TPA, Sr. VP create a ‘torrid affair’ with coverup of worker’s death
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 8th April 2021
This is the scene at TPA on the day Timmy Lee Bates of Dundalk lost his life. The Baltimore Post is the only news outlet to report on this incident that TPA has tried to keep hidden from the news media. (Photo Credit: The Baltimore Post/Staff Photographer)

The Baltimore Post hates hypocrisy, folks. We call it out when we see it, and we do so in the hopes that our readers will hold the hypocrites accountable.

We’ve found plenty of hypocrisy when it comes to Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA) Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Aaron Tomarchio.

We’ve written about our previous run-ins with Mr. Tomarchio (who we referred to as a “PC” or private citizen), but we didn’t go into the specifics of his profanity-laced tirade. He had no issue calling me, the Publisher of The Baltimore Post, “sick.” He screamed obscenities as he berated me for questioning his hypocrisy regarding his calls to defund the police, particularly when he was demanding increased police protection for TPA.

That was then, and this is now. We’re once again calling out Mr. Tomarchio for his hypocrisy—this time specifically hiding information from the media to cover up a serious accident that occurred at TPA last month, killing one worker and seriously injuring another.

Just before 11:00 am EDT on March 22, 2021, 39-year-old Timmy Lee Bates of Dundalk lost his life when, according to the Baltimore County Police Department, “A large piece of equipment collapsed accidentally.”

The BCPD public information office said Mr. Bates “suffered injuries to his upper body and was transported to Bayview Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.” A second adult male, identified only as a 61-year-old man from Parkville, suffered injuries to his upper body and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

(Publisher’s Note: We want to give kudos to the BCPD public information office for getting us the information about the fatal accident in a timely fashion.)

If you search the internet for any mention of Mr. Bates or the accident that took his life, you’ll only find his obituary, which mentions that he worked at Host Terminals as an engineer until his fatal accident. The obituary also lists the family Mr. Bates left behind, including three daughters, one son, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Our internet search also showed ZERO news coverage of the fatal accident. We tried many different combinations of his name, TPA, Sparrows Point, and Host Terminals. There was nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Folks, how is that possible? How is it possible that two workers could be seriously injured, one fatally, by the collapse of a large piece of equipment at TPA with absolutely no news coverage?

The answer is simple. Mr. Tomarchio and his employer didn’t want the news to get out. They covered up the incident and kept it out of the news media.

Since we’re not dependent upon advertising dollars from TPA, we’re happy to break this exclusive story for two reasons. One, to let our readers know that a single father perished while working to provide for his family. And two, to point out the hypocrisy of TPA and its senior VP in covering up the news coverage.

This is the photo of of Timmy Lee Bates that accompanies his obituary. This also is the photo that TPA didn’t want anyone to see. (Photo Credit:

TPA has been quick to flood the local news media with all the “feel good” stories about jobs, progress, jobs, green energy, jobs, and revitalization of the property.

(Did we mention that TPA is bringing JOBS to the area? Mr. Tomarchio and his employer have shouted that from the rooftops quite a bit.)

Yet, when something bad happens at the site, Mr. Tomarchio and TPA are strangely silent on the matter. We tried to contact Mr. Tomarchio to ask about the fatal accident. Our voicemails went unanswered, one call that actually got through suspiciously got disconnected immediately, and our emails to him were flat out ignored.

He didn’t even bother to send a read receipt for the emails, though the delivery confirmation notice showed that the messages at least reached his email server.

We also checked the Host Terminals website for any mention of Mr. Bates. There was absolutely nothing posted about the death of their employee. Were they told to keep quiet on the matter? We’ll probably never know.

TPA and its senior VP should be ashamed of themselves for covering up the fatal accident. In our opinion, Mr. Tomarchio, the only “sick” person is the one who covered up the death of a single father just because it might bring a little negative publicity to TPA.

To devalue a man’s life to save face is downright sickening.


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