Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

For all who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a preventable work related incident, we are here to help you in whatever way we can. We are a group of like minded people who have suffered a similar loss so we understand.

Suspected Electrocution in Man's Death

August 18, 2015 - Norfolk, VA - 32 year old Steven "Vance" Weaver of Angier, NC was working on a new Tesla Motors electric supercharger station at the Janaf Shopping Center in Norfolk when he was apparently electrocuted.  Emergency personnel responded to a call about an unconscious person and found Weaver. He was working for Next Generation Solutions Inc. out of Clayton, NC. This was his first time working with a charging station.

Tree Care Worker Struck by Branch

August 18, 2015 - Sebastopol, CA - 21 year old David Mendoza of Santa Rosa was killed on the job when he was struck by a falling tree branch. The owner of North Bay Tree Care was up in the tree trimming branches, and Mendoza was on the ground, when he was struck by one of the branches.

Satellite Dish Installer Dies From Fall

August 19, 2015 - Knoxville, TN - 32 year old Brandon Avery Duncan died on the job when he fell from the roof of a private home. He was a satellite dish installer for an unnamed company working to install equipment when the homeowner saw him fall and called for emergency help.


Robbery Probable Motive for Murder

August 20, 2015 - Florissant, MO - 57 year old Alan Roach of St. Louis was a mechanic who was closing up shop when he was confronted by a suspected robber and was shot to death. He was working for Montgomery Auto Parts.

Security Guard Murdered

August 20, 2015 - Manhattan, NY - 53 year old Idrissa Camara was a security guard who offered to work an hour after his shift ended when he was shot to death at close range. Camara was working at a Manhattan federal building when, for an unknown reason or motive, a man who was a government employee walked up to Camara and shot him before committing suicide. He was an employee for FJC Security Services.

Worker Dies of Natural Causes

August 21, 2015 - Reno, NV - Scott "Spoono" Stephenson was a long time staffer with the Burning Man Department of Public Works. He was in the desert, working on the site for Black Rock City, an art and music event when reports state that he died of natural causes.

Man Struck by Falling Tree

August 21, 2015 - Allenville, PA - 21 year old Benuel Swarey was an Old Order Amish logger working for his father when he was struck by a falling tree limb. His father, who owned Pine Hollow Logging, and another man were cutting a tree when a large branch fell.

Worker Dies in Fall

August 21, 2015 - Chesterton, IN - 61 year old Kenneth Gish of Wanatah died in a fall while working at the Burns Harbor ArcelorMittal plant. He was working at the plant's basic oxygen furnace when he fell from scaffolding. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Man Dies, Caught in Machinery

August 22, 2015 - Enid, OK - 55 year old Gary Hobbs, a millwright from Canton, TX, was working at a grain elevator leased by Northern Ag Services when he was killed on the job. He was working on some equipment but did not exit in time. He was carried to the top of the conveyor system, where he was crushed.


Woman Dies of Stab Wounds

August 23, Colonie, NY - 32 year old Jacquelyn Porreca of Albany was a hair stylist at Recycled Salon when she was attacked during a robbery attempt at the salon. She was stabbed in the throat and died later at a local hospital.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our country loses far too many hard working people every day. Our hearts go out to the families who are or have faced a work related tragedy. Please let us know if we can help in any way.


Heat Blamed in Worker's Death

July 19, 2015 - Haltom City, TX - 25 year old Roendy Granillo was found by co-workers passed out at a construction site where they were working. He was transported to an area hospital where he died of heat stroke. His employer is not listed.

Officer Shot During Routine Stop

August 1, 2015 - Memphis, TN - 33 year old Sean Bolton, an officer for the Memphis Police Department, pulled in front of a car that was parked illegally, illuminating the vehicle with his spotlight. Bolton approached the car and was confronted by a passenger. A struggle ensued, ending when the passenger shot Bolton multiple times. Officer Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction due to the drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

Officer Killed Responding to Call

August 5, 2015 - Shreveport, LA - 29 year old Shreveport Police Officer Thomas Joseph LaValley was dispatched to a house where people alerted him to a man inside who might have a warrant out for his arrest. LaValley was wearing his patrol uniform and after entering the house, told the suspect to show his hands but the man opened fire. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. The suspect was arrested and charged.

Ranch Hand Dies in Crash

August 8, 2015 - Auburn, CA - 50 year old Elder Guerra was a ranch hand on a private ranch on Rincon Way. He was driving an ATV down a steep roadway when he possibly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned down the hill, landing on him. Others on the ranch noticed he was missing and found him during their search. The name of the ranch is unknown.

Firefighter Struck by Falling Tree

August 8, 2015 - Placerville, CA - 21 year old Michael Hallenbeck of Shingle Springs was in his first year as a member of the US Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It was also the first time he had fought a wild fire. He died on that first day when he was struck by a falling tree while fighting a fire south of Echo Summit in the El Dorado National Forest.

Road Worker Struck by Equipment

August 10, 2015 - Poth, TX - 66 year old Salvador Guillen of New Braunfels was killed on the job during a repaving project near Poth. He was struck by a piece of heavy equipment. He was employed by the New Braunfels based Dean Word Company working with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Man Dies in Vehicle Crash

August 13, 2015 - Carrollton, VA - 50 year old Richard Davis Wilkins of Windsor was killed on the job when his Dominion Power Freightliner truck struck a tree. It is suspected he had a medical event which caused him to drive off the roadway.

Man Dies in Trench Collapse

August 14, 2015 - Fort Dodge, IA - 49 year old William "Butch" Paterson of rural Otho was part of a crew installing sewer line as part of a renovation and expansion project in Fort Dodge when he was buried by about 20 feet of a three foot wide trench collapsed on him. He was employed by Riley-Armstrong Plumbing and Heating.
Authorities do not have a cause for the collapse at this time.

Two Men Die in Construction Incident

August 15, 2015 - Ellicott City, MD - 31 year old Rolando Lopez Mendez of Silver Springs and 31 year old Erik Morales Ortiz of Hyattsville were working from an aerial lift machine on a construction project in Ellicott City. They were both thrown from the bucket of the lift when it tipped over. Both were taken to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead. The men worked for Brothers Construction and Framing.

Workers Exposed to Toxic Chemical, One Dies

August 15, 2015 - Spokane, WA - 44 year old Edward K. Dumaw of Spokane Valley was one of eight workers who were exposed to chlorine gas that was released from a 1-ton cylinder August 12. The cylinder was punctured while crushing it for scrap metal, releasing the gas. Dumaw was the only worker who died from respiratory distress following the exposure. Pacific Steel and Recycling does not accept anything under pressure so they are searching for the person who recycling the cylinder and if they knew what it contained.

Army Golden Knight Dies in Jump

August 16, 2015 - Chicago, IL - 32 year old Sgt. 1st Class Corey Keith Hood of Cincinnati, OH was a seasoned member of the Army Golden Knights parachute team. He died after a mid-air collision at the Chicago Air and Water Show. He was injured August 15 when he collided in midair with a member of the Navy Leap Frogs team during a "bomb burst" movement in which they circle each other as red smoke swirls around them. After the collision and Hood's emergency chute deployed, he clipped a building as he fell.

Mid Air Collision Causes Four Deaths

August 16, 2015 - Otay Mesa, CA - A mid-air collision between a Sabreliner business jet and a light plane on approach to the Brown Field Municipal Airport caused the deaths of four aboard the jet and the pilot of the light plane who was practicing touch and go landings at the airport.
Sixty-six year old James Henry Hale of Adelanto, CA was the co-pilot of the Sabreliner jet and was a contract employee for military contractor BAE Systems. Thirty-four year old John Kovach, 40 year old Carlos Palos and 41 year old Jeff Percy, all of Mojave, CA were all BAE Systems employees who were taking part in a customer training project at the time of the crash.

Worker Dies After Lift Tips Over

August 17, 2015 - Taunton, MA - 48 year old Kevin Miranda of Somerset died on the job when a construction lift he was on tipped over. Miranda was working for the Taunton-based Skyline Contracting and Roofing, which was conducting an inspection on a large smokestack behind an elementary school in Taunton. Miranda was killed when the lift, owned by NES Rentals, tipped over at the work site, which was on a slope.

Worker Dies From Fall

August 17, 2015 - Madison, WI - 25 year old Christopher Michael Lord was set to marry his sweetheart on August 22nd. A week before his marriage he died after falling 60 feet on the construction site of a future apartment building in Madison.  Lord had worked as a carpenter for McGann Construction for about three years.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by a workplace death of a loved one. We are here to help in any way. Please visit usmwf.org to view our tributes to other lost workers.

Maintenance Worker Found Deceased

July 29, 2015 - Seattle, WA - Benito Rullan was a maintenance mechanic working at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel when he was found collapsed. It was ruled a natural cause death from heart failure.

Construction Worker Falls Through Skylight

August 1, 2015 - Las Vegas, NV - 49 year old Porfirio Gonzalez-Huerta was on the construction site of a new charter school when he fell to his death. He was a plumber for an unnamed company working on drains and air conditioning units when he fell through a skylight, striking his head on the ground.

Firefighter Caught in Blaze

August 1, 2015 - Modoc National Forest, CA - 38 year old David "Dave" John Ruhl from Rapid City, SD was a firefighter for the Black Hills National Forest who was killed on the job while battling a forest fire in California. He was on voluntary assignment to help fight the "Frog Blaze" in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, CA. He was scouting the fire zone in a vehicle on a forest road when he the blaze suddenly grew and trapped him.

Allergic Reaction Causes Worker's Death

August 3, 2015 - Riverside, CA - 49 year old Douglas Queen of Los Angeles was working with a crew that was grading a space for a new parking lot and, unbeknownst to them, they ran their blade over an underground sprinkler box that housed this hive of bees. The bees swarmed and stung three workers, causing a deadly allergic reaction in Queen. He was employed by JDI Electrical Solutions of Perris.

Man Buried Under Heavy Equipment

August 3, 2015 - New Town, ND - 65 year old William Makela of Harrisville, MI was killed on the job when he was trapped under a piece of heavy equipment. Witnesses said gravel slid off of a pile, knocking him off his feet before burying him under a loader.

Gold Miner Killed in Incident

August 3, 2015 - Elko, NV - 26 year old Jason Potter of Lava Hot Springs, ID was found unresponsive in an underground gold mine he was working in. He had been operating a "jumbo drill" at the SSX Mine near Elko and it is believed he was trying to move the machine. He was found next the drill, which was against the rib wall, the engine running and transmission in reverse gear. It is thought that he was struck by the drill. He was directly employed by Small Mine Development.

Medical Center Employee Dies a Natural Death

August 4, 2015 - Burien, WA - Megersa Kebebe was an employee for Burien Nursing and Rehab who was found slumped in a chair in the break room. It was determined to be a natural death.

Bulldozer Operator Dies in Rollover

August 4, 2015 - Union, PA - 54 year old Ricky L. Dettman of Falls City, NE was a pipeline worker who died on the job when a machine he was operating rolled on top of him. He was operating a dozer on a steep grade when it rolled down the hill, overturning several times before coming to rest right side up. Dettman was part of a construction crew working on a 36-inch natural gas pipeline to take natural gas out of the Utica Shale delivering it to markets around the country. He was employed by a subcontractor for Regency Energy Partners.

Man Dies in Trench Collapse

August 4, 2015 - Parkman Township, OH - 54 year old Thomas Michael Evers died on the job when he was buried in a 10 foot deep trench that collapse. Evers, a road superintendent for Parkman Township, and another worker were in the trench working on a storm drain when the sides collapsed. His co-worker was not injured.

Silo Collapse Buries Worker

August 4, 2015 - Ashburn, VA - 18 year old Daniel Potter of Front Royal was emptying an 80 foot silo containing mineral filler for asphalt when the silo split open sending the material down onto Potter. It took a search team about 11 hours to locate him. Potter was an employee for Luck Stone Leesburg Quarry.

Office Manager Found Deceased

August 5, 2015 - Stanwood, WA - Cynthia Swanberg , the manager of Lake Goodwin RV Park, was found unresponsive in the park's office. It was determined she died of natural causes.

Airmen Die in Mid Air Collision

August 5, 2015 - Valparaiso, FL - 32 year old  Tech Sgt. Timothy Alan Officer, Jr. (left) and 35 year old Tech Sgt. Marty Benjamin Bettelyoun, both of Fort Walton Beach, FL, died in a special tactics freefall parachute training incident. Both men were from the 24th Special Operations Wing based in Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Florida.


Man Crushed to Death

August 5, 2015 - Waycross, GA - 35 year old Concepcion Zacatenco Hernandez Jr. of Douglas was crushed to death in an industrial incident at an asphalt plant. He was performing welding work on an asphalt silo when reports say his safety equipment failed and he was crushed. He was an employee of East Coast Asphalt.

Recycling Worker Struck by Truck

August 6, 2015 - Sun Valley, CA - An unidentified employee for a recycling company was fatally struck by a truck on the job. It is not clear who he worked for and attempts to locate his/her name has been unsuccessful to date.

Angry Mother Kills Social Worker

August 7, 2015 - Barre, VT - 48 year old Lara Sobel was a case worker for the State of Vermont, Dept. of Child and Family Services. She was murdered outside the state offices by a woman who lost custody of her daughter and apparently blamed Sobel for her involvement. The suspect, who had a long history of custody issues, was tackled to the ground by bystanders who watched in horror as Sobel was shot twice. The suspect also murdered her two cousins and their mother due to their involvement in the custody issue.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

For those who may not know about USMWF, we are a group of individuals, family members, who have also suffered the loss of a loved one at work. If we can help you in any way, using the resources we have, please let us know.

Construction Worker Dies in Fall

July 22, 2015 - Vance, AL - 53 year old Jeffery Grey Merchant of Reform died on the job when he fell off a roof at a construction site at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance. It appears he was working on a metal roof for the Hazmat building under construction when he fell 25 feet, hit a concrete slab and died on the scene. It is not known who he was employed by.

Lineman Electrocuted

July 23, 2015 - Spring Lake, NC - 47 year old Mitchell Williams of Godwin was working with a crew to move power lines to accommodate the wideningh of a road way. He was working from an elevated bucket to reconnect a transformer when he was electrocuted. His co-workers quickly cut power and lowered the bucket. He was an employee for Lee Electrical Construction.

Contractor is Electrocuted at Steel Plant

June 23, 2015 - Ashland, KY - 47 year old Dwayne Eugene Walters of Hico, WV was a Seimens contractor at the AK Steel Ashland Works performing specialized electrical tests at the plant when he came into contact with a live wire and was electrocuted.


EMT is Killed in Crash


July 25, 2015 - East Brunswick, NJ - 22 year old Hinal Patel of Piscataway was working her last shift as an EMT before starting graduate medical school. The North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company EMT was responding to a call to East Brunswick when a car sped through an intersection, crashing into and causing the ambulance she was in to overturn.

Father & Son Farmers Die of Exposure

July 25, 2015 - Cylinder, IA - 58 year old Eugene "Gene" Opheim (photo left) and his son, 32 year old Austin Opheim were working on the family farm when a terrible incident took both of their lives. The men were repairing a piece of farm equipment when a piece of it fell into a pig manure pit. Austin attempted to retrieve it but was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. Gene then attempted to rescue his son but was also overcome by the fumes inside the pit. 

Steel Plant Employee Crushed

July 25, 2015 - Huger, SC - 41 year old Lisandro Carlo Triulzi of Spring, TX was working at the Huger Nucor Steel Plant when he was crushed between two pieces of moving equipment. Details were not given as to how or why he was pinned by the equipment.

Heart Condition Contributes to Death

July 29, 2015 - Staten Island, NY - 37 year old Sgt. Frank Musella was a sanitation enforcement officer for the Department of Sanitation when his heart problem caused his death. He had been on patrol, returning to his work location. He went out to his city car and was later found unresponsive in the vehicle. It was determined that he died of heart disease.

Man Killed in Wood Chipper Incident

July 29, 2015 - Davenport, IA - 28 year old Byron Mayeux of Milan was an employee for an unnamed tree service company that was hired to clear brush from a residential property. Details are not clear but he died after being pulled into a wood chipper.

Man Dies After Toxic Exposure

July 29, 2015 - Cleveland, OH - An unidentified worker died on the job after being exposed to toxic fumes while refinishing a bathtub.

Worker Dies Falling From Bucket

July 30, 2015 - Northampton, PA - 42 year old Rodney Hunsicker, Jr. of Lehighton died after he was ejected from a elevated bucket while working for Rick's Tree Service of Ivyland. He had attached a cut limb to the boom and moved it from the back yard to the street. The weight of the limb caused the bucket to overturn ejecting him and then he was struck by the boom.

Man Dies in Dorm Fire

July 30, 2015 - Jackson Hole, WY - 28 year old Anthony Graviano died of smoke inhalation and four others were injured when a fire broke out in a dorm room in Colter Bay in the Grand Teton National Park. It is not known where Graviano called home but some say Florida or Pennsylvania. Attempts to locate that information has been unsuccessful.  He was an employee for the Grand Teton Lodge Company.

Man Crushed by Dump Truck

July 30, 2015 - Kenner, LA - 63 year old Albert Brooks of Metairie was killed on the job while working on a dump truck with the bed lifted. Reports state that a support for the lift broke causing the bed to fall down on him. He was working for Bennet Trucking of Kenner at the time of his death.

Sewer Worker Dies in Trench

July 31, 2015 - Longmeadow, MA - 28 year old Davide Santos Nascimento of Ludlow was working with a crew on a sewer replacement project in Longmeadow when a water main broke and filled the trench he was working in. He was employed with A. Martins & Sons, a subcontractor for Longmeadow Public Works at the time of his death.

Fireworks Explosion Kills One

July 31, 2015 - Palo Duro State Park, Canyon, TX - 21 year old Peyton Trueblood of Tuscaloosa, AL was an assistant stage manager for the show "Texas" being performed at the Pioneer Amphitheatre. Trueblood was killed on the job when about 1,600 pounds of fireworks exploded in a storage building. She was certified to handle fireworks used in the production.  The Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation was producing the show.

Worker Dies in 30 foot Fall

July 31, 2015 - Greenville, SC - 44 year old Ascension Molina Medina died of blunt force trauma to the chest when he fell from the fourth story of a building under construction. He was wearing a safety harness but reports state he unhooked it to move to another location when he fell. However, that has not been show to be the true cause for his fall. He was working on a mixed used development project called Main + Stone, but his actual employer is not known.

Toll Worker Struck by Vehicle

July 31, 2015 - Auburn, MA - 61 year old Vasilios "Bill" Pappas of Holden was making his way across the Massachusetts Turnpike so he could take a break in the tollbooth building. At other locations he could have used a tunnel to walk safely to the break building but it was not available at his location. As he made his way across the highway, lane by lane, he was struck and killed in the EZ Pass lane. He was a Teamster out of Local 127 working for the MassDOT. 

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities - USMWF - is a compassionate group of individuals from all around the country who knows first hand the devastation of losing a loved one from a work related incident. We have come together, joined our resources, to help anyone who is now facing a loss. We are here to listen, to help, and to allow you a voice. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Wall Collapse Crushes Owner

July 10, 2015 - Longview, WA - 70 year old John Leber was the owner of Swanson Bark & Wood Products, Inc. and was doing some construction work at his business when he was injured in a wall collapse. On June 17, he was crushed under 3600 pounds of eco-block that fell onto the lower part of his body. He died nearly a month later at hospital.


Airline Technician Stabbed by Co-Worker

July 15, 2015 - Phoenix, AZ - 34 year old Eric Kunins of Maricopa is being remembered by family and friends as a good, funny and kooky young man. Kunins was a flight simulator technician for US Airways, Jeffrey D. McClelland Flight Center in Phoenix when he was assaulted and stabbed to death by a co-worker.  At this time, no arrest of the co-worker has been made.

Oil Field Worker Dies From Fall



July 17, 2015 - Bakersfield, CA - 29 year old Bernardo "Benny" Morales, Jr. of Bakersfield died on the job when he fell from an oil pumping unit. He suffered head trauma. His employer is not listed.


Carwash Customer Runs Into Employee

July 19, 2015 - Malden, MA - 28 year old Jose Tobias-Valle of Everett died at an area hospital after he was struck by a vehicle. He was an employee for Sonny's Car Wash in Malden when a vehicle that was exiting a car wash bay ran into him. At this time, the driver of the vehicle has not been arrested.

Business Owner Crushed by Gate

July 19, 2015 - Commerce, IL - An unidentified 63 year old woman was found crushed in the parking lot gate of her business. An employee discovered her as they were reporting for work at the tool and die shop. It appears the woman had reached through the chain link fence gate with her keys and somehow became pinned between the moving gate and the fixed portion of the fence near the electrical box. Her personal vehicle was found with the door open and running nearby. Attempts to local her name have been unsuccessful.

Worker Pinned by Equipment

July 20, 2015 - Elk Grove Village, IL - 22 year old Daniel Blatz of West Dundee died on the job while unloading a truck at Works Electronics Services in Elk Grove Village. He was operating a forklift to unload the truck and somehow became pinned between the vehicle and the loading dock.



Farmer Struck by Heavy Equipment

July 21, 2015 - Pine River, MI - 46 year old William "Billy" Courter of Alma was doing maintenance work on a barn when he was struck by an unmanned bull dozer.


Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

July 22, 2015 - Hayward, CA - 48 year old Sergeant Scott Lunger, a member of the Hayward Police Department, was killed on the job during a routine trouble call. Lunger and his partner were reporting to the scene of a call about a vehicle spinning “doughnuts” on the street. Witnesses said someone in a white truck opened fire on the officers as they approached it and the officers fired back. Lunger was struck during the shoot out. A suspect was arrested after he checked into a hospital with gunshot wounds.

Restaurant Employee Shot in Alley

July 22, 2015 - Jacksonville, FL - 20 year old Daniel Eugene Rowe was a father of two and expecting a third child and road his bike to work at the Blind Rabbit restaurant. He was taking out the trash in the back of the restaurant when he was approached by possibly two assailants who shot him twice in the head for no apparent reason.

Farmer Trapped in Machinery

July 22, 2015 - Independence, MN - 62 year old Mark Douglas McCulley was a well known and respected farmer who was killed in an incident on his farm. He was using a combine in an oat field when he somehow became trapped in the auger head of his combine.



Worker Struck by Fallen Tree

July 23, 2015 - Knoxville, TN - An unidentified man was killed on the job when he was struck by a tree. He was part of a tree trimming and cutting crew subcontracted by the Knoxville Utilities Board. The name of his employer is not known.

Power Pole Strikes Worker

July 24, 2015 - Helena, MT - 59 year old Robert "Bob" Foster Mitschke died from injuries he received on the job when a utility pole fell onto him. He was working with a Northwest Energy crew repairing a damaged power pole when the incident happened. He was a lineman and in the meter department for Northwest Energy and had a long career with Montana Power Company.

Iron Worker Falls to His Death

July 24, 2015 - Boston, MA - 54 year old Lawrence Patrick O'Leary of Seymour, CT was injured in a fall on a construction project at Logan Airport on July 10. He was an Iron Worker and was working on a parking garage under construction at the airport. He was attempting to secure a 32 ton panel of concrete being hoisted by a crane to the third level when he fell some 40 feet. He was an employee for Blakeslee Pretest, Inc. working under the General Contractor Turner Construction.

Drunk Driver Kills Road Worker

July 24, 2015 - Jacksonville, NC - 57 year old Jesus Morales was working with others to set up construction cones when a drunk driver plowed into him and his two co-workers who were injured. The Onslow Grading & Paving crew were preparing to do maintenance on a roadway. The man who killed Morales has been arrested.

Farmer Struck by Tractor-Trailer  

July 24, 2015 - Du Bois, IL - 75 year old Alan Ray Bowers, a local farmer, was driving his John Deere tractor partially on the right shoulder of a road when a tractor trailer driver, who did not see him in time, ran into the back of the tractor. Bowers was thrown from the tractor and landed in the roadway. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mower Overturns, Traps Worker

July 24, 2015 - Hebron, KY - An unidentified 23 year old landscaper from Florence was killed when the mower he was operating overturned onto him. Friends dropped him off for work near a pump station and when they returned for him found him under the machine. He was an employee for T.R. Gear Landscaping of Fairfield, OH.









Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our hearts go out to the families who have had to endure the loss of a loved one. If we can be of help to you in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Worker Crushed Under Heavy Equipment



June 11, 2015 - Huger, SC - 44 year old Francisco "Cisco" Agbunag of Goose Creek was killed on the job when a piece of equipment fell and struck him. He was an employee for Huger Nucor Steel plant in Huger.


Man Shot to Death at Work

July 15, 2015 - St. John, IN - 58 year old Christopher Badten of Dyer reported for work at Eagle Creek Machining Company as usual along with a coworker.  For some unknown reason, the owner's son who was not an employee, showed up at the business and had an argument and altercation with Badten. The owner went to call authorities when he heard a gunshot and discovered Badten had been shot. The son was arrested and charged with Badten's murder.

Prison Guard Assaulted by Inmate

July 15, 2015 - New Boston, TX - 47 year old Timothy Allen Davison of Simms was a prison guard at the Telfor Unit (prison) for the Department of Criminal Justice when he was attacked by an inmate who he was escorting back to his cell. Somehow the inmate was able to obtain an iron bar and beat Davison to death. The inmate was charged with Davison's murder.

Forklift Operator Falls From Dock

July 15, 2015 - Pontoon Beach, IL - 19 year old Zachary M. Boland died on the job when the forklift he was operating fell backwards and he struck his head. He was using a forklift to load appliances onto a truck. At some point the truck's driver thought it was full and started to drive away which caused the forklift to fall backwards. As the forklift fell he struck his head on the door plate of the loading dock. He was employed by Saddle Creek Corporation.

Exploding Tire Strikes Worker

July 15, 2015 - Frederick, CO - 21 year old Eric Hayden Marshall of Dacono was an employee for B.K. Tire, Inc. and was filling a semi trailer tire when a failure occurred. As he inflated the tire he was struck by the tire and rim as it came apart, knocking him back about 15 feet. Investigators found a broken air chuck next to the tire and some 'blemishes' on pieces of the tire.

Construction Machinery Rolls, Crushes Man

July 15, 2015 - Dickenson, ND - 23 year old Alex Lee of Conway, AR was operating a construction packer machine for a street project when the packer slid down an embankment, rolled on him. He was employed by John T. Jones Construction out of Fargo, ND.

July 16, 2015 - Fallen Hero's Remembered

On July 16 four American Service men were killed during an attack by a radical terrorist on the combined Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway. One Navy Petty Officer was fighting for his life but succumbed to his injuries on July 18.



21 year old Marine Lance Cpl Squire "Skip" Wells of Cobb, GA






40 year old Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, MA





35 year old Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Hixson, TN





25 year old Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist of Jacksonville, NC






24 year old Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith of Chattanooga, TN




Towboat Hits Scaffolding, Worker Falls

July 16, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - 24 year old James "Jimmy" Pigue of Dittmer was working with a painting crew on the Eads Bridge when a towboat got off course and struck scaffolding he was standing on. The captain realized he was not lined up correctly  and antennas and equipment on the top of the pilothouse struck scaffolding suspended from the bridge. Part of the scaffolding was torn away causing Pigue to fall onto the deck of the towboat. He was employed by Thomas Industrial of Pevely.

Fiery Crash Kills Trucker

July 16, 2015 - Bushnell, NE - 43 year old Joseph Douglas Geeting of Rock Falls, IL was a tractor trailer semi driver and died in a fiery crash in Nebraska. Authorities say the truck struck a rock embankment and burst into fire. His passenger was taken to an area hospital in fair condition. He was employed by Ice Cold Trucking out of Deer Grove, IL.

Single Vehicle Crashes, Kills One

July 17, 2015 - Williamsport, PA - 53 year old Christopher Kerns of Linden was driving a PennDOT truck, with four other employees, to open a new driver's license center in Towanda. Kerns lost control of the vehicle around a curve causing it to strike a reflector pole and guard rail. The other workers were injured but okay.

Worker Struck by Falling Tree

July 17, 2015 - Sandlick, KY - 19 year old Zachary Archelis Adams was working with an unnamed crew cutting trees when one fell onto him. It is unknown who he was employed by.

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