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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

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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July 29, 2014 - Westport, WA - 52 year old Kenneth Birdsong was working for South Beach Go-Karts, Inc when he struck his head on a work bench while working on a go-cart. He did not want to go to hospital after his speech became slurred but later was found unresponsive in a break room.

July 30, 2014 - Lehigh Acres, FL - 39 year old Jamel Gardener was killed on the job after a drunk driver sped into a work zone, striking him and a co-worker. He was employed by DBI Services, a Florida Dept. of Transportation contractor.

August 1, 2014 - Chandler, AZ - A 27 year old unidentified contractor was electrocuted while completing a job. Attempts for find the man's identity and his employer have been unsuccessful.

August 4, 2014 - Memphis, TN - 29 year old Pierre Davis did on the job after the commercial sized lawn mower he was using flipped on an embankment. He was an employee for Shelby County Public Works.

August 4, 2014 - Nacogdoches, TX - 50 year old Bobby Joe Beall died he was electrocuted while working on a piece of machinery at Pilgrim's Pride in Nacogdoches.

August 4, 2014 - South Middleton, PA - 56 year old Roger Fortune of Garland, TX died after being pinned between the rear of his semi truck and another parked behind him that rolled forward. He was at Allen Distribution warehouse making a delivery when the truck driver who parked behind him didn't fully set the truck's brakes causing it to roll into Fortune. His employer is unknown.

August 4, 2014 - Bensalem, PA - Erasmo Santana was making mechanical repairs to a vehicle at Negrete's Auto when the jack failed, causing the vehicle to fall down crushing Santana.

August 5, 2014 - Niles, OH - 49 year old Daniel Banks of Leavittsburg was killed on the job when his arm was crushed in an aluminum press.  He was employed by BRT Extrusions in Niles.

August 5, 2014 - New Carlisle, IN - 41 year old Jamie Middlebrook, an Assistant Chief for the New Carlisle Fire Department, died on the job when a roof collapsed at a large commercial building fire he was helping fight. 

August 5, 2014 - Stanley, ND - 51 year old Alan Eberhand of Harrisburg, AR died after being pinned by a piece of equipment. He had been working on a pay loader hose at Dalton Logistics when the forklift portion of the machine collapsed, crushing him.

August 5, 2014 - Laurel, NE - 60 year old Timothy Hansen died on the job when he was engulfed in corn grain. He was inside a grain bin attempting to break up the grain and when it did, he was buried.

August 5, 2014 - Houston, TX - David Hebert died on the job when he fell from an elevated rail track after losing his footing. He was a Bombardier Transportation employee working from the George Bush Airport in Houston.

August 5, 2014 - Bronx, NY - 62 year old Nick Cavataio of East Stroudsburg, PA was working outside the MTA Bridges & Tunnels Building when he was crushed by a 2,700 pound crate he was helping to unload. He was an employee for Hellman Electric.

August 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - 21 year old Clifton Wright died after suffering burns to over 80% of his body in an explosion inside a "melting room" at CMC Steel plant near Seguin. It is not clear what caused the explosion. A co-worker was also injured.

August 6, 2014 - Glendale, KY - 25 year old Jonathan French was a volunteer firefighter for Glendale Fire Department, as was his mother Lisa. Both were helping to put out a vehicle fire along an Interstate when they were struck by a tractor trailer driver.  Jonathan died at the scene and his mother is recovering from her injuries.

August 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - Jeremi Chavarria was crushed by an excavator being loaded onto a trailer at the end of a work day. He was working with his father when something went wrong and came to be trapped under the machine. **Note: the article does not list his name, and an updated article was not found, but comments under the article gave clue as to who he was**

August 7, 2014 - Pomeroy, WA - 31 year old Connor Finerty of Seattle, was killed on the job when the loaded dump truck he was operating crashed through a guardrail, rolled and landed in the Snake River. He was employed by Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. in Pomeroy.

August 10, 2014 - Stockton, IL - 49 year old Thomas W. Lucas of Toledo, IL died on the job after he fell approximately 90 feet from a tower he was painting. He was part of a crew for Sherwood Tower Services of Terre Haute hired to paint the tower.

August 11, 2014 - Snoqualmie Pass, WA - 41 year old Salvador Aguirre Lopez died on the job after he fell about six feet off a ladder.  He was employed by American Construction Northwest, LLC.

August 11, 2014 - Crossett, AR - 41 year old Robert Wesson of Hamburg suffered fatal head injuries when he became tangled in a piece of machinery at the Georgia Pacific mill in Crossett. He was working at a paper loading machine when something went wrong. 

August 12, 2014 - Ketchikan, AK - 51 year old Kenneth Butkovich of Castle Rock, WA was working with a logging crew in Alaska when he was struck and pinned by an uprooted tree on a logging site. He was employed by Logging Crown Alaska, Inc.

August 12, 2014 - Edmond, OK - 57 year old Robert "Bob" Waterson was killed on the job when a BNSF train struck his work truck. His Edmond Electric truck became stuck in tall brush and plants as he worked to de-energize lines along the track that were no longer in use. A tow truck came to help get the truck but before they could get away from the track, his truck was struck by the train as the tow truck driver was attempting to move his truck.

August 12, 2014 - Pittsburg, KS - 28 year old Kenny L. Clark was one of two men burned in a fireworks explosion and fire that was triggered from an unknown source. Clark died from those injuries. He and the coworker were attempting to move the last of the companies fireworks after the business moved to a new locations. Both men worked for Jake's Fireworks.

August 13, 2014 - Lenoir, NC - 31 year old Jimmy Halliburton of Morganton was killed on the job when he was struck in his upper body by a tree. It happened as he was helping other Caldwell County forestry workers remove a tree that fell into a road.

August 13, 2014 - Brookings, SD - Joey McKenzie was working on a construction site at the South Dakota State University campus when he fell in unknown circumstances. He was employed by Bittner Masonry, a subcontractor for Sioux Falls Construction.

August 13, 2014 - Lamar County, TX - Jorge Alejandio Palmeros Osorni was a contractor working to remove a "paint booth" at PJ Trailers when something caused a huge explosion. No other details are known.

August 13, 2014 - Mount Pleasant, SC - 28 year old Raymond Muniz of Virginia was stabbed to death on the job by a co-worker. The men were working on a construction site at the Belk store when, allegedly, the co-worker picked up a sharp construction object and stabbed Muniz in the chest. 

August 13, 2014 - Corona, CA - 31 year old Raul Soto-Olvera was killed on the job when he was electrocuted while trimming a tree. It is unknown who he was working for at the time of his death.

August 14, 2014 - New Orleans, LA - 46 year old Michael Collins, a tugboat captain, was killed on the job when he was crushed under a crane arm. The tugboat, Cory Michael, was pushing a barge with a crane on it. When the tugboat and the barge were passing under the open Florida Avenue Bridge, the crane hit the bridge causing the crane to fall on the tugboat's wheelhouse, trapping Collins.




















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July 16, 2014 - Clinton, UT - 21 year old Scott Nathan Johnson died on the job when his heart was pierced by a piece of equipment. He was drilling floors into trailers for Utility Trailer in Clearfield when he apparently tripped while holding the drill. When he fell, the drill bit he was holding pierced his heart.

July 17, 2014 - Seward, NE - 28 year old Marcus Lathon of Chesapeake, VA died on the job when the tractor trailer semi truck slammed into the back of another semi truck that had stopped for road construction. The name is his employer is unknown.

July 17, 2014 - Camden, TN - 58 year old Jack Moody was killed on the job when the forklift he was working under fell onto him. He was a maintenance employee for Jones Plastic & Engineering, Camden Division.

July 17, 2014 - Waldwick, NJ - 32 year old Officer Christopher Goodell died on the job when a tractor trailer semi driver failed to stop or slow down and plowed into Goodell's unmarked police vehicle.  Goodell was in the parked vehicle using radar to check for speeding motorists when the semi driver veered off the road and into Goodell's vehicle. He was employed by Waldwick Police Department. The truck driver was charged with vehicular homicide.

July 17, 2014 - Louisville, KY - 34 year old Anthony Warner died on the job when he fell down an elevator shaft at a construction project near the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus. His employer's name is unknown.

July 17, 2014 - Deland, FL - 47 year old Robert Leslie Wagner of Orange Park was fatally electrocuted as he worked on the roof of Kangaroo Gas repairing their cooling unit. He was an employee for Integrity First Refrigeration.

July 17, 2014 - El Paso, TX - 59 year old Robert Narro was a code enforcement officer for the City of El Paso.  On July 2 he was conducting an investigation when the driver of a car jumped the curb and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on the 17th. The motorist was arrested.

July 17, 2014 - Santa Fe, NM - 29 year old flight nurse Rebecca Serkey of Rio Rancho, 46 year old pilot David Cavigneaux also of Rio Rancho and 46 year old Base Manager Jamie Butler were aboard Careflight 5 medical helicopter on their way to Tucumcari, NM to pick up a patient when the unthinkable happened. Their Tri State Careflight helicopter crashed into a mountainside just miles from their destination. No cause for the crash is known at this time.

July 17, 2014 - Mission Viejo, CA - 23 year old Daniel Pohl of Apple Valley was an electrician for 5 Star Plastering and was helping build scaffolding and put up a banner for an event at Mission Viejo High School when he touched overhead electrical lines and was electrocuted.

July 18, 2014 - Tulare, CA - 37 year old James Heuer was killed on the job when he became pinned under a spray rig he was driving. He was an Ag Specialist for the College of Sequoias working on a campus farm in Tulare when the incident took place.

July 18, 2014 - Stetten, WI - 77 year old Faye Reinhardt died in a tragic accident on a farm. She was standing near where her husband was loading a tractor onto a trailer when the trailer suddenly detached from a truck, pinning her between the trailer and rear of truck. She was life-flighted to an area hospital when she passed.

July 18, 2014 - Lawrence, KS - 54 year old Thomas R. "Dick" Sheppard died on the job when he came into contact with a power line while working to repair guttering on an historic building. He was Vice President of Rain-Man Guttering.

July 18, 2014 - Britt, IA - 62 year old Ron Eisenman died on the job when he became trapped inside a corn grain bin and suffocated. The name of the farm is not known.

July 19, 2014 - Leigh, NE - 87 year old Edwin "Eugene" Bohac died of drowning when he fell into a water tank on his family's farm. He had been working around the tank and fell in. 

July 19, 2014 - Elgin, IL - 47 year old Joel Bork was operating a lightweight tractor on his family farm when the machine flipped, pinning him underneath. His family found him after becoming concerned that they had not heard from him.

July 20, 2014 - Sugarcreek, OH - 34 year old Chadrick C. Cornwell of Dayton was killed when an All Terrain Vehicle he was operating flipped over, trapping him underneath. He was an employee of Tom's Mulch and Landscaping.

July 20, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - 57 year old Robert Lee Lujan was killed on the job when he was struck by a drunk driver in a pick up who veered off the road and into a bus lane that Mr. Lujan was working in.  He was using a concrete saw to repair the bus lane. His obituary says he was a project manager/estimator for Mikon Construction.

July 21, 2014 - Port Ludlow, WA - 61 year old Wayne Eldon Hostetler died when the tractor trailer semi truck he was driving went off the roadway and down an embankment before hitting several trees, crushing the cab. He may have suffered a medical event before losing control of the truck. He was employed by D A Development Co., Inc.

July 21, 2014 - Pine River, MI - 46 year old William Courter was killed on the job while working with a crew on a farm completing maintenance on a barn. He was struck and run over by an unmanned bulldozer.

July 21, 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD - 59 year old David Lee VanVoorst died on the job when he was crushed by a 3,200 pound concrete culvert that fell onto him. He was working underneath the culvert, which was hoisted in the air, when it slipped and came down on him. He was employed by Josten Concrete Products.

July 21, 2014 - Bellevue, WA - 31 year old Theodore Merry of Puyallup died on the job when he fell about 42 feet. After stepping off a ladder, he jumped down on a covered floor opening that gave way under him, causing the fall. He was employed by Evergreen Erectors, Inc. doing work for Bayley Construction.

July 21, 2014 - Summerville, SC - 29 year old Kyle Martin was working with co-workers to pump sand out of a pond when he somehow fell into the pond, drowning. He was employed by Murray Mines, Inc.

July 22, 2014 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 29 year old Jose Alfredo Isagirrez-Mejia died on the job when a beam collapsed, knocking him and two other workers off a ladder and scaffolding. He and the others were working for Miller Construction Co.

July 22, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - 53 year old David Craven of Kearney died on the job when he fell from a bridge after being shocked or for another reason. He was working to repair bridge joints on the bridge deck when the incident occurred. He was an employee for Mar-Jim Contracting of Oak Grove, a subcontractor for a Missouri DOT project.

July 22, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - 22 year old Dylan Joseph Snyder was an employee for an unnamed construction company walking along a pick up truck, handing the others in the back caution cones when a trash truck struck him. The trash truck driver was involved in a multi-vehicle crash before crashing into Snyder. Several others were injured in the crash but survived.

July 22, 2014 - Echo, OR - 54 year old Donald Kendall of Ukiah was working on a road construction project for his employer, Oregon Dept. of Transportation when he was struck by a dump truck that backed over him.

July 22, 2014 - Homewood, PA - 39 year old Glenn G. Walker, Jr. of McKeesport was shot to death after an argument erupted during a discussion about a building rehab project in Homewood. Another person was shot and injured but authorities are not clear at this time who did the shooting. An investigation continues. 

July 22, 2014 - Austin, TX - Ernest Gonzales, a long time employee for the City of Austin/Austin Resource Recovery, was killed on the job when his work vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tractor trailer semi truck.

July 22, 2014 - Van Nuys, CA - 48 year old Francisco Miguel Tomas was part of a private cleaning crew power-washing a Target Stores parking lot when he was attacked and murdered by a known gang member who was later arrested. It appears he was stabbed and shot in a random act of violence.

July 23, 2014 - Battle Creek, MI - 27 year old Nicole Gates, of Hastings, was a mother and station attendant for Citgo Gas in Battle Creek. After being taunted and frightened by a man outside the store, he came into the store and stabbed her to death before robbing the store. The suspect was arrested.

July 23, 2014 - Brooksville, FL - 57 year old Ismael Santana of Spring Hill died after being pinned against the cab of a tractor trailer semi truck by a front end loader. He was exiting the semi truck and was apparently not seen by the loader operator when the incident happened. He was an employee for Cemex Cement plant. 

July 23, 2014 - Brookhaven, MS - 41 year old John T. Johnson of DuPont, GA was killed on the job when he fell from scaffolding on a water tower in Brookhaven. He was employed by the Lake Park, GA based Southeast Tank and Tower.

July 23, 2014 - Galax, VA - 37 year old Benjamin Lee Hancock died on the job when he was trapped inside a piece of machinery and suffocated. No details on how he became trapped are available. He was an employee for American Mirror Co.

July 23, 2014 - Boardman, OR - 64 year old Glen McCoy of Sparks, NV was struck and killed while working for a subcontractor installing rumble strips at a paving project for Oregon Dept. of Transportation.  He was struck by a dump truck driver who backed up over him. 

July 23, 2014 - Lakeland, FL - 44 year old Shelby K. Shull of Eustis was struck and killed by a truck driver that barreled through a construction zone, knocking down several orange traffic barrels before striking Shull. He was wearing relective safety clothing as he worked for Florida Safety Contractors on a Florida Dept. of Transportation project. 

July 23, 2014 - Chelan, WA - 40 year old Tobey Vigil of Beaverton, OR was killed on the job when the helicopter he was piloting crashed either on take off or landing at a refueling site. He was using the helicopter to hover over cherry orchards, using the blades down draft to blow rain water from the cherries of an orchard. He was employed by Applebee Aviation, Inc. of Banks, OR.

July 24, 2014 - Darby, PA - 53 year old Theresa Hunt, a case worker, was shot to death and a doctor wounded when a patient pulled a gun in an office of a psychiatric clinic and began firing. After killing Hunt, the gunman shot and wounded the doctor who then pulled a weapon and shot the patient. After running into the hallway, the patient was wrestled to the ground and arrested by police.

July 24, 2014 - SeaTac, WA - 68 year old Ronald Sperry of Woodinville was at SeaTac Airport loading and unloading animals for his employer, Dog Gone Taxi, LLC, when he was seen collapsing on security video. He died of heart related natural cause.

July 26, 2014, Henderson, NV - 53 year old Harry Lentz, Jr. of Las Vegas died after falling through a roof skylight at Ocean Spray's Black Mountain Distribution Center in Henderson. He was an mechanical and electrical technician for 20 years for the company.

July 26, 2014 - Napoleon, ND - 83 year old Marvin Grenz was killed on the job when he was trapped inside a grain bin on his farm. He was in the bin trying to get the grain to loosen up when he was partially engulfed.

July 26, 2014 - Old Forge, PA - 52 year old James Joseph "Jimmy" Talariso suffered fatal head trauma when he fell from a lift inside a Family Dollar Store under construction.  The name of the company he worked for is not known.

July 27, 2014 - Barneveld, WI - 71 year old Kenneth Powell was killed on the job when a tractor fell through an upper level of a barn, crushing him.

July 28, Moss Point, MS - 25 year old Jerry Lee Taylor II of Helena, AL was killed and three co-workers were injured when a tank they were repairing exploded. At least one worker was inside the tank welding, and Taylor was on top of the tank when the explosion occurred. He was struck in the head. Taylor and the other workers were employed by Omega Protein plant in Moss Point.

July 28, 2014 - Mobile, AL - 53 year old Denise Bowen was killed on the job when she was struck by a motorist as she worked in and along a roadway. She was using a leaf blower, wearing a bright yellow safety vest, when she was struck. She was an employee for the University of Alabama.

July 28, 2014 - Stone Mountain, GA - 29 year old Robert A. Rust of Snellville was a maintenance employee for Smoke Rise Country (golf) Club. He died on the job after the tractor he was operating overturned on a slope. He was working alone and was found by fellow co-workers.

July 28, 2014 - Airway Heights, WA - Donald Bradley, of Spokane Valley, was working at his desk when he experienced a heart related medical event.  He was an employee for Northstar Sea Foods, Inc.

July 29, 2014 - Redmond, WA - Kenneth Andrews was a general property manager for Property Maintenance Service Co., Inc. when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was completing cement work to repair a sidewalk in front of the property and the exertion caused his collapse.

July 29, 2014 - Selinsgrove, PA - 57 year old Elias Hoover died on the job when the front end loader he was using to move hay bales overturned on a steep hill, crushing him.

July 30, 2014 - Ocala, FL - 42 year old Jeffrey Earl Phillips of Anthony was killed on the job when he fell about 50 feet out of a bucket truck while attempting to cut a piece of a tree. He was in a Conrad Tree Surgeon truck but the owner said Phillips worked for himself and was a subcontractor.

July 30, 2014 - Everett, WA - John Snedeker of Shoreline collapsed at his desk and died of a heart related medical event. He was a supervisor for Snohomish County Planning & Development Services Department.

July 30, 2014 - Waterbury, CT - David Shand was murdered on the job when a robbery suspect entered the Buck's Hill Market on July 20th and shot him. Shand died 10 days later at an area hospital. The suspect who shot Shand was arrested for his murder.

July 30, 2014 - Burlington, VT - 61 year old Robert Stanhope of Richford was killed on the job when he was struck by a young motorist as he was removing fog line markers at a road construction site. He was an employee for Whitcomb Construction Company. 

July 30, 2014 - Artesia, NM - 21 year old Fabian Martinez died on the job while working for Diversified Oilfield Services. He and other workers were working on Kincaid Ranch cutting a pipe line when an explosion occurred. All workers except Martinez were able to scramble away but Martinez was trapped by the pipe and exposed to hydrogen sulfide gasses while caused his death.

July 31, 2014 - Morea, PA - 66 year old William R. Hoffman of Pottsville was a tree service worker, working along a road way when he was struck by a motorist in a van.  It is not clear who he was working for.

July 31, 2014 - Carlsbad, NM - 47 year old William Welchhance of Bowie, TX was crushed under a load of pipes being off-loaded by a forklift at an oil field production site. He was working as a truck driver for Star Trucking.










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June 3, 2014 - Covington, WA - 72 year old Cyntia Lyman was teaching a yoga class when she collapsed and died of a heart related medical event.  She was employed by Fitness International LLC dba LA Fitness.

June 11, 2014 - Stockton, CA - 33 year old Scott Hewell, an officer for the Stockton Police Department was seriously injured in a car accident on May 28 as he and his partner headed to help a fellow officer who was dealing with a dangerous suspect. He was initially released from the hospital was had to be rushed back, and he died on the 11th.

June 26, 2014 - Seattle, WA - Freed Aguilar of Bothell was an employee for Metropolitan Building Maintenance and was working a night shift at a location in Seattle. He was working overnight and discovered the next morning having died of a medical event.

June 26, 2014 - Auburn, WA - Leanne Siverson died on the job of natural causes when she was found slumped over her work station. She was an employee for FedEx Trade Networks Transport Inc.

June 28, 2014 - Seattle, WA - John Murphy was working for AAA Auto Club of Washington during the night and was found slumped over the steering wheel of his work vehicle. He died of a coronary medical event. 

June 30, 2014 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Jim Brennan was killed on the job when he was shot by robbery suspects at the restaurant he owned named Brennan's Colony. One of suspects worked for the tavern owner. 

July 1, 2014 - Livonia, MI - 44 year old John Bieniewicz of Westland was assaulted by a player who had been ousted from a soccer game where Bieniewicz was a referee.  He was struck in the head and rendered unconscious by the player. He died later at an area hospital.

July 2, 2014 - Marion, IN - 48 year old James L. Gibson was killed and five others were injured during a chemical explosion that occurred at General Motors Metal Stamping plant in Marion. He was a contractor at the plant but it is not clear who, specifically, he worked for.

July 2, 2014 - Sharonville, OH - 54 year old Kevin Roberts of Clarksville died on the job when his tractor trailer semi truck overturned in a fiery crash. His employer is unknown.

July 2, 2014 - Cynthiana, KY - 28 year old Joel Metz of Plainfield, IN was killed on the job as he worked atop a Verizon cell tower for Fortune Wireless.  A report states a heavy antennae fell and a cable struck him.

July 2, 2014 - Memphis, TN - 19 year old Chandler Warren was a college student who had just taken a job at FedEx's World Hub in Memphis when he was injured as a loader that lifts containers fell onto him. He suffered upper body trauma and died later at a local hospital.

July 2, 2014 - Quincy, WA - Scott Engelmohr was a maintenance worker for Quincy Foods, LLC when he felt ill at work. He passed out in the shop and later died of natural causes at a hospital.

July 3, 2014 - Comanche, TX - Dr. Russell Reynolds was helping to set up a Fourth of July fireworks display at Comanche High School when something caused an explosion in a trailer, killing him and injuring others. He was a licensed pyrotechnician and started the communities fireworks display.

July 3, 2014 - San Angelo, TX - 34 year old Roy Michael Jaynes of Rising Star died on the job when he fell from an oil field tower. It appears his harness was not properly functioning. He was employed by Heartland, Inc.

July 4, 2014 - Louisville, KY - 35 year old Jewan Turner was a tow truck driver working along a roadway to help a motorist.  He was killed by another motorist who, while drunk, struck Turner. The motorist was later arrested and charged with his murder.

July 4, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN - Officer Perry Renn was a 21 year veteran officer for Indianapolis Police Department. He was gunned down while involved in a shoot out in an alley.

July 4, 2014 - Morehead, KY - 47 year old Lonnie "Curtis" Davis was working on Williams Farm when the tractor he was using to pull a tree out with, flipped up, trapping him underneath.

July 6, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY - Lt. Gordon Ambelas was a firefighter for the Fire Department of New York. His team responded to a fire in a public-housing high rise building and while looking for people who may have been trapped he became trapped and died in the fire.

July 6, 2014 - Augusta, GA - 51 year old Chester Wright was working at the Kellogg's Factory in Augusta when he suffered a neck injury believed from a fall on June 24. Doctors discovered he had a fracture in his neck and scheduled surgery. Unfortunately, due to complications during surgery, Mr. Wright died on July 6th. 

July 6, 2014 - Seattle, WA - Jason Keum of Mukilteo was an employee for Korean Air Lines when he was attacked by a contract worker at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle. During an argument, the contract worker struck Keum in the face causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground. The contract worker was arrested for Keum's murder. 

July 7, 2014 - Plymouth, MA - 53 year old Chester Flattery was the head custodian at Manomet Elementary School.  The search continues for the cause of his death. What is known is that he died, and 13 others were sent to the hospital, in a hazardous materials accident.

July 7, 2014 - Duball, WA - 19 year old Bradley Hogue of Lake Stevens was killed on the job when he was crushed after being caught in a large auger that he was feeding bark into.  He was employed by Pacific Topsoils, Inc. of Everett, WA.

July 7, 2014 - Lakewood, WA - Steve Posler of Maryland Heights, MO was working on a golf course renovating at American Lake Veteran's Golf Course in Lakewood when he suffered a medical event. The golf club owner found him slumped over the steering wheel of his work truck. Posler was employed by Landscapes Ltd, LLC of Nebraska.

July 8, 2014 - Point of Rocks, MD - 38 year old Tyrone Cameron of Hagerstown was killed on the job when he was struck in the neck and head by a metal spool he was attempting to load onto a crate at Canam Steel Company.

July 8, 2014 - Spokane, WA - 30 year old Sheena Henderson was working her usual shift at Deaconess Medical Center/Oncology Department (Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center) in Spokane when the unthinkable happened. Her husband, who was not an employee, came into her workplace and shot her several times before committing suicide. Her husband had made previous threats to kill his wife. 

July 9, 2014 - Toledo, OH - 35 year old Ricky Arnez Layson was the owner of R & D Auto Sales and was working inside his business when an armed man burst into the building and opened fire on Layson. He died later in the hospital. The person has been arrested for his murder.

July 9, 2014 - Kingwood, TX - 46 year old Daniel Groover was a Houston Fire Department firefighter collapsed and died inside a vacant home in Kingwood after battling a fire.

July 10, 2014 - Haltom City, TX - 28 year old Julio Menendez of Dallas was killed on the job when a ceiling collapsed inside a vacant building that was being remodeled. The building was owned by Blackmon Mooring and Menendez worked for an unknown subcontractor for Southlake General Contracting. 

July 11, 2014 - Hamden, NY - 68 year old Duane Merrill, a well known farmer and former Town Justice, was baling hay on his farm when the tractor's seat detached causing him to fall backward onto the ground between the tractor and baler. He then became entangled in the machine.

July 13, 2014 - Jersey City, NJ - 23 year old Melvin Santiago was an officer for the Jersey City Police Department. He responded to an armed robbery call and was unfortunately shot to death. Other officers returned fire and the suspect was killed.

July 13, 2014 - Pasadena, CA - 24 year old Robert Carrasco of Covina suffered severe head trauma a week earlier when he fell about 15 feet at a construction site in Pasadena. He was an ironworker for Local 433.

July 14, 2014 - Kansas City, KS - 48 year old James Breedlove was a contractor for BNSF - Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.  While working to transfer grain from a rail car to a smaller semi-trailer, he fell into the rail car and suffocated in the grain.

July 14, 2014 - Kings Mountain, NC - An unidentified man died on the job from a crushed skull while working for Hi-Tex, Inc. which is part of Crypton Fabrics. No other information has been found.

July 14, 2014 - Tampa, FL - 31 year old Bryan Hagan of Mulberry fell to his death on the job while working at a Tampa Electric Power Plant. He fell about 50 feet through a metal grate on a catwalk.  He was employed by Southeastern Construction & Maintenance.

July 14, 2014 - Moses Lake, WA - Eusebio Garza was loading a corn truck for National Frozen Foods Corp when he collapsed. It was determined that he died of natural causes.























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May 30, 2014 - Maplewood, NJ - 51 year old Guo Tai Chen of New York City was killed on the job when masonry came down on him and two others while they excavated for a new stairwell in a restaurant in Maplewood. They were working at Coda Kitchen and Bar, owned by Saul Fisher, but it is unclear if he was their employer or they worked for a subcontractor.

June 11, 2014 - Bronx, NY - 35 year old Jose Duran of Springfield, MA was driving his tractor trailer rig on the Cross Bronx Expressway when a manhole cover exploded, flying through his windshield and striking him in the head. The sewer cap may have been dislodged by another truck. His employer was not listed.

June 11 - Lucas, KS - 65 year old Gary Ward, a longtime employee for the City of Lucas, was fatally electrocuted while working on power lines. Circumstances around his death are unknown.

June 11 - Houston, TX - Russell Soltani was the owner of a used car dealership. When he arrived for work, he was ambushed by an individual who shot him in the back and stole his briefcase. Security cameras caught the event on tape and are looking for the shooter.

June 11 - Chickasha, OK - 56 year old Floyd Etter Jr. was helping a friend on his farm when he was run over by a combine machine. He was on the ground testing it for moisture when the incident happened. 

June 12 - Huger, SC - 44 year old Cisco Agbunag of Goose Creek was working in the mold and equipment shop of Nucor Steel Berkeley plant in Huger when a large piece of equipment fell onto him in the maintenance shop, crushing him.  The plant melts down scrap metal and recasts it into sheet metal and I-beams for construction.

June 12 - Hallendale Beach, FL - 27 year old Christopher J. Ricci of Sunrise was working with a construction crew at a residential build when a crane began to tip over.  The workers started to scatter when they realized the crane with tipping, but Ricci was unable to get out of its way and was struck. A truck with the logo DLS Prestressed Crane Co. was parked nearby but it is unclear if that company was Ricci's employer.

June 12 - Phoenix, AZ - 28 year old Fr Kenneth Walker was a priest at the Mother of Mercy Mission church in downtown Phoenix when he was confronted by a gunman who was at the church to rob it. The gunman shot and killed Fr Walker and injured another priest while they were in the Rectory.

June 13 - Indianapolis, IN - 25 year old William Issac Simpson was working 250 feet down inside a tunnel when he suffered massive crushing head trauma.  He was working for SKJV Construction on the Dig Indy Project/Deep Rock Tunnel connector project. It is unclear what he was struck by in this incident.

June 13 - Allentown, FL - 71 year old James Donald McDaniel of Milton was working in a blueberry patch when he was struck by lightening and then suffered a cardiac event. He was employed by Blue Basket Farms.

June 13 - Whitehall, MI - 46 year old John L. Short died on the job when he was struck in the head by a piece of falling tree. He was working at a private resident to cut down a tree. When the tree began to fall it hit another tree, causing it to break into pieces as it came down.

June 13 - Platteville, WI - 79 year old Merle Forbes was assaulted and murdered and put in the trunk of his taxi cab by a man who has since been arrested. The name of the taxi company was not given.

June 15 - Boston, KY - An unidentified farmer was killed on the job when he became pinned underneath his overturned tractor. No further information, or his name, could be found.

June 16 - Parkville, MO - 35 year old Carlos Enrique Gomez-Escobar, "Carlos Gomez", died on the job when he was electrocuted while working to trim a tree.  He was in the tree of a private homeowner when the strap that held him to the tree came loose and a piece of metal touched a high power line.  It is unclear the name of the tree company he worked for.

June 16 - Washburn, ND - 27 year old Corneilius Johannes DuPlessis, a farm worker from South Africa, died on the job when he was buried in a corn grain bin owned by Doepke Farm. He and another worker were inside trying to get a load of grain off the sides of the bin. The other worker exited, thinking DuPlessis had followed him and started the auger. DuPlessis had not exited the bin and was sucked down into the grain.

June 16 - Flushing, NY - An unidentified 54 year old warehouse worker was crushed when a disabled forklift fell on his chest. Attempts to locate his name or employer have been unsuccessful.

June 17 - San Angelo, TX - 28 year old Cody Freeman of The Colony, TX died after falling from a telephone tower. Reports state he was having issues with his safety equipment when he fell. He was employed by Microwave Transmission Systems (MTSI), a subcontractor for Goodman Networks. 

June 17 - Frankfort, IL - 19 year old Francis "Franky" Licka was operating a riding mower at Union Creek Park for the Frankfort Square Park District when he suffered unknown multiple trauma due to an incident with the mower.

June 18 - Messena, IA - 40 year old Brian Larry Follmann died on the job as he was working on his farm. It is unclear how the incident happened but he was caught in his hay baler. 

June 18 - Tenino, WA - 75 year old William Hill of Olympia was killed on the job when an explosion of fireworks occurred as he and another worker were assembling them.  He was employed by Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. of Tenino.

June 18 - Orangeville, NY - 44 year old Michael Flint died on the job when he was trapped between a farm tractor and wagon. He was working on the Flint Farm and got off the tractor to unhook the wagon when the wagon rolled forward into Flint.

June 18 - New Hampton, NY - 55 year old George Grumbach of Chester died after he was crushed under his truck that rolled into him. He had just parked a dump truck next to a newly unloaded tree for planting and exited the vehicle. Police said the truck rolled backward, pinning Grumbach beneath the front driver's side tire. He was employed by Mid Hudson Forensic Psychiatric in the maintenance department.

June 19 - Kauai, HI - 55 year old Severino Butay of Kalaheo was stopped along a highway, with other coworkers, attempting to change a tire on a work trailer when the driver of a tractor trailer semi struck the trailer. The semi driver was attempting to stop quickly when the rig veered into the crew. Butay was an employee for Kauai County. 

June 19 - Oakland, CA - 65 year old Kil Kim died on the job when he was crushed under a heavy compressor that fell onto him as he attempted to move it.  He was the father of the owner of ANP Tire Service but it is not clear if he was actually working for the shop.

June 19 - Frostproof, FL - 54 year old Michael Falk was driving an enclosed cab pulling a spray trailer when a tractor trailer driver struck the trailer from behind. The tractor was pushed and rolled onto its side, breaking out the windows and causing Falk blunt force trauma.

June 21 - Queens, NY - 43 year old Steven Frosch of Garden City South was killed on the job when he was struck by a street sweeper while working inside of a maintenance garage. He was working on one machine when he was struck by the other and was pinned between the two. He was an employee for Queens Sanitation Department.

June 21 - Chicago, IL - 58 year old Jose Tafoya of Merrillville was working behind a paving machine when a drunk driver drove through barricades and struck Tafoya. His coworkers said he normally worked in front of the paving machine but had gone to the rear to help others.  They were working on a road project but his employer is not listed.

June 21 - Aurora, CO - 31 year old Jason Lee Nolte suffered fatal crushing injuries when he became trapped by 4,000 pounds of glass panels in two wooden crates inside of a trailer. The window company he worked for was not named.

June 21 - Mansfield, LA - 56 year old Ronnie Meshell was working up in a tree for a private contractor at a residence when his safety harness either broke from age or was possibly was cut by a chain saw. He fell nearly 30 feet from the tree he was trimming.

June 23 - Greencastle, IN - 17 year old Riley Sutherlin was killed on the job when he was crushed by a backhoe.  He was working with family members installing new grain bins on the farm and was trying to drive over a pile of dirt, when he lost control of the tractor and it flipped, throwing the teen.

June 23 - Fife, WA - An unidentified 58 year old worker died on his job at Gensco Distribution when he was crushed by machinery.  He was moving a nearly 6-ton piece of equipment that the company uses to bend metal when it fell and trapped him underneath. Repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful so far.

June 23 - Davie, FL - 42 year old Hernan Gutierrez of Hallandale Beach died a horrific death when he fell into the teeth of his operating industrial wood chipper.  He had been working all day with the Tech Trees landscaping crew when the incident happened.

June 23 - Decker, MT - 58 year old Stewart Orcutt of Sheridan, WY died on the job when his coal truck crashed through a berm at the Spring Creek Coal mine in Decker.  He was employed by Wyoming based Cloud Peak Energy operator of the mine. 

June 23 - McHenry, IL - 63 year old Bryan J. Reid was killed on the job when he was struck by his work truck. Reports say he apparently did not secure his truck and he was struck as it rolled. He was employed by the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company quarry.

June 23 - Caro, MI - An unidentified farmer died when the tire on a tine rack exploded as he was filling it. Attempts to locate his identity has been unsuccessful.

June 23 - Clavert, AL - 46 year old George L. Anthony Jr. of Semmes has died in hospital after being severely burned on June 2nd while working at Outokumpa Stainless USA.  He was working for contractor Ranger Environmental Services at the plant when 90 percent of his body was covered in third-degree burns after an apparent accident in which a group of employees dumped a hot ash-like substance on him. It is unclear how that situation occurred.

June 24 - Birmingham, AL - 26 year old Caleb Bankston was an engineer for the Alabama Warrior Railway. He was checking on something between two rail cars when one derailed, pinning him between the two cars. 

June 24 - Moreau, NY - 71 year old Richard Stearns was working with a landscaping crew when a storm broke out and it began to rain. He and others sought shelter from the rain in an equipment trailer when the trailer was struck by a motorist who was not paying proper attention to the road. the name of their employer is unknown.

June 24 - Detroit, MI - 49 year old Gregory Cotton died when the Detroit Dept. of Transportation bus he was operating swerved and crashed, for an unknown reason, into a building causing debris to crush through the windshield.  

June 25 - Rocky Mount, NC - 41 year old J. Estanislao Gonzalez, a migrant worker from Mexico, was taking a nap under a bus on a farm when another worker started the bus and drove off.  Gonzalez was run over by the bus. The name of the farm he worked for is not listed.

June 25 - San Antonio, TX - 56 year old Dwight Freeman died on the job after being struck by an unknown object while operating machinery.  He was working for Southwest Research Institute.

June 25 - St. John's, FL - 24 year old Joshua Edward Hatcher was a contractor working on the roof of a TA Travel Center when he was electrocuted. He later died at hospital.  His employer is unknown.

June 25 - Minnetonka, MN - 21 year old Travis Sutherland of St. Cloud was fatally electrocuted while trimming up in a tree.  He was working for an unnamed tree trimming company out of Little Falls. Apparently a branch he cut, touched a high voltage line causing him to be electrocuted.

June 25 - Heyworth, IL - 54 year old Thomas Pruser died on the job when he was pinned beneath a utility trailer.  He was manager of Tate & Lyle Grain Elevator and was last seen by others on Wednesday. He was reported missing Thursday and found after a brief search. 

June 27 - Wyoming, MI - 34 year old Russel Scharenbroch, Jr. was killed on the job when he became caught in an injection molding machine that he was cleaning. He was working for Grand Rapids Plastics, Inc.

June 27 - Minneapolis, MN - 36 year old Travis James Carter was operating a forklift, staking bundles of wood products while working for AA Container and Reload.  He was crushed after getting off the machine and a stack of the wood products fell onto him.

June 27 - Sweetwater, FL - 42 year old Jose Felix Obando was working for an unknown subcontractor on an I-95 expansion project when he fell into a deep hole on the side of the roadway. After falling in, the sides collapsed around him. Co-workers were unable to rescue him in time.

June 27 - San Francisco, CA - 32 year old Allen Calloway was shot to death for an unknown reason while working outside during a soccer game. A game which included his son. He was an outreach worker for Herz Playground in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

June 28 - St. Augustine, FL - 41 year old Kit Tappen was killed on the job when he was struck by a tractor trailer semi as he worked to help a stranded motorist. He was employed by Complete Collision as a tow truck driver and was helping a motorist when the rear of the semi went into the emergency lane, striking Tappen.

June 29 - McGregor, TX - 55 year old Charl Wynard Swart was killed and two other workers injured in an explosion of a chemical storage tank.  The explosion evidently occurred as the men filled large plastic containers with a highly combustible acetylene gas, which they planned to take out into a field to ignite, according to police. As they were filling the containers something ignited the acetylene.

June 29 - Knoxville, TN - 40 year old Paul Shepherd had just gotten his license to drive a taxi cab a few days before he was fatally shot multiple times inside his taxi.  He was employed by Absolutely Taxi Company.

June 30 - Lexington, KY - 60 year old Macario Santiago-Cruz was working on a church expansion project when he fell about 30 feet from the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. It is unclear if he was employed by the diocese of a subcontractor.

June 30 - Fairfax, IA - 57 year old David Lee Fry of Cedar Rapids died on the job when severe weather caused the Intermec by Honeywell Technology Center building to collapse. He was found crushed under the debris of the structure. A co-worker was able to escape the collapse. 

June 30 - Eau Claire, WI - 73 year old Gary Henkey has died after apparently collapsing at work on June 27.  He was working at Menards Distribution Warranty Center when he was found on the floor, attempting to get up. His manager called emergency responders and he was transported to a local hospital.




















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March 11, 2014 - Middleton, CT - 67 year old Robert Williams was overcome and died from carbon monoxide fumes while operating a forklift inside a closed up warehouse. More than likely because it was cold outside, the warehouse doors were closed which led to the fumes building up. He was employed by Custom Carpets.

May 23, 2014 - Muscatine, IA - 29 year old Torkor Dahn died on the job of an unknown cause while working for Fabricator's Plus, a metal fabrication business.

May 27, 2014 - Aston, NJ - 20 year old Jacob S. Blonsinski was killed on the job when a dump truck he was operating overturned. It is unclear who he was employed by but he was working behind Kokes Family Builders.

May 28, 2014 - Ashford, WA - 38 year old Matthew Hegeman of Truckee, CA and 28 year old Eitan Green of Seattle, WA were both guides for Alpine Ascents International, Inc. when they died, along with four climbers, while leading a tour on MT Rainier in Washington State. It appears an avalanche occurred, causing their deaths.

May 29, 2014 - Rapid City, SD - 74 year old Alvin Howe died after the dump truck he was operating tipped over. He was raising the bed to unload gravel but the heavy load caused the truck to tip on its side. It is unclear who he was employed by.

May 29, 2014 - Chenango, NY - Christopher G. Skinner was a New York State Trooper on a routine traffic stop when a motorist from Florida intentionally drove into him, killing him instantly. It is unclear what caused the motorist to do what he did.

May 29, 2014 - Black Creek, WI - 72 year old Thomas Raymond Fischer died in an incident on his farm.

May 29, 2014 - Edgefield, SC - 62 year old John W. Varner died on the job after he fell from a forklift he was operating and then was run over by it. He was employed by Tides International Lumber yard.

May 30, 2014 - Fife, WA - 58 year old Robert Hoquist of Tacoma was killed on the job when his forklift rolled off the end of a loading dock and landed on top of him as he fell off. He was working for Cogdall Construction Co, Inc dba Contract Furnishings Mart.

May 30, 2014 - Corrigan, TX - 56 year old Charles Wayne Kovar of Moscow, TX has died after he was injured on 4/26/2014 with burns when a fire broke out at the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant which injured seven.

May 30, 2014 - Windsor, CT - 51 year old Danny King was killed on the job when he was pinned between a trench box and backhoe while working inside a trench. He was employed by King Construction of Bloomfield, owned by his father. 

May 30, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL - 26 year old Jose Lopez of Axton, VA died on the job after falling from the roof of a hanger at Cecil Field. He was attempting to move from one section of the building to another and had untethered his harness.  He was employed by IMC Erectors for Flightstar Aircraft Services.

May 31, 2014 - Cleveland, OH - 51 year old James Eiflander died on the job after falling from the exterior of the Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building. He was installing windows on the building when he fell. He was a member of Cleveland Local 17 (Ironworkers) hired for a subcontractor National Enclosure Company of Michigan.

June 1, 2014 - West Pikeland, PA - 67 year old William McGuigan of Ardsley was an equipment operator working in a closed lane of construction for Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission when he was struck by a tractor trailer driver who entered the closed lane and struck he and a coworker. 

June 1, 2014 - Carlisle, PA - 52 year old Jody Rhoads died on the job when the pallet truck she was operating crashed into some shelves at Amazon Fulfillment Center warehouse in Carlisle.

June 1, 2014 - Pompano Beach, FL - 55 year old Robert Elliott was died and his coworker injured after they were struck by lightening while working on the roof of Joey Accardi Jeep Dealership. It is unclear who he was employed by.

June 2, 2014 - Saginaw, MI - 31 year old Andrew Beckman was killed on the job when he was crushed under 3,100 pounds of steel rods that shifted as he was loading them onto a flatbed trailer. He was pinned up against a steel shelf. He was employed by Peerless Steel.

June 2, 2014 - Rockbridge, IL - 68 year old Lee Whitehead died after an incident involving his farm tractor.

June 2, 2014 - Central, SC - 56 year old Jerry Wayne Kelly died on the job after he fell from a ladder while painting in a home from the second story. He was a self employed painter.

June 2, 2014 - Clinton, AR - 51 year old Hubert Keith Moore of Chester and 40 year old Ricardo Trochez of Atkins were killed and 21 others injured when a loaded log truck blew a tire, spilling its load onto those workers as it overturned. They were working an Arkansas State Highway Transport work site but it is unclear who they were employed by.

June 3, 2014 - Shaw, MS - 50 year old Henry Butler of Rosedale was killed on the job when his Mississippi Department of Transportation truck was struck from behind by a tractor trailer driver, causing a fiery crash.

June 3, 2014 - Great Falls, MT - 38 year old Barry Ladd died on the job from blood loss after he stepped into an auger and his leg was severed. He was working for Montana Specialty Mills. 

June 3, 2014 - Middletown, OH - 24 year old Sarah Rhoads of Miamisburg died of injuries she suffered on June 1 when she inadvertently walked into a spinning plane propeller.  She was employed by Start Skydiving of Middletown.

June 4, 2014 - Salt Lake City, UT - 58 year old Ronel Christensen of Burley, ID was killed on the job when his milk tanker overturned on a Utah highway.  It is unclear who he was employed with. 

June 4, 2014 - Queens, NY - 26 year old Thomas Patane of Rossville died on the job after he fell down a five story elevator shaft while working on construction of PS 313 school for the New York School Construction Authority.  It is unclear who specifically he was working for. 

June 5, 2014 - Florence, AL - 39 year old Christopher Lane Williamson died on the job when he was electrocuted while attempting to restore power after storms in the area.  He was employed by Florence City Electric Department.

June 5, 2014 - Hiram, GA - 42 year old Ron Crist, owner of Crist Roofing and Construction, was killed on the job when a skid steer he was operating malfunctioned, causing his death.

June 5, 2014 - Newark, NJ - 50 year old Jorge Giraldo of Elizabeth drowned inside an overturned crane he was operating when it flipped into the river. He was employed by Global Development of Belleville.

June 6, 2014 - Wanamingo, MN - 26 year old William Pohlman was killed when he became pinned under a piece of hay/farm equipment near Dodge Center Airport. He was employed by Durst Brothers Dairy of Mantorville.

June 6, 2014 - Corrigan, TX - 58 year old Kenny Morris of Lufkin has died after being injured in an explosion at the Corrigan Texas Georgia-Pacific plywood plant. He was the second person to die in the incident. Charles Wayne Kovar, 56, of Moscow died on May 30th.

June 6, 2014 - Woodbridge, VA - 23 year old Junior Montero of Hyattsville was shot and killed by the owner of a truck as he was towing it for repossession. After being shot his truck rolled into a water-filled ditch where police found it. The name of the tow company is not known. 

June 7, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN - 45 year old Harry Bigg, a store clerk for Mr. Fuel and Kicks 66 died after being shot in the head on June 4th during a robbery.

June 7, 2014 - Chicago, IL - An unidentified man died on the job when he fell about 35 feet through an opening on a roof he was working on. He was employed by Donaly Roofing and Construction.

June 7, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL - 43 year old Stuart Carson was shot and killed while sitting inside his Gator City Taxi after being robbed.

June 8, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - 42 year old Alyn Beck and 32 year old Igor Soldo, both Las Vegas Metro officers were murdered in an ambush as they sat in a restaurant having lunch. Both were shot by a husband and wife who were later shot and killed by fellow officers inside a store across the street from the restaurant.  A innocent man was also shot by the wife as he tried to stop the pair inside the store, likely saving other people. His name was Joseph Robert Wilcox.

June 8, 2014 - Union Beach, NJ - 54 year old Robert "Bob" Meyer suffered a fatal heart attack while battling a blaze in the borough.  He was a member of the Union Beach Host Fire #1.

June 8, 2014 - Hoffman Estates, IL - 48 year old Melba R. Farr of Elgin was a cab driver for an unknown company when her taxi was struck from behind by another motorist causing the cab to burst into flames. She was unable to escape.

June 9, 2014 - Prineville, OR - 77 year old Gordon Stroebel was a farmer who lost his life while attempting to load bales of hay onto his truck. The bales shifted and fell from the truck, striking Stroebel.

June 9, 2014 - Moab, UT - 51 year old Jay L. Stephens died on the job when he was crushed between a lift gate and back of a garbage truck. He was at a transfer station when the driver of a garbage truck had just unloaded at a place where a gate was raised. As he moved forward the gate lowered, trapping Stephens.

June 9, 2014 - Meridian, CT - 26 year old Frank Cline of Dover Plains, NY was struck in the head by a tree limb. His coworker had tied the limb as a precaution but it began swinging and struck Cline. They were employed by Tree Inc., of Houston, working for Connecticut Light and Power who are having trees removed after storm damage.

June 10, 2014 - Knoxville, TN - 42 year old Larry Releford of Powell has died due to burns he received in a furnace fire. He was injured, along with five others on May 15th when a fire broke out in a furnace at the Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Knoxville.

June 10, 2014 - Long Grove, IL - 51 year old Brian Pierce of Milwaukee, WI was killed on the job when the tractor trailer semi he was driving crossed a center line and crashed into a dump truck for an unknown reason.  His employer is not listed.

June 10, 2014 - Freeport, ME - 59 year old Scott MacDonald of Limington was working with a landscaping crew to unload materials when the forks of skid steer loader, holding granite steps, suddenly came down on top of him. He was employed by Coastal Landscape, Construction and Snow Services of Cumberland after owning his own business for 30 years.

June 10, 2014 - Weston, FL - 45 year old Ernesto Rodriguez of Hialeah was working in a large water-filled ditch on an underwater pipe when he did not resurface. His coworker became alarmed and went into the ditch to find Rodriguez who later died at hospital. His employer is not listed.

June 10, 2014 - Mint Hill, NC - 46 year old James Kirk Mitchman died on the job when he was buried in a trench collapsed. He had been lowered into a 15 foot deep trench for a sewer line installation to continue digging with a shovel. The trench had not been properly shored. He was employed by One Grade, Inc of Indian Trail.

June 10, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY - 22 year old Gustavo Tapia died after being pinned against a wall by a motorized vehicle. He was using a walk-behind electric forklift, trying to push a Yale forklift with a non-working rear wheel to the store’s rooftop parking lot, when the Yale forklift rolled backwards, pinning Tapia to the wall of the building. He was employed by Moisha's Discount Supermarket.

June 10, 2014 - Indianola, MS - 29 year old Tarares Williams of Itta Bena was killed on the job after falling from an industrial lift. He was working from the top of a scissor lift, or manlift, in the freezer warehouse section of Lewis Grocer Division of Supervalu when he fell about 18 feet.

June 10, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - 59 year old Ricky J. Robinson died on the job after being pushed out of a third story window when he couldn't get out of the way of a motorized cart that began moving. He was crushed under the machine as it fell down on top of him.  He was working for the MGM Grand Hotel.
















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