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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

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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Our goal is to reach family members of workers we have lost and provide them with support and guidance where possible. We are keenly aware of how difficult this time is and our hearts and thoughts are with you. Please contact us if we can be of any help to you. www.usmwf.org.

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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In memory of worker's lost and their family's left to mourn them, we keep you in our thoughts and hearts. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.  www.usmwf.org

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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In memory of worker's lost and their family's left to mourn them, we keep you in our thoughts and hearts. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.  www.usmwf.org

This post is comprised of workers we were not previously aware of.  All efforts to find an online article to link has been made.

January 1, 2014 - El Paso, TX - 62 year old Roberto Sanchez-Reyes, who was self employed, died in a fall from an unknown elevation.

January 2, 2014 - Ruskin, FL - 54 year old John Rose died on the job when the ground beneath him gave way and he was buried. He was walking atop a new underground pipe at a water treatment plant when the incident happened. He was an employee for PCL Construction Inc.

January 2, 2014 - Cairo, NY - 53 year old Ronald "Ronnie" Clifford of Earlton was part of the maintenance crew for Greene County Mental Health building. He was found unresponsive by a co-worker who went looking for him. It appears his death was due to natural causes.

January 3, 2014 - Westfield, WI - 56 year old William Meyers died while working of a natural cardiac medical event. He was employed by Brakebush Brothers, Inc.

January 3, 2014 - East Hazel Crest, IL - 70 year old Albert Ewan was salting sidewalks at Calumet Metra Station for the Village of East Hazel Crest when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

January 4, 2014 - Winter Park, FL - 22 year old Delvin Reynoso died on the job when he was electrocuted after becoming tangled in power lines as he was trimming trees. His coworker was critically injured.  He was employed by H & L Landscaping, Inc.

January 6, 2014 - Clearfield, UT - 67 year old Robert S. Benton of Kaysville died after being struck by a vehicle at his work site. He was co-owner of Benton Packing LLC and was struck by a truck backing down a loading ramp that was shared with another business, who owned the truck.  

January 7, 2014 - Amarillo, TX - 39 year old James Carey Gallaway was killed and a co-worker injured when they were struck by a vehicle. Both were working under a truck up on a forklift, when the truck fell onto them at HD Wrecker Service. He was an employee for Messer Construction Co, Inc.

January 7, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 44 year old Joseph Vandenoever was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object, suffering body trauma. He was an employee of Parkway Elevators, Inc.

January 7, 2014 - Grand Ronde, OR - 39 year old Gary Kline of Independence died on the job when his fully loaded log truck crashed and he was ejected from the cab. He was a truck driver for Siletz Trucking, Inc.

January 7, 2014 - Lancaster, NY - 63 year old David Horn was a beloved and tireless worker for Lancaster TN Animal Control. One who worked to find homes for the animals and loved teaching kids how to take care of a pet. He was found deceased at his desk after his family said he had not come home that day. He is missed by many.

January 8, 2014 - Dallas, TX - 39 year old Jason Artinger of Frisco was fatally electrocuted while working for Motion Envelope. There he was Director of Operations for the printing business.

January 9, 2014 - Campo, CO - 24 year old Adam J. Kujawa of Spring, TX was killed on the job when he suffered head trauma when he was struck by an unknown object. He was working for Greenes Energy Group LLC.

January 10, 2014 - Sherman, TX - 39 year old Michael A. Englehaupt III of Calera, OK was a long time employee for Sam's Club in Sherman when he was killed in an unknown incident.

January 10, 2014 - Bronx, NY - 29 year old Jorge Juca died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation suffering broken bones. He was an employee for R.S. Ecua Contracting Corp.

January 12, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY - 54 year old Arturo Mateos was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Auto Laundry Car Wash Corp.

January 12, 2014 - Scotland, MD - 56 year old Donald Gothard of Lusby was found at the base of a fixed ladder while working at Point Lookout State Park. He was checking water levels in an equalization tank for Maryland Environmental Service.

January 13, 2014 - Mount Orab, OH - 53 year old Duane McQuitty was killed on the job when he was struck against an unknown object while working for F.W. Kibler Milling Company, Inc.

January 13, 2014 - Jerome, ID - 74 year old Harley Randall was working for Hirai Farms LLC when he was caught in or between an unknown object and was killed.

January 13, 2014 - Ferndale, NY - 59 year old Kenneth Squires died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation and suffered fractures. He was an employee of County Petroleum Products, Inc.

January 13, 2014 - Roswell, NM - 34 year old Jason Leadingham was standing in the wrong place, at the wrong time while trying to load his truck of feed. A 15-20 foot high pile of feed collapsed onto him, causing asphyxia. He was employed by Pirtle Farms, LP.

January 14, 2014 - Canyon Lake, TX - 50 year old Larry Perez died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for MZ Flooring Partners.

January 15, 2014 - Riverdale, IL - 59 year old Bruce Kamp was killed on the job when he fell into a piece of grinding machinery while working for Riverview Materials, Inc.

January 15, 2014 - Spring, TX - 46 year old Quy Pham died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by H&W Manufacturing.

January 16, 2014 - Miami Beach, FL - 34 year old Henry Galvez Raudales died on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Fire Stop Systems, Inc.

January 16, 2014 - Lamont, FL - 18 year old David A. "Drew" Kimberl was crushed to death when a bridge panel weighing nearly 1,800 pounds fell on him while he was dismantling a section of the old Aucilla River Bridge in Lamont. He was employed by GLF Construction Corp.

January 16, 2014 - Shady Shores, TX - 20 year old Jacob Hollings was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Sunshine Greens, Inc.

January 16, 2014 - Norfolk, VA - 52 year old Jerry Bazemore was working for Coleman American Moving Services when he fell ill at work. He suffered a fatal heart attack.

January 17, 2014 - Clearwater, FL - 73 year old Bryan F. Gomez Sr. was a machinist for Onicon, Inc. when he was injured in an unknown incident on January 9th when he was struck by something.

January 17, 2014 - Grayson, KY - 58 year old Jerry Jackson was working for Ralph's Food, Inc. when he collapsed while helping a customer and was later found by a co-worker. It is unknown what caused his collapse.

January 18, 2014 - Rankin, TX - 62 year old Armando Godines died on the job after being struck by an unknown object causing fractures. He was working for Precision Drilling Corp.

January 18, 2014 - Stanton, TN - 40 year old Jose Barcenas was working in an aerial lift on a bridge beam when he became pinned between the lift controls and beam as he extended the boom. He was employed by Dement Construction Co. LLC.

January 19, 2014 - Ranger, TX - 49 year old James Keyser was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Robert Caraway Operating.

January 20, 2014 - New Braunfels, TX - 58 year old Bernard Hildebrand suffered fatal head trauma when he fell from an unknown elevation. He was working for Ball Cabinet Shop.

January 20, 2014 - Windsor, PA - 55 year old Benedict Todt of Gardeners suffered fatal crushing injuries when a 2,000 pound electrical box fell onto him as he attempted to adjust it. He was employed by Lobar, Inc.

January 20, 2014 - Sharpsburg, KY - 36 year old Kendale Terrell Ashby was a flagger cautioning drivers to repair work of damaged guardrails when he was struck by a motorist. He was working for George B. Stone Co, LLC.

January 21, 2014 - Garland, TX - 31 year old Yousef Tulu was found shot to death, from a robbery, at the AVRS Stores, Inc. convenience store he worked at. 

January 21, 2014 - White City, OR - 42 year old Bernie R. Mickey was working on the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics when he was struck by and pinned between a dump truck and wall. He was a supervisor for Global Pacific Environmental.

January 21, 2014 - Newport News, VA - 47 year old Dai Pham collapsed from an unknown cause while working on a roof in Newport News. He was working for Beck Roofing Corp. at the time of his death.

January 22, 2014 - Colorado Springs, CO - 42 year old Padro Carreno was killed on the job when he fell from a fire escape while inspecting a roof. The structure then struck him as he fell. He was working for Weathercraft Roofing Co. of Colorado Springs.

January 22, 2014 - Lewisburg, OH - 34 year old Matt Armstrong suffered a fatal heart attack while he was working, and considered natural causes.  He was working for Lewisburg Container.

January 22, 2014 - New Iberia, LA - 34 year old Noah Kevin Howard of Lake Providence died on the job when he was caught in or between an unknown object.  He was working for Norris International Services, LLC. 

January 22, 2014 - Bogalusa, LA - 41 year old Paul Fornea of Franklinton was killed on the job when he drove a piece of heavy equipment into a hole which was in an area he was unfamiliar with. He was an International Paper mill employee. 

January 22, 2014 - Pollok, TX - 39 year old Luico Vasquez was working with a logging crew when a section of tree fell onto him. He was working for Linn Dale Logging.

January 22, 2014 - Hamilton, GA - 57 year old Khounseuk Insixiengmay died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation, suffering trauma to his head. He was employed by TNT Steel Structures, Inc.

January 23, 2014 - Mulberry, FL - 26 year old Sergio Munoz died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object while working for A-1 Florida Sod, Inc.

January 23, 2014 - VanBuren, AR - 49 year old Kevin Anderson of Springdale was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist while working on a section or road construction. He was removing traffic-counting cables for The Traffic Group, Inc. when he was struck.

January 23, 2014 - Mattituck, NY - 30 year old Andrew Leone was killed on the job after being struck in the head by a skid steer bucket that fell off the machine that was being operated by another worker. He was working for Romeo Dimon Marine Service, Inc.

January 23, 2014 - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico - 42 year old David Rivera was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by US Army Reserve-AMSA.

January 23, 2014 - Houston, TX - 65 year old Jimmy Goff died as the result of a same level fall while working for Native Resource Development Co., Inc. It is unclear how or why he fell.

January 23, 2014 - Gaithersburg, MD - 63 year old Abdul Ghaffar died in an area hospital after being attacked and stabbed in the 7-11 Convenience store he was working at. Robbery does not appear to be a motive, but rather a random act of violence. 

January 24, 2014 - Sapulpa, OK - 20 year old William Hunter Miller of Jenks died on the job after being struck and run over by a forklift. He was riding on the outside of the forklift, operated by another, when he slipped off and was run over. He was employed by Paragon Industries, Inc.

January 24, 2014 - Golden Meadow, LA - 46 year old Darren Usui was killed on the job when he was struck against an unknown object while working for Offshore Rental, Ltd.

January 24, 2014 - Standale, MI - 51 year old Robert J. Myler, Jr. of Holland suffered fatal head trauma when he fell from a ladder inside a walk-in cooler of a restaurant. He was employed by Phoenix Refrigeration, Inc.

January 25, 2014 - Atlanta, GA - 57 year old Willis Redmon died on the job after he was struck against an unknown object while working for Snapper Generator & Started Repair.

January 26, 2014 - Senatobia, MI - 68 year old William Cheek was killed on the job when he fell from an elevation, suffering a traumatic head injury. He was employed by Cheek Enterprises, Inc.

January 29, 2014 - Milton, WV - 68 year old John "Big John" Shirkey suffered fatal head trauma when he fell from an unknown elevation. He was working for Piggly Wiggly in Milton at the time of his death. 

January 30, 2014 - Grand Prairie, TX - 46 year old Martin L. "Marty" Harcourt of Euless died on the job after being injured on January 28 when he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Compressed Air Systems, LLC.

January 30, 2014 - Forney, TX - 34 year old Hugo Mendoza was killed on the job after falling from an unknown elevation, suffering head trauma. He was employed by Jose Jesus Orta-Sanchez.

January 31, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 58 year old Anthony Perrin of Highland, IN died on the job after he was caught in or between an unknown object. He was employed by Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube.

January 31, 2014 - Chandler, AZ - 57 year old Ronald Wayne Griffin of Mesa, was killed on the job when he suffered head injuries while working with a front end loader. He was operating the machine and after exiting he was injured. He was later found next to the machine by co-workers.  He was an employee for the Arizona Dept. of Transportation



















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Our hearts break to learn of more worker's who have lost their lives on the job and the families who must now endure a lifetime of loss. Many of the families must also endure being denied support and simple things, like justice. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.  www.usmwf.org

August 7, 2014 - Hanover, MD - Rajinder Kumar was a gas station attendant for an Exxon Gas station in Hanover when he was shot to death during a robbery.

August 14, 2014 - Wappingers Falls, NY - 53 year old Edward R. Williams was attempting to open a gate at his work place. He placed the truck in park but failed to put the brake on. The truck rolled and struck Williams, who was alone at the time. He was found the next day by co-workers of Inter-City Tire and Auto Center. 

August 15, 2014 - Bronx, NY - 25 year old Brian Jacome was performing routine maintenance on an elevator at New York Avenue Apartments. As he did so, his clothing became caught in the doors as they were closing which then descended and he also fell. He was an employee for US Elevator, Inc.

August 18, 2014 - Watertown, NY - 28 year old Christopher "Moose" Getman of Felts Mills, died on the job after he was crushed under a piece of heavy equipment as he tried to move it. He was an employee of P & M Construction of Watertown at New York Air Brake, also in Watertown.

August 18, 2014 - Sarasota, FL - 45 year old John McMahon was a maintenance worker for an unnamed company, mowing along grass on a median when a motorist struck him due to poor visibility.

August 18, 2014 - San Antonio, TX - 61 year old Ernesto Valdez was killed on the job when a bag of fracking sand, weighing 35,000 pounds, fell onto him causing major blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. He was employed by Chalk Mountain Services of TX, LLC.

August 19, 2014 - Forest Grove, OR - 29 year old Nicole Laube was an employee for Timber Creek Apartments when someone murdered her. She was found stabbed to death in a parking lot and police believe she was hanging lease-renewal notices on apartments when she was murdered.

August 19, 2014 - Tuscaloosa, AL - 63 year old David Carson of Tuscaloosa, and a line specialist for Alabama Power, and 51 year old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, GA, pilot of a helicopter for Rotorworks of Hiram, both died when the helicopter crashed. Wallace was piloting Carson to check power lines when the craft went down and was reported missing.

August 20, 2014 - Kent, WA - In a senseless act of violence, 52 year old David Christianson and 20 year old Carlos Gonzales were gunned down as they were trying to calm down an argument at the gas pumps of West Valley Shell in Kent. A customer entered the store to talk to Gonzales, who then went outside. Christianson heard a commotion and also went outside to tell everyone to calm down when a suspect went to his car, pulled a gun and shot both the employees. The gunman was charged with murder.

August 20, 2014 - Edmonds, WA - 38 year old Jason Vanlandingham of South Prairie died on the job from electrocution. He was working in a deep trench digging under an electrical duct bank and the pneumatic jackhammer he was using penetrated a buried conduit causing his electrocution. He was an employee for HOS Brothers Construction Inc.

August 21, 2014 - Kalispell, MT - 57 year old Larry Wurtz was injured on August 17 when he fell from a wheeled ladder/staircase while working at a local Walmart Super Center. He suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the hospital.

August 21, 2014 - St. Michaels, MD - 40 year old John Kenneth Shahan of Denton was controlling traffic in a work zone in St. Michaels when he was struck by a motorist.  He was a subcontractor working for State Highway Administration.

August 21, 2014 - Fort Wayne, IN - Ignacio Casillas died on the job after the tractor he was driving dropped into a manure pit, pinning him. He was an employee for Irish Acres Dairy Farm.

August 21, 2014 - Palemetto, FL - 53 year old John Winchester was killed on the job when a roller machine he was operating rolled down a berm he was working to build, cushing him. He was employed by Woodruff & Sons for Southwest Florida Water Management District at Sawgrass Lake Park. 

August 21, 2014 - Eastsound, WA - 18 year old Taylor Shane Ketchum died of complications of a viral condition while working as a camp counselor for Greater Seattle's YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. He was found unresponsive on a bunk in the staff lounge.

August 21, 2014 - Garfield Heights, OH - 45 year old Elbert Woods was killed on the job due to crushing injuries received when his clothing became caught in a commercial machine and he was pulled into it. He was working for Cleveland Heights Track Material, a railway track and components manufacturer.

August 22, 2014 - Memphis, TN - 52 year old Luis Berrocal of Costa Rico died from injuries he received in a fall. He was in a bucket lift machine trying to step onto a bridge over the Mississippi River when he fell after losing his balance. The name of the construction company he was working for is unknown.

August 25, 2014 - Oxford, IN - 45 year old Stephen Etter was killed on the job when he was struck by an industrial sized tire rim he was attempting to repair. He was trying to repair a split tire rim on a road grader when it blew off, striking him in the chest. He was an employee for a Northwestern Indiana county highway department.

August 25, 2014 - Bath, NY - 44 year old Richard J. Rowland suffered fatal electrocution leading to cardiac arrest after dumping his load in Urbana.  After unloading the dump truck, the uplifted box became entangled in overhead power lines. He exited the truck and while attempting to free the vehicle from the wires, he was electrocuted. He was an employee for the Town of Urbana Highway Department.

August 25, 2014 - Jackson, MI - 60 year old Kim Duong suffered blunt force trauma when he was struck in the chest by a falling steel plate. He was an employee for John Crowley, Inc., a Jackson steel company.

August 25, 2014 - Granite City, IL - 46 year old Rodolfo Romo of Fairmont City and 24 year old Tyler Muenstermann of Edwardsville were killed when a mortar shell exploded while working at Totall Metal Recycling. The business handles recycling of ammunition and military items but they are all supposed to be defused first.

August 25, 2014 - Rumford, ME - 35 year old Brant Munster of Newport died on the job when he fell while working on a crane. He was an employee for Somatex Crane of Pittsfield working on a crane at NewPage mill in Rumford when he hit a roof support and fell. 

August 25, 2014 - Lake Havasu City, AZ - 39 year old Charles Vacca was accidentally shot in the head at a gun range where he was an instructor. The person he was helping lost control of the weapon which kicked up and he was shot. He was an instructor for Bullets and Burgers Outdoor Range.

August 25, 2014 - Scottsdale, AZ - 41 year old Jarrod Camp and 36 year old Jeremy Johnson, both from Phoenix, died from toxic exposure while working in a confined space. The men, along with a coworker who was injured, were working inside a sewer at a Scottsdale shopping center when they were overcome and trapped. The men, who for an unknown reason did not have any safety equipment with them, were employed by Camp Industries. 

August 26, 2014 - Omaha, NE - 38 year old Bryce Dion from Santa Monica, CA was killed by "friendly" gunfire during the taping of an episode for the TV program, 'Cops'. He was working as a sound operator when police responded to a robbery at a local fast food restaurant. As police opened fire, Dion was shot. He was wearing a bullet proof vest but the fatal shot passed through an opening in the vest. He was employed by Langley Productions.

August 27, 2014 - Aberdeen, MD - 45 year old Cesar D. Caetano of North Bergen was struck and killed by a motorist as he worked on the Garden State Parkway construction. The name of the company he worked for is unknown.

August 27, 2014 - Jetersville, VA - 24 year old William Brice Seay of Glen Allen was fatally electrocuted while working on a home construction site. He had been working with a crane to put metal straps around trusses so the crane could hoist them and apparently the crane touched electric power lines in the process. He was working for his father's construction company but the name is unknown.

August 28, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - 52 year old Alvin Andrews was killed on the job when he was struck and run over by a city garbage truck.  He was part of a clean up crew for San Francisco Human Services Agency.


August 28, 2014 - Blackfoot, ID - 19 year old Bo Taylor and 46 year old Trent Sorenson died on the job from toxic exposure inside a sewer manhole. The manhole was new and clean but the use of a sealant used may have caused a toxic reaction the PVC liner emitting the toxic fumes. The young Bo was working inside the space and Sorenson may have realized something was wrong and went in after Taylor. Both men worked for Taylor Construction, owned by Bo Taylor's father.

August 29, 2014 - Albion, NY - Luis D. Larios-Hernandez was a farm worker for Kirby Farms when he was killed on the job. He was in a field standing near one truck, when another truck rolled down a hill. The truck hit him, pinning him between the two trucks.

August 30, 2014 - Christiansburg, VA - 50 year old Robert Joseph Tucker died on the job when he was struck by the bucket of a forklift. Tucker was operating the forklift & bucket and a co-worker was inside the lift working to cut trees on a property. The lift began to tip over and Tucker exited the machine and tried to run away but was struck by the bucket. The co-worker was taken to hospital, his condition unknown. It is not known who they were working for.

August 30, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - An unidentified worker died in a trench collapse while working as a plumber for an unnamed company.

August 31, 2014 - Toppenish, WA - David Gonzalez Rebolledo was killed on the job when he was pinned by farm equipment. He was towing a farm trailer, which was improperly secured. The trailer came loose from the tractor causing Rebolledo to be pinned between the steering wheel and trailer. He was an employee for Shinn & Son, Inc.




















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The Weekly Toll today is comprised of worker's who were not previously known to us by our other means of searching, but obtained through a FOIA request.  We are starting with workers who died in 2013 as we never want to neglect any of our worker's who have died on the job. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these lost workers. We have done our best to locate an online article to link to the incident.  www.usmwf.org

June 22, 2013 - Mouthcard, KY - 35 year old Donald Castor was killed on the job when he was struck by an impaired driver as he was weed-eating along a roadway. He was employed by Blue Ridge Cable Company.

September 3, 2013 - Somerset, KY - 57 year old Louanne Ellis was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a multi-car accident. The vehicle she was in was struck by another motorist and pushed into oncoming traffic. She was working for Bethany House Abuse Shelter, Inc. 

September 9, 2013 - Shelbyville, KY - 33 year old Jamaal Wood was trying to be a good Samaritan on the day he died. He was delivering medical equipment for his employer, SCM True Air Technologies, Inc., when he came upon an accident on the interstate. As Wood was walking back to his truck, he was struck by a semi truck that caused a second accident.

November 25, 2013 - Newport News, VA - 45 year old Tony Mays was an installer for Verizon when he was found on the ground of a private residence by the homeowner.  The circumstances surrounding his death are not clear.

November 27, 2013 - Vancouver, WA - 67 year old Robert Holsinger suffered a medical event on November 7th while working and was admitted to the hospital.  He was an employee for JR Gettier & Associates, Inc. and died of natural causes on the 27th. 

November 29, 2013 - Greenville, SC - 22 year old Bruce Gordon III died on the job as the result of a miscommunication with co-workers. They were on a disposal pick-up route when he was struck and run over by the garbage truck he was working from. He was employed by the City of Greenville Public Works.

December 2, 2013 - August, GA - 42 year old Ryan Eskew suffered an unfortunate cardiac event and died while working for Covidien, in Augusta.

December 2, 2013 - Maybrook, NY - 53 year old Timothy Lang of Saugerties was killed on the job when he was crushed under a retaining wall collapse at a construction site in Maybrook. Two co-workers were injured. He was employed by Halmar International.

December 2, 2013 - Farmington, ME - 62 year old Linda Branville suffered a fatal heart attack while working at Walmart Super Store in Farmington.

December 3, 2013 - Burleson, TX - 45 year old Guillermo Medina of Cleburne was working on a piece of machinery called an "auto-reamer" when his clothing was caught in the high speed machine. He died at a local hospital from traumatic blunt force trauma. He was employed by KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

December 3, 2013 - College Station, TX - 28 year old Angel Garcia died on the job after falling from the fourth level of Texas A&M's Kyle Field Stadium.  He was working for the Dallas based Lindamood Demolition Inc.

December 3, 2013 - Barnhart, TX - 32 year old Brandon R. Allums of Hall Summit, LA died on the job after falling from an elevation while working for Savanna Energy Services Corp. Rig #649. It is unclear how or from where he fell.

December 4, 2013 - New York, NY - 67 year old Jaroslaw Mychajluk was killed on the job when he fell down an elevator shaft. No other details are available. He was working for FM Ring Associates, Inc.

December 5, 2013 - Clewiston, FL - 66 year old Edward Stiles was working for United States Sugar Corp. when he inadvertently came into contact with a swarm of bees. He died as a result of an allergic reaction to the great number of bee stings he endured. 

December 5, 2013 - Cypress, TX - 26 year old Mondale Armstrong died on the job in an unknown incident while working for Municipal District Services, LLC.  No further information has been found.

December 6, 2013 - Henderson, NV - 47 year old Jerry Bondi died on the job after he fell from a ladder, striking his head.  He was climbing the ladder when it slid out from under him.  He was working for Chermac Builders, Inc.

December 7, 2013 - Schaumburg, IL - 43 year old Isidro Garcia-Mendez was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation.  He was employed by Nation Pizza and Foods.

December 8, 2013 - Jackman, ME - 38 year old James Russell Jr. was killed in the job when he was struck by an unknown object and suffered blunt force trauma. He was employed by Sabatis Mitchell.

December 8, 2013 - Commerce, CA - 59 year old Richard Kulow was the owner of Lacny Logistics, Inc. and was working in the warehouse of his business when he collapsed from natural causes. He was found unconscious by a co-worker.

December 9, 2013 - Boston, MA - 46 year old Marcos Mancilla was working for Boston Bridge & Steel, Inc. when a large beam fell, striking Mancilla. 

December 9, 2013 - Eunice, LA - 34 year old Walter Washington suffered fatal crushing injuries when he was trapped between a truck and garbage truck following a crash between the two vehicles. He was an employee for Progressive Waste Solutions of LA, Inc.

December 9, 2013 - Accomac, VA - 48 year old Perry Simpkins was working for Perdue Farms Chicken Processing plant when he fell ill.  While not work related we still feel he belongs on our list.

December 10, 2013 - Garden City, ID - 50 year old Mark Hatten died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation.  He was working for Western Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

December 10, 2013 - Mendham, NJ - 49 year old Segundo Pinto was performing his regular duties for Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority when he was injured.  He was climbing onto his recycling truck when he slipped, causing a hip injury.  After his injury he was unable to walk well and was admitted to the hospital.  He died during surgery for his injury from an infection that developed due to the fall.

December 11, 2013 - Elk Grove Village, IL - 38 year old Santiago Cervantes died on the job after becoming caught in or between an unknown object.  He was working for Danco Packaging Supply Company.

December 12, 2013 - Livingston, NJ - 67 year old Gregory Johnston was working at the Livingston Public Works garage when he was struck by a township owned dump truck. He was working at the garage for Fairfield Maintenance Inc.

December 13, 2013 - New Iberia, LA - 33 year old Daniel James Vice of Youngsville was killed on the job when he became caught in or between an unknown piece of equipment.  He was a supervisor for Cajun Sugar Cooperative, Inc in New Iberia.

December 16, 2013 - Putnam, CT - 52 year old James E. Bianchi died of natural causes while working for Putnam Precision Molding, Inc.

December 16, 2013 - Miami, FL - 79 year old Joaquin Gonzalez was killed at work when he was struck against an unknown object while working for Pardel Export Company, Inc.

December 16, 2013 - Boise, ID - 51 year old Todd Wolf died on the job when he was pinned under a forklift as it was being uploaded from a trailer.  He was an employee for Pacific Steel & Recycling.

December 16, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - 45 year old Nicholas Orozco was a freelance, self employed tree service worker who died on the job after falling from a date palm tree at a private residence.

December 16, 2013 - Fairfield, IA - 50 year old Larry Hanshaw died on the job after being struck in the face by a drum that became a projectile after it was thrown into a fire pit. The drum may have contained fuel vapors.  He was a City of Fairfield Wastewater Plant employee.

December 17, 2013 - Moulton, TX - 45 year old Joe Torres died on the job from unknown injuries he received while working for Green Hunter Water.

December 17, 2013 - Belton, TX - 19 year old Cristian Hefner was working for Jasdem, Inc., a company hired by Tarco of Texas, Inc. to clean out an asphalt tank that belonged to the roofing contractor. He was using a power washer inside the tank while dislodged debris that struck him

December 17, 2013 - Reno, NV - 46 year old Garo Gholdoian was a physician at Urology Nevada Ltd. when a gunman walked into an office an opened fire, killing him. The shooter injured two others before turning the gun onto himself.

December 18, 2013 - Preston, CT - 49 year old John Stagg was injured on December 12 when he was caught in or between an unknown object causing asphyxiation.  Details on what occurred were not found.  He was working for both TW Ferguson Corp. and covanta of Southeaster Connecticut at the time of his death.

December 18, 2013 - San Antonio, TX - 36 year old Lewis Winston III was working to pick up road work signs along Interstate 37 when he was struck and killed by a motorist who was attempting to slow down for a vehicle in front of him causing him to crash into Winston. Winston was employed by ISI Construction, Repair & Maintenance, Inc. 

December 18, 2013 - Haslet, TX - 32 year old Ruben Puga Garcia was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was working for Carlos Bernal Concrete.

December 18, 2013 - Tuckerman, AR - 61 year old Roy Easley died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Riceland Foods, Inc.

December 19, 2013 - Mechanicsville, OH - 46 year old John Fasig was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for The Carrollton Farmers' Exchange Co.

December 19, 2013 - Panhandle, TX - 21 year old Joe Dylan Spears was killed on the job when he was struck by a train causing massive body trauma. He was working for Robinson Grain Company, LLC and was standing near the grain elevator when he was struck.

December 23, 2014 - Billerica, MA - 48 year old Kenneth Schirl of Saugus was an electrical engineer for Nuvera Fuel Cells in Billerica when he died on the job from an unknown cause.

December 24, 2013 - Coulee City, WA - 62 year old Holger "Hal" Jensen of Boise, ID, was a civil engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation/Pacific Northwest Regional Offices.  He was performing an inspection of a construction project at the Pinto Dam in Washington State when he fell onto a concrete surface suffering head trauma and died in the hospital a day later.

December 24, 2013 - Bridgewater, NJ - 50 year old William Cotton of Easton, PA received an electric shock on November 23 while working on ground transformers in Bridgewater. He was hospitalized until his death on December 24th. He was an employee for Scholes Electric and Communications of Piscataway.

December 25, 2013 - Chelsea, MA - 41 year old Thomas Archie Ford of Manchester died after being injured on December 20 when he was struck by an unknown object.  He was employed by D'Arrigo Brothers Co. of MA and also a member of the Teamsters Union.

December 26, 2013 - Vernon Hills, IL - 25 year old Patrick O'Reilly of Palos Park was killed and two other workers injured when they were struck by falling concrete outside the Westfield Hawthorn mall.  They were part of a demolition crew for P.S. Demolition Inc.

December 26, 2013 - Kingsburg, CA - 54 year old Mack Moody suffered a fatal cardiac event while driving a utility vehicle causing him to be thrown from the vehicle into a pond. He was an employee for Kings River Golf & Country Club.

December 27, 2013 - New Providence, NJ - 41 year old Jose Llibicura Lala died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. Our information states he worked for Heras General Construction, LLC and Four Winds Construction, LLC. No other information was found.

December 28, 2013 - Sauk Village, IL - 63 year old David Miller of Sumava Resorts, IN was killed on the job when he was struck, suffering fractures while working in Sauk Village. He was a truck driver for ABF Freight Systems, Inc.

December 29, 2013 - San Angelo, TX - 49 year old Jose S. Uriegas III died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object suffering body trauma.  He was a truck driver for Blue Line Drilling Company, LLC.

December 30, 2013 - Erie, PA - 32 year old Ryan Kunzler of North East was killed on the job when he was trapped under a semi truck trailer. He was working on separating the truck from an attached trailer when the truck fell on him and trapped him underneath. He was employed by Five Star International, LLC. 

December 30, 2013 - Springfield, OH - 55 year old Larry Grierson collasped and died of a heart attack while he was working for FED Excavating, Inc. and Empire Building Co. LLC

December 30, 2013 - 59 year old Herbert Upton of Melrose was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was working near a plane on the tarmac at Logan International Airport. The driver of the vehicle that struck Upton was driving in reverse. Upton was an employee for Signature Flight Support Corp.

December 31, 2013 - Gonzales, TX - 22 year old Matias Pruneda died on the job after suffering trauma due to thermal burns he received while working for Nabors Drilling USA LP.

December 31, 2013 - Palestine, TX - 32 year old Mario Macias was killed on the job after he fell from an elevation from a roof. He was employed by Anchor Roofing Systems, Ltd.

December 31, 2013 - Norfolk, VA - 27 year old John McCullen of Barco, NC was working at the Lyons Shipyard (his employer) in Norfolk moving equipment from a barge when he was struck by a heavy piece of equipment.






















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