamestown, NY

#14 Sep 29, 2012
Too much, Life Coach, but that's for another day.
Jason Jafari

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Oct 18, 2012
Charlotte Reinbolt wrote:
I am the aunt of the 26-year-old worker whose legs were broken (Patrick Barker). It was neither stupidity or inattention. Both Saba (the man who was crushed) and Pat have the reputation of being two of the best workers at Linita Design. It is an extremely dangerous occupation, in my opinion, and a tragic set of circumstances. Both Pat and his younger brother, who also works there, are EXTREMELY broken-up emotionally after witnessing their good friend and coworker die. They both loved Saba and he was one of the most conscientious workers at the plant. Saba's son (age 18/19) also works there and had to, helplessly, witness the death of his father, as it took some minutes to position a second crane to remove the 3-ton beam from its position atop Saba. Saba wasn't killed instantly, but spoke of his difficulty breathing before he died. His chest and legs were crushed. Saba leaves a wife and three children -- the youngest is an 8-year-old son. There was a simple graveside service on Friday and Saba was buried in a pine box. His family grieves for him. It was and is a tragedy. This is the extent of my information.
Thank u Charlotte... I'm also a Welder who works at the plant and on the same project with Pat and Saba. A left to go home just minutes after the accident. I to as well as everyone at the plant has been broken over this freak accident. Saba was a very intelligent and safety conscious man and hard worker who taught me a great deal. He will be greatly missed and should be shown a Lil respect. You just never no who will be reading things like this. Smh. We build structures weighting 1000s of lbs to regulate many countries water ways and water treatment plants all over the world. We risk our lives daily! Not sit behind a desk eating danishes and complaining. And for the record we have a few volunteer firemen who work here and assist the company should we ever need CPR or first aid etc.

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