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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts are with all the families who have lost a loved one at work. Please know we are here for you if you need anything.  USMWF.org

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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We never want to let one worker go unnoticed and so do our best to acknowledge them as we are made aware of another tragedy. Our hearts and thoughts are always with the families left behind. If there is anything we can do please let us know!

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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Our thoughts are with all the families who have to endure the loss of their loved one to a work place incident. "Going to work should NOT be a grave mistake".  Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

December 16, 2011 - Taunton, MA - 28 year old Daniel Collazo died on the job when he was pulled into or fell into a slow turning mixer auger while working at the Tribe Mediterranean Foods Hummus plant. OSHA charged them with 18 violations and have paid a hefty fine for contributing factors in Collazo's death.

May 18, 2014 - Riverside, CA - 56 year old Okesene Faasalele of Long Beach was killed on the job when he fell from a railroad bridge that buckled during demolition.  He was working for Hard Rock and Cal Trans.

May 19, 2014 - Aston, PA - An unidentified dump truck driver died on the job when the fully loaded dump truck overturned on the roadway. Attempts to locate the drivers name or employer have been unsuccessful.

May 19, 2014 - Millersburg, IN - 71 year old John M. Bontrager of Topeka was killed when he was involved in an incident while working on a farm in Millersburg. He was atop a wagon when something spooked the horses and after he grabbed the reins to try and control the animals, he was pulled off, dragged and run over by the wagon.

May 19, 2014 - Arlington, VA - An unidentified construction worker was killed on the job when he was crushed under a large excavator that tipped over at a townhouse construction site. Repeated attempts to locate his name or employer has not been successful.

May 19, 2014 - Union City, NC - An unidentified tractor trailer driver died when his truck went off the roadway, causing his trailer to flip up and come to rest atop the cab. He tried to stop the rig quickly causing it to jackknife. Attempts to locate his name and company have been unsuccessful.

May 20, 2014 - Clearwater, FL - 70 year old Doug Carey was a beloved crossing guard for Clearwater Police Department.  He was killed on the job when a motorist ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle and causing it to careen into Carey.

May 20, 2014 - Dexter, IA - 39 year old David Denger of Panora died on the job after falling 50 feet from a boom truck while hanging power lines. It is unclear who he was employed by.

May 20, 2014 - San Diego, CA - 29 year old Eduardo Lopez was killed on the job when he was crushed under a rebar column that collapsed. He was working on an elevated column of rebar at the San Diego International Airport when it began to collapse and fell onto him as he fell. He was employee/owner of Sundt Construction and Austin/Sundt Joint Venture.

May 20, 2014 - San Mateo, CA - 54 year old Elias Vera of Fairfield died on the job after falling about nine feet from the top of a wall being constructed, hitting his head. He was working for a subcontractor Conco for TRI Pointe Homes in San Mateo.

May 21, 2014 - San Jose, CA - 48 year old Victorino Campos-Tovar was killed on the job after he fell three stories from a lift he was working from. He was attempting to unload drywall from the cherry picker lift when he lost his footing and fell. He was employed by Foundation Building Materials of San Jose.

May 21, 2014 - Monmouth, OR - 30 year old Philip Coward died on the job when a load of rebar fell from a truck being unloaded at his families business. The truck belonged to Gagne & Sons and was making the delivery to Coward's parents business Mid-Maine Foundations.

May 21, 2014 - Winlock, WA - 18 year old Cole Bostwick was working for ENB Logging & Construction, Inc. as a logging chokerman when he was struck by the skyline carriage as it was being lowered down.

May 22, 2014 - Milwaukee, WI - 38 year old Stephen Rauth went to investigate why an alarm was going off at the NUVO Construction cement plant he was working at.  After his boss was unable to locate him via radio, he went looking for him.  Unfortunately he found Rauth trapped in a cement mixing machine. How is became trapped is not clear.

May 22, 2014 - Silver Lake, CA - 20 year old Luis Sanchez died of massive head trauma when his co-worker picked up a hammer and began hitting Sanchez after the two were arguing. He later died at hospital and the suspect was booked on murder charges. The men were working on an apartment construction site in Silver Lake.

May 23, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 46 year old David Varga of Lockport was killed on the job when a crane hoisting a concrete wall dropped it, crushing him. He was employed by Industrial Erectors, Inc.

May 24, 2014 - Harlingen, TX - 35 year old Juan Carlos Reyes of Brownsville died on the job when he fell from an unstable elevated platform. He was standing on a platform holding supplies that was being lifted by a forklift when the platform shifted, causing him to fall. He was working on a Marriott Hotel construction site for an unknown subcontractor.

May 25, 2014 - Corinth, MS - 66 year old Cleo Henderson was found by a coworker, shot to death outside the Liberty Cab stand where he worked. It appears he was murdered during a robbery attempt.

May 26, 2014 - Carroll, NY - 37 year old Michael T. McCray died after being pinned under an overturned farm tractor.

May 27, 2014 - Lakewood, NJ - 67 year old Angel Martinez died on the job when he became trapped in a bulldozer that overturned. He was attempting to drive the machine onto a ramp when it flipped off the ramp and pinning him. He was employed by NJ Advanced Construction LLC.

May 27, 2014 - Everett, WA - 52 year old Anthony S. Purrington died of what has been determined and confirmed natural causes after he was found unconscious inside a confined space (trommel) he was working in.  He was employed by Pacific Topsoils Inc. dba Pacific Topsoils Gray Barn.

May 27, 2014 - Salisbury, NC - 39 year old Kenneth "Scott" Fink of Mt. Utta died after his hand was caught in a piece of machinery and his chest was crushed.  He was an employee for Thermoid Inc.

May 27, 2014 - Mattawa, WA - 45 year old Dale Peters of Selah and 53 year old Bruce Patnode of Yakima were both killed in a fiery collision.  Each was driving a dump truck for Scout Lake Construction, Inc. when one of the drivers crossed into the other lane slamming head on into the other.

May 28, 2014 - Parkside, PA - An unidentified worker in his 30's died of electrocution while performing demolition work in an apartment building. He used wire cutters to snip what turned out to be a live wire. A contractor defied warnings by the city's License's and Inspection Department to stop work and picked up this unidentified worker and others, taking them back to perform the demo. A "make safe permit" was previously issued to Dagan Construction LLC but it is unclear if this is the same contractor who took the workers to the building.

May 29, 2014 - Freehold, NJ - 31 year old Brian Scott Pancoast died after being struck by a piece of equipment while working at the waste transfer station of Freehold Cartage, Inc., a trash hauling company. 

May 30, 2014 - Winters, CA - 25 year old Marcus Zane Powell of Redding and 49 year old Glenn Hodgson of Richmond were killed on the job when a crane hoisted basket they were working from broke free, falling about 80 feet onto timbers. They were employed by Disney Construction working on the Winters Putah Creek Car Bridge.











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Awareness is the key in accomplishing better work place safety.  We have heard many say they just didn't know how many of our workers die on the job - until it happened to their family.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to all families who have or are suffering the loss of a loved one.

April 7, 2014 - Berkley, CA - 45 year old Damon Frick died after he fell from a motorized lift that tipped over. He was a custodian cleaning windows at University of California's International House.

April 29, 2014 - San Antonio, TX - 30 year old Aaron Turner of Virginia Beach, VA died as the result of being stung by a huge swarm of bees.  He was working for Lohmann Fencing of Houston in Grey Forest when the hive was disturbed, sending the bees swarming.

May 1, 2014 - Tanana, AK - Alaska State Troopers Gabriel "Gabe" Rich (left) from Anchorage and Patrick "Scott" Johnson (right) were shot to death during an arrest attempt of an unruly person who also caused problems the day before. Two people were arrested for the trooper's murders.

May 1, 2014 - Caldwell, ID - 53 year old Roy Fraiser of Nampa was killed on the job when he was struck by a heavy steel beam. He was using a forklift to move the beam when it shifted, falling from the lift. He was working for Rule Steel in Caldwell.

May 2, 2014 - Orlando, FL - 26 year old Brandon Bristol died on the job when he was run over by the garbage truck he was riding on. It is unclear how he came to be struck by truck.  He was employed by the City of Orlando.

May 2, 2014 - Winston-Salem, NC - 37 year old Christopher "Chris" Jones was fatally electrocuted when the elevated bucket he was in came into contact with a power line. He was am employee for Time Warner Cable.

May 3, 2014 - Ocala, FL - 30 year old Chelsea Richard, a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, was killed on the job when she was struck by a vehicle as she was assisting in a two vehicle crash. She was speaking to a tow truck driver when another crash occurred on the opposite side of the highway, sending a vehicle crashing into her and the tow truck driver (below).

May 3, 2013 - Ocala, FL - 57 year old John Duggan died on the job when he was struck by a vehicle as he stood near the site of an accident he had responded to. Duggan was owner/operator of S.M. Duggan Towing Company and was speaking with an FHP Trooper when an multi-vehicle accident occurred on the opposite side of the highway sending a vehicle crashing into them.

May 3, 2014 - Lynchburg, VA - 63 year old Donnie Lee "DL" Bryant, Sr. of Evington died after he fell three stories when a railing he was leaning on gave way. He was the owner of DL Paint Contracting working on a Jamerson-Lewis Construction work site.

May 4, 2014 - Fairfield, CA - 77 year old Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay died when his stunt plane crashed during an air show at Travis Air Force Base. He was performing his Stearman Superbatics performance, flying upside down and close to the ground, when something went wrong and he crashed. He was owner of Eddie Andreini Airshows.

May 4, 2014 - San Antonio, TX - 29 year old Julian Pesina was shot to death when he was ambushed as he was closing up and left his Notorious Ink tattoo shop.  He was also a Balcones Heights Police Officer.

May 5, 2014 - Plymouth, NC - 56 year old Floyd Greene of Old Town, FL was killed on the job and another worker injured while working at Domtar Pulp Plant in Plymouth.  He was standing in front of a hydraulic line that pressurized and suddenly burst. He was contracted through CBT Services, Inc. of Chattanooga, TN.

May 5, 2014 - Genoa, IL - 72 year old Leon Madey was found dead inside a grain silo after his family realized he was missing. He was helping to dislodge grain on the family farm when be was buried.

May 6, 2014 - Shawnee, KS - 21 year old Nicholas Huston of Edwardsville died from injuries he received after falling out of a golf cart at the FedEx facility in Shawnee where he was working. It is unclear why he fell from the cart.

May 6, 2014 - Corona, CA - Samuel Enciso of Santa Fe Springs, was killed when an explosion occurred as he welding on a petroleum tanker truck. A co-worker was injured. The blast occurred at National Distribution Services in Corona.

May 6, 2014 - Ardmore, OK - 31 year old Christopher DeWayne Cryer of Lone Grove died after falling approximately 15 feet from a plant in Ardmore. He suffered fatal head trauma. He was employed by Atlas Roofing.

May 7, 2014 - Orlando, FL - 29 year old Keith Bramblet died after falling or being thrown from an elevated cage attached to a crane. He was working from the cage to install an electronic billboard. A witness states the cage was swaying so much that it also came apart from the crane but the reason is unknown at this time.

May 8, 2014 - Delmar, IA - 75 year old Donald Cain was killed on the job when he was pinned in farm machinery in rural Delmar, near Maquoketa.

May 9, 2014 - Scottsbluff, NE - 67 year old Llewellyn Mattern died after falling about 11 feet down into a ditch on fire. He and his Pathfinder Irrigation District crew were burning weeds in the ditch when he fell in and was unable to get out.

May 9, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN - 49 year old Kenneth Duerson, Jr. of Indianapolis and 24 year old Coty Demoss of Noblesville, we both killed on the job when they were struck by a motorist while removing cones during road construction.  They worked for Rieth Riley Construction Co., on an Indiana Dept. of Transportation "Operation Indy Commute" project.

May 9, 2014 - Howard, SD - 66 year old James Henry Rentschler died after he fell from a skid steer he was operating and was pinned between the cab and arm of the machine on his farm.

May 9, 2014 - Arlington, WA - 66 year old Donald Monroe Long died after suffering a fatal heart attack while working from a patient's home.  He was employed by Fred and Debbie Inc. dba Visiting Angels Living Assist.

May 10, 2014 - Zeeland, MI - 49 year old Ricardo Ramos Grand Rapids was killed on the job when he was caught in a piece of machinery.  He was working at the meat packing plant Hillshire Brands, performing maintenance, when his clothing somehow became caught in a conveyor belt which caused asphyxiation.

May 11, 2014 - El Paso, TX - 54 year old Jimmy Joe Broadstreet of Chaparral and 39 year old James Green of Runaway Bay, were struck by a drunk driver who drove through road construction barricades. Green died on scene and Broadstreet at hospital. It is unclear if they were employed by the Texas Department of Transportation or a subcontractor.

May 12, 2014 - Boone County, WV - 46 year old Gary Hensley of Chapmanville and 48 year old Eric D. Legg of Twilight were killed on the job when a mine roof collapsed during a retreat mining operation at Patriot Coal's Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County.

May 12, 2014 - Savannah, GA - 66 year old Bounpheng Srirtanakoul died after his chest was crushed by a large pipe fell on him while working on a repair project at Savannah's city waste water treatment plant. He was a senior mechanic for Savannah City.

May 12, 2014 - Brentwood, NH - 48 year old Steve Arkell, an officer for the Brentwood Police Department, was shot after responding to a home for a domestic dispute. The suspect then set the home on fire and an explosion occurred.

May 12, 2014 - Minot, ND - 48 year old Richard Rayburn of Hillsboro, OH died after he fell from a roof at a construction site in Minot. He had just unhooked his harness to move position when a gust of wind caused a piece of plywood to blow up into him. As he tried to catch it, he stepped on another piece that caused him to slide off the roof. It is unclear who he was working for.

May 12, 2014 - New Philadelphia, OH - 29 year old Michael C. Cottrell died at a hospital after he was seriously injured in an explosion. He was inside Sutton Pump and Supply Company welding on a bulk storage tank when the explosion occurred.

May 12, 2014 - Lansing, MI - 35 year old Michael Addo of Mason, and a customer, were shot to death inside the Rite Aid store Addo was working at.  It appears there was no other motive than a nearby resident was angry over a domestic dispute so he entered the store and started shooting.

May 13, 2014 - Merritt Island, FL - 43 year old Brian Boyle died on the job after he was struck by a tree limb that fell as another worker was up in the tree, trimming it. He was standing on the ground when the incident occurred. He was employed by Gidney's Tree Experts.

May 13, 2014 - Fort Wayne, IN - 26 year old Robert "Bobby" Houser, Jr. died after he was injured May 9 when the riding lawn mower he was driving flipped, pinning him in a pond. He worked for Adams Landscaping according to his obituary.

May 13, 2014 - Withee, WI - 55 year old Roger R. Petranovich was killed on the job when the dump truck he was driving went off the roadway and rolled into a ditch.  He was working for HAAS, Inc.

May 14, 2014 - Houston, TX - An unidentified driver of a tractor trailer died on the job when the rig rolled into him at a loading dock of a Kroger Grocery Store. It is unclear who he was working for and attempts to locate his name have not been successful.

May 14, 2014 - Tacoma, WA - Anthony McPeek of Puyallup suffered a fatal heart attack while in his company truck in a parking lot.  He was employed by Acco Engineered Systems, Inc. at Tacoma Art Muse.

May 14, 2014 - Puyallup, WA - Richard Phillips collapsed at work from a heart attack.  He was working for Alteon Training LLC dba Flightsafety Boeing Training.

May 14, 2014 - Spanaway, WA - Dennis Eaton died of a heart attack 10 days after he fell from his tractor trailer semi as he was loading it with personal items for an upcoming trip. He was hospitalized until May 13 due to the fall but died in his sleep the next day. He was employed with Aggressive Transportation Ltd USA.

May 15, 2014 - Louisville, KY - 56 year old Craig Smith of Cincinnati, OH died of injuries he received when he fell the day before from the top of a tanker truck trailer, striking his head. He was working at Apollo Oil.

May 15, 2014 - Venice, FL - An unidentified construction worker died after falling from a 25 foot high steel beam, striking his head. He was working at the Tervis Tumbler expansion construction site. It is unclear if he was working for them or a subcontractor.











































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This week we remember those who died on the job the latter half of April 2014.  We mourn with their families and offer our love and support if needed.

April 15, 2014 - Madison, SD - 60 year old Gerald Ottoson was killed on the job when the dump truck he was driving had a tire blow-out, causing the vehicle to crash. He was working for Helena Inc. as a truck driver.

April 16 - McEwen, TN - 23 year old Rodney Edwards was killed on the job and three others injured when an explosion occurred at the Rio Ammunitions plant in McEwen where he was employed. The explosion occurred during a cartridge loading operation.

April 17 - Issaquah, WA - Gary Jones was found unresponsive in his Lakeside Industries, Inc. truck in a parking lot. He died of a heart related medical event.

April 17 - Seattle, WA - 30 year old Dr. Christen Adams died of an unknown cause while working as an anesthesiologist at the University of Washington.  His cause of death is pending and no other information was found.

April 17 - Puyallup, WA - 41 year old Chris Kerns died after being struck by an impaired motorist while walking back to the dealership he was working for. He was employed by Korum Automotive Group, Inc. dba Korum Automotive.

April 17 - Ruth, MI - 58 year old Michael Rempp of Elwell was killed on the job when he fell from an opening in a grain tower owned by Cooperative Elevator Company. He was employed by an out of county subcontractor working to dismantle a feed mill leg when he fell.

April 17 - Brooklyn, NY - 52 year old Swadh Maged was shot to death behind the counter of 427 Central Avenue Deli and Grocery, where he worked, by an individual who he had been arguing with before he went to work.

April 18 - Houston, TX - 51 year old Rene Almeida was shot to death while working as a security guard for Leawood Condominiums. He got into a scuffle with a person who was trying to get into the gated community and that person was able to get Almeida's weapon and shot him.

April 19 - Keene, NH - 46 year old Nate DeMond of Fitzwilliam was fatally electrocuted by a hanging power line near Keene State College Athletic Complex.  He was a ground's keeper for Keene State College.

April 20 - Kill Devil Hills, NC - 53 year old Mark Harvey suffered severe head trauma on April 13 when his Atlantic Cab collided with a parked jeep. He was found inside his cab in a private home's driveway.

April 20 - Midland, TX - An unidentified worker from Boerne, TX died from an unknown incident at an oil rig owned by Sidewinder Drilling.  Attempts to locate the employee's name and other information has not been successful.

April 21 - Roscoe, SD - 79 year old Arnold Schurr died in a farm related incident of which details are unknown.

April 21 - Baton Rouge, LA - 22 year old Will E. Wright, Jr. of Hammond died on the job when a gravel filled dump truck he was driving veered off the road and into a ditch.  It is not known who he was employed by.

April 22 - Edgewood, MD - 61 year old Willie Stevenson died after being injured in a 'grass cutting' incident while riding a lawn mower at Aberdeen Proving Grounds where he was an Army civilian employee.

April 22 - Damon, TX - 52 year old Hugh Ferguson died after collapsing while fighting a house fire.  He was Damon Fire Chief. It appears he collapsed from a medical event.

April 22 - Garfield, KS - 67 year old Don Cates of Claflin died on the job when the crop dusting plane he was piloting hit a power line and crashed into a ditch.  He was a pilot for Pratt's Farmers Spraying Service. 

April 22 - Rankin, TX - An unidentified worker died on the job in an equipment related incident at a drilling rig near Rankin. Attempts to locate more information have been unsuccessful.

April 22 - Port Lavaca, TX - 26 year old Christopher Adames was killed on the job when he fell about 25 feet while performing routine maintenance at Formosa Plastics Corp. plant.  He worked for an unnamed subcontractor.

April 25 - Parker, SD - 21 year old Brady DeStigter of Lennox died on the job when he was pinned by a skid steer machine he was operating. He was working for Turner County Dairy in Parker.

April 25 - Dubuque, IA - 19 year old Colin Jackson of Bellevue was killed on the job when be became trapped in a piece of industrial equipment while working for Jackson Concrete Pumping in Dubuque.

April 26 - Commiskey, IN - 74 year old Jerry L. Spicer was killed on the job when he was struck by a 1,000 pound log while making a delivery to Baxter Lumber Mill. He was the owner/operator of Spicer Logging and was found on the ground next to the huge log.

April 26 - Maxwell, NE - 52 year old Heidi Craig died after becoming pinned under a large round hay bale while working on her family farm.

April 27 - Houston, TX - 26 year old Elmer Oscar Barrera died on the job when he fell into a fortune cookie dough mixer machine while working for Wonton Food Corporation.

April 27 - Surf City, NC - 53 year old Larry Kinkade of Holly Ridgewas killed on the job when an excavator rolled and pinned him in a pond on a construction site. His employer is unknown.

April 28 - Williston, ND - 20 year old Zach Buckles of Glasgow, MT died after being found unresponsive over an open crude oil tank cover. It is expected that he died of exposure to toxic fumes being emitted from the crude. He was employed by Black Gold Testers at Continental Resources well site.

April 28 - Elko, NV - 53 year old Richard C. Otto died on the job when his clothing became tangled in the drill steel of a jackleg drill he was operating. He was employed at the Midas Mine, owned by Klondex Mines, Ltd.

April 29 - Gretna, LA - 55 year old Blake J. Helmer was a cab driver for Glenn's Cab Company when he was shot to death by two passengers who attempted to rob him. Both passengers have been arrested for his murder.

April 30 - Blue Ash, OH - 65 year old Donald J. Stevenson of Lima died on the job when he was pinned between a wall and metal loading ramp while working at SpartanNash Warehouse in Blue Ash.

April 30 - Orla, TX - 46 year old Amos B. Ortega of Artesia, NM and Roberto A. Mandela of El Paso, TX were killed on the job when a pressure explosion occurred in a well head at RKI oil site in Orla. It is unclear who was their employer.





















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This is our final blog remembering those workers who died in 2013 that we were previously unaware of. It saddens us to know that so many workers die, and yet nothing is covered in the news. Families need to know their loved one doesn't just become a statistic somewhere, but that others know what happened and that, for most, the incident was preventable.
Please join USMWF and others around the country who are observing Worker Memorial Day on April 28th. You can search for an event near you at www.usmwf.org.

October 2013

October 10, 2013 - Trinidad, CO - 58 year old William Martinez died on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for Sun Construction, Inc.

October 11, 2013 - Houston, TX - 29 year old Oscar Chavez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Texas Stud Welding.

October 19, 2013 - Athens, AL - 20 year old Jesus Teran (aka Cesar Vallejo) was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Christopher Professional Enterprises, Inc.

October 19, 2013 - Minnetonka, MN - 57 year old John Stopski died under unknown circumstances when he was found next to a short ladder while remodeling a business.  Others said he did not look well before he was found. He was owner of Stopski Construction, Inc.

October 20, 2013 - Avenel area, NJ - 49 year old William Paterson died from falling from an unknown elevation.  No further information was found.

October 22, 2013 - Franklin, LA - 55 year old Bart Barrilleaux died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for DDA Construction, Inc.

October 25, 2013 - Kennebunk, ME - 57 year old Stephen Gardner was killed after he fell from the roof of a porch he was working on.  He was employed by DJS Building & Restoration, LLC.

October 28, 2013 - Bunnell, FL - 43 year old Roberto Martinez died on the job after slipping and falling from the roof of a building while unloading roofing materials. He was employed by Wildkatz, Inc.

October 28, 2013 - Tonopah, NV - 38 year old Melfred Parrish was found dead inside a porta-potty after complaining of chest pains and heartburn. He was working for Brahma Group, Inc.

October 28, 2013 - Pagosa Springs, CO - 52 year old Kenneth Wilson died of head injuries after falling when a scaffold collapsed while working on a home. He was a self employed contractor.

October 29, 2013 - Bass River, NJ - 46 year old Donald Tomaio of Bayville died on the job after being struck by a dump truck while working for an unknown subcontractor on the Garden State Parkway.

October 31, 2013 - Haddonfield, NJ - 36 year old Cameron Lyons of Barrington was killed on the job when he fell from a tree while working for his company, Lyon and Son Tree Service.


November 2013

November 1, 2013 - Laredo, TX - 53 year old Darrell Austin was killed on the job after he was struck in the head by a large metal drainage pipe that was being offloaded from a truck. A forklift was being used to remove a top pipe, but the forks caused the other to fall and strike Austin.  He was employed by Ronny Little Trucking, Inc.

November 6, 2013 - Yorktown, TX - 75 year old Dennis Webster, Sr. was killed on the job after he was struck by a tar truck driver who did not see him as he backed up. Webster, a co-owner of Cummings Paving & Recycling, LLC was working on a paving project.

November 8, 2013 - Newnan, GA - 42 year old Jaimes Tobias died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for RJE Services.

November 14, 2013 - Stockbridge, MA - 51 year old Francis Bona of South Lee was killed after suffering a fatal head injury during a fall.  He was employed by Fairview Contractors, Inc.

November 15, 2013 - New York, NY - 57 year old Jaime Sillart of Bergenfield, NJ died after he fell about 70 feet from scaffolding while working on a construction site at NYU.  He was employed by BDB Masonry Corporation.

November 16, 2013 - Boulder, CO - 51 year old Jesus Chavez Rodrigues was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Twin Peak Erectors Company.

November 23, 2013 - Winslow, NJ - 58 year old Edward Heilman died on the job after falling from a ladder in an unknown event at work. No further information was found.

November 23, 2013 - Menomonee Falls, WI - 29 year old Joseph Barth died after being injured the day before when he suffered asphyxia from being struck by an unknown object while working for Applied Flooring Solutions, LLC.

Novemberr 23, 2013 - Tampa, FL - 32 year old Michael G. Pavlack died after being struck by a dump truck while working with a crew on the Crosstown Expressway. He was employed by Blackrock Milling, LLC.

November 26, 2013 - Marlton area, NJ - 49 year old Robert Freyginber was killed on the job when he fell through an opening in a roof.  His employer is unknown.


December 2013

December 3, 2013 - Cleveland, OH - 55 year old Jacob Tholl died after receiving an electric shock on November 15th when the elevated bucket he was working from touched an electrical power line. He was employed by Donley's Inc.

December 3, 2013 - DePere, WI - 31 year old Adam Tilkens of Appleton was injured on November 21st when he was caught between an excavator bucket and 30 inch pipe. He was employed by Advance Construction, Inc.

December 5, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - 70 year old Ernest L. Wilson suffered a fatal cardiac event while stocking shelves using a step stool at a Target store and fell from the stool.  He was employed by Mondelez Global LLC dba Nabisco.

December 5, 2013 - Boston, MA - 37 year old Paul Devine was killed on the job when he was caught in a scissor lift and was crushed.  He was employed by East Coast Fireproofing Co., Inc.

December 12, 2013 - Livingston, NJ - 67 year old Gregory Johnston was struck and killed by a Livingston Public Works vehicle at their complex. He was an employee for Fairfield Maintenance where he serviced diesel and gas pumps.

December 13, 2013 - New Jersey - 49 year old Segundo Pinto, a New Jersey Public employee, died on the job after slipped on ice under unknown circumstances.

December 14, 2013 - New York, NY - 36 year old Margarito Hernandez-Moreno was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Accurate Elevator Fire Door Corporation.

December 15, 2013 - Corpus Christi, TX - 19 year old Colter Wane Huff from Temple and 57 year old Andres R. Olivarez from Mathis were killed on the job while working at Corpus Christi's Trifigura plant when an oil storage tank collapsed. Both men worked for Tarsco, Inc., a California based company.

December 20, 2013 - Houston, TX - 50 year old Cruz Martinez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for C R Structural.

December 23, 2013 - Mission, TX - 47 year old Juan Gonzalez was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Texas H&H Contractors, LLC.













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