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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

This post will cover the worker's we were not previously aware of for April, 2014.  No worker who died at their job should ever be forgotten. We and the families thank you for remembering them in your thoughts. Our apologies for not having more information, but where possible a link to the incident has been included. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.

April 1 - Houston, TX - 49 year old Samuel Palacios died on the job due to a fall from a roof. He was employed by Sam's Roofing.

April 1 - Bradley, IL - 35 year old Thomas Morris of Momence was killed on the job after the forklift he was operating overturned and crushed him. He was employed by C and C General Contractors, Inc. (official), working at Kanga Roof in Bradley.

April 1 - Cary, MI - 56 year old Ernest Case died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed with Communications Specialists, Inc.

April 1 - Shamrock, TX - 46 year old David K. Holdren, Jr. died from an electric shock while working for Arrow Water Well, Inc.

April 1 - Tampa, FL - 27 year old Nicholas "Nick" Veley died from an electric shock while working for Power Electric Services, Inc.

April 1 - Staten Island, NY - 50 year old Richard Salvia was sent out to make a routine food delivery on the night he was murdered. Three teenage suspects made a plan and called for the bogus delivery with the intent on causing harm to the person who showed up. While trying to rob Salvia, one of the teens shot him to death. Those teens were arrested for Mr. Salvia's horrible death. Salvia was employed by L & W Restaurant, Inc.

April 1 - Kingfisher, OK - 33 year old Brett Montgomery of Elk City was operating a bulldozer when he was struck and killed. He had parked the machine on an embankment and after stepping off the machine, it rolled back into him. He was employed by Galmor's/G&G Steam Services, Inc.

April 2 - Harrington, DE - 55 year old James Lee Henderson, Jr. was working in an empty warehouse, installing electrical service when he was caught between a forklift and a pole. He was employed by AET Electric, Inc.

April 2 - Sherrill, AR - 71 year old Jay Waymon Ball died on the job as the result of being struck against an unknown object. He was employed by England Liquid Fertilizer, Inc.

April 2 - Bullard, TX - 51 year old Tony Collins was an employee for East Texas Utility Services, Inc. when he died on the job from an electric shock.

April 2 - New York, NY - 58 year old Harmit Singh was killed on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Pak National Gen. Corp.

April 3 - Stuttgart, AR - 65 year old James Boehn died on the job when he was struck against an unknown object, suffering a dislocation. He was working for Blue Seal Petroleum of Stuttgart, Inc.

April 3 - Houma, LA - 41 year old Dutch "Shannon" A. Mire of Thibodaux was working for Gulf Island Fabrication when he was struck by an unknown object, suffering fatal head trauma.

April 4 - Midland, TX - 28 year old Gabriel Trejo of Plainview died on the job after being burned when a tank battery, used for chemical storage, suddenly ignited. He was employed with S&S Equipment & Supply, Inc.

April 8 - Chalfont, PA - 61 year old Victor Garcia of Norristown was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Roll Former Corporation.

April 8 - Johnstown, CO - 30 year old Gabriel Hernandez was working for Gopher Excavation, Inc. when he suffered blunt force trauma after being struck by an unknown object and also receiving lacerations.

April 8 - Blytheville, AR - 36 year old Juan Nieves and 37 year old Nicolas Perez were working on a barge owned by GATX Corp. on the Mississippi River when something went very wrong. Nieves and Perez fell into the water when the barge flipped over while unloading about 700,000 pounds of steel coil at a Kinder Morgan terminal near Blytheville. The men worked for Kinder Morgan through an employment agency. Authorities gave up searching for the men and it is not known if they were ever found.

April 9 - Laredo, TX - 38 year old Efrain Gonzalez died on the job after being struck by a backhoe loader machine while working for Union Pumping, LP and City Ready Mix, Inc.

April 9 - Florence, MT - 51 year old George Fifield Jr. of Missoula was seriously injured in a fall from a roof while working construction in Florence. He died at an area hospital. He was not provided fall protection by his employer, Jared Langley Enterprises, Inc.

April 10 - East Moline, IL - 52 year old David Walters of Moline was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for K&M Equipment, Inc.

April 10 - Lubbock, TX - 43 year old Jose R. Aguirre was working with a co-worker on a wiring system when he was fatally electrocuted. The circumstances are not clear. He was an employee for Park Tower Apartments.

April 10 - Nantucket, MA - 72 year old Henry Varian was a private contractor working on a construction site when he fell to his death. Owner of Henry J. Varian, Inc., he was working from a scaffold when he fell, landing on his back. 

April 11 - Pago Pago, American Samoa - 49 year old Lolenese Tupau was employed as a stevedore when he was struck by an unknown object and suffered fatal head trauma. He was employed by Peter E. Reid Stevedoring, Inc.

April 12 - Andrews, TX - 54 year old Gabino T. Aguilar was at work for Weatherford International Ltd. when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 12 - Dalton, GA - 48 year old Jonathan Wheatof Rossville died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Porter Roofing Contractors, Inc.

April 12 - Mystic, CT - Susan Masina died on the job from an unknown cause while working for Home Health Care Services, LLC.

April 13 - Greenville, TX - 64 year old Larry Daniel died on the job in unknown circumstances while working for Electric, Inc.

April 13 - Mertzon, TX - 29 year old Curtis Lam was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Integrity Services, LLC.

April 14 - Manhattan, NY - 35 year old Lukasz P. Stolarski of Brooklyn was killed on the job after falling from a building.  He and other workers were completing facade restoration work. Stolarski was standing on a ledge between the roof and penthouse level when he fell. Officials say he was not wearing a harness. He was employed by First Astoria/Bas Renovation JV. 

April 14 - Albany, NY - 39 year old Frank Mack of Ballston Spa was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation while employed with Dwight Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

April 14 - Perry, OK - 24 year old Montana Camp died on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by LaMunyon Drilling, LLC and Dorado E&P Partners LLC.

April 14 - Washington, PA - 60 year old James Zablotny was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation, suffering body fractures. He was employed by Casper Construction at the time of his death.

April 14 - Plainville, MA - 69 year old Robert MacDow died on the job when he tripped and fell (same level) while working at Super Stop and Shop. No other details are known.

April 15 - Pennington, GA - 34 year old Samuel E. Southerland, Jr. of Mobile, AL was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while employed by S & S Sprinkler Company, LLC.

April 16 - Orlando, FL - 43 year old Jose Nambo Munoz was employed by MAG Construction Group LLC when he died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation.

April 17 - Fulton, MI - 21 year old William McCalpin was killed on the job from unknown injuries received while working for Graham Lumber Company.

April 17 - Bedford, TX - 27 year old Jose Dimas died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Juan Garcia.

April 17 - Norristown, PA - 41 year old Michael Robinson of Coopersburg was working on the roof of a building at Norristown State Hospital when he fell to his death. He lost his footing and fell three stories. He was employed by Banes Roofing, Inc. 

April 17 - Monroe Township, NJ - 55 year old Edmund Moore III was working at Stencel & Son, Inc. when he suffered a fatal cardiac event.

April 17 - Mesquite, TX - 63 year old Melecio Medina was employed by Madrid Drywall LLC when he died on the job from a fall from an unknown elevation.

April 20 - Rankin, TX - 31 year old Kell de Carlo Mendoza died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object. He was employed by Sidewinder Drilling.

April 21 - Lakewood Ranch, FL - 33 year old Artemio Valdez was killed on the job after he suffered head trauma in a fall from an unknown elevation.  He was employed by Crown Roofing, LLC.

April 21 - Frostproof, FL - 51 year old Gary Allen was at his job working for F.G. Gamez, Inc. when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 21 - South Padre Island, TX - 37 year old Roberto Mendez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation, suffering head injuries. He was employed by Isla Restoration.

April 22 - Hollywood, FL - 55 year old Fernando Cuellar died of unknown injuries while working for Liliana Albrecht, LLC.

April 23 - Paterson, NJ - 65 year old Jose Maletski was working his shift at Paterson Pickle Company when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 23 - Montgomery, AL - 35 year old William Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack while at work for Global Auto Processing Services, LLC.

April 24 - Proctorville, OH - 44 year old Bradley D. Jenkins of Otway was working on a drill bit by a bridge when the ground slipped and he fell into a 10 foot hole filled with water, and was covered by rock and dirt debris. He was employed by Complete General Construction Co.

April 28 - Hialeah Gardens, FL - 49 year old Reinaldo Rodriguez died on the job when he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Milan Manufacturing, Inc.

April 28 - Tulsa, OK - 46 year old Ronnie Blagg and 48 year old Michael Turner were both working on a traffic light when a motorist lost control of their vehicle and slammed into the men. Both worked for Traffic & Lighting Systems, LLC.

April 28 - Coronado, CA - 29 year old Coll Perske had five years of experience working with the Navy's dolphins and sea lions in San Diego Bay. During a training exercise for the marine mammal program, he did not resurface and his co-workers rushed to help him. He died of salt water drowning. He was employed by Science Applications International Corp.

April 29 - Houston, TX - 35 year old Timoteo Ramirez died on the job after sustaining head injuries during a fall from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Womble Company, Inc.

April 29 - Gloucester City, NJ - 53 year old Clayton J. Benson of National Park was killed on the job in a shipyard incident on the Delaware River.  He was struck by a two ton shipping tray while at the shipping dock at Holt Logistics. He was employed by Gloucester Terminals LLC.

April 30 - Caldwell, ID - 53 year old Roy Frazier was killed on the job when was crushed under a steel beam. He was moving the 50,000 pound steel beam with a forklift when it fell from the lift, pinning him under it.  He was employed by Rule Steel Tanks, Inc.

























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As always, it is with sadness we even have to make this list. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family members who have been affected by such a tragedy. If we can be of help in any way, please let us know.

October 30, 2014 - Hutchinson, KS - 29 year old Joshua Tacy was working to help load metal on a rail car for Midwest Iron & Metal, a recycling company, when he was struck by the machine being used to load the scrap.

October 30, 2014 - Wallula, WA - James Pugh of Smelterville, ID was driving his Excel Transport, Inc. semi truck when he suffered a cardiac event and crashed the truck into a utility pole. His death was ruled natural causes. 

October 31, 2014 - Boston, GA - 32 year old Victor Chavez was working to unload a large container of cotton seeds, when he fell and was buried under the seeds. He was unable to free himself. He was working for Boston Gin Company.

November 1, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 44 year old Roberto Topia-Gonzales was working for an unlicensed contractor without a building permit on a construction project when he was crushed and buried under a brick wall that collapsed.

November 1 - Muskegon, MI - 54 year old Michael Yell was working for Continental Dairy when he fell from a moving semi truck trailer and was run over. He was helping to unload the truck and climbed onto the passenger side of the truck when he fell, unseen, by the driver and was struck by the trailer.

November 1 - El Dorado Springs, MO - 25 year old Deputy Matt Chism was making a routine stop for the Cedar County Sheriff Department when he was shot during an altercation with the person he stopped.

November 3 - New Orleans, LA - 57 year old Edward Burton was working for Traffic Solutions on the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway when his work vehicle was struck from behind by garbage truck and pushed into the river below.

November 3 - Guntersville, AL - 41 year old Stephen Paul Woods of Albertville was struck in the head by a pile driver as he worked behind a private residence. He had just completed a pier to a boat house and was moving a platform to another location when the incident happened. He was employed by Greg Weaver Construction of Guntersville.

November 3 - Jersey City, NJ - 58 year old Gary Anderson of Somerdale was making a delivery of drywall to a construction site for George Hildebrandt Inc., who he was a contractor for, when a one pound tape measure fell from a worker's tool belt from the 50th story on the construction site. It hit a piece of equipment on its way down and then struck him in the head. He worked for an unnamed New York based trucking company.

November 3 - Charleston, WV - An unidentified lineman for Virginia based David H. Elliot, working at the Murray Energy McElroy Mine was fatally electrocuted while working to replace copper wire that had been stolen from an electrical line.

November 4 - Lapeer, MI - 34 year old Bradley Davis of Millington was working at the Lapeer Industries machine shop when an over-pressurized tank exploded. The specific circumstances are not clear.

November 4 - York, ME - 50 year old James Woodward was working along the York River Bridge when he was struck by a dump truck driven by his co-worker. Woodward was in the blind spot of the dump truck when he was hit. Both worked for Shaw Brothers Construction.

November 4 - Coos Bay, OR - 55 year old Estella Morgan was driving her Bureau of Land Management SUV and came upon a logging operation. As she neared the site a tree that had just been cut fell onto her vehicle, crushing her inside.

November 5 - Decatur, TX - An unidentified man was operating a backhoe during construction at a private residence when the backhoe flipped and he was pinned underneath. No further information is known.

November 6 - Valley Falls, KS - 58 year old Mike Miller was working on the family farm when he fell into a grain bin on the property.

November 7 - Fairfield, OH - 53 year old David Geiger of Cincinnati was performing maintenance at Northwest Bowling Alley, his employer, when his clothing became caught up and tangled in a pin-setting machine causing asphyxia.

November 8 - Tilden, TX - 50 year old Roel Rodriguez was working at Pioneer Natural Resources Eagle Ford oil rig when it caught on fire and exploded on October 24th. He and other workers were severely hurt in the explosion and he died on November 8th. The condition of the other workers is unknown. 

November 9 - Erie, PA - Jacob Schwab was an Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority employee when he was struck in the head while working. He was repairing a bus when something on the bus exploded, striking him in the head.

November 10 - Huntington Station, NY - Julian Castellanos was working for an unnamed construction company on a project in Long Island when he was killed. He had built two retaining walls and was working on the steps when one of the walls collapsed onto him. 

November 11 - Ocean Springs, MS - 42 year old Gerald Moran of Gulf Park Estates fell to his death from a balcony while working construction on an Ocean Springs home. Apparently he was pulling a board from the roof and it slid faster and more easily than expected, causing him to lose his balance. His employer is not known.

November 11 - Phoenix, AZ - An unidentified man was working under a truck when it fell from the jack, crushing him.  He was a private contractor working at Fred Terry's Contracting. Attempts to locate the worker's name has been unsuccessful.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/11/11/5908099_construction-worker-who-fell-from.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

November 11 - New Albany, OH - 23 year old Kevin Harris of Jenison, MI was a diver who was working to clean out a retention pond in New Albany when something went wrong under water and he drowned. An investigation continues to find out what happened to cause the incident.  He was working for the Chicago based company U.S. Aqua Vac, a company specializing in cleaning various bodies of water.

November 11 - Bridgeton, MO - 31 year old Marreo Travis was doing some testing at Ferro Magnetics, a battery charging plant, when he was electrocuted. The circumstances of the incident are not named.

November 12 - Sarahsville, OH - 48 year old Norman Butler of Newport News, VA was working at a fracking oil well site on a pump for Blue Racer Midstream when an explosion and fire occurred and he was killed. He was employed by Buffalo Gap Instrumental & Electrical.

November 12 - Warwick, RI - 45 year old Paul Matos of Fall River, MA was working on a construction project when he was struck by a large piece of equipment. He died at an area hospital. He was working for AGI Construction on the Apponaug Circulation project.

November 12 - Zelienople, PA - 54 year old Paul Reece of Harmony was working from an elevated bucket trimming trees when he fell or was thrown from the bucket to the ground. He was working at English Lutheran Church in Zelienople for American Tree Service.

November 12 - Staten Island, NY - An unidentified employee for Flag Container Service Company was working to unload a dumpster at Richmond County Country Club in Todt Hill when the container fell, crushing him underneath.

November 12 - Everett, WA - Silvestre Mitra was working at Good Samaritan Adult Family Home, a residential care facility, putting away laundry when he went into cardiac arrest. His death was ruled natural causes.

November 13 - Mead, CO - 36 year old Matthew Smith of Brighton was working with two others trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line when something went wrong, causing the line to rupture. He was struck by a highly pressurized stream of water.  He was employed Halliburton working on the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's well site.

November 13 - Raleigh, NC - 42 year old Jose Luis Rosales-Nava was part of a crew working on a pedestrian bridge at Wake Technological Community College in Raleigh when the bridge collapsed. He was trapped under part of the frame structure that collapsed while pouring concrete for the bridge.  He was employed by Central Concrete of North Carolina, a subcontractor for Skanska Construction.

November 13 - Avon Lake, OH - Larry "Gomer" Heczko was working construction on an upscale home near Lake Erie when he was killed as a concrete wall collapsed. The name of his employer is not known, but he was also a beloved member of the Avon Lake Fire Department.

November 15 - LaPorte, TX - Four Dupont Chemical Refinery workers were killed when a lethal gas was released and they were asphyxiated. Crystal Wise, a newer employee, called for help after she had gone to check on a line. Robert Tisnado, 38, and Wade Baker, 60, rushed inside the space without masks and were overcome by the toxic gas. After losing radio contact with his three co-worker's, 48 year old Gilbert "Gibby" Tisnado grabbed a mask and ran in to help. He removed his mask and put it on his little brother Robert but he was overcome as well. An investigation continues.















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September 15, 2014 - Bolingbroke, GA - 24 year old Deputy Michael Norris was fatally shot and another deputy injured as they were attacked by a man with a gun. They were responding to a suicide call at the man's home. Norris was a member of the Monroe County Sheriff's department.

October 1, 2014 - Boonton, NJ - 39 year old Selvin Zelaya and 46 year old Oscar Portillo were killed on the job when they were buried in a trench collapse as they were installing a drain pipe. They were employed by Bednar Landscape Services.

October 2 - Rebecca, GA - 61 year old Isabel Gomez died on the job when he was struck by the falling arms of a front end loader. He was working with his brother on the hydraulic system of the machine when the arms suddenly fell. He was employed by WBT Farm Service. 

October 4 - St. Louis, MO - 33 year old Rolan Mask of Edwardsville, died after being struck by a box truck that backed into him while working for Antler Trucking Co.

October 6 - Chazy, NY - 36 year old Philip Fortsch III of Champlain was killed on the job when a farm tractor he was operating crashed and overturned into a river. He was employed by Rovers Farms in Chazy.

October 6 - Brookhaven, MS - 22 year old Chase D. Curtice was working on an oil rig when he was struck and killed by a pipe. He was employed by Loomis International for Denbury Resources.

October 6 - Tualatin, OR - An unidentied 27 year old worker was killed on the job when he was crushed under heavy metal plates that fell from a forklift. Repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful. He was employed by Pro Saw.

October 7 - West Point, GA - 57 year old John Edd Dunnivant of Lanett, AL was fatally injured in an unknown incident in the steel press section of Kia Motors Manufacturing plant in West Point.

October 7 - Correctionville, IA - 49 year old Daniel Lewis Uhl of Anthon was pinned by a large piece of earth moving equipment he was operating on a construction site in Correctionville. The name of his employer is unknown.

October 7 - Sparks, MD - 64 year old Michael Ray Mathews died of injuries he received on the job a few days before. He was using a roller compactor machine to flatten out a pile of dirt, when the pile collapsed causing the machine to rolled. He was pinned by the machine. It is not known who he was working for.

October 7 - Chehalis, WA - Zach Whitty was working his normal job for B & M Logging Inc. when he passed out and later died at a hospital of an asthma attack.

October 7 - Yosemite, CA - 62 year old Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt of San Jose, was flying an fire retardant plane helping to fight the Dog Fight Fire in Yosemite National Park when the plane crashed into a canyon wall. He was employed by CynCorp International for Cal Fire.

October 8 - Hicksville, NY - 56 year old David Zimmerly of Lindenhurst was working to make repairs under a postal truck in a shop when a co-worker got into the truck and began to drive away, crushing Zimmerly. He was employed by the United States Postal Service.

October 8 - Douglas, AZ - An unidentified landscaper was killed and his co-worker injured when they were attacked by thousands of bees that were disturbed at a private residence. Repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

October 9 - Ogden, PA - An unidentified man died on the job when he fell from an elevated bucket while working for Lenni Electric. His name has not been located.

October 10 - Baltimore, MD - An unidentified construction worker was killed on the job when he was struck by equipment that fell onto him. Repeated attempts to locate his name and employer have been unsuccessful.

October 10 - Post Falls, ID - 18 year old Jeremy McSpadden Jr. of Spokane Valley, WA was an actor for the Incredible Corn Maze in Post Falls when he was killed on the job. He was a role player in the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” attraction at the maze and was running to the back of a bus when he slipped and fell under the bus.

October 12 - East Orange, NJ - 34 year old Zoungo Sou-Oud was working his normal job at Alexander's Car Wash when he was caught in the cross-fire of a shooting and was shot. He was not the intended target, rather an innocent person.

October 13 - Williston, ND - 28 year old Dustin Payne of Hazel Green, AL was working on a tank October 3rd when an explosion occurred. He died 10 days later of those injuries. He was working in a North Dakota oil field for Nabors Completion & Production Services.

October 13 - Carrick, PA - 29 year old Omar Hodges had just arrived at his work, still sitting in his vehicle, when he was shot to death for an unknown reason. He was employed by Pittsburg Environmental Services Bureau.

October 14 - Jamestown, PA - 65 year old Thomas Thomas of Kinsman, OH, was killed on the job when he was caught in the power take off of a machine as he was feeding cattle. He was working on a farm near Jamestown.

October 14 - Maumee, OH - 40 year old Brad Griffitt of Holland was in his construction vehicle when it was struck by a tractor trailer semi truck on September 19th. He was in a coma until his death on October 14th. He was employed by DG Slurry-Seal of Toledo, Inc. 

October 14 - Erwin, TX - 51 year old Gary Reedy died of injuries he received after falling about 25 feet into a hole at Energy Solutions facility. He was also exposed to radioactive material but that is not what caused his death. He was employed by Erwin Resin Solutions.  

October 15 - Bristol, VA - 50 year old Gary Bowers was a temporary worker at Helm's Candy plant when he died on the job in an unknown incident. His employer was At Work Personnel. 

October 15 - Sundown, TX - An unidentified worker was fatally electrocuted while working at Sundown Independent School District. He was a subcontractor working for K-Bar Texas Electric.  Attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

October 16 - West Carrollton, OH - 33 year old Geoffrey S. Garnett was working as a welder with others to replace the roof of an electrical transformer substation when he was electrocuted. He was employed by Cohen Recycling which is owned by Metal Shredders.

October 17 - Greeley, CO - 46 year old Nicholas Arrendondo-Urbibe was part of a road construction crew working on a flood control project when a construction truck backed up over him. He was employed by Duran Excavating at the time of his death.

October 18 - Middletown, DE - 66 year old George R. Lynam, Jr. was killed on the job when he was struck by a broken tow hook. Lynam was operating a tractor trailer fully loaded with corn when it became stuck. Another worker was attempting to pull the semi free when the tow hook broke loose, crashing into the side window and hitting Lynam. They were employed by Baker Farms. 

October 21 - Columbia, TN - 22 year old Gordon Schaffer was working alone in the Papa John's restaurant where he was employed when he was shot on October 20th in a robbery. 

October 21 - Louisville, KY - 22 year old Tomi Leigh Batts was operating a forklift when it malfunctioned, causing her death from an unknown cause. She was employed by AAA Cooper Transportation.

 October 22 - Florence, OR - 52 year old Mark Fortune was checking equipment at the end of his work day when he somehow backed a work vehicle off the McCoulough Bridge platform, falling into the river below. He was a mechanic for Great Western Corporation.

October 22 - El Paso, TX - Two unidentified workers died of drowning as they performed maintenance on a pump at the Robert Bustamante Wastewater Treatment plant for El Paso Water Utilities. At some point a pit area started to fill with water and one of the workers entered the space to turn off a valve but was unable to escape. The second worker also entered the space to help but could not get out. They were employed by Cubic Water LLC.  Repeated attempts to locate the name of the workers has been unsuccessful. 

October 24 - Sacramento, CA - 42 year old Danny Oliver, a Sacramento Sheriff deputy, and 42 year old Michael David Davis, Jr., a Placer County Sheriff deputy, were both shot to death during a shooting rampage. Deputy Oliver was shot by the suspect who was sitting inside a vehicle in one location. After fleeing the scene and hijacking a truck the suspect made his way to a home where he shot Deputy Davis as he approached the truck.

October 24 - Memphis, TN - 21 year old Zachary "Zach" Wayne Holliday of Hernando, MS was working alongside his father on the Sears Crosstown Building that was undergoing renovations in Memphis. Co-workers became worried after seeing Zach's vehicle in the lot after hours so his father and their boss started looking for him, finding that he had fallen down an unprotected old packaging chute.  They were employed by Chandler Demolition Company.

October 24 - Reily, MI - 25 year old Florian Nilaj of Farmington, MI and 40 year old Gazmend Vukaj of Novi, MI died on the job while working on a water tower for Southwest Regional Water District in Reily Township. Both men fell from scaffolding as they were trying to fix some cabling and it broke. Neither were wearing safety harnesses. Nalaj died at the scene and Vukaj later at hospital. They were employed by V & T Painting LLC.

October 25 - Auburn, WA - Jeffery Syverson was the owner of Prime Air Services in Auburn was found dead without any signs of injuries. The circumstances of the incident is not known.

October 26 - Greenville, SC - 60 year old James "Fly" Irby was a commercial painter for many, many years. He was working with a crew subcontracted to do work at an apartment complex. He was on the roof, securing a ladder, when he apparently lost his balance and fell off backwards. It is not known who he was employed by.

October 27 - Seattle, WA - Timothy Kern was the owner of Fundamental Coffee Company LLC, an eating establishment, and was found in the break room deceased. It was determined he died of natural causes.

October 28 - Statesboro, GA - Salvador Hernandez was working to fix a piece of machinery at Claude Howard Lumber Mill when he was somehow pinned by the machine. The circumstances of the incident are not known. 

October 29 - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - 59 year old Leland Rumph was partially buried in a trench collapse on a construction site. A secondary collapse occurred when a police officer jumped in the trench attempting a rescue. The officer was pulled free but Rumph was buried to his neck. He was owner of Rumph Construction.





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We continue to honor our lost workers who died earlier this year who we were not previously aware of. Our hearts and thoughts are with the families and are available to help in any way.
While often unsuccessful with the later dates, we do our best to find a link for each incident to provide further details. 

March 1, 2014 - Big Spring, TX - 31 year old Donald Wiesner of Abilene was critically injured on February 28, 2014 and died after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Bandera Drilling Co, Inc.

March 1 - Mount Pleasant, TX - 44 year old Danny Allen died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Chad Menefee Construction.

March 1 - Spring, TX - 42 year old Pedro Sanchez was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Renee LaPaz.

March 1 - Woodward, OK - 72 year old Michael F. Moore of Mooreland was a pumper on an oilfield site for Sampson Brothers, Inc. when he suffered asphyxiation after being caught in or between an unknown object.

March 3 - Kersey, CO - 51 year old Joe Sherman of Greeley died on the job from inhalation of a toxic substance while working for Now or Never Trucking, Inc. and Suncor.

March 3 - Atlanta, GA - 54 year old Virgil "Joe" Whorton Jr. of Cartersville was killed on the job when he fell from a roof.  He was the owner of All-Top Roofing Services, Inc.

March 3 - Winterville, NC - 27 year old Antonio "Tony" W. Riddick of Elizabeth City was found lying in an isle of a grocery store by his co-worker. He later died at a hospital of unknown causes. He was employed by RGIS, LLS.

March 4 - Pagosa Springs, CO - 38 year old Colin Sutton was part of a ski patrol team who was skiing in the back country and was caught in an avalanche. He co-workers were able to free him but he died later at hospital. He was employed by Wolf Creek Ski Area. 

March 4 - Blue Springs, MO - 44 year old Allen D. Clem of Kansas City was Product Development Technician 2 for Fike Corporation when he suffered fatal head trauma in a fall from an unknown elevation.

March 5 - Shelton, CT - 62 year old Paul E. "Goldy" Goldspink suffered a fatal heart attack while trying to tie down an excavator to a trailer. He was employed by City of Shelton DPW Transfers.

March 6 - Brooklyn, NY - 33 year old Manuel Colorado was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Adar Steel Inc.

March 6 - Seagraves, TX - 42 year old James L. Croft of Tyler died on the job when he was crushed by a falling silo. Croft was operating an excavator while co-workers were attempting to take down a silo tank when it fell unexpectedly, landing on top of the vehicle cab. He was employed by WV, LLC and K&L Oil Field Demolition, a company which was taking down structures inside the Venture Chemicals plant.

March 6 - Hastings, MI - 42 year old Alicia Avalos-Rebolledo was killed when she was attacked by a bull as she attempted to herd cows to a milking station. She was employed by Valley Grove Dairy Farm.  

March 7 - Buffalo, NY - 56 year old Stephen "Steve" Powlowski, Jr. of Tonawanda was working at his business, Steve's Auto Service, on a car when it caught on fire. The shop was engulfed in flames and he was dragged from the scene by co-workers but died later at hospital of burns. 

March 7 - West Palm Beach, FL - 67 year old Richard Milke died on the job of an unknown cause while working for Home Depot USA, Inc.

March 8 - Los Angeles, CA - 67 year old Richard Chong was critically injured on March 6 when he fell from a ladder on the roof of his business, suffering head trauma.  He was performing HVAC maintenance at his business, Daehung Refrigeration. 

March 9 - Saint Cloud, FL - 45 year old Steven Cockerham died of a natural cardiac event while working for Osceolasc LLC. 

March 9 - Fremont, OH - 28 year old Ramiro Sanchez was working as a bartender at the Last Call Bar when someone came into the bar with a gun and began firing, hitting Sanchez and two others. The other two who were also killed were relatives of Sanchez who were there celebrating a birthday.  

March 9 - Buffalo, NY - 76 year old Leo Sucharski was a letter carrier for Buffalo-Western New York Branch 3 post office.  After his shift on March 6 and parking his work truck, he slipped on the ice and suffered head trauma. He died on the 9th at hospital.

March 10 - South Beloit, WI - 51 year old Alfredo Arrendondo of Beloit was killed on the job when his arm became caught in a conveyor belt at Behr Iron & Steel, Inc.'s recycling plant.

March 10 - Italy, TX - 22 year old Jonathan Dehoyos of San Antonio, died on the job after he was struck by a work vehicle. He was working from a litter truck, picking up trash along an interstate when he jumped off the back of the truck to pick up trash. The truck driver did not realize he had jumped off, and backed into him. He was employed by M&M Striping & Power Washing LLC.

March 10 - Montgomery, AL - 43 year old Vettia Roche was a manager of a Taco Bell restaurant when she was attacked and beaten to death by two teenage employees. Those teens were charged with her murder. The parent company of the restaurant is Monty Mex Corporation.

March 10 - Sun City, AZ - 43 year old Christopher J. Shenker was the owner of CJ's Bathtub Refinishing & Repair at the time of his death. He was working in a customer's home and although he was wearing a respirator he was still overcome by noxious fumes.

March 11 - Newport, AR - 56 year old Larry Ball of Floral was killed on the job when was pinned between two pieces of machinery after an aluminum rolling mill cradle opened unexpectedly. He was employed by Norandal USA, Inc.

March 11 - Sarasota, FL - 63 year old Lam Hong Auy died on the job after she was pinned beneath a 2,000 pound machine that employees were attempting to move. She was employed by Eaton Corporation.

March 11 - Honolulu, HI - 54 year old Wayne Tanaka died on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Higa Meat and Pork Market, Ltd at the time of his death.

March 11 - Poway, CA - 40 year old Leobardo Valdenegros was killed on the job after being struck by a motorist as he worked along a roadway. He was working for Heaviland Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company, blowing leaves along the road when he was struck.

March 12 - Irvine, PA - 26 year old Nikolai Giles Briggs of Clarendon was killed on the job when a crude oil tank exploded, knocking him some 60 feet away. He was employed by TNT Oil Company.

March 12 - North Smithfield, RI - 64 year old Lionel A. Belisle suffered a fatal heart attack while working as an associate at WalMart.

March 13 - St. Francisville, LA - 37 year old Suyapa Martinez died on the job after being struck by an unknown object, suffered blunt force trauma while working for Bluff's Golf LLC.

March 13 - Brooklyn, NY - 41 year old Shakir Qureshi died on the job from asphyxiation after inhaling a toxic substance while working for Layton Manufacturing Corp.

March 13 - Missoula, MT - 56 year old Ronald Mosher of Iona, ID died of a sudden cardiac arrest while working for Dillard's in Missoula.

March 13 - Habbronville, TX - 68 year old Walter Harrison Hill of Combs was a semi truck driver for Guardian Building Products Distribution when he fell from an unknown elevation and died of head trauma.

March 14 - Garland, TX - 37 year old Kevin Smith died as the result of blunt force trauma after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by First Graphic Services, Inc.

March 14 - Shreveport, LA - 61 year old Steven Lynn Young of Stanton, TN, died on the job when he suffered head trauma after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by South Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Company, LLC.

March 14 - Longwood, FL - 48 year old Willard B. Tincher of Sanford, died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Florida Pool Enclosures, Inc.

March 14 - Golden Meadow, LA - 30 year old Albor Llamas was killed on the job after falling from an unknown elevation, suffering head trauma. He was employed by Scrap Cutting, Inc.

March 14 - Tilden, TX - 45 year old Glenn E. Weigang of Pleasanton died on the job after he suffered burns in an unknown incident. He was employed by Mesa Southern Well Services, LP.

March 15 - Lake Preston, SD - 51 year old Anthony "Tony" DeKnikker died on the job after he was caught in an object causing asphyxia. He was working for Prairie Ag Partners.

March 15 - Port Charlotte, FL - A 42 year old unidentified worker was killed on the job from an electric shock while working for BF Fort Myers, Inc.

March 16 - Santa Rosa Beach, FL - 76 year old Larry Kent Wolfe of Martinsville died after falling from an unknown elevation and suffered head trauma. He was working for his favorite charity, Caring & Sharing of South Walton Co., Inc.

March 17 - Santa Ana, CA - 48 year old Ignacio Garcia died on the job of a heat related illness while working for Mission Landscape Co.

March 18 - Atlanta, GA - 43 year old Vicki Moulder of Lawrenceville died she fell from an unknown elevation while working for The Coca-Cola Company.

March 19 - Converse, TX - 64 year old Edgardo Perez-Suarez was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object.  He was employed by Ingram Ready Mix, Inc.

March 19 - Chicago, IL - 55 year old Scott L. Tolbert of Joliet died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed Chicago Doorways LLC.

March 20 - Tecumseh, NE - 63 year old James Bennet was employed by Midwest Farms Cooperative when he died of inhalation of an unknown substance.

March 20 - Sulphur, OK - 57 year old David Simpson died of asphyxiation after inhaling a toxic substance.  He was employed by Premier Trading Transportation.

March 20 - Jamaica, NY - 44 year old Anthony Cirillo died under unknown circumstances while working for Consolidated Edison.

March 21 - Catoosa, OK - 48 year old Erendira Hernandez Gonzalez was killed on the job when struck by an unknown object while working for Mack's S&S Construction Co., Inc.

March 21 - Boston, MA - 57 year old David Tito Nyombi of Uganda, was killed on the job when he fell down an elevator shaft. He was employed by Dolly DYK Cleaning Corporation.

March 22 - Hannibal, OH - 39 year old Jason Putnam died on the job after being struck by an unknown object.  He was employed by Graham County Land Company.

March 23 - Toms River, NJ - 41 year old Carlos Avilis was an employee for AJH Enterprises LLC when he fell from an unknown elevation, causing his death.

March 23 - Paragould, AR - 41 year old Lori L. Turner died after she suffered an electric shock while employed with Anchor Packaging, Inc., a food packaging company. Details of how she received the shock is not known.

March 24 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - 60 year old Arnaldo Rosa was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object causing blunt force trauma. He was employed by Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico.

March 24 - Borden, IN - 59 year old Kenneth W. "Kenrod" McKinley of Crystal River, FL was working for Bryan Stumler Excavating Inc. cutting trees for a roadway project when he collapsed for an unknown reason. 

March 25 - Crystal Springs, MS - 39 year old Garvin Barnes was a flagman for Dickerson and Bowen, Inc. working in a work zone near Highway 51 when he was struck by a motorist. One driver rear-ended a car, pushing it into Barnes. The company was a subcontractor for MDOT.

March 26 - Diamond, OH - 50 year old Jon K. Blystone of Youngstown, died on the job after his clothes caught fire as he painted a restroom. It is unclear how his clothes caught fire, but he ran out of the room engulfed in flames. He died later at an area hospital. He was employed by Green Acres Lake Park Resort.

March 28 - League City, TX - 61 year old Barry Benson of Texas City died on the job after he took a fall in an unknown incident. He was employed by Plant Process Equipment.

March 31 - Baton Rouge, LA - 68 year old Joey Rizzo suffered blunt force trauma when he was struck by an unknown object while working for The Home Depot USA, Inc.

March 31 - Coopersburg, PA - 60 year old Neil Horner of Quakertown died on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Coopersburg Bagging Company.










 



















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September 15, 2014 - Monroe, WI - 18 year old Troy Gorr died on the job as he was working on a farm. He was operating a tractor when it overturned and he was ejected from the machine.

September 15 - Horton, AL - 65 year old Bennie Poole was using a brush hog farm machine on uneven terrain when it tipped over and he died on the job.

September 15 - Panama City Beach, FL - 27 year old Ryan Cook was working for an unnamed company to repair pool lights at a local resident. His coworker left momentarily but when he retured he found Cook in the pool from probably electrocution.

September 15 - Lake Providence, LA - 60 year old Tommy Hart died on the job after he was struck by a vehicle on a work site. He was trying to free a shovel that was being run over by a truck when the incident took place. He was employed by Terral River Services.

September 15 - Clear Lake, MN - 61 year old Brad Braun was killed on the job when his farm tractor flipped. He was operating the tractor to pick up bales of hay. The bales became too heavy, causing the tractor to flip and pinning him underneath. 

September 16 - Carbon County, UT - 46 year old Alejandro Ramirez of Price was crushed inside the cab of his mobile diesel can-setter machine that he was operating. He was working for UtahAmerican Energy Inc.'s West Ridge Mine.

September 16 - Clever, MO - 73 year old Robert Shelby Hill died on the job after he was struck by a front end loader as he walked on a job site. He worked for an unnamed subcontractor for Leo Journagan Construction, Inc. 

September 16 - LaQuinta, CA - 45 year old Jose Juan Vallejo was working with others in a rowboat at PGA West in LaQuinta when the boat overturned and he drowned. He was employed by Main Stream Aquatics.

September 17 - Marvell, AR - 59 year old John Barefield was struck and killed on the job as he was working along a road way replacing signs and was struck by a semi truck driver. His employer is unknown.

September 17 - Omaha, NE - 71 year old James Minshall, owner of JR's Jewelry & Gifts, was shot to death by a suspect who attempted to rob his store.

September 17 - Drumore, PA - 24 year old Moses Fisher was working on a farm as a silo was being filled. He went to check if the silo was being evenly filled and as he climbed up and then inside the silo he was overcome by methane fumes and died.

September 17 - Hiddenite, NC - 56 year old Terry Lee Ledford was performing mining work when a 25 foot hole collapsed, burying him. It is unclear who he was employed by.

September 17 - Las Vegas, NV - 34 year old Gabriel Aguilar-Camacho was a passenger in a landscaping work truck when it collided with another truck on a freeway entrance. The collision caused the truck to crash down an embankment. He was employed by Par 3 Landscape.

September 17 - Mill City, OR - 33 year old Bryan Dodge was working to repair a wood press machine for Freres Lumber Mill when he was crushed in the machine. He was a millwright for the company when the machine suddenly activated causing his death.

September 18 - Dalton, GA - 24 year old Josh Painter was killed on the job when he was struck by machinery. He was attempting to move the machine, which shifted, and fell against him on the floor. He was employed by Marketing Alliance Group.

September 18 - Madison, WI - 44 year old Carlos Martinez of Aurora, IL was driving his semi truck near Madison when a car crossed the center median, causing a fiery crash. It is unknown who he was driving for.

September 18 - Austin, TX - 35 year old Texas Deputy Jessica Hollis was driving her police car on duty when she was caught up in flood waters during a severe storm. She radioed that she was in trouble but before finding her, her car was swept away and later found in Lake Austin.

September 18 - Chandler, AZ - An unidentified man was killed on the job as he fell into a large wood chipper head first. A logo on a work vehicle at the site was for Phoenix Trim-A-Tree.

September 19 - Burke County, NC - 43 year old Flavio James of Mount Giliad died on the job after being struck by a motorist during road construction. His employer is unknown.

September 19 - Yonkers, NY - 79 year old Alfred Thiebaud was a well-known owner of Delicioso Coco Helado ice cream business in Yonkers. He was found crushed under a security gate to the business when fell onto him.

September 19 - Edmond, OK - 54 year old Daniel Birney and his 56 year old brother Michael Birney both died on the job and a coworker was injured when an elevated lift platform at a 2nd story level tipped over, causing their fall. The company they worked for is unknown.

September 20 - Alexander, NY - 23 year old Scott Booth, Jr. of Attica was working on a farm, inside a hay baler machine when he somehow became trapped inside.

September 20 - Farmington, NY - 57 year old Lech Chrostowski died on the job after falling about 20 feet from a roof. It is not known who his employer was.

September 20 - Longview, WA - 50 year old Scott Trapp of Vancouver was working to pull electrical wires through a conduit when he suffered a massive heart attack. His coworkers tried to help him and called for rescue. He died at the scene while working for JH Kelly LLC, a general contractor.

September 21 - Hopkins, MN - 51 year old Perry Goffard was an employee for Supervalu Food Distribution when he was killed on the job. He died after being pinned by a piece of equipment.

September 21 - Fairfield, AL - 53 year old Edward Lamar Bryant of Verbena, AL was an employee for US Steel in Fairfield when he was killed on the job during an explosion at the plant.

September 21 - Hamilton, OH - 54 year old John Sunderhaus was operating a farm tractor when it rolled over, pinning him underneath. The farm name is not known.

September 22 - Rupert, ID - 30 year old Dayne A. Hansen was working at a dairy farm when an explosion occurred on the trailer he was welding. 

September 22 - Bogue Chitto, MS - An unidentified Lincoln Country Road Crew employee was killed on the job when the dump truck he was driving left the roadway, crashed into trees and caught on fire.

September 22 - Tacoma, WA - 57 year old Craig V. Lamotte was operating a belly dump truck when it became high centered on a berm. He was working to dig the truck loose when a coworker offered to use his bull dozer to push him free. Lamotte went back to his truck. After the truck was pushed free, the dozer operator realized the truck was unmanned and saw that Lamotte had been struck.

September 23 - Largo, FL - 34 year old Adam Ferlanie was fatally electrocuted in unknown circumstances while working for Tampa Steel Erecting Company. 

September 23 - Jersey City, NJ - 27 year old Rodalfo Vasquez Galian was killed on the job when he was struck and crushed under a slab of concrete that fell from a building as he stood on the ground. He was working for an unnamed subcontractor at the Tritel hotel building site.

September 23 - Roswell, GA - 40 year old Jose Castillo died on the job after falling down stairs at a construction site. His employer is unknown.

September 23 - Manchester, TN - 50 year old Ricky McCurry was killed on the job after becoming pinned under an overturned backhoe. He was working on the Eagleville School construction site for a subcontractor to Robert Biscan Construction.

September 23 - Birmingham, AL - 33 year old Doug Hutcheson of Odenville, a United Parcel Service supervisor, and 46 year old Brian Callans of Birmingham, a United Parcel Service Business Manager, were murdered by an employee who had been fired from his job. After losing his appeal to be reinstated, the man entered the Birmingham center and shot Hutcheson and Callans before turning the gun on himself, committing suicide.

September 24 - LaBarge, WY - 35 year old Jared Loftiss suffered fatal burns and three others were injured when a natural gas storage tank exploded. All worked for the Houston based EOG Resources. 

September 25 - Moxee, WA - 33 year old Juan Esteban Garcia of Yakima was injured on September 21 as a piece of machinery fell onto his head. He was working for Black Star Ranch, LLC.

September 25 - Tampa, FL - 51 year old Ricardo McCalop was a forklift operator who was using the machine to carry a heavy steel beam when suddenly the forklift broke and the beam swung back and fell onto the cab of the forklift, crushing McCalop. It is not known who he was employed with.

September 25 - Moore, OK - 54 year old Colleen Hufford was killed on the job when she was attacked by an ex coworker who had been fired from Vaughn Foods. The man entered the building and attacked Hufford with a knife and then beheaded her before stabbing another woman. He was stopped from killing that worker by a member of management, who was also a reserve officer, who shot him.

September 25 - Quilcene, WA - 24 year old Jeremy Paapke was killed on the job when he was struck in the head by a felled tree on a logging site. He was employed by Brian Borde Contracting, Inc.

September 26 - Havertown, PA - A 55 year old unidentified man was electrocuted and a coworker injured while apparently working from an aluminum ladder. It is not known who they were employed by.

September 26 - Spokane, WA - 46 year old Richard Carlson died after he fell approximately 85 feet from a tree he was working in. He was using a saw that apparently became pinched and then he fell. He suffered blunt force trauma and died in an area hospital. He was employed by Ever Green Tree Care, Inc.

September 26 - Moncure, NC - 29 year old William Jeffrey Belk of Sanford was killed on the job when a piece of machinery fell onto him. He was working at Boise Cascade Wood Products plant when a logging "C" Clamp (that picks up logs) fell onto him.

September 29 - San Benito, TX - 76 year old Serafino Sanchez died on the job when he was pinned by a piece of falling metal while working for All Star Metal Recycling at Port of Brownsville.

September 29 - Fremont, NE - 54 year old George Young was operating a forklift and died on the job after becoming pinned by the machine. He was driving backwards when it struck a shelving unit causing him to be pinned between.  He was employed by Midwest Manufacturing at Menards Distribution Center.

September 29 - Lumberton, NC - 53 year old Edward M. Reiner of New Milford, CT was in North Carolina to work at the Robeson County Fair when he was shot to death during a robbery behind a convenience store. He was employed by Dreamland Amusements.

September 29 - Lansing, NY - 44 year old Craig Schenk died on the job when he was pinned by a corn harvesting machine. He was performing maintenance work on the machine while working at Bensvue Farm.

September 30 - Roselawn, OH - 54 year old Daniel Muscarella was servicing an ATM machine when he was attacked and shot during a robbery.  He was employed by Diebold.

September 30 - Little Rock, AR - 49 year old Beverly Carter was an agent for Crye Leike Realtors of North Little Rock. She was called by a man to have her show him a home. That man abducted her and she was found murdered a week later. The man was captured and arrested for her murder.

September 30 - Linwood, KS - 85 year old Edna Elder was driving a farm grain truck when the truck struck a pole and caught on fire.

September 30 - Charlotte, SC - An unidentified employee for Source Recycling was killed on the job when he or she was struck by a forklift.


























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We make every effort to identify and find a link to each fatality.

June 16, 2014 - Houston, TX - An unidentified 58 year old worker was crushed to death under falling rig equipment. 

August 9, 2014 - Lancaster, PA - 15 year old Jonas King died on the job, at a farm, when the skid steer he was operating overturned into a manure pit.

August 28, 2014 - New Castle, DE - An unidentified 47 year old man was killed on the job when he was struck by a skid steer and pinned under it.

August 31, 2014 - Savannah, GA - 58 year old Ricky Salter was a maintenance worker for International Paper, Riverside Paper mill when he was killed on the job. It is unclear how he died, but one report states he was working around an elevator and another says he was in the paper roll handling area. 

August 31, 2014 - Brooklyn Park, MD - 47 year old Luzviminda Monreal was shot and killed by a coworker who was attempting to rob the Popeye's restaurant they were working at.

September 5, 2014 - Detroit, MI - 24 year old VonDre Gordon of Romulus died on the job while working as a baggage handler at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. He suffered leg and other body trauma involving the ramp of a bag belt loader. He was an American Airlines contract worker employed by Prospect Airport Services.

September 5, 2014 - Denver, CO - 52 year old Abel Maldonado died on the job after being struck by a recycling machine. He was attempting to free a jam when the machine lurched, striking him. He was employed by Atlas Metal and Iron Corp.

September 5, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL - An unidentified worker was killed on the job when the ATV he was operating flipped into a lake and he drowned.

September 5, 2014 - New Albany, IN - An unidentified contract worker from North Carolina was killed on the job when he was struck in the head when a pulley failed. He was helping to assemble electrical towers when the incident occurred.

September 6, 2014 - Bridgeton, MO - An unidentified employee of Hussmann Refrigeration died on the job from an incident involving equipment.

September 6, 2014 - Fairbanks, AK - An unidentified worker from Malaysia died when the bus he was operating crashed on a slick road. He was a tour bus driver for Princess Cruises, taking people on a tour.

September 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - 52 year old Marty Carroll was found shot to death at the Keith, Inc. chemical plant where he worked. He also lived on the property.

September 7, 2014 - Bakersfield, CA - Carson Peter-Contesse of Sultan, WA, who was in his 20's, died after attacking his co-workers. He was working with a crew for Railworks Track System near Bakersfield. The other crew members were able to hold him down until police arrived, but it was determined he wasn't breathing so was taken to an area hospital where he died.

September 8, 2014 - Charleston, SC - 58 year old Larry Britton suffered a fatal heart attack while working to communicate information to police officers during an active police situation. He was an employee for Charleston County.

September 8, 2014 - Caledonia, MI - 42 year old Timothy Eugene Dougherty died on the job after being struck by a road grader on a construction site. He was employed by Kent County Road Commission.

September 9, 2014 - Charleston, SC - 45 year old Deputy Joseph Matuskovic was shot a day before while responding to a call at an apartment. He was taken to an area hospital. He was employed by Charleston County Police Department. 

September 9, 2014 - Portland, ME - 56 year old James Laurita was a co-founder of Hope Elephants, a place that cared for retired circus elephants. He was killed when he accidentally fell and was then stepped on by one of his beloved animals.

September 9, 2014 - Gratiot, MI - An unidentified employee for Gratiot Central Market was murdered by an angry co-worker who he was involved in a fight with. He was shot.

September 10, 2014 - Broken Arrow, OK - 52 year old Richard Jones died on the job after he fell under the tires of a vehicle he was attempting to exit. He was an employee for the City of Sand Springs, OK.

September 10, 2014 - Mannsville, OK - 42 year old Ernesto Rodriguez of Gainesville, TX was killed on the job after he was struck by a pipe that came shooting up a well hole while working for XTO Energy near Mannsville.

September 10, 2014 - Columbus, OH - 76 year old Jack L. Martin of Troy died on the job when the front end loader he was operating somehow fell into a sand hopper. He was employed by Snyder Brick & Block Co.

September 12, 2014 - Madison, AL - 47 year old Jason Buckley of Union Grove, AL died on the job after he fell from an elevated bucket. He was working from the bucket to trim a tree, when a limb fell onto the bucket, knocking him to the ground. It is unclear who he was employed by.

September 12, 2014 - Brooks Lake, WY - 31 year old Adam Thomas Stuart of Virgin, UT was working for an ecological assessment service, Nature's Capitol of Boise, ID and was making his first trip into the back country. He was working alone. He went missing on September 7th and was found having been killed by a bear.

September 13, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - An unidentified FedEx employee was killed on the job when his truck rolled into him, pinning him.

September 13, 2014 - Arkansaw, WI - 56 year old John Unser was working in a trench at a home construction site when the trench collapsed. He was looking for a plugged drain tile. Unfortunately, also in the trench was a two year old boy, who according to reports wanted to give "Big John" a hug. Another young man was also in the trench but escaped.

September 14, 2014 - Scranton, PA - 38 year old Cpl. Byron Dickson, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, was killed and another injured when they were ambushed outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. The man who ambushed the officers is still on the loose at this writing, somewhere in Pennsylvania.

September 14, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - 62 year old Arthur Louie Gaulden of Alabaster was a subcontractor for Allstate Motor Club and was helping a motorist change a flat tire. It was then he was struck by a motorist on the roadside.








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This post is comprised of workers we were not previously aware of for the month of February, 2014.  All efforts to find an online article to link has been made.

February 1 - Medley, FL - 61 year old Carlos Rodriguez died on the job due to asphyxia and being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Xpress Transporters, Inc.

February 1 - Florence, KY - 71 year old Steven McDavid was killed on the job when he was involved in a car accident while traveling to deliver medical supplies to a nursing home. He was employed by Med Car Pharmacy LLC.

February 2 - Cleveland, OH - 43 year old Sean Kilbane died on the job after taking a hard fall down a set of stairs at the business where he was co-owner, Happy Dog, Inc.

February 3 - Ware, MA - 27 year old Brian Smith died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Jay's Tree Service.

February 3 - Coral Gables, FL - 59 year old Manuel Fernandez was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation. He was employed by NEL & Sons, Inc.

February 4 - Houston, TX - 33 year old Sheldon A. Adams suffered a fatal electric shock while working for Terex Utilities, Inc.

February 5 - Jonesboro, AR - 71 year old James Luther Johnson suffered a fatal cardiac event while working for Fowler Foods, Inc.

February 5 - Watford City, ND - 61 year old Robert P. Ohlmacher of Roy, UT died on the job when he was exposed to a toxic exposure. He was working in Watford City for Armstrong Water Solutions, Inc. at the time of his death.

February 6 - Benton, LA - 35 year old Brandon J. Beaver of Shreveport died and two co-workers injured while working on ground level transformer at Bossier Parish Park. He was electrocuted. The workers were employed by Jack Spring Electrical Contractors, Inc.

February 6 - Chicago, IL - 54 year old Bertin Cisneros died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for John R. Morreale, Inc.

February 7 - Manvel, TX - 32 year old Francisco Meza was crushed under an unknown object causing asphyxia. He was employed by Interfacing Company of Texas, Inc.

February 8 - St. Petersburg, FL - 33 year old Gilpedro Rivera-Torres of Largo was fatally electrocuted while working in a tree, after his cutting pole touched a power line. He was employed by Sierra Lawn Care Service.

February 9 - Wichita, KS - 25 year old Daniel Flores was stabbed to death on the job by the ex-boyfriend of the office manager of Steckline Communications, Inc., a radio station. The man who murdered Flores was apparently looking for the manager. Police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

February 10 - Mount Jewett, PA - 72 year old Melford Teats was killed on the job when he was struck by a semi truck as he stood near his truck. He became trapped under the truck. He was self-employed by Mel Teats Trucking, Inc.

February 10 - Youngstown, OH - 76 year old Richard Vasko died on the job after suffering heat related burns. He was employed by Team Steel Fabricators LLC.

February 11 - Dilliner, PA - 27 year old Ian McKee of Morganstown, WV was killed on the job when an explosion and fire occurred at a Chevron natural gas well site where he was working. His body was not found for a week. He was contractor working for Cameron International Corp. when the explosion happened.

February 11 - Blytheville, AR - 48 year old Tom Dazey was a locomotive operator for Nucor Steel Arkansas as he was riding a train. He suffered fatal head trauma when the train derailed and he was caught between his train and another train.

February 11 - Heyburn, ID - 54 year old Antonio Ponce Briano died on the job after he became tangled in an animal feed mixing machine while working at Anderson Farms, Inc.

February 12 - Kountze, TX - 43 year old D.L. Kirkindall was killed on the job after being struck by a tree while working for Tanner Timber Services, LLC.

February 12 - Providence, RI - 50 year old Jose Carrion (Jose Roberto Guzman Carrion) suffered major blunt force trauma when a pick up truck he was working on fell onto him. He was a mechanic for MCM Auto Sales, LLC.

February 13 - Poland, ME - 38 year old Michael Rowe died on the job after he was caught in or between an unknown object while working for Thomas N. Richards & Son.

February 14 - Clairton, PA - 64 year old Russell Brown of McKees Rock died two weeks after being burned on January 31, 2013 at the U.S. Steel Corp. Clairton works plant. He suffered burns in the quench tower in hot water. Circumstances are not known.

February 14 - Lorain, OH - 62 year old Franklin D. Johnson Sr died on the job after he was caught in or between an unknown object during a railroad incident. He was employed by Republic Steel.

February 14 - Houston, TX - 37 year old Gilberto Salas was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Rexel Holdings USA Corp.

February 14 - West Middlesex, PA - 69 year old Richard Beck of Springfield died of asphyxiation after being crushed in or between an unknown object. He was employed with Estes Express Lines, Inc.

February 15 - Creston, IA - 58 year old Kelly Monaghan died during surgery after taking a fall at work. He fell on icy steps, bruising his colon and breaking four ribs. He was employed by Bunn-O-Matic Corp.

February 18 - Piti, Guam - 63 year old Kuan-Shih Cheng suffered fatal electrocution while working for E&Y Electric Co. Ltd.

February 19 - Newport, AR - 49 year old Michael Myers of Bald Knob died when a kettle of liquid steel spilled in the melt shop of Arkansas Steel Associates LLC. A cable on the crane system broke as the kettle was being moved, spilling many tons of liquid, causing Myers to be burned.

February 20 - Groton, CT - 60 year old Christine Beaudoin of Jewett City died of an unknown cause while working for the Personal Support Detachment of US Department Naval Submarine Base in CT.

February 21 - Monticello, IA - 62 year old Daniel Kraus was working with a co-worker on the 20th to install an industrial garage door at Frontier Feeds. Something caused the door to fly up and strike him in the head and then he fell from scaffolding. He was employed by Monti Home Improvements, Inc.

February 21 - Shiocton, WI - 63 year old Michael Clauson of Clintonville died on the job when he was pinned between his milk truck and a barn wall after the truck slid on the ice and he couldn't stop it. He was employed by Keith R. Olmstead & Sons, Inc.

February 21 - Cochranville, PA - 33 year old Ulises Malave Ortiz Jr was killed on the job after suffered head trauma during a fall from an unknown elevation. He was working for Ray Eager and Sons LLC.

February 21 - Jackson, MI - 24 year old Kevin Poore was killed on the job from an unknown  incident while working at Tiger Plaza for MidSouth Elevator LLC.

February 22 - Huntington Station, NY - 55 year old Steve Nelson of Copiague died and many people were sickened when a flue pipe malfunctioned causing a build up of carbon monoxide gas in the heating system of Legal Sea Foods LLC restaurant. Nelson was the restaurant's manager.

February 22 - Magee, MI - 57 year old Curtis O'Neal Jackson Jr. died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object, causing head trauma. He was working for Stubbs Heating and Cooling at the time of his death.

February 23 - Las Vegas, NV - 65 year old Medardo Morales was working for the MGM Grand Las Vegas when he tripped and fell on a curb on February 18. He struck his head on the curb and was admitted to the hospital. He was released and then readmitted where he died.

February 24 - Naples, FL - 40 year old Juan Martinez died on the job when he was electrocuted. He was employed by Hogan, Inc.

February 24 - Missouri City, TX - 30 year old Alegandro Gonzalez and 22 year old Thomas Romo, Jr. were killed on the job after receiving an electric shock in an unknown incident.  Both men worked for Maverick Drilling Company.

February 24 - Corpus Christi, TX - 53 year old Jeffrey Bobzian of Highlands died on the job when a pipe fell from an overhead crane, crushing him. He was employed by Pasadena Tank Corp. 

February 25 - LaPorte, TX - 64 year old Eldon Reich died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Minot Builder.

February 25 - Fremont, IN - 53 year old Robert Fourrous was found unresponsive, slumped over the steering wheel of the fork lift he was operating for Con-Way Freight. It appears he died of natural causes.

February 26 - Houston, TX - 43 year old Redes Funes suffered a fatal electric shock while working for Eliseo Castro.

February 26 - Hollywood, FL - 25 year old Marcelo Zuniga died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation causing blunt force trauma.  He was employed by Simpson Environmental Services, Inc.

February 27 - Oakfield, WI - 42 year old Anthony Shields of West Bend died when he became entangled in a piece of industrial equipment while working for Seneca Foods Corp. 

February 27 - Long Beach Township, NJ - 56 year old Luis Guaman died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Carlito Andrade.

















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