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Two men were killed in an industrial accident at Ferrellgas company, a propane company in Auburn, on Wednesday around 5:15pm.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, the men were operating a boom on a truck that struck or came in close contact to a power line. It is not clear what killed the men but there was a fire after the accident which consumed the truck the men were driving.

Ferrellgas provides propane gas to residential, business, farm and fleet and is located at 3611 A Street SE in Auburn.http://maps.google.com/?q=3611%20A%20Street%20S.E.,Auburn,WA,98002

A maintenance worker was critically injured when a hit-and-run drier hit him while he was blowing leaves in the Hidden Valley Park area in Bellevue reports Seattle’s KOMO News.com>

According to the report, the 47-year-old worker was thrown 25 feet because of the impact of the car that hit him. His injuries are said to be “life-threatening.”

Police are looking for a newer gray or blue compact car; Bellevue police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident, or has information about it to call 911.

A new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries entitled Preventing Injuries in the Trucking Industry provides insight and statistics on accidents and injuries in the trucking industry.

According to the report, injuries and fatalities in the trucking industry are more than all other industries combined. The four most common and costly injuries include:

  • Upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders
  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Struck by or against an object

Ray De Lorenzi writing for the American Associate for Justice reports that “Allstate ranks as the worst insurer for consumers” with their tactics of “Deny, Delay, Defend.” The Association for Justice did an extensive review of legal documents and financial filings and ranked the 10 companies that “refuse to pay just claims, employ hardball tactics against policyholders, reward executives with extravagant salaries and raise premiums while hoarding excessive profits.”

The Association says that Allstate has an aggressive strategy of denying claims at any cost. According to the Association, agents were rewarded with items like refrigerators for falsifying documents like claiming that a fire was arson.

To view the Association’s report “The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America — How they Raise Premiums, Deny Claims and Refuse Insurance to Those Who Need It”click here. The reports lists the following companies as the 10 worst:

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that a tow truck driver was killed by a flatbed truck when it rolled over him when he was preparing it to be towed in the 4400 block of 26th Avenue West of Magnolia. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the driver as Shawn Cary McKinney age 44.

Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson says that Lincoln Towing, McKinney’s employer, had been contracted to tow the truck because of a car theft investigation. McKinney had called his dispatch asking that a larger truck be sent out to tow the flatbed truck. The second tow truck driver discovered McKinney crushed to death.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries and the Washington State Patrol is investigating the death of a construction worker who was hit and killed by a construction vehicle while working on a Highway 304 in Bremerton, Washington. The Kitsap Sun reported that Ricky C. Schaff was hit and killed by a Ford water tank trunk when it was backing up. Washington State Patrol Lt. Ken Noland said the backup alarm was sounding at the time.

Both Schaaf and the 26-year-old driver of the water tank truck were employees of Ceccanti Inc., the contractor on the project. Bremerton Mary Cary Bozeman called the accident a “tragedy.”

State troopers said that the driver of the truck voluntarily submitted to a blood test but it did not seem that he was impaired at the time of the accident.