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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

This week's Weekly Toll continues with the list of workers from 2013 that we were provided and not previously found. Where we have been able to locate a link to the incident, we have included it.  As always our hearts go out to the family and friends who lost their lives on the job.

JUNE 2013

June 1, 2013 - South San Francisco, CA - 66 year old Larry Bailey was killed on the job when he fell from an elevated platform. He was painting from a pallet that was elevated on the forks of a fork truck when he fell. He was employed by K. Wilson & Co., Inc.

June 3, 2013 - Carlsbad, NM - 23 year old David L. Duran died on the job as he was attempting to disassemble and move a crane. A chain on the rig began to fall and as he reached to stop it from falling, he fell off the rig. He was harnessed but not tied off. He was employed by Wilbanks Trucking, Inc.

June 3, 2013 - Spirit Lake, IA - 40 year old Cory Ritzer died at hospital after he was struck in the head. He was directing a skid steer loader to the edge of a trench to fill when the edge collapsed sending the machine into Ritzer. He was employed by Tom's Plumbing & Heating, LLC.

June 4, 2013 - Westport, CT - 34 year old Walter Pani Chimbo of died after he slipped and fell from a roof while working for G & G Enterprises LLC.

June 4, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ - 56 year old John Edgar Coolidge died after falling from a 12 foot ladder when he lost his balance. He was an independent cameraman working in the film industry.

June 4, 2013 - Radford, VA - 39 year old Steven Anthony Cox was killed on the job when he was struck by a tractor trailer semi truck. He was performing routine maintenance along a roadway for Infrastructure Corporation. 

June 5, 2013 - West Monroe, LA - 38 year old Alfredo Zavala died after he fell through a hole at the Graphic Packaging Paper Mill.  He was employed by Industrial Roofing and Construction LLC.

June 6, 2013 - East Ridge, TN - 43 year old Roger Lee was killed on the job when he fell from the roof of a building. He was using a pulley system to pull a compressor to the roof's edge but it hung up on the gutter causing the rope to break. He and the machine fell from the elevation.  He was working for Jake Marshall Service, Inc.

June 10, 2013 - Bridgewater, NJ - 37 year old Michael Spencer died on the job after he was struck by a pipe wrench.  He was employed by Kmetz, Inc.

June 10, 2013 - Butte, MT - 37 year old Jason St. Pierre died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation, suffering a concussion and abrasions. He was working for Mike Rasnick.

June 11, 2013 - Oswego, NY - 44 year old John Halstead, Jr. of Fulton was killed on the job when a trailer he was helping to dismantle collapsed on top of him. He was working for Gerald Shepard.

June 11, 2013 - Port of Camden, NJ - 56 year old John Mahoney of Sicklerville died after he was struck by a forklift, receiving several traumatic injuries. He was a member of the International Longshoreman's Association working at the Beckett Street Terminal.

June 11, 2013 - Laurel, MD - 40 year old Erik Meekins of Baltimore suffered fatal head trauma after being struck by a motorist during road construction. He was employed by Road Safety, LLC.

June 12, 2013 - Salesville, OH - 44 year old Craig Alan Bontekoe from Manistique, MI died on the job from heat exhaustion caused cardiac event. He was employed by New Wave Energy Services, Inc. and Legends Oil Drilling Co.

June 12, 2013 - Bluemont, VA - 79 year old Donald Saylor died on the job when he was struck in the head and neck by a horse. He was holding a rope lead for the horse when it lunged, causing him to fall. He was working for Rock Hill Farm.

June 12, 2013 - Arlington, TX - 60 year old Darrell Mills died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Docks and More.

June 14, 2013 - Ghent, WV - 44 year old John Sparks died on the job from a fall from an unknown elevation while working for Brian's Home Improvements, Inc.

June 14, 2013 - New Orleans, LA - 32 year old Nelson Reyes died after receiving an electric shock in unknown circumstances while working for Beep Me Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

June 16, 2013 - Woodland, NJ - 40 year old Jose Delcid was killed on the job when he was struck by a tree limb that was cut by another worker who was higher in the tree.  He was working for Greenway Lawncare and Landscaping.

June 17, 2013 - Corning, NY - 52 year old William Schaeffer was electrocuted and then suffered a cardiac event while working at the Town of Corning rail yard for JMG Construction Corp.

June 18, 2013 - Altoona, WI - 65 year old James Bridges of Eau Claire died on the job after falling from an elevation at a residential construction site. He was employed by C & E Wurzer Builders LLC.

June 18, 2013 - Frisco, TX - 36 year old Victor Hugo died on the job after falling from an elevation under unknown circumstances while working for JAA Construction.

June 18, 2013 - Ponce, Puerto Rico - 68 year old Ismael Perez Baez was killed on the job when he was buried in a trench collapse while placing formwork. He was then struck by an excavation machine. He was working for Optima Contratista General.

June 19, 2013 - Des Moines, IA - 37 year old Michael Grant was killed on the job when he was pinned between a garbage truck and a parked semi truck as he was directing a wrecker to back up to the disabled garbage truck. He was working for Recycling, Inc.

June 19, 2013 - Desert Center, CA - 49 year old Art Morales became ill from the heat while working for E Light Electric Services, Inc. He refused medical treatment at the time but collapsed later while talking with a coworker.

June 20, 2013 - Indianapolis, IN - 71 year old Richard Gene Bray died on the job after he fell through a roof skylight as he tried to remove fasteners from the skylight. He was employed by Bray-Independent Contractor.

June 22, 2013 - Hughson, CA - 43 year old Marco A. Flores fell ill and died at hospital while working as an irrigator for Duarte Nursery, Inc.

June 23, 2013 - Las Cruses, NM - 38 year old Raymond Duran was injured on June 11th when he was struck in the chest by a reciprocating saw a coworker was using. When that worker lowed the saw, it slung back striking Duran in the chest and puncturing his heart. He was employed by Outlaw Construction Company.

June 24, 2013 - Rye, NH - 57 year old David French of Franklin died after falling from a roof height ladder, then striking a deck railing before landing on the ground. He was working for Peggy Arend.

June 24, 2013 - Waxahachie, TX - 53 year old Burl Dean Blevins died on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation, causing head injuries. He was employed by KBS Enterprises, LLC.

June 24, 2013 - Vieques, Puerto Rico - 73 year old Elliot Guzman was killed on the job when he was struck by a concrete beam that was knocked over by a truck he was directing to back up. He was employed by Municipio De Vieques Saneamien.

June 24, 2013 - Cantril, IA - 28 year old Jerome Horst died of an injury related to a forklift while working for Cantril Feed and Grain.

June 24, 2013 - Muscatine, IA - 65 year old Lyle Wayne Haury died of head trauma as a tornado swept through the area he was working in. He and others sought shelter but he was found, after it passed, with head injuries. He was working at Krieger Collision Center.

June 24, 2013 - Knoxville, TN - 28 year old Dr. Zackary Rose was found unconscious in a breakroom of the University of TN where he was an anesthesiology resident.

June 24, 2013 - Seeley, CA - 56 year old Richard Jones died of probably natural causes at a solar facility. He was found unresponsive next to his work truck. He was employed by CLP, a skilled labor staffing agency.

June 25, 2013 - Chicago, IL - 36 year old Ronald H. Guyton, Jr. of Aurora died from heat stroke while working for Aldridge Electric, Inc.

June 25, 2013 - Monticello, KY - 29 year old Kevin Miller was owner of Townsend Tree Service and using an elevated bucket truck to lower branches he was cutting. The branches became too heavy for the bucket and toppled the bucket.

June 26, 2013 - San Jose, CA - 52 year old Guadalupe Arteaga died on the job from electrocution when a climbing rope made contact with an overhead power line. He was employed by Lupe's Tree Service & Landscape.

June 27, 2013 - Boca Raton, FL - 22 year old Michael Sosa was killed on the job from electrocution in unknown circumstances while working for Tim Graboski Roofing, Inc.

June 27, 2013 - Columbia, IL - 60 year old Dennis Fassel died on the job of natural causes when he suddenly slumped over the steering wheel while driving his City of Columbia Public Works truck. His passenger was able to stop the truck.

June 28, 2013 - Saraland, AL - 47 year old Walter Pitts died after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Hosea O. Weaver and Sons, Inc.

JULY 2013

July 3, 2013 - Ordway, CO - 32 year old Nicholas W. Wilson was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Midwest Mole, Inc.

July 3, 2013 - Groveland, CA - 21 year old Annais Rittenberg died on the job when she was struck by a falling tree. She was sitting around an eating area and campfire circle when an oak tree spontaneously broke and fell.  She was near Yosemite, CA at Camp Tawonga / United Jewish Community.

July 5, 2013 - New York, NY - 55 year old Abbas Bahnam-Bakhsh of Staten Island died on the job after being struck by pipes falling when harness used to hoist them from the truck broke.  He was working on Governor's Island for Bedford-Carp Construction JV, Inc.

July 5, 2013 - Miramonte, CA - 55 year old Bruce Michigan was a maintenance supervisor for Sequoia Lakes Conference Center and was working with others on a plumbing install when he fell ill and collapsed.

July 5, 2013 - Bluffton, SC - 44 year old John Trerotola was killed on the job by electrocution when he touched a live wire in the attic of a home he was working in for Dedicated Electric, Inc.

July 5, 2013 - Honolulu, HI - 73 year old Marvlee Naukana-Gild suffered fatal head trauma after falling down a concrete stairway to the landing while working for UHM-School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

July 5, 2013 - Waterloo, IA - 35 year old Deea Lauritzen died on the job when she was buried in a trench collapse while repairing a sewer line for Strickfort Construction Corporation.

July 8, 2013 - Caruthers, CA - 30 year old Manuel Sanzon was killed on the job when he was struck by a work truck. As he was walking to his truck, it began to move. The passenger attempted to stop the truck but instead stepped on the gas, running the truck into Sanzon. He was employed by Watson Ag Chemicals, Inc.

July 8, 2013 - Portland, OR - 50 year old Jon Wright died on the job after he lost control of his vacuum truck and crashed into a creek bank. He was employed with Lovett, Inc.

July 9, 2013 - Nowata, OK - 38 year old Jesus Valencia Martinez of Bartlesville died on the job when he fell from the roof of an historic hotel being restored in Nowata. No one witnessed the incident. He was working for the hotel's owner, James Mitchell.

July 9, 2013 - El Paso, TX - 22 year old Cheyenne Rhodes died of electrocution while working at the El Paso International Airport for Johnson Controls, Inc.

July 9, 2013 - Lexington, KY - 25 year old Christopher Holt suffered a fatal heart attack while standing on a fixed ladder. He then fell backwards, striking his head on the floor. He was working for The Fresh Market, Inc.

July 10, 2013 - Pago Pago, American Samoa - 39 year old Fa'tateleupu Nakiso was killed on the job when he was electrocuted while working for McConnell Dowell Constructors.

July 10, 2013 - Medina, OH - 30 year old Michael Krebs suffered a fatal electric shock inside a trench containing water at Fox Meadows Country Club. Reports state he may have fallen in and tried to grap a cut wire to pull himself out and it was live. He was employed by Fore Golf Management, LLC dba Fox Meadows Country Club.

July 12, 2013 - Portage, IN - 53 year old Paul Grott died of a cardiac event while working at a drug store making a delivery for Coca-Cola Refreshments.

July 15, 2013 - Quinton, VA - 46 year old David R. Black died on the job when he fell down a stairway from a second floor new home construction. He was working for Crosby Plumbing & Water Treatment.

July 16, 2013 - Oakland, CA - 45 year old Joy Daniels suffered a seizure while operating a powered industrial truck for Total Terminals International.

July 16, 2013 - Atlantic Mine, MI - 38 year old James Spagnotti died of electrocution and a fall from scaffolding while working as a volunteer at a private home for Amazing Grace Ministries.

July 17, 2013 - Batesville, IN - 56 year old Steven W. Bouldin was installing a flat screen TV in a funeral home when he collapsed and was found by a coworker. He died at hospital of natural causes. He was working for The Premier Group.

July 17, 2013 - Greenfield, IN - 48 year old Jerry Moon died of hyperthermia (heat stress) while taking a break in the shade. He was a residential roofer for Blunk's Building and Remodeling.

July 18, 2013 - Redding, CA - 51 year old Ralph Stewart suffered a fatal cardiac event after becoming too hot while working in an non air conditioned environment. He was employed by Shasta County Health & Human Services.

July 19, 2013 - Hoboken, NJ - 47 year old James Green was killed on the job from electrocution in an unknown incident while working for Logram-Eastern Electric Corporation.

July 19, 2013 - LaVergne, TN - 51 year old John Meyer died on the job after being injured on July 12th when he was pinned inside a tire assembly machine and suffered head and chest trauma. He was employed by Bridgestone America's Tire.

July 19, 2013 - Florham Park, NJ - 52 year old Alfredo Rodrigues of Union died on the job of electrocution while working for PCS Wireless, LLC.  Circumstances unknown.

July 19, 2013 - W. Lafayette, IN - 53 year old Jay E. Summers was killed on the job when he was struck by a trailer being pulled by a truck in a work zone. He was employed by Fairfield Contractors.

July 20, 2013 - Danbury, CT - 61 year old Kevin Moroney died on the job from a natural cardiac event while working for Custom Exterior Systems, Inc.

July 22, 2013 - Robersonville, NC - 25 year old Juan Carlos Perez died during surgery after his arm was caught in, and he was pulled into, a tobacco harvester machine while working for Paul Harris Farms, Inc.

July 22, 2013 - New Castle, IN - 55 year old Richard Rawles died on the job after the tandem semi he was driving crashed down an embankment as he attempted to avoid an accident. He was employed by United Parcel Service, Inc.

July 22, 2013 - Fullerton, CA - 45 year old Jose Barra died on the job of possible electrocution or cardiac event while working to install an exhaust fan in the attic of a private residence. He was working for Jose Luis Barragan.

July 23, 2013 - Bristol, RI - 46 year old David Dupee of Bozrah, CT was killed on the job when he fell from the Mount Hope Bridge in Bristol, RI. He was performing steel painting and repair work on the bridge. He was employed by TDA Construction, Inc.

July 23, 2013 - Fort Wayne, IN - 25 year old Tyrek Murphy died of blunt force trauma and leg amputation when a tractor trailer semi driver crashed into his truck as it was being serviced on the roadway on July 11th. He was working for Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.

July 23, 2013 - Plymouth, MA - 26 year old Jason Faria of Fall River was killed on the job when a concrete form he was harnessed to came loose and fell. He was working for Diaz Construction Co, Inc.

July 23, 2013 - Fort Wayne, IN - 44 year old Rafael Torres-Diaz was killed on the job when he fell from a tree. He was attached to a safety line working in the tree, but as the tree was rotted it broke, causing him to fall. He was working for Tree 3 Rivers Landscaping.

July 23, 2013 - Dallas, TX - 23 year old Acosta Gaston died after falling from an unknown elevation and suffering head injuries while working for Sergio A. Gaytan.

July 23, 2013 - Aberdeen, SD - 66 year old Larry Huffman died after being struck by a semi "pup" trailer while working on a construction site for Lien Transportation Company.

July 24, 2013 - Charleston, SC - 55 year old Ernest Paterchak died on the job when he became pinned between a moving concrete truck axle and a forklift while working for MB Kahn Construction Company.

July 25, 2013 - Evanston, IL - 44 year old Francisco Mondragon Acosta was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for J&M Hauling Co., Inc.

July 25, 2013 - Hobart, IN - 59 year old Cvetko Gjorseski collapsed during a lunch break while working for Airtek, Inc. and later died at hospital.

July 25, 2013 - Wheeling, IL - 33 year old Shamekia Goodwin-Badger died of natural causes after becoming ill on her job as an evidence technician in training for Village of Wheeling Police Dept. 

July 26, 2013 - Ames, IA - 39 year old Justyn Jarnagin was spraying foam insulation for Kinzler Construction Services on July 23rd when he suffered an asthma attack and then a heart attack.

July 26, 2013 - Lostine, OR - 51 year old Shane Cosgriff died after losing control of an unloaded log truck.  He was working for Burke L. Lathrop.

July 27, 2013 - Racine, WI - 31 year old Christopher Schroeder died of heat exhaustion in unknown circumstances while working for Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

July 28, 2013 - Madison, CA - 24 year old Christopher Gladden was killed on the job when he was pinned between two vehicles. He was a tow truck driver for Capitol City Automotive, Inc. at the rear of a disabled vehicle when it was struck from behind.

July 29, 2013 - Medford, OK - 45 year old Maclovio Salas died on the job after being struck by an unknown object suffering head injuries. He was employed by Static Oilfield Services, Inc.

July 30, 2013 - Telford, PA - 45 year old Brett Moyer of Silverdale was killed when he was struck by and pinned under a street sweeper machine. He was working for P.K. Moyer & Sons, Inc.

July 30, 2013 - Gold Beach, OR - 35 year old Benjamin Cool of Grangeville, ID died on the job after he made contact with a high voltage power line and was electrocuted. He was employed by Wilson Construction Co.















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The Weekly Toll: Death in the America Workplace

This week's Weekly Toll begins with a new list of workers from 2013.  Unfortunately, on our regular searches for workers, we often miss so many for one reason or another. However, we do make certain requests in which we are able to obtain a list of those workers we previously did not find. Dates vary but all are from 2013. We have located as many online articles regarding the incident's as we could.  This post includes those from February to May 2013.

February 2, 2013 - New Jersey - 52 year old Mark Eudaitis died after he fell from a ladder. No other information is available.

February 15, 2013 - New Jersey - 22 year old Milton Morocho was killed after he was struck by a tree limb. No other information is available.

February 17, 2013 - Sayreville, NJ - 34 year old Michael McQuade of Clementon was killed when he was pinned by a barge under a bridge. He was responsible for welding and pouring concrete under water for Hydro-Marine Construction.

March 11, 2013 - New Jersey - 50 year old William Montgomery died on the job when he fell from a roof. No other information is available.

March 27, 2013 - New Jersey - 30 year old Jose Barralaya was killed on the job when he fell from a roof. No other information is available.

March 24 - Newark, NJ - 30 year old Mohammed Sy, also known as Papa Khaly Ndiaye, was shot to death as he tried to break up an altercation between patrons at an IHOP Restaurant in Newark. 

March 28, 2013 - Clinton, NJ - 35 year old Jeffrey Scheurer of Flemington died after he was struck by a vehicle during a controlled burn in Hunterdon County. He was a firefighter, employed by New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

April 5, 2013 - Kearney, NJ - 59 year old Horacio Fonseca suffered a fatal heart attack while at work. He was owner of Portugal in America Construction Company.  No other information is available.

April 18, 2013 - New Jersey - 57 year old John Tiedeman died on the job after he was struck by an industrial vehicle. No other information is available.

April 29, 2013 - Ramsey, IN - 52 year old Kenneth Downey was killed on the job when his utility truck was struck by a train. He apparently did not see or hear it approaching. He was employed by Ramsey Water Company, Inc.

April 30, 2013 - Silver Bay, MN - 58 year old Lee Roy Jacobson died on the job when the excavator he was operating flipped upside down into a river. He was using the tracked excavator to break up ice clogging road culverts. He was employed by Lake County Highway Department/Silver Bay Street Department.

May 1, 2013 - New Jersey - 70 year old William Schmidt, Jr. died after he tripped and fell while working. No other information is available.

May 3, 2013 - Madison, WI - 57 year old Scott Schultz died on the job after he fell on May 1st from an elevation while working for Scott Schultz Roofing and Painting.

May 6, 2013 - Miami, FL - 54 year old Silvio de Jesus Tapasco died on the job after he fell from an elevation while working for SD Restoration, Inc.

May 7, 2013 - Orono, ME - 56 year old Richard Thibodeau of Carmel was struck and killed by a motorist as he worked along a road way. He was employed by Harvey Paving & Sealcoating.

May 7, 2013 - Chamblee, GA - 40 year old Vasile Mois was killed on the job after be was caught in or between an unknown object. He suffered asphyxia.  He was employed by Southern Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

May 7, 2013 - Hayward, CA - 38 year old Christopher Cole collapsed due to natural causes while working for Bohler-Uddeholm Corporation.

May 8, 2013 - Westland, MI - 29 year old Brian Woehlke died on the job of smoke inhalation after his air hose became kinked and he was not able to find the exit of the building in time. He was firefighter for Wayne Westland Fire Department.

May 9, 2013 - Ferndale, MI - 73 year old David Burnette died on the job when he fell from the roof of a building. He was an insurance adjuster and used a ladder that was not fully extended above the roof line. He missed the top rung, causing him to fall. He was employed by Eagle Adjusting Services, Inc.

May 9, 2013 - Elizabeth, NJ - 51 year old Otto Benke of Summit was crushed to death when a car he was working under fell off a lift. He was employed by J&L Auto Body Parts.

May 12, 2013 - Middletown, CA - 65 year old Vincente Valencia died after he became ill at work. He died of natural causes while employed by Engineering/Remediation Resources.

May 14, 2013 - Commerce City, CO - 49 year old Luciano Seranno Parades died on the job after he fell from an elevation while working for Garay Construction, Inc.  No other information is available.

May 14, 2013 - Gas City, IN - 45 year old Andrew Powell was found unresponsive by his coworkers and had died of heart failure. He was employed by American Woodmark Corporation.

May 16, 2013 - Daphne, AL - 51 year old Roberto Campos Leco was killed on the job after he fell from an elevation while working for Olmedo Construction, Inc.  No other information is available.

May 16, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ - 49 year old James William Brown was killed on the job when he was struck by a tree just as an excavator operator was dropping a large tree on an 'end dump'.  He was employed by M&P Venture Partners, LLC.

May 17, 2013 - Merrillville, IN - 34 year old Stephen Lewis of Rolling Prairie died on the job of electrocution. He was guiding an iron pipe connected to an excavator attached to a rope sling into a trench. The boom of the excavator came into contact with a power line and became energized. He was employed by H & G Underground Utilities.

May 17, 2013 - Camden, NJ - 42 year old Keith Rainer died on the job after a concrete barrier wall was pushed over by front end loader and he was crushed under debris. He was an employee at Harris Camden Terminal.

May 18, 2013 - Gary, IN - 54 year old Lamar Beach collapsed of a heart attack while talking to other workers and died at hospital. He was employed by Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation.

May 20, 2013 - Casper, WY - 62 year old Douglas J. Franklin died at hospital after suffering injuries when his clothing was caught in a vertical metal lathe. He was employed by N. C. Machine LLC.

May 21, 2013 - Bee Cave, TX - 42 year old David Maldanado died on the job after he was caught in or between an unknown object while working for NPL Construction Company. No other information is available.

May 21, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY - 30 year old Juan DeLaCruz was killed after he fell from an elevation while working for Gerardo Ramirez. No other information is available.

May 21, 2013 - Chico, CA - 42 year old Deacon Murphy of Los Molinos died after being struck by a log that rolled from a truck as he attempted to remove the last remaining log-binding cable. He was working for himself. No other information is available.

May 23, 2013 - Hot Springs, AR - 66 year old James Taylor died after falling from an elevation while working for Commerce Construction Company, Inc. No other information is available.

May 23, 2013 - Lancaster, OH - 44 year old Michael Anthony Sway died on the job after falling through a roof that he was inspecting. He was an attorney for Smith, Rolfes, & Skavdahl Company, LPA.

May 23, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT - 31 year old Nathan T. Jackson was killed on the job when he was crushed under a heavy container that became unstable and slid off onto him. He was employed by Mountain Peak Vinyl.

May 27, 2013 - Pago Pago, American Samoa - 39 year old Lole Malai died on the job after falling from an elevation while working for Paramount Builders, Inc. No other information is available.

May 29, 2013 - Oakland, CA - 36 year old Cesar Reyes Arroyo died after he suffered head and chest trauma when he was struck as he attempted to clear material from a yard stretch machine.  He was employed by CHK Manufacturing, Inc.

May 30, 2013 - Pax, WV - 55 year old William Brady died on the job after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Edwin Brady Construction Company, Inc.

May 30, 2013 - Ocean Township, NJ - 39 year old Michael Massey of Freehold Townshipdied after being struck by a motorist as he stood behind his Ocean Township Public Works garbage truck.

May 31, 2013 - Saint Louis, MO - 50 year old Richard Babb suffered a fatal head injury when he fell from an elevation while working for Future Aire, Inc. No other information is available.













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This week's post is to remember those who died in the later half of March 2014.  Our thoughts are with the families and those affected. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

March 14, 2014 - Tucson, AZ - 59 year old Thomas Robert Quesnel, a Tucson Fire Department arson investigator died of work related leukemia.

March 17 - Troy Mills, IA - 75 year old Donald Reilly of Coggon died on the job after he fell from the top of a grain trailer that he was walking along. He was working on a farm near Troy Mills.

March 18 - Seattle, WA - 62 year old William Strothman of Bothell and 59 year old Gary Pfitzner of Issaquah were both killed on the job when their KOMO News helicopter crashed upon take-off below the helipad on Broad Street in Seattle. Strothman was a news photographer and Pfitzner was the pilot of the station helicopter. 

March 19 - Fort Bragg, CA - 48 year old Ricky Del Fiorentino, a deputy for the Mendicino County Sheriff's Office was shot to death while he was still in his patrol car when he confronted a suspect.

March 19 - Pasadena, MD - 21 year old Chad Weller of Stevensville, was killed on the job when he fell approximately 200 feet from telecommunications equipment that was on top of a water tower. He was working for a subcontractor for the telecommunications company but the name of either is unknown.

March 20 - Onondaga, NY - 41 year old Christopher Spicer of Marietta, died on the job after he suffered fatal crushing injuries. He was working on Volles Dairy Farm after he accidentally hit a lever on a hydraulic lift of a grain truck, and the box lowered on top of his chest.

March 20 - Dickinson, ND - 32 year old Kristopher Barnes of Minot died on the job when he was struck by a 'traveling block', a large piece of equipment used at drilling rig sites. He was employed by Ensign U.S. Drilling. Petro-Hunt out of Dallas owns the rig site.

March 20 - Molalla, OR - 57 year old David Moore of Woodburn died on the job when he was struck by a forklift as he was securing a load on his semi truck at RSG Forest Products lumber yard. He worked for Blue Pacific Logistics Inc. 

March 21 - Fanning, KS - 68 year old William Saunders died after being injured in a farm related incident. He was attempting to move a grain auger at an unnamed farm. 

March 21 - Outlook, WA - 48 year old Richard Piroli died after falling ill while changing a tire at George Deruyter and Son Dairy Farm. He took a rest and was talking to co-workers but became unresponsive and died at the scene.

March 21 - East Chicago, IL - 62 year old Robert "Lane" Watts of Westville died after he suffered thermal burn injuries on February 8th. It is unclear how, but he fell into scalding water at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago.

March 21 - Catoosa, OK - 48 year old Eri Hernandez of Edmond was killed on the job when she was struck and run over by a loaded dump truck while working near the interstate. She was a contractor with Mack's S&S in Oklahoma City.

March 21 - Boston, MA - An unidentified man, who is reportedly a Ugandan immigrant, was killed when he fell in an elevator shaft. He was an elevator operator and the freight elevator became stuck between floors. As he attempted to jump to safety, he missed a platform and fell to the sub-basement.

March 21 - Liberty, PA - 35 year old Andrew L. Graham was killed in a logging incident. He was working with his father and as a tree was cut, another tree that was leaning up against the first tree fell and struck Graham.

March 21 - Sinton, TX - 60 year old Marciano Martinez-Garcia died on the job after being struck by a tractor trailer in a construction work zone. The semi driver saw Martinez-Garcia attempt to cross a lane and attempted to avoid hitting him, but the trailer struck him.

March 22 - Oso, WA - 55 year old Stephen Neal of Darrington, was at a private home in Oso installing a water heater when he was buried in the massive mudslide that occurred in Oso. He was employed by R&R Plumbing.

March 22 - Windermere, FL - 31 year old Robert German, an officer for Windermere Police Department, was shot to death by two teenagers that he had stopped while on foot patrol. He called for back-up but when they arrived, they found him dead. The teens committed suicide after the shooting.

March 22 - Oso, WA - 66 year old Bill Welsh of Arlington, was an electrician for Whitley Electric and was meeting Stephen Neal (see above) at the same home when the massive mudslide happened in Oso and he was buried in it. 

March 22 - Youngwood, PA - 57 year old Edwin "Jeff" Wentzel was killed on the job when he was struck by a train under a bridge. He had been searching for a missing woman. Wentzel was a volunteer firefighter for Youngwood Fire Department. 

March 24 - Norfolk, VA - 24 year old Petty Officer Mark Mayo was shot to death as he was attempting to protect a sailor from a man with a gun.  A civilian truck driver was able to get on board a pierside destroyer and had taken away the gun from a female sailor when Mayo went to help. As he pushed the sailor out of the way of the gunman, he was shot.  

March 25 - Princeton, IN - 41 year old Timothy W. Memmer died of injuries received while performing maintenance on an underground piece of mining equipment. He was employed by Gibson County Coal LLC. 

March 25 - Leray, NY - 25 year old Jesse M. Chase of Evans Mills died after he was pinned by a feed trailer on a farm. He was at the rear of the trailer checking a tire when the trailer loaded with feed tipped backwards, pinning him between it and the ground.

March 25 - Carmel, IN - 59 year old Michael Davis of Noblesville died after he was electrocuted and was on fire at the Carmel substation where he was a substation maintenance supervisor.

March 26 - Boston, MA - 43 year old Lt. Ed Walsh and 33 year old Firefighter Michael Kennedy died when they were trapped in the basement of a brownstone that was called a 9 alarm fire. Both were Boston Fire Department firefighters.

March 26 - Blaine, KS - 38 year old Martin Powers of St. Charles and 25 year old Seth Garner of St. Peters died after they suffered injuries due to a fall. Both were working to remove old equipment from an older tower when it and another tower collapsed. The men were working for Wireless Horizon.

March 26 - Sale City, MN - 62 year old Jackie McCook was found dead inside a grain bin while working for Snipes Farms. He was discovered with his heart medication nearby and authorities think he may have had a heart attack.

March 27 - Thomasville, GA - 31 year old Joshua Fulghum died on the job when he slipped into an auger while sweeping seeds inside a grain silo.  He was employed by Southwest Georgia Ethanol plant.

March 27 - Houston, TX - 53 year old Rueben Portillo was shot to death on the job during a robbery attempt at the Lucky Star Game Room where he was a security guard.

March 28 - Salkum, WA - 69 year old John B. Leonard of Chehalis died from injuries he received at a logging site.  As Leonard made a partial cut on a tree in order for the company owner to push it over with equipment, the tree brushed against another causing a large limb to snap off and fall onto Leonard.

March 29 - Tonganoxie, KS - 43 year old Sergiy Angelchev of Aurora, CO died from injuries he received when the tractor trailer semi he was driving struck a Kansas Turnpike Tollbooth at highway speed. His passenger was injured.

March 30 - Towson, MD - 24 year old Alejandro Morales Silver of Bladensburg died after he was struck by a car while directing traffic on March 21st. He was an employee for Olney Masonry Corporation.

March 30 - West Carrollton, OH - 48 year old James Mitchell of Vandalia was found dead a day after he apparently died while working at Certified Heat Treating in West Carrollton. OSHA reports that he was caught in a door while working with a furnace.

March 31 - Johnson City, NY - 43 year old David Smith, an officer for the Johnson City Police Department, was shot and killed by an assailant who wrestled away his service revolver during a struggle as the officer still sat in his patrol car.




















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February 3, 2014 - Kingston, NY - 33 year old Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was shot to death by a co-worker while working at their Department of Environmental Protection office. No motive was given for his murder but his co-worker has been arrested and charged.

February 21 - Roy, WA - Lonnie Olsen was killed on the job when the he was struck by his truck. After parking the truck, he walked behind it and it rolled back into him. He was employed by Tacoma Moving and Storage.

February 26 - Kent, WA - Robert Rodrick died of a heart related medical issue while working for Domino's National Commissary Corp / Domino's Pizza.

February 28 - Clayton, NC - 43 year old Phillip S. Olive was killed on the job when a tree fell on him while clearing land.  It is unknown who he was employed by.

March 2, 2014 - Pendleton, OR - Mario Santana of Sunnyside, OR died near Pendleton when the milk truck he was driving crashed.  He was employed by LTI Inc dba Milky Way.

March 3 - Phoenix, AZ - 43 year old John Hobbs, a member of the Phoenix Police Department, was killed on the job when he was shot during a gun battle with an ex convict.  Another officer was injured.

March 3 - East Wanatchee, WA - Jason Herrin was killed on the job when the truck he was driving was involved in a head-on crash as he tried to pass another vehicle.  He was employed by Confluence Health.

March 3 - Kensington, MN - 72 year old Paul Stark died on the job when he became trapped or pinned between the bucket of his farm tractor and a metal cattle gate.

March 5 - Detroit, MI - 23 year old Erik Deighton was killed on the job when he was crushed inside a press machine. He was attempting to clear an obstruction when the machine cycled and crushed him. He was employed by Colonial Plastics.  

March 5 - Belton, SC - 47 year old Mike Cowert died after being exposed to toxic fumes while working at Mike's Sodablasting and Sandblasting.  He was sandblasting a vehicle when a generator exploded and he inhaled toxic carbon monoxide that came through the mask that was hooked to the generator.

March 6 - Hastings, MI - 42 year old Alicia Avalos Rebolledo was fatally injured when she was attacked by a bull while working at a Barry Bounty farm.

March 6 - Seagraves, TX - 43 year old James Croft of Tyler was killed on the job when a silo tank he was attempting to take down fell down prematurely. He was using an excavator and the Venture Chemicals tank fell down on top of him. He was employed by K & L Oil Field Demolition.

March 7 - Tonawanda, NY - 56 year old Steve Pawlowski, owner of Steve's Auto Service, died after a fuel pump he was working on exploded and caught on fire. He was severely burned.

March 7 - South Plainfield, NJ - 65 year old Robert Donohue of Glen Gardner suffered fatal crushing injuries when a stack of steel beams fell over, pinning him against a tractor trailer semi. It is believed he worked for Bushwick Metals.

March 7 - Beverly Hills, CA - 40 year old Nicholas Lee, a Los Angeles Police officer with the Hollywood Division, was killed when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck as he and his partner were responding to a police call.  The dump truck driver, who lost control of the vehicle, and the other officer were injured.

March 8 - Greenwood, SC - 46 year old Todd Hendrix died on the job when he became trapped in a piece of machinery at the meat processing plant Louis Rich in Newberry. 

March 9 - St. James, LA - 36 year old Marcos Rodriguez living in Campbell, OH but originally from Brazil, died on the job when he fell 100 feet from scaffolding at the Sunshine Bridge in Louisiana. He was working alongside his brother as painters for North Star Painting of Youngstown, OH.

March 10 - Upper Manhattan, NY - 58 year old James Romansoff of Yonkers was struck and killed by an elevated train. He was working with a crew who thought train traffic had been suspended in the area. He was an employee for Metro North's Power Department. 

March 10 - Beloit, IL - 39 year old Alfredo Arrendondo was killed on the job when he became trapped in a piece of machinery while working at Behr Iron and Metal, a metal recycling plant.

March 10 - Gibsonia, PA - 64 year old Bradley Oberg of Cranberry died after falling from a scaffold. He was a volunteer helping to set up for a musical being held at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia.

March 10 - Rotterdam, NY - 39 year old John Dean of Albany died after being pinned by a tow truck that rolled into him. It was his first day on the job for AC Body Works.

March 10 - Seward, NE - 36 year old Jeramie Schoepf died in hospital a week after being struck in the head by a tree branch as he was clearing trees for a city recreational trail expansion. He was working for Seward Street Maintenance Department.

March 10 - Glendale, AZ - 26 year old Scott White was fatally shot to death by a customer who was attempting to steal gas from the AMPM Convenience store he was working at.

March 11 - Russellville, KY - Genaro A. Quevedo from Mexico was killed on the job when he was caught in a piece of machinery. He was working for Stark Truss and not being seen by others he was crushed between a press and roller of the machine.

March 11 - Enterprise, OR - 62 year old Harry McNall was killed on the job while working to erect a silo for Wallowa County Grain Growers. He was on a section of scaffold that tipped, falling into the structure and knocking him to the ground.

March 11 - Edgar, NE - 66 year old Alan Watson of rural Fairfield died on the job while working in a grain silo on a farm near Edgar. He was using an auger inside the silo moving grain from it to a truck. When others noticed corn grain wasn't coming out they discovered him inside. He may have died of natural causes.

March 12 - Little Rock, AR - 51 year old James Taylor of Cabot died on the job after falling from the roof of an industrial building. He and a co-worker were measuring the size of the roof when Taylor from it.  It us unknown who his employer was.

March 12 - Annapolis, MD - 41 year old Benjamin Delano Kirby, Jr. was assaulted and shot while driving his personal vehicle for ABC Green Taxi.

March 13 - North Bend, OR - 65 year old Phillip "Phil" N. Bowman was fatally injured when he was struck by the gate of a dump truck. He was a North Bend Street Department employee.

March 13 - Orwigsburg, PA - 66 year old Terry Lee Warner of Schuylkill Haven was killed on the job after being struck by a semi truck backing into a loading dock. He was employed by Classtex Mills of Orwigsburg.

March 14 - Cedar Rapids, IA - 28 year old Jacob "Jake" B. Harper of East Moline, IL suffered fatal head injuries after steel pipes fell off a truck, striking him.  He was unstrapping the pipes at Cedar Rapids Country Club when they fell from the truck. He was employed by Michels Pipeline Corporation, a subcontractor for MidAmerican Energy Company.























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September 14, 2013 - Canastota, NY - 58 year old Richard C. 'Rick' Whitney, Jr. of Bernhards Bay was killed on the job when an explosion occurred as he was welding in a methane gas dome at the Canastota Wastewater Treatment plant. He was employed by Joy Process Mechanical.

October 21, 2013 - Chattanooga, TN - 34 year old Mandie Rachael Creel Chitwood died after the ladder she was working from was knocked out from under her by a forklift operator sending her into a large pipe at Wrigley (candy) Manufacturing.

January 9, 2014 - Bowling Green, FL - An unidentified truck driver of a fully loaded fuel tanker died when the truck crashed, and exploded into a fire ball.  Efforts to find his identify were unsuccessful. He was employed by B Line Transport.

January 13 - Chicago, IL - 22 year old Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzales was killed when an aerial steel acrobatic ring he was using for dance practice broke free, striking him in the head while he was on a break at Danceworks Chicago. 

January 14 - North Highlands, CA - 22 year old Marc Zhuchenko was trying to help his co-workers when a robbery suspect was herding them into a back room at O'Reilly Auto Parts when he stabbed the suspect. That act angered the suspect who then shot Mr. Zhuchenko to death.

January 16 - Kitzmiller, MD - 20 year old Daniel Lambka died on the job when he became pinned between a frame of a feeder machine and a rib wall at Mettiki's Mountain View Mine.

January 22 - Bracken County, KY - Tom Stephenson was killed after he was knocked down and then trampled by a bull as he worked at David Emmons Farm.

February 3, 2013 - Vancouver, WA - 45 year old Ryan Momeny of Camas was shot to death by an employee for an unknown reason. Momeny was General Manager for Benjamin Moore & Co. 

February 6 - Tacoma, WA - David Pierson died on the job of a cardiac event while working for Larson Automotive Holdings Inc. dba Larson Hyundai.

February 10 - Morton, WA - 21 year old Tyler Bryan of Toledo, WA was killed on the job after being struck by a spinning log dangling from a skyline logging cable. He was employed by Brindle Technical Logging, Inc. dba Brintech. 

February 13, 2013 - Alexandria, VA - 34 year old Travis Jackson was working on road construction when he was struck by a light trailer. He was standing near the trailer when a motorist struck a vehicle that the trailer was hooked to, causing it to swing around striking Jackson.

February 15 - Gillette, WY - 26 year old Nathan James Scott died after he was struck by a welding truck while working at the Houston based EOG Resources, Inc. Cyclone Rig 33. He was an employee for Cyclone Drilling, Inc.

February 17 - El Cajon, CA - An unidentified worker was killed on the job when he became pinned between a forklift and large equipment while working at GKN Aerospace.

February 17 - Fresno, CA - 33 year old Juan Gonzales and 34 year old Brian Law, both California Highway Patrol troopers, were both killed on the job after their cruiser crashed and rolled as they were responding to a call in Kingsburg, CA. 

February 17 - Monroeville, OH- 29 year old Andrew Robert Bishoff died after being injured on January 11th when he fell from a ladder he was climbing on the outside of a grain silo.  He was employed by Triple H Farms.

February 18 - Belridge, CA - 53 year old James Dennis Robbins died on the job after falling from a production oil rig near Belridge. It is unclear who he was employed by.

February 18 - Long Beach, CA - 50 year old Efren Sanchez of La Puente was killed on the job after he fell from scaffolding while working at Port of Long Beach.  It is unclear who he worked for.

February 18 - Columbus, NE - 53 year old Denise Jean Wieser of Richland was killed on the job in an incident possibly involving a forklift. She was working for BD Medical manufacturing plant when the incident occurred. 

February 18 - Dallas, NC - 63 year old Joe Herman Ratchford died on the job when he was struck by a branch from a large tree he was attempting to cut a limb. He was owner of Apple Creek Golf Course where the incident took place.

February 19 - South Windsor, CT - 22 year old Connor Betts and 55 year old Lloyd Folsom, Jr. were both electrocuted when the truck they were in became energized after the raised bed of a dump truck Betts was operating touched electrical lines. He exited the truck and was electrocuted when he touched the truck. Mr. Folsom then exited the truck to help Betts and was also electrocuted.  Folsom owned Folsom Construction.

February 20 - Acadia, LA - 19 year old Taylor Morvant died at hospital after receiving injuries at an unidentified oil field. Morvant and other worker were pumping crude from a vacuum truck when a hatch flew open, striking him in the head and chest.

February 20 - Lexington, KY - 24 year old Isaias Cabrera Ramos of North Carolina died of traumatic head injuries while working at a University of Kentucky campus construction site. He was working on the ground when plywood blew off the roof of a building, striking him. He was employed by Messer Construction Company.

February 20 - Benton, MO - 54 year old Terry Meek of Grant City suffered crushing injuries when an unloading belt fell onto him while working at Helena Chemical Company in Benton.

February 20 - Doctortown, GA - 27 year old Sarah Elizabeth Jones of Atlanta was killed on the job when she was struck by a freight train while working as a second camera assistant on a film.  The film crew were working on a train track and while waiting for two scheduled trains, they were surprised by an unexpected train moving very fast. It appears she was working for the Georgia-based Meddin Studios, along with several other companies involved in the film production.

February 21 - Louisville, KY - 37 year old Felipe Mata Fiscaya of Alabama died on the job when he fell about four stories down an elevator shaft. He was contract employee working at Kosmos Cement Plant.

February 21 - Grundy, VA - 24 year old Arthur David Gelenster was killed on the job when he became pinned by a coal extracting machine. He was working for SunCoke Energy's Dominion Coal Corporation Mine #30.

February 21 - Woodbridge, VA - 21 year old Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero was shot to death and her 42 year old unidentified co-worker critically injured during a robbery attempt at Plantanillos Grocery and Jewelry.

February 21 - West Haven, VT - 59 year old Darnell Hannah of Millstone, NJ was killed on the job when the tour bus he was operating was involving in a crash, on icy roads, with a tractor trailer semi truck and he was trapped in the bus. He was employed by Triple D Travel out of New Jersey.

February 21 - Bovina, WI - 63 year old Michael Calusen of Clintonville died on the job when he was pinned against a barn by a truck that slid on the ice and into him.  He was working on a farm in Bovina.

February 21 - Los Angeles, CA - 51 year old Cesar Valenzuela died while working as a baggage handler at the Los Angeles airport LAX.  He fell from a baggage tug and authorities are investigating a possible heart attack that caused Valenzuela to fall.

February 21 - Wichita, KS - 44 year old Efren Antonio Villarreal-Alvarado was found inside his Santana Concrete work truck, shot in the chest. He later died at hospital. Police say robbery was the motive and two men have been charged with his murder.

February 21 - Houston, TX - 52 year old Donalvon ODell Rhyne was shot to death by robbery suspects while driving his United Cab vehicle. All four suspects have been arrested for his murder.

February 22 - Columbia, MO - Bruce Britt, a Lieutenant for the Columbia Fire Department was killed on the job when a concrete walkway collapsed and he was buried under some of the debris. He was responding to a call about the partial collapse of the walkway.

February 22 - Chicago, IL - 28 year old Javan Boyd was driving his own vehicle as a livery (cab) driver when he was shot to death. It was unclear if robbery was a motive. He was working for Pershing Livery.

February 24 - Toone, TN - 41 year old Michael Chism died after suffering burns on February 22nd over 90% of his body in an explosion inside a mixing room at Kilgore Flares.

February 24 - Corpus Christi, TX - 53 year old Jeffery Babzien was killed on the job when a 2,000 pound pipe fell from an overhead crane, crushing him. He worked for Southern Minerals at Trafigura EF-90 storage terminal complex.

February 24 - Houston, TX - Two unidentified workers died after being electrocuted when a crane touched power lines. It is unclear who they were employed by but were reportedly oilfield workers.

February 25 - Elmwood, NE - 51 year old John P. Bruns was killed on the job when the propane truck he was driving was struck by a train. There were no gates to warn drivers of oncoming trains; only signs. He was employed by Drake Propane Services.

February 26 - El Cajon, CA - 49 year old Bernardo Teran died on the job when a palm tree he was cutting down became unstable and fell onto him. He was the owner of the company working at a private residence.

February 26 - East Peoria, IL - 35 year old Ryan Michael Regan was electrocuted while working on a power pole behind a private residence. He was employed by J.F. Electric, Inc. of Edwardsville.

February 26 - Peculiar, MO - 29 year old Joshua Anderson of Adrian was crushed to death by a tractor trailer semi rig that struck him as he was helping the driver back up. He was employed by Worldwide Steel Buildings in Peculiar.

February 27 - Union Township, OH - Keith Jester was killed and a co-worker injured when they fell from a utility pole, which then fell onto them while working for Duke Energy.

February 27 - Oakfield, WI - 42 year old Anthony J. Shields of West Bend, a member of the maintenance staff for Seneca Foods, died on the job when his clothing became entangled in a lathe on a piece of machinery.

February 27 - Prescott, AZ - 64 year old Derk Janssen collapsed and died during one of his English classes while working at Prescott Unified School District's Prescott High School.

February 28 - Spokane, WA - 52 year old Paul M. Inc died on the job from head trauma. After receiving an electric shock he was knocked off a ladder causing him to strike his head on the ground. He was a long time employee for Nordstrom, Inc.

February 28 - Portage, WI - 29 year old Michale Kittle was killed on the job when he was crushed under a concrete form that from equipment being used to lift it. He was employed by Wieser Concrete Products, Inc.

February 28 - New Haven, IN - 50 year old Todd Fritcha was crushed to death under the rear wheels of a dump truck. He was Vice President for Fritcha Excavating.

February 28 - Riverhead, NY - 50 year old Declan Boland died when he was buried in an avalanche of mulch and soil that collapsed underneath him. He was attempting to put out a mulch fire at the open pit sand mine owned by East Coast Mines and Minerals.
















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January 29, 2014 - Detroit, MI - 23 year old Nurzhigit Kaparbekov died on the job when he became pinned between two tractor trailer rigs while working for Logistics Insights, Inc.

January 31 - Little Rock, AR - Jake Harrell, a pilot for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, was searching the area for any fires when his plane crashed.  The plane was not found until February 11th.

January 31 - Shelby, NC - An unidentified worker was killed on the job when he or she was struck in the head by a pipe that exploded. He was employed by United Mechanical Corp. working at KSM Castings installing heat and air conditioning units with the incident happened.

February 1, 2014 - Clarkburg, WV - 32 year old Kyle Kirkpatrick of Hulbert, OK and 27 year old Terry Lee Richard, Jr. of Bokoshe, OK were killed on the job when a tower they were repairing and removing old structure supports collapsed, causing them to fall approximately 70 feet. Other workers were injured when a second tower, weakened by the collapse of the first, also collapsed. They were employed by S and S Communications out of OK, having been subcontracted by SBA Communications.  

February 1 - Clarkburg, WV - 28 year old Michael Dale Garrett died on the job when he was caught in the collapse of a tower while attempting to help communications workers who fell when another tower collapsed.  The collapse of the first tower compromised the second and it came down on Garrett and others.  He was a member of the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department.

February 1 - Cedar City, UT - 56 year old Mark Rowley died on the job when he became trapped in a conveyor belt while working for CML Metals at the Comstock/Mountain Lion Iron Ore mine in Iron County.  

February 2 - Twin Cities, MN - An 81 year old unidentified farmer was killed when he became pinned under his tractor. How the incident happened is not clear.

February 3 - Clarkfield, MN - 77 year old Richard Rosetter died after he was buried in grain while he and others were working to empty the grain bin. 

February 4 - Brownsville, NE - 66 year old Ronald Nurney of Smithfield, VA was found unresponsive on the floor of a reactor building at Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper Nuclear Station.  He was an employee of Bartlett Nuclear, Inc. working in NE.  It is unclear how he died.

February 4 - Otay Mesa, CA - 68 year old Salvador Gonzales-Rincon of Tijuana, MX was killed on the job when he was struck and run over by a forklift while working at Central Auto Parts in Otay Mesa.

February 4 - Natick, MA - 48 year old Michael McDaniel, Jr. was killed and another worker injured when a backhoe moved forward, striking the workers.  They were fixing a water main break and worked for Natick Department of Public Works.

February 5 - Barrington, IL - 51 year old Diane Shogren died after being struck by a snow plow in the parking lot of Good Sherhard Hospital where she was a nurse.

February 5 - Holualoa, HI - 38 year old Donny Loando died on the job when he was thrown from a piece of construction equipment. He was operating a single-drum roller to build a private driveway when the vehicle rolled backward down a steep slope and crashed into the carport of a neighboring residence. It is unclear who he was employed with.

February 6 - Boring, OR - 41 year old Grady Waxenfelter of Estacada was shot to death by a man who Waxenfelter had pulled over just to tell him he was missing a license plate on a trailer. He was a weightmaster for Clackamas County.

February 6 - Carrollton, VA - 56 year old Ronald Allen Swarts of Virginia Beach was killed on the job when he lost control of a dump truck which struck an embankment and rolled.  He was employed by T.A. Sheets, Inc., a general contractor.

February 7 - San Francisco, CA - 46 year old Hector Vazquez of Oakland and 53 year old Philip Marich of South San Francisco both died after they were crushed under huge slabs of granite as they were attempting to unload them from inside a truck.  The men worked for Galaxy Granite, Inc. of Bernal Heights.

February 7 - Fairbanks, AK - 64 year old William T. Evans died after he fell from a road grader he was operating to clear snow at a highway maintenance camp.  He was an Alaska Department of Transportation employee.

February 7 - Lovington, NM - 28 year old Alegandro Garcia Perez was killed on the job when a hoist he was in touched overhead power lines and he suffered head injuries and was electrocuted. He was working in an oilfield for Patron Services.

February 7 - Houston, TX - A 32 year old unidentified worker died on the job when he buried inside a trench that collapsed onto him.  The trench was not properly shored. He was employed by Interfacing Company of Texas (ICTX). 

February 8 - St. Petersburg, FL - An unidentified worker was electrocuted while trimming trees.

February 9 - Middleton, DE - 46 year old Sonja Morris of Hartly was leaving her job at Amazon in Middleton when she suffered a heart attack standing next to her car.

February 10 - Idaho Falls, ID - 40 year old Jeffrey Jaggar was killed on the job when a large piece of electrical gear fell onto him.  He was employed by Wheeler Electric, Inc. working at Longfellow Elementary School.

February 10 - Napoleon, ND - 39 year old Charles Sperle died after he was buried under corn grain.  He was vacuuming corn from a bin when some of it became stuck. The grain suddenly broke loose and spilled through the door of the bin, burying him. 

February 11 - Dallas, TX - Firefighter William Tanksley died on the job after falling from an icy highway overpass while crews were responding to one of several major accidents around the area. He was employed by Dallas Fire Department.

February 11 - Blytheville, AR - 48 year old Thomas Dazey, a locomotive operator for Nucor Steel Arkansas, was killed when a train car he was riding in derailed and he was pinned between two rail cars. 

February 11 - Woonsocket, RI - 52 year old George Nasuti died on head trauma when he fell, striking his head.  He was the Woonsocket High School Athletic Director and was officiating a basketball game for the school when he fell.

February 11 - Heyburn, ID - 54 year old Antonio Ponce of Burley was killed on the job when he slipped and became caught in farm equipment used to mix cattle feed. He was employed by Anderson Farming, Inc.

February 12 - Highland, CA - 39 year old Nelly Kantun was shot to death inside the Domino's Pizza restaurant where she was manager.  Reports say it was a domestic dispute and her boyfriend was arrested.

February 12 - Harrison, NJ - 65 year old Raymond McDonough, beloved Mayor of Harrison died of a heart attack in his office after returning from lunch. 

February 13 - Ashburn, VA - 32 year old Lovo Guevara Geovany Arnoldo of Vienna was struck and killed by a dump truck as he stood near his truck. He was a contract worker for Virginia Department of Transportation in Ashburn.

February 13 - San Leandro, CA - 48 year old John Jacini of Castro Valley was killed at work when he was crushed under equipment that fell onto him. He was working under a front wheel loader when it slipped off its supports, falling on Jacini.  He was employed by Volvo Construction & Equipment Services.

February 14 - Scotts Bluff, NE - 24 year old Amanda Baker died on the job when she was strangled to death by a 15 year old inmate she was checking on.  She was employed by Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.






















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December 22, 2013 - Longview, WA - 68 year old James Nels Dukart of Damascus, OR died on the job when a truck that was apparently left in reverse rolled back, striking him.  His company is not named but he was working at the Duke Construction & Excavating, Mint Farm Industrial Park construction site with his partner, son Steve Dukart.

December 23, 2013 - Olympia, WA - 37 year old Michael Webber of Hoquiam was killed on the job while driving his logging truck for Lutton Trucking, Inc.  He failed to negotiate a curve down a hill and went off the road. His truck struck a stump causing his load of logs to shift forward and into the cab of the truck.  

January 16, 2014 - Everett, WA - 52 year old Gregory Billen died as the result of natural causes while working on his recycling vehicle for Waste Management of Washington, Inc.

January 16 - Elkhart, IN - 20 year old Krystle Dikes was killed on the job when she was shot to death by a man who entered the store and opened fire on her and a customer.  She was employed by Martin's Supermarket.

January 16 - Manhattan, KS - 47 year old David Teske of Onaga died on the job when he was struck by a falling tree at a logging site near Manhattan.  His employer is unknown.

January 16 - St. Petersburg, FL - 60 year old Terry Lynn Flack of Brooksville died on the job after he fell about 30 feet from a catwalk on the Eckerd College Campus. He was an electrician employed by Universal Controls. 

January 17 - Seattle, WA - Teresita Acido was found unconscious and died of a heart related issue while working at Aramark Sports Safeco Field.

January 18 - New Bedford, MA - 35 year old Victor Gerena was killed on the job when he was crushed after becoming entangled in a shellfish shucking machine.  He was employed by New Bedford Sea Watch International. 

January 18 - Fairburn, GA - 21 year old Tim June of Roswell died on the job while working a tree trimming job for his company, Atlanta Tree Assurance.  In a series of events during cutting a tree he was struck by a limb and then became tangled in his safety line, which ended up causing him to become strangled. 

January 18 - Burlington, IA - 52 year old Jay Ehret died hours after falling from the roof of an apartment building.  He was reaching for his nail gun, when he slipped and fell.  It is unclear who he was employed with. 

January 19 - Bensenville, IL - 36 year old Hussein Saghir was shot to death during a robbery attempt as he and his brother, owner of Sam's Tobacco & Food Mart, were preparing to lock up the store and leave for the night. Saghir worked as a clerk for the store.

January 20 - Madill, OK - 23 year old Brody Davenport of Durant and 38 year old Gonzalo Martinez of Madill died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation due to an explosion in a furnace that occurred inside Mid American Steel & Wire plant in Madill.

January 20 - Fall River, MA - 47 year old Allen L. Jarabek, Jr. of Swansea died after a commercial truck he was working on rolled over him.  He was owner of Ground Earth, Inc. and Dover Towing.

January 20 - Milan, NH - 42 year old Brian Young of Concord, VT was killed on the job when he was struck by a logging truck driven by his co-worker.  The co-worker believed Young was clear of the truck before moving forward and did not see him.  Both worked for Kelley Trucking of Milan. 

January 20 - Omaha, NE - 53 year old Keith Everett and 47 year old David Ball were killed, and ten others injured, when a blast caused the collapse of much of the International Nutrition plant in Omaha.

January 20 - Red Bud, IL - 44 year old Jeffrey Guebert died on the job after falling into a grain bin filled with corn.  He had not been seen by others for half an hour before being found in the bin. He was employed by Guebert Farms.

January 20 - Bronx, NY - An unidenfied driver of an 80,000 pound cement truck died after his truck veered off the roadway for an unknown reason, slamming into a apartment.  Repeated attempts to locate the driver's name or employer have been unsuccessful.

January 21 - Sully, IA - 26 year old Willie Mercer died of possible toxic exposure inside a tank trailer that may have contained a hazardous material.  He and two other workers passed out while inside the trailer.  All worked for Sully Truck Wash at the time of the incident.

January 21 - Dublin, CA - Sgt. Tom Smith, a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer from San Francisco, was shot and killed by friendly fire during a probation search of a suspect's home.  The other officer's weapon either accidentally discharged or he thought he saw someone else. The bullet passed through a gap in Smith's protective vest.

January 21 - Otay Mesa, CA - An unidentified man was killed when he became pinned between two tractor trailer rigs at Mex-Cal Truckline, Inc.  He was changing a tire on one of the rigs when it fell off the jack, pinning him against the other truck.

January 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Two unidentified employees for Riddell Painting Company were killed when the lift truck they were working in toppled over at the Lower Buckeye Jail facility.  The lift may have been parked on a slope.   

January 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - 41 year old Pedro Arrazola died on the job when he fell from a fire escape while inspecting a roof.  He was employed with Weathercraft Roofing.

January 23 - Raleigh, NC - 30 year old Gabriel Andrade died on the job when he fell from scaffolding at an apartment construction site. He was wearing a harness and lanyard but apparently unhooked it to lean outward to install a soffitt.  He was employed by Exterior Recovery, Inc. of Youngsville. 

January 23 - Davenport, WA - 54 year old Warren Wade Damschen died of toxic exposure while working inside a confined space septic tank.  He and other workers were cleaning out a septic tank when Damschen descended into the space to shovel excess waste to the hose. After calling for a ladder he did not appear and other workers used a hose to pull him out.  He was employed by Short Larry Harmon dba Short Septic Service & Contracting.

January 24 - Clarksville, AR - 33 year old Daniel Rice was killed in a tank explosion at his job at Quick Transports, Inc.  He was using a torch to thaw the tanker when it exploded and he was struck by a metal hatch plate blown off the back of the truck.

January 24 - White Pigeon, MI - 30 year old Eric Rodman of Elkhart, IN was killed on the job when he fell into one of the hopper railroad cars he was loading.  He was working for The Anderson's Grain and Storage facility in White Pigeon.  

January 24 - Mentone, IN - 42 year old David M. Seitner died from injuries he received when an air compressor system cover on a truck exploded in his face.  He was working for RVH Trucking at Cargill Nutrina Feed plant. 

January 24 - White City, OR - An unidentified 42 year old construction supervisor for Washington State based Global Pacific Environmental died on the job after being pinned to a wall by a dump truck. Global Pacific was working under Texas based Burton Construction.

January 24 - Salina, NY - 50 year old Rodney Dolittle died on the job when he suffered a heart attack while driving a taxi and crashed into a tree.  He worked for a company who uses the names Yellow Cab, Ace Taxi Service and City Taxi.

January 25 - Columbia, MD - 21 year old Brianna Benlolo of College Park and 25 year old Tyler Johnson of Mount Airy were both shot to death by an armed man who entered their Zumiez Skate Shop in The Mall of Columbia and opened fire on them.

January 25 - Gainsville, GA - 39 year old Jose Luiz Martinez was killed on the job when he fell from the elevated bucket he was working from. He was not wearing a safety harness and it appears part of a tree he cut bounced into the bucket, causing it to sway enough that he fell out. He was employed by MTZ Tree Service. 

January 26 - Toledo, OH - 42 year old Private Stephen A. Machcinski and 31 year old Private James A. Dickman died on the job of thermal burns and toxic exposure while fighting an apartment fire in Toledo.  Both were members of Toledo Fire & Rescue.

January 27 - Aurora, IL - Vincent Petrella, an Illinois Tollway employee, was killed on the job when he was struck by a semi truck as he was assisting a state trooper with another disabled semi truck on the Reagan Memorial Tollway.  The officer was injured.

January 27 - Silt, CO - A helicopter crash claimed the lives of three men in Colorado.  The men were inspecting power lines for Holy Cross Energy when the blade of the helicopter touch a power line, causing it to crash into a ravine.  Following are those who lost their lives in this incident:
Doug Sheffer of Rifle, pilot for DBS Helicopters
40 year old Chris Gaskill of Aurora was a heat inspector for Hot Shot Infrared Inspections.
51 year old Larry Shaffer of Rifle was a crew foreman for Holy Cross Energy. 

January 28 - Trumann, AR - 53 year old Rick Winkles died on the job from an apparent heart attack while working at the scene of a fire.  He was Fire Chief of Trumann Fire Department.

January 28 - Waco, TX - 55 year old Jose Dario Suarez of Manor died on the job and his co-worker injured when the elevated boom, or manlift they were working in detached from a bridge they were working on and fell into the Brazos River. They working for Derr & Isbell Construction on a pedestrian bridge at Baylor University campus. 

January 28 - Cottage Grove, OR - 49 year old Santiago Giron of Phelan, CA was killed on the job when the semi truck he was driving rolled as he approached a stop sign.  It is unclear who he was employed by.

January 28, Westford, NY - 40 year old Daniel Banks died on the job when he became entangled in a mechanized corn chopper on a farm. The machine's power take off was frozen and then became engaged. Banks clothes were caught in the moving part. 

January 28, Pennington, PA - 33 year old Christopher Stiff of Newfoundland was killed on the job when he was crushed by a load of steel beams on his truck.  He apparently tried to stop too fast causing the load of beams to shift forward, moving into the cab of his truck.  His employer is unknown.

January 29 - Fries, VA - 55 year old Dennis Carlie Johnson died on the job after he was pulled into a conveyor belt.  He was attempting to clear lumber at C & B Lumber when his clothing was caught by the belt and he was pulled in. 

January 30 - Spanish Fork, UT - 44 year old Cory Blake Wride was killed on the job when he was ambushed and shot to death by a gunman as he was checking on what he thought was an abandoned vehicle.  He was a Sergeant for Utah County Sheriff Department.

January 30 - St. Mary's, PA - 52 year old Arwed Ralf Uecker of Boonton, NJ was killed on the job in an explosion of manufacturing equipment (an oven) at the Mersen USA plant in St. Mary's. Uecker was global director of research and development for Mersen based in Boonton.

January 31 - Woodlawn, MD - 54 year old John Kahl of Port Deposit was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist while working along a section of roadway construction.  He worked for a subcontractor for State Highway Administration. 

January 31 - Indianapolis, IN - 30 year old Daniel Jaffke died after being shot by someone who then stole his vehicle.  Jaffke, a delivery driver for Papa John's Pizza, had made a delivery to a resident at an apartment complex and was confronted as he went back to his vehicle. 








 



















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