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The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thanks go out to Ellen Smith, the editor of Mine Safety and Health News who compiled an ongoing list of miners who have died on the job in 2014. We reported a few of the individuals but many on her list we were not aware of. We have opted to post the full list of miners in memoriam.  

January 16 - Davis County, WV - 20 year old Daniel Lambka was a general inside laborer working at Mettiki Coal WV LLC's Mountain View Mine when he became pinned against the rib by a coal feeder in the underground mine.

February 1 - Iron County, UT - 56 year old Mark Rowley was a belt operator who became entangle in a belt conveyor. He was working for the surface iron ore mine, Mountain Lion Mine, operated by Gilbert Development Corp. (Steve L. Gilbert) under contract to CML Metals (Luxor Capital Group LP/Palladon Ventures Ltd).

February 21 - Buchanan County, VA - 24 year old Arthur "D.J." Gelentser III was a continuous miner operator at the underground coal mine, Dominion Coal Corp. (SunCoke Energy Inc.) Mine No. 30 when he became caught between a continuous mining machine and coal rib.

February 21 - Jefferson County, KY - 37 year old Felipe Vizcaya was a laborer who fell into an open elevator shaft while working as an Independent Contractor for Personal Touch Enterprises LLC at a surface cement plant Cemex Inc. / Kosmos Cement Company.

February 28 - Story County, IA -  27 year old Courtney Johnston was a service technician working as an independent contractor for Interstate Powers Systems, Inc., an underground limestone mine, when he fell from a scaling machine under repair. He was working at Martin Marietta Inc.'s Ames Mine. 

February 28 - Suffold County, NY - 50 year old Declan Boland was working for John B. Tintle's East Coast Mines Ltd. when he was engulfed in backfill material at the surface sand and gravel mine. He was a mechanic/safety director.

March 25 - Gibson County, IN - 41 year old Timothy Memmer was a mechanic trainee working at the underground coal mine Gibson Mine when he became pinned between parts of a coal feeder during repair. The mine owner was Gibson County Coal LLC (Alliance Resource Partners LLC).

March 27 - Virginia Beach, VA - 64 year old Robert Devich was a manager for a sand dredging operation owned by John M. Baillio dba Baillio Sand Co., Inc. when he was struck by a 200 foot long pipe at Lord Farm #5.

April 11 - Genevieve County, MO - 53 year old John Hahl was working for Mississippi Lime Company's Sainte Genevieve Mine as a utility/boom operator when he was struck by falling rib rock in the underground limestone mine.

April 11 - Genevieve County, MO - 29 year old Christopher Rawson was working for Mississippi Lime Company's Sainte Genevieve Mine as a utility/boom operator and died when he was struck by falling rib rock in the underground limestone mine.

April 17 - Wabaunsee County, KS - 58 year old Harold Steege was a truck driver working for Hafenstine Construction at Hafenstine Plant #1 when he was struck by an excavator bucket. 

April 18 - Kanawha County, WV - 58 year old Tommy Reynolds was a security guard who drowned in a water filled ditch. He was an independent contractor for Allied Security working at the surface coal facility, Law River Col., LLC (L.W. Hamilton/Warren Hylton), Crown Hill Dock.

April 24 - Pointe Coupee Parish, LA - 50 year old James Gibson III was a dozer operator who was thrown from a bulldozer while working at the surface clay mine, Big River Industries (CRH Plc), Gravelite Division. He was an independent contractor for Craig Neal and Sons LLC. 

April 28 - Elko County, NV - 53 year old Richard Otto was working for Klondex Mine Operations, Inc. (Klondex Mines Ltd), Midas Mine when he died after becoming entangled in drill steel at the underground gold mine.

May 1 - Pershing County, NV - 57 year old William "Mitch" Hill was president and co-owner of the Silver State Minerals LLC Gypsum Mountain Mine. He died after the all terrain vehicle he was on overturned.

May 9 - Gaines County, TX - 20 year old Miguel Nino was working as a groundman when he became entangled in a mobile conveyor at a surface sand and gravel mine. The mine was owned by Mississippi Sand LLC, Seagraves plant. 

May 12 - Boon County, WV - 46 year old Gary Hensley was a roof bolter/mobile roof support operator when he was struck by a coal outburst during retreat mining at the underground coal mine. He was working at the Brody Mine No. 1 (aka Black Stallion Mine) owned by Brody Mining LLC (Patriot Coal Corp). 

May 12 - Boone County, WV - 48 year old Eric Legg was a continuous miner operator when he was struck by a coal outburst during retreat mining at the underground coal mine Brody Mine No. 1 (aka Black Stallion Mine). The mine is owned by Brody Mining LLC (Patriot Coal Corp.)

May 14 - Franklin County, IL - 25 year old William Daniel Payne was killed when he was pinnede between a roof bolting machine and coal rib while working as a roof bolter for the underground coal mine MC #1 mine, aka Foresight Energy's Sugar Camp Complex. M-Class Mining LLC (Coal field Transport, or Coal Field Transports, Inc., exclusive contractor for Foresight Energy).

June 2 - Shoshone County, ID - 36 year old Nicholas Rounds was a shaft repairman at an underground silver mine, Sunshine Mine, when he was caught between an ore car and shaft timber. The mine's owner is Silver Opportunity Partners LLC (Sunshine Silver Mines Corp.)

June 4 - Campbell County, WY - 25 year old Joshua Wishard was an independent contractor for Rogers Construction Inc., at a surface coal mine when he was caught in a rock crusher machine. The coal mine: Peabody Powder River LLC (Peabody Energy), North Antelope Rochelle. 

June 18 - Chesterfield County, SC - 41 year old Christopher Melton was a production supervisor at a surface sand and gravel mine, Hanson Aggregates Southeast LLC (HeidelbergCement AG), Brewer Sand, when he died after the explosion of a slurry pump that was being repaired. 

June 23 - Big Horn County, MT - 58 year old Stewart "Randy" Orcutt was a haul truck driver at a surface coal mine when his truck went through a berm and fell to the trench bottom. He worked for Spring Creek Coal LLC (Cloud Peak Energy Inc.), Spring Creek Coal Co.

July 21 - Colleton County, SC - 28 year old Kyle Martin was an assistant plant manager for Murray Mines Inc. (James O. Murray Jr.) when he suffered a fatal electric shock inside an aluminum boat during a sand and gravel dredge.

July 23 - Hernando County, FL - 51 year old Ismael Santana was a truck driver who was struck by a front end loader while working as an independent contractor for New Line Transport/Tri-State Carriers/Cemex Tri-State Carriers Transportation Service. He was struck at the surface crushed-limestone operation, Cemex Brooksville South Cement Plant. 

August 2 - Valley County, MT - 53 year old Robert Irwin was a plant operator for Fossum Ready Mix, Belzer Plant, when he was caught under a falling dump truck bed under repair at the the surface sand and gravel mine.

August 20 - Buchanan County, VA - 41 year old Michael "Buddy" Justice was a maintenance supervisor who suffered an electric shock while troubleshooting a roof bolter at the Buchanan Mine #1, an underground coal mine owned by CONSOL Buchanan Mining Co. LLC (CONSUL Energy Inc.)

August 25 - St. Lawrence County, NY - 54 year old Glenn Dibble was working at a limestone operation, Gardenscape of New York (David George Kasmoch) as a truck driver when he fell from a stack of pallets. 

September 15 - Walker County, AL - 53 year old Barry Duncan was a bulldozer operator at Manchester Mine when the dozer went off a high-wall at the surface coal mine owned by Black Warrior Minerals Inc. (Roger W. and Rance Perry/Leah Perry-Haynie). 

September 16 - Carbon County, UT - 46 year old Alejandro Ramirez was a shuttle car operator when he was caught in the pinch point of a loader while setting roof supports. He worked at the underground coal mine, West Ridge Mine, owned by West Ridge Resources, Inc. (Robert E. Murray).

September 26 - Harris County, TX - 55 year old Mark Benoit was a maintenance mechanic at the Hockley Mine when he was struck by a forklift being repaired at a surface area of the underground salt mine owned by United Salt Corp. (Texas United Corp.).

October 7 - Bell County, KY - 31 year old Justin Mize was a utility man at Tinsley Branch HWM 61 when he was struck by rock after entering a high-wall opening at the underground area of the surface coal mine. The mine is owned by Commonwealth Mining LLC (Cox Enterprises/LC Management).

October 10 - Berks County, PA - 66 year old Lance Laity was an independent contractor truck driver for F.T. Silfies when he fell between the bulk truck and a loading rack. He was working at the surface Evansville cement plant, Lehigh Cement Co. LLC (HeidelbergCement AG).

Octobber 18 - Campbell County, WY - 51 year old Darwin Reimer was an independent truck driver for Dennis McCoy and Sons working at a surface coal mine when the truck went over a high-wall. He was working at Peabody Powder River Mining LLC, North Antelope Rochelle. 

November 10 - Monongalia County, WV - 49 year old Raymond Savage was working at an underground coal mine, Red Bone Mining Co. Crawdad No. 1 Mine as a section foreman when he was hit by falling roof rock while operating a bolting machine. 

November 10 - Floyd County, VA - 45 year old Carl Hixon was a crusher operator who was struck by a flying drill bit as it came unstuck. He was working at the surface crushed-granite operation, R&S Stone Inc. (Terri Reed Smith/Terry Garth Reed). 

November 18 - Calhoun County, TX - 42 year old Jerry McClelland was a job site supervisor who became pinned by the fall of a load suspended from a crane. He was an independent contractor for Turner Industries Group LLC at a surface alumina plant, Alcoa World Alumina LLC, Bayer Alumina Plant. 

November 25 - Pike County, PA - 67 year old James Crane was a truck driver operating a dump truck that went backwards over the edge of a dump site. He was working at the surface crushed-sandstone operation, Edwards Sand & Stone (George F. Edwards, Jr.), South Sterling Quarry.

December 1 - Sandusky County, OH - 46 year old Darwin Glover was an independent contractor for Mark's Excavating & Trucking when his vehicle fell into a mine pond at Millersville Quarry. This was a surface crushed-limestone operation operated by MGQ Aggregates Inc. (Tim E. Bell). 

December 16 - Union County, KY - 34 year old Eli Eldridge was a repairman working at Highland 9 Mine when he was struck by a coal hauler. This is an underground coal mine owned by Highland Mining Co LLC (Patriot Coal Corp.).

December 29 - McMullen County, TX - 21 year old Adrian Moreno was a warehouse bagger who died when his forklift overturned while he worked at a surface clay operation at Zeotech Corp. (O. Paul Leonard, Jr.) Tilden Plant. 

















 
















 

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All of us at USMWF hope that 2015 will be a year with less workers lost on the job. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the families who have had to endure the tragedy of losing a loved one on the job. If we can be of support for you or help in any way we can, please do not hesitate to contact us. We all have similar experiences and are here for you.

January 2, 2015 - Lubbock, TX - 23 year old Rudy Trevino was working his regular job at Lowe's Home Improvement store when he was crushed under a pile of falling lumber. Details are not given as to how the lumber came to fall.

January 3 - Gibbstown, PA - 63 year old Gary Grimming of Bethlehem was killed on the job when he was struck by a high pressure air hose that broke. He was using an air compressor to sand blast a tank at the time the hose broke. He was employed by G.C. Zarnes & Co., working at the Paulsboro Refinery in Gibbstown.

January 3 - Longs, SC - 40 year old Bala Gopal Paruchuri of Myrtle Beach was fatally shot during an armed robbery by several suspects as he worked in the Sunhouse Convenience Store in Longs.

January 3 - Renton, WA - Lorenzo Zurita was struck by a motorist as he was crossing the street to start work at his second job. He had finished one shift at Freddy's Club and was heading to work at Dianond Lil's when he was struck by the vehicle. Both establishments are owned by Club Monaco Gaming LLC.

January 3 - Oklahoma City, OK - 28 year old Mark Pittman was one of several men who were injured in an explosion on December 19, 2014 while working for Dan D. Drilling.  Two other men, reported last time, died in the same incident. A fire of unknown origin broke out on the Pablo Energy drilling rig and he has spent these weeks in an Oklahoma hospital until his death due to extensive burns.

January 5 - Arcata, CA - 64 year old Mike Vander Veen was testing and repairing equipment at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Arcata when he was fatally electrocuted. His boom lift apparently came into contact with a high voltage line at the mill. He was found unconscious in the basket.

January 6 - Bel Air, MD - 29 year old Erik Steciak died as the result of injuries received while responding to a call. Steciak, a paid paramedic with the Bel Air fire company who was also with West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department of Howard County, was hit by a utility vehicle while trying to reach a patient who had been injured in an earlier accident. Weather is being blamed as a contributing factor for the incident.

January 6 - El Paso, TX - 63 year old Timothy Fjordbak was a psychologist working at the El Paso Veterans Affairs clinic when an angry patient sought him out and shot him before taking his own life. Apparently the gunman has made a threat against the doctor for an unknown reason and the doctor had filed a complaint against the man.

January 6 - Owensboro, KY - 67 year old Richard "Preacher" Thessing of St. Libory, IL was working as a truck driver and was unloading a metal door frame when it fell onto him. It is not clear who he was working for. Thessing was a retired coal miner and semi-retired truck driver who served as the mayor of St. Libory for 28 years.

January 7 - Paterson, NJ - 53 year old Stanley Rollins died on the job when he was struck and killed by his garbage truck. Rollins' co-worker was driving and backed up into him. Both men worked for Gaeta Recycling Co., Inc. 

January 8 - Harlingen, TX - 58 year old Margarito Alvarez was killed on the job when he was pinned by a piece of machinery. He and two other employees were replacing brakes on a backhoe when something went wrong. The backhoe unexpectedly turned on and went into gear, pinning Alvarez and crushing him to death. The men were employees of Harlingen Irrigation District.

January 8 - Bristol Township, PA - After a four day search, 49 year old Anthony Gabriel was found buried under concrete powder after a giant silo collapsed. Gabriele was found near an outside office trailer next to the collapsed silo with the help of employees that work at the site after firefighters sifted through several thousands tons of cement and used heavy equipment to remove steel beams while braving the possibility of falling overhead objects. He was employed by Riverside Cement.

January 9 - Sacramento, CA - 31 year old Ramon Lopez was working near a market with co-workers and were approached by three young men, one of whom had a gun. An argument ensued and Lopez was shot. It is unclear who the men were working for except that it was a recycling center.

January 9 - Marlin, TX - 29 year old LaCharles Edmond died on the job when he was buried under debris from a barn collapse. Edmond and two other men were in the process of tearing down the barn when the structure collapsed. The second worker was hospitalized and the third was not injured. Their employer is not listed.

January 9 - Manhattan, NY - An inidentified mechanic was killed when an elevator three floors above him unexpectedly dropped inside an Upper West Side high-rise apartment building. He may have been working on top of one elevator car when, for an unknown reason, a second car came down crushing him in between. His employer is not known and repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

January 9 - South Toms River, NJ - 54 year old Adrian A. Perez of Lakewood died on the job when he was trapped in a concrete crusher as he was performing maintenance on it. The machine "was running in an idle capacity" but there was a spinning axle on top of the conveyor belt and his clothing became tangled in that piece. He was working for Suffolk County Contractors.

January 9 - Shawnee, KS - 44 year old John Bieker was part owner, with his wife, of She's A Pistol gun store which caters to women gun owners. He was shot to death during a shoot out with four teens who came into the store to rob it. Three of the four suspects were shot and all were apprehended by police.

January 10 - Moscow, ID - A gunman opened fire at three different locations, killing three different people before he was apprehended and arrested by police. After murdering his adoptive mother he went to Northwest Mutual Life Insurance where he shot and killed 76 year old David Trail, who was a businessman for the insurance company. The gunman then walked into a Taco Bell and asked for the manager. When 47 year old Belinda Niebuhr came to the front of the store, the gunman opened fire on her.

January 10 - Columbia County, GA - Patrick Wilson died on the job when he was crushed under a trailer. He was killed after a trailer slipped and crushed him while he was working a job at Evergreen Tank Solutions in Columbia County. That company, as well as the equipment hauling company, W.H. Reeves, where Wilson worked, is being investigated by OSHA.

January 10 - Oakville, WA - Erin Van Brocklin of Centralia was working with a logging crew when he was killed on the job. He was getting ready to notch a stump when a log above him rolled down, pinning him between two logs. He was employed by B&M Logging Inc.

January 11 - Las Vegas, NV - 46 year old Daniel Wynn Smith died on the job after being suffocated under palm fronds as he was trimming a palm tree. It is not clear who he was employed by. 

January 11 - Wichita Falls, TX - 53 year old Mark Mere and 72 year old Peggye McNair were both killed on the job when they were trampled by camels. Mere was inside a pen with one male and two females camels when the male charged him. As he attempted to get out, McNair attempted to close the gate the male came after them, trampling them. McNair was the owner of Camel Kisses Farm and Mere worked for her.

January 11 - Carlin, NV - 53 year old Brian L. Homer was a 35 year veteran of the mining industry. He died in an accident in a vent shaft at Newmont Mining Corp.'s Leeville mine north of Carlin. He was an employee for Cementation USA Inc.

January 11 - Reno, NV - An unidentified construction worker was struck and killed by a construction loader machine. He was wearing a reflective safety vest. Attempts to locate his name or employer has been unsuccessful.

January 12 - Edwardsville, IL - 31 year old Justin D. Jokerst of Perryville, MO was killed on the job at a construction site. He was working on or near a large crane when he was crushed under the weight of the crane’s boom. Details are not known. He was employed by Taylor Excavators, a subcontractor for Brinkman Constructors.

January 13 - Tate, GA - 28 year old Kevin Voyles was killed on the job when he was crushed under materials from his job at Georgia Marble.  He was working on a machine when about 7,000 pounds of marble fell on top of him.

January 14 - South Los Angeles, CA - 29 year old Andrew "Andy" Ung was working in his family's doughnut shop when a man came in to buy a doughnut. But then the man tried to rob the store and used a knife to stab Ung, who later died. The suspect in Ung's murder has been arrested.

January 14 - Gulfport, MS - 55 year old Craig Mathis died on the job when his work truck slid off the roadway, slamming into a telephone pole. He was an employee for AT&T.

January 14 - Odessa, TX - 53 year old Christopher Davis and 45 year old Eligio Garcia were killed on the job when the prison bus they were on crashed. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice transport bus carrying prisoners from a unit in Abilene to El Paso's Sanchez Unit when the transport bus hit an icy patch on the roadway, went off a bridge and landed on the railway striking a moving train. Eight prisoners also died and five others, including another corrections officer, survived.





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This post highlights workers who died on the job in December 2014.  Our thoughts are with the families as we know this time of year is particularly difficult.

December 16, 2014 - Hoquiam, WA - 56 year old David James Dupont of Tahuya was killed on the job when he was struck by the top of a tree that was felled. He was the owner of Double D Logging Co., Inc.  Details of the incident are not available.

December 16 - Sturgis, KY - 34 year old Eli Eldridge died on the job after he was struck by a vehicle shuttling coal to the feeder of an underground belt line at Patriot Coal's Highland No. 9 mine.

December 16 - West Monroe, LA - 30 year old Michael Roberts was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist. A construction pickup that was equipped with a large arrow board was stopped in the north bound outside highway lane. A motorist was traveling in the outside lane and attempted to move into the inside lane but struck the rear of the construction vehicle and three construction workers. It is unclear who he was employed with.

December 19 - Lynnville, IN - R.V. "Rocky" Schmidt died of suffocation after being buried in grain. Authorities say that Schmidt was likely shoveling grain when apparently it gave way. He did have a safety rope on him at the time. Schmidt owned the farm.

December 19 - Coalgate, OK - 26 year old Gary Keehan of Ada and 27 year old Kelsey Bellah of Tulsa were working on an oil rig near Coalgate when a fire broke out causing an explosion, causing their death. A third worker was critically injured. They were employees for Dan D Drilling for Pablo Energy.  

December 20 - New York City, NY - 40 year old Rafael Ramos and 32 year old Wenjian Liu, both officers for the New York Police Department were shot to death during an ambush as they sat in their police cruiser. The gunman was known to have made anti-police statements.

December 20 - Lynden, WA - Rueben Zimmermann was performing his regular duties, bagging customer's groceries at Safeway Store #1930, when he reported not feeling well.  While resting he slumped over and it was determined he died of a heart attack.

December 21 - Snoqualmie Pass, WA - Robert Benson was a long haul truck driver from Colorado who was on a "run" and suffered a heart attack, crashing the truck on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

December 23 - Everett, WA - Michael Petro was an engineer for The Boeing Company and was performing normal office related duties. He was found unresponsive on the floor of a restroom and paramedics were unable to revive him. He died of natural causes.

December 23 - Woodmere, NY - 43 year old Joseph Sanford, Jr. was a member of Inwood (Long Island) Fire Department when he died four days after battling a house fire in where he fell through the floor into the basement and suffered a heart attack. Officials said Sanford was one of the first on the scene after the initial 911 call. It is unclear if other firefighters even knew he was inside, as his lifeless body was found accidentally by other firefighters making their way through the house.

December 24 - Orlando, FL - 52 year old Robert Belvoir died on the job after falling 30 feet after a harness apparently slipped at an elevated ropes course.  He had just gotten hooked up to the Sky Trail ropes course but a piece of the equipment was not properly secured and he fell, while still wearing the harness. He was employed by Jim Liggitt dba Sky Trails attraction.

December 26 - Las Vegas, NV - 58 year old Antonino Isnit was working his regular shift for Walgreen's when an armed man entered the store to rob it. The gunman took Isnit and a coworker to the part of the store with the safe and it was there that he was shot. It turns out, the gunman had previously worked with Isnit and he may have recognized the robber.  

December 26 - Wilmington, DE - 42 year old Jose Luis Garcia Hernandez of Newark, was killed on the job when he was struck by a crawler tractor. He was standing behind the large machine that was driven by a co-worker to move trash into a large pile. It was then that Hernandez was struck by the machine. He was employed by Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington. 

December 28 - West Palm Beach, FL - Robert Hoffstetter was a corner marshal for the Palm Beach International Raceway when he was struck by an unmanned motorcycle at the Florida Track Days event. A motorcyclist said that during the race, his bike’s throttle got stuck in the open position, preventing him from being able to stop as he approached a turn in the track. He tried to apply the brakes but couldn’t stop so he jumped off the motorcycle into a grass area. The motorcycle continued down the track and struck Hoffstetter.

December 29 - Wenachee, WA - 34 year old Andrea Carlos Johnson was killed on the job when he was struck by a piece of equipment. He was a mechanic for Stemilt Growers LLC and was changing a hydraulic cylinder on a bin destacker. When he disconnected the hydraulic line, the 600 plus pound destacking mechanism came down on top of his upper body, crushing him.

December 29 - Vienna, VA - 45 year old Hicham "AJ" Najdi was killed instantly after being struck by a motorist along an Interstate. He was a tow truck driver for Fairfax Towing and was prepping a disabled vehicle on to his tow truck. The driver of an on-coming box truck crossed into the shoulder where Najdi was working, hitting him.

December 29 - Staten Island, NY - 62 year old Thomas Choi was struck by a motorist on the Verrazano Bridge in October of 2013. The MTA Bridges and Tunnels employee was struck by a car as he worked to reopen the Brooklyn-bound, lower-level roadway of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Oct. 20. He never emerged from a coma.

December 30 - Avalon, CA - 39 year old Timothy Mitchell was a Harbor Patrol Officer on Santa Catalina Island when strong winds and rough waves began to batter boats in the harbor. He is being called a hero for attempting to save a boat from damage. During the night storm, Mitchell was aboard the King Neptune as it was about to run aground at Avalon Harbor. He tried to jump ashore but didn't make it. Two other officers tried to rescue him, but Mitchell became pinned between the boat and the harbor rocks and was killed.

December 30 - Claycomo, MO - An unidentified employed for KCI, Inc. was killed on the job as he worked on renovations to the Ford Kansas City Assembly plant. He was a millwright who worked on machinery and was crushed while working on the job.

December 30 - Sedro Woolley, WA - Richard Rector of Buckley died on the job after being struck by his logging truck. He reported having trouble with the truck's brakes and stopped the loaded log truck on a hill to fix the problem. It is not clear why but the truck started moving down the hill and he was struck by it. He was employed by Tony Van Hoof Trucking LLC. 

December 31 - Grand Terrace, CA - 48 year old Richard Williamson of Riverside was the owner of Bill Will's Security Services and was working a New Year's Eve party when he was shot to death.  He died confronting a gunman firing at a crowd outside the Cal Skate, Southern California roller rink. Two other security guards were injured. Williamson's actions saved many kids and family's lives that night.

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Today's Weekly Toll will focus on those workers we lost in May, 2014, that we were previously not aware of (continuing from an earlier post). We are grateful to partners who appreciate our goal of honoring all workers that have lost their lives on the job and sharing information with us. As always, we include all the links we are able to find for further information.
Our hearts and thoughts are with these families.

May 16, 2014 - Oakdale, NY - 26 year old Christopher Conklin died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Optimum.

May 16 - Clewiston, FL - 54 year old Lester Singletary was killed on the job after he was struck by an unknown object while working for Cliff's Trucking, Inc.

May 17 - Austin, TX - 24 year old Manuel Gonzales was working for Axiom Services, LLC when he died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation.

May 19 - Chicago Heights, IL - 33 year old Kevin Bewley of Homewood suffered severe head trauma after being struck in the head by a bundle of steel tubing he was attempting to move. He was working at PTC Alliance for Mid-West Manufacturing, LLC.

May 19 - Saginaw, TX - 67 year old Jack Wilson died on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for Norco Corporation.

May 20 - Versailles, OH - 37 year old Allyson Mescher was working for Codino's Limited, Inc., a pasta making company, when she became trapped in a piece of machinery. 

May 20 - Mounds, IL - 27 year old Antonio L. Pratt died of a cardiac event while working for Environmental Remediation & Recovery.

May 20 - Decatur, TX - 67 year old Jack Wilson of McGregor died from injuries he suffered at work when he was involved in a forklift incident. He was pinned between two machines. He was employed by Landmark Fabrication.

May 21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 67 year old William Slaugenhaupt was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation, suffering head trauma. He was employed by Charland Construction, Inc.

May 22 - Washington, DC - 71 year old Walter Fitzgerald was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for Contact Construction, LLC.

May 22 - Stillwater, OK - 22 year old Cindy Long was working for Quapaw Co. when she died after falling from an unknown elevation.

May 23 - Chicago, IL - 35 year old David Vargas was killed on the after he was struck in the head by an unknown object. He was employed by International Erectors, Inc.

May 24 - Harlingen, TX - 35 year old Carlos Juan Reyes of Brownsville died on the job after falling from a platform. He was employed by Angel's AAA Electric, LLC.

May 27 - Chicago, IL - 31 year old Nathan Cottrell of Mount Prospect was killed on the job after he was struck in the head by an unknown object. He was employed by Alpha Baking Co., Inc.

May 28 - Gonzales, LA - 56 year old Danny Deville of Melville died on the job when he drowned during a flooding incident. He was leaving work as directed due to rising flood waters and was later found underneath his truck by his supervisor who noticed his truck still in the parking lot. It is presumed that he fell and possibly struck his head on the ground. He was employed by Pax, Inc.

May 28 - Philadelphia, PA - 31 year old Jose Santiago Vasquez Acevedo was killed on the job when he suffered an electric shock while working for Espana Brothers Corporation.

May 30 - Pontotoc, MS - 50 year old Bobby Williams of Blue Springs, MO was killed on the job as he was working at Three Rivers Landfill. A tractor trailer semi backed into him. He was employed by Waste Management of North Mississippi.

May 30 - Wichita, KS - 41 year old Joshua Loux was killed on the job when he was caught in or between a freight elevator as he worked on a construction site. He was an employee for Restoration & Waterproofing Contractors for General Contractor Key Construction.

May 30 - Jacksonville, FL - 26 year old Jose Mendoza-Lopez died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for IMC Steel Construction, Inc.

May 30 - Gainesville, FL - 39 year old Eric Gillum was working from an elevated bucket truck when the arm of the bucket suddenly collapsed. The bucket fell onto the cab of the truck, which caused Gillum to be thrown onto the sidewalk below. He was an employee for Advance Tree Service.

June 1, 2014 - Stanton, TX - 48 year old Johnny Plasentillo of Midland was working at a West Texas Gas Compressor Station when he was discovered unconscious next to a spewing natural gas line. He was a gas plant operator for J.L. Davis Company.





















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It is never easy to deal with a work related death of a loved one, but especially in the time of holiday's. Our thoughts are with all of the families of these workers.

December 1, 2014 - Baltimore, MD - An unidentified worker for Hi-Way Paving was working at the BWI Airport when he was struck by a concrete paving machine.  Repeated attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

December 1 - Quincy, WA - Caesar Salazar was driving a work vehicle hauling a Genie lift when he lost control on an icy road. He attempted to jump out but was pinned under the vehicle. He was employed by WM Construction, Inc.

December 1 - Fountain City, WI - 21 year old Brooke Baures was found dead inside a food elevator/dumbwaiter inside the restaurant she worked at by a co-worker. Details are not clear as to how or why she was in the elevator. She was employed by WingDam Saloon & Grill.

December 2 - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - 46 year old Jose Morales of Calabash died of drowninghttp://www.wncn.com/story/27527731/worker-dies-at-nc-golf-course-after-driving-into-water after the vehicle he was driving went into water.  He was driving the maintenance equipment at Tiger's Eye Golf Course but it is not clear why he ended up in the water.

December 2 - Bloomfield, MO - 54 year old Kenneth Wayne Hurley died on the job when he was buried by grain in a bin. He was inside the grain bin running a vacuum when the grain beneath him collapsed and he became buried. He was working at a farm near Idalia owned by Gilbert Gilooly.

December 4 - North Coventry, PA - 60 year old Lee A. Boyer of Liberty was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist while setting up construction cones while working for J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, PA.

December 4 - Michigan's Thumb, MI - 21 year old Jonathan C. Hayden of Kalkaska was a road construction worker and flagman who was standing near a flashing arrow sign trailer when he was struck by a motorist. He died later at a hospital. The name of his employer is not known.

December 6 - Houston, TX - An unidentified employee was fatally electrocuted in unknown circumstances while working for Center Point Energy. Attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

December 6 - Shreveport, LA - 23 year old Se'Destini Fields was a campaign worker for Mary Landrieu. She was out and about reaching out to people on behalf of Landrieu when a driver veered off the roadway, striking her. The person driving the truck was apprehended but no charges as of this writing.

December 7 - Everett, WA - Kenneth Otto was injured on November 13th when he was struck by an airbag inflater. He was a technician for Jamco America, a Boeing supplier, and was installing a passenger seat airbag inflater when it suddenly discharged, striking him violently in the face.

December 8 - Henderson, NV - 42 year old Scott Greenfield was killed on the job after he was struck by a piece of machinery. He was struck in the head by a falling injection machine carrier while working for Berry Plastics.

December 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Joyce Craig Lewis died on the job while fighting a house fire. She was a firefighter for the Philadelphia Fire Department when she died after being trapped in the basement of a burning row house.

December 9 - Savannah, TN - Gus Losleben was driving a tanker truck carrying 2,000 pounds of water when it crossed the center divide hitting a log truck head on.  He was an employee for Hardin County Fire Department.

December 9 - Savannah, TN - 30 year old Christopher Durham of Booneville, MS was driving a log truck for an unknown company when a fire department tanker truck driver crossed the center divide, crashing into his truck head on.

December 9 - Cottage Grove, OR - 31 year old Justin Craig Simons was killed on the job when he was pinned by a piece of machinery while working for Weyerhaeuser Mill in Cottage Grove.

December 10 - Honolulu, HI - 42 year old Joefrey Andrada and 30 year old Justin Saragosa were working in Pearl Harbor on a barge using a crane to replace a 10,000 pound buoy when when it fell. The men were not able to get out of the way fast enough. Both were employed by Healy Tibbitts Builders.

December 11 - Dallas, TX - 36 year old Oscar Esparza-Roma, 43 year old Leroy Carriloo-Solorzano and his uncle, 60 year old Nicacio Carrillo-Martinez were all working in the basement of Thanksgiving Tower in Dallas. They were cleaning four water tanks in the basement and were using a torch to cut rusted and corroded parts from a 30-foot-deep tank when it caught fire. They were discovered dead of smoke inhalation after the fire was extinguished. All worked for Best Mechanical, Inc.

December 13 - Fort Worth, TX - Eric Kent Peterson was a clerk for the Military Gun Store when a man entered the business and shot him. It is unclear why he was shot. The business is a gun supply store.

December 15 - Memphis, TN - 35 year old Jason Webb was injured on November 25th during an explosion and fire while working to fix a gas leak in a residential area but died of his injuries. He was an employee for Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW).

December 16 - Escorse, MI - 32 year old Antonino Palazzolo of Rockwood was killed on the job during a blast at US Steel's Great Lakes Works in Escourse. A malfunction caused a spill of molten steel, which then melted into snow causing a flash freeze and explosion. When the steel exploded, the building was hit with a barrage of shrapnel.























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This post included workers who died on their jobs during the first half of May, 2014 who we were previously not aware of. All workers deserve to be remembered regardless of when they were taken from their families. Where possible, we have added a link to the online incident article.

May 1, 2014 - Makawao, HI - 29 year old Patricia Rabellizsa of Kihei was killed on the job when she fell from a zip line while working for Piiholo Ranch Zipline.

May 2 - Robesonia, PA - 30 year old Benjamin Joe Mast died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object while working for Z-Weldco, Inc. and Reading Alloys, Inc.

May 2 - Hoover, AL - 59 year old Randy Keith Berry of Cullman was part of a construction crew on an AL DOT repaving project on Interstate 459 when he was struck by a motorist. He was employed by M and W Logistics.

May 2 - Keller, TX - 57 year old Roberto Lariz-Trinidad of Fort Worth was part of a landscaping crew working an apartment complex when he was struck by a truck that was backing up and apparently did not see him. He was employed by F&S Concrete.

May 2 - Rockaway Beach, NY - 65 year old Juan Rodriguez was working for Bryan's Auto East Ltd when he fell from an unknown elevation causing fractures.

May 3 - Buhl, ID - 51 year old Ayala Rigoberto was killed on the job when he was caught in or between an unknown object while working for Eagle View Farms LLC.

May 4 - Port Angeles, WA - 24 year old Samuel Silverstein was a commercial 'geoduck' harvester and was diving for the mollusks when his diving partner found him unconscious in about 50 feet of water. He was transported to hospital but died there. He was employed by Furthur Diving Co.

May 5 - Ursina, PA - 31 year old Jared Ritchey was working to install a concrete manhole form for the city's first ever sewer system when he was pinned beneath the form. He was working for Guyer Brothers, Inc. 

May 5 - Wrightstown, NJ - Marc Cooper was working for Bristol Protective Services when he died in unknown circumstances from inhaling a toxic substance. No further information can be found.

May 5 - Marmarth, ND - 48 year old Darwin Maxwell was working in Marmarth for Continental Resources, Inc and 4J Well Services, Inc. when he died of a heart attack. Circumstances are not known.

May 6 - Ardmore, OK - 31 year old Christopher Cryer died on the job after falling from the roof of an Ardmore plant he was working at. He suffered major head trauma in the fall. He was employed by Atlas Roofing Corporation.

May 6 - Elkhart Lake, WI - 55 year old Jay Brandt was working for Bremer Manufacturing Co. when he died of a sudden cardiac event.

May 7 - Cape Girardeau, MO - 67 year old Sandra K. Christy was working for Regions Bank when she died from a same level fall in unknown circumstances.

May 7 - McCool Junction, NE - 73 year old Marvin Roesti was injured on May 7 when he fell while loading a tanker truck at the Farmers Cooperative McCool Junction fertilizer plant. He was working from a height without fall protection. 

May 8 - Mobile, AL - 25 year old David Sells died on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for Infirmary Health System, Inc.

May 10 - Houston, TX - 61 year old Gabriel Garcia was a longshoreman was helping to load a piece of equipment at a terminal facility when it became disconnected from the traverse that was holding it. The cargo dropped, landing on and severing Garcia's legs. He was an employee for Gulf Stream Marine.  

May 10 - Countyline, OK - 50 year old Robert Dulworth of Duncan was killed on the job when he was crushed under his work truck. He stopped to exit his truck but did not completely set the brake. As the truck began to roll, he tried to stop it but fell and was run over. He was employed by Citation Oil & Gas Corp.

May 11 - El Paso, TX - 39 year old James E. Green of Runaway Bay and 54 year old Jimmy Joe Broadstreet of Chaparral were Crane Service, Inc. contract workers for Texas DOT when they were both struck by a motorist on Interstate 10. Green died on the job and Broadstreet later at a nearby hospital. 

May 11 - Toughkenamon, PA - 64 year old Duane Allen Canipe of Landenberg died on the job after falling from an unknown height, suffering head trauma, in an unknown incident. He was employed by Roman Urethane Corp.

May 12 - McDonough, GA - 41 year old Adonis Javier Maldonado died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Elite Storage Equipment Erectors, Inc.

May 13 - Mountain Brook, AL - 19 year old Trayshawn Presha of Sarasota, FL was working with a group of movers using a dolly to move a safe into a residence in Mountain Brook when he was crushed by it. The ramp they were using was not long enough so they added a second unsecured ramp extension which slipped, causing the safe to fall. Presha was unable to get out of its way. The workers were employed by Daniel Tatum, a professional van operator for Atlas Van Lines.

May 14 - Caddo, TX - 33 year old Jacob Jackson was killed on the job after he was caught in or between an unknown object. He was employed by Rob Joe Materials, LLC.

May 14 - Washington, DC - 34 year old Christopher Bartholomew died on the job from an electric shock in an unknown incident while employed with Arrow Electrical Solutions, LLC.

May 15 - Newfield, NY - 60 year old Grover Lehman was working for Jim Ray Homes, Inc. when he was killed on the job. He and co-workers were preparing a mobile home to be moved and had it on jacks. They did not, however, have temporary support blocking and when the unit shifted, Lehman was struck in the head. 

May 15 - North Venice, FL - 35 year old Carlos Ochoa died on the job after falling from an unknown height while working for All Steel Consultants, Inc.


























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November 12, 2014 - Pittsburg, PA - 34 year old Nicole Kotchey of Ross Township was discovered on the floor near her desk at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.  She died several hours later and it has been determined that she died of cyanide poisoning. A police investigation is underway to determine how she was exposed.

November 13 - Seattle, WA - Gaetano Arico was an employee for Sound Window & Gutter Cleaning when he fell to his death from a ladder. He was cleaning gutters on a two-story home and was discovered on the ground by the homeowner. He died at an area hospital.

November 17 - Merrill, WI - 55 year old Marvin C. Ament of Mosinee died on the job as he worked to install insulation on a piece of equipment at Expera Specialty Solutions of Merrill. He fell from an elevated bucket lift.  He was employed by Taylor Insulation of Mosinee.

November 18 - Bellville, OH -  32 year old Marvin Troyner of Holmesville was working inside a trench on a sewer project when he was trapped by a collapse. He was inside a steel safety box when a boulder came crashing down, hitting the box and trapping him inside. He was employed by Shrock Premier Custom Construction, Inc.

November 19 - Sumas, WA - Mohinder Singh of Nooksack had been off sick from work and collapsed after reporting to work the next day. It was determined he died of a non work related natural death. He was working for Teal Jones Lumber Services, Inc.

November 19 - Horizon City, TX - 40 year old Javier Arteaga Loya died on the job after he was pinned under a trailer that fell off the jack stand. He was a part time employee for S&S Truck Sales.

November 20 - Noblesville, IN - 21 year old Anthony J. Brock was killed on the job when he was crushed between a steel catwalk structure and the railing of an aerial lift. He was working for ID Castings produces iron castings commonly used in the automotive construction and heavy equipment industries. His first child was due in January 2015.

November 20 - New Orleans, LA - 24 year old Jerrel Hancock of Abbeville was killed on the job and a co-worker injured when an explosion occurred on an off shore oil platform.  They were cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at Fieldwood Energy's Echo oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. He was employed by the Louisiana based Turnkey Cleaning Services.

November 20 - Baytown, TX - 53 year old Walter Warner of Sandy Hook, MS was a subcontractor working for Group when he was involved in a fatal incident at Exxon Mobil's Olefins plant. Details of the cause are not given but there was an expansion project going on at the plant.

November 21 - Waverly, NE - 34 year old Joaquin Danilo Mina Munoz of Lincoln was attempting to clean a grain truck auger when he was killed on the job. He was working for Bevan's Enterprises, Inc., a turkey farm, when his clothing became caught in the auger and he was pulled in. 

November 24 - Forks, WA - 25 year old Nicolas Rodriguez was working at a logging site and standing near an airlift helicopter that was prevented from landing due to weather conditions. He was struck in the head by a swinging lob. He was employed by Engeseth Logging. 

November 28 - Staten Island, NY - 43 year old Delfino Jesus Valazquez Mendizabal was killed on the job when he was buried under the rubble of a roof collapse on a demolition site. He was working for Formica Construction, who did not have proper permits, to demo an old Ford Dealership when the concrete roof collapsed

November 28 - Peabody, MA - 26 year old Joshua Black of Wilmington was working at Waste Support Services when he was struck by a front end loader. Details are not clear but reports say he was lifting up a manhole cover when he was struck. He was an employee for Wayne's Drains.

































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This post will cover the worker's we were not previously aware of for April, 2014.  No worker who died at their job should ever be forgotten. We and the families thank you for remembering them in your thoughts. Our apologies for not having more information, but where possible a link to the incident has been included. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.

April 1 - Houston, TX - 49 year old Samuel Palacios died on the job due to a fall from a roof. He was employed by Sam's Roofing.

April 1 - Bradley, IL - 35 year old Thomas Morris of Momence was killed on the job after the forklift he was operating overturned and crushed him. He was employed by C and C General Contractors, Inc. (official), working at Kanga Roof in Bradley.

April 1 - Cary, MI - 56 year old Ernest Case died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed with Communications Specialists, Inc.

April 1 - Shamrock, TX - 46 year old David K. Holdren, Jr. died from an electric shock while working for Arrow Water Well, Inc.

April 1 - Tampa, FL - 27 year old Nicholas "Nick" Veley died from an electric shock while working for Power Electric Services, Inc.

April 1 - Staten Island, NY - 50 year old Richard Salvia was sent out to make a routine food delivery on the night he was murdered. Three teenage suspects made a plan and called for the bogus delivery with the intent on causing harm to the person who showed up. While trying to rob Salvia, one of the teens shot him to death. Those teens were arrested for Mr. Salvia's horrible death. Salvia was employed by L & W Restaurant, Inc.

April 1 - Kingfisher, OK - 33 year old Brett Montgomery of Elk City was operating a bulldozer when he was struck and killed. He had parked the machine on an embankment and after stepping off the machine, it rolled back into him. He was employed by Galmor's/G&G Steam Services, Inc.

April 2 - Harrington, DE - 55 year old James Lee Henderson, Jr. was working in an empty warehouse, installing electrical service when he was caught between a forklift and a pole. He was employed by AET Electric, Inc.

April 2 - Sherrill, AR - 71 year old Jay Waymon Ball died on the job as the result of being struck against an unknown object. He was employed by England Liquid Fertilizer, Inc.

April 2 - Bullard, TX - 51 year old Tony Collins was an employee for East Texas Utility Services, Inc. when he died on the job from an electric shock.

April 2 - New York, NY - 58 year old Harmit Singh was killed on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Pak National Gen. Corp.

April 3 - Stuttgart, AR - 65 year old James Boehn died on the job when he was struck against an unknown object, suffering a dislocation. He was working for Blue Seal Petroleum of Stuttgart, Inc.

April 3 - Houma, LA - 41 year old Dutch "Shannon" A. Mire of Thibodaux was working for Gulf Island Fabrication when he was struck by an unknown object, suffering fatal head trauma.

April 4 - Midland, TX - 28 year old Gabriel Trejo of Plainview died on the job after being burned when a tank battery, used for chemical storage, suddenly ignited. He was employed with S&S Equipment & Supply, Inc.

April 8 - Chalfont, PA - 61 year old Victor Garcia of Norristown was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Roll Former Corporation.

April 8 - Johnstown, CO - 30 year old Gabriel Hernandez was working for Gopher Excavation, Inc. when he suffered blunt force trauma after being struck by an unknown object and also receiving lacerations.

April 8 - Blytheville, AR - 36 year old Juan Nieves and 37 year old Nicolas Perez were working on a barge owned by GATX Corp. on the Mississippi River when something went very wrong. Nieves and Perez fell into the water when the barge flipped over while unloading about 700,000 pounds of steel coil at a Kinder Morgan terminal near Blytheville. The men worked for Kinder Morgan through an employment agency. Authorities gave up searching for the men and it is not known if they were ever found.

April 9 - Laredo, TX - 38 year old Efrain Gonzalez died on the job after being struck by a backhoe loader machine while working for Union Pumping, LP and City Ready Mix, Inc.

April 9 - Florence, MT - 51 year old George Fifield Jr. of Missoula was seriously injured in a fall from a roof while working construction in Florence. He died at an area hospital. He was not provided fall protection by his employer, Jared Langley Enterprises, Inc.

April 10 - East Moline, IL - 52 year old David Walters of Moline was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for K&M Equipment, Inc.

April 10 - Lubbock, TX - 43 year old Jose R. Aguirre was working with a co-worker on a wiring system when he was fatally electrocuted. The circumstances are not clear. He was an employee for Park Tower Apartments.

April 10 - Nantucket, MA - 72 year old Henry Varian was a private contractor working on a construction site when he fell to his death. Owner of Henry J. Varian, Inc., he was working from a scaffold when he fell, landing on his back. 

April 11 - Pago Pago, American Samoa - 49 year old Lolenese Tupau was employed as a stevedore when he was struck by an unknown object and suffered fatal head trauma. He was employed by Peter E. Reid Stevedoring, Inc.

April 12 - Andrews, TX - 54 year old Gabino T. Aguilar was at work for Weatherford International Ltd. when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 12 - Dalton, GA - 48 year old Jonathan Wheatof Rossville died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Porter Roofing Contractors, Inc.

April 12 - Mystic, CT - Susan Masina died on the job from an unknown cause while working for Home Health Care Services, LLC.

April 13 - Greenville, TX - 64 year old Larry Daniel died on the job in unknown circumstances while working for Electric, Inc.

April 13 - Mertzon, TX - 29 year old Curtis Lam was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Integrity Services, LLC.

April 14 - Manhattan, NY - 35 year old Lukasz P. Stolarski of Brooklyn was killed on the job after falling from a building.  He and other workers were completing facade restoration work. Stolarski was standing on a ledge between the roof and penthouse level when he fell. Officials say he was not wearing a harness. He was employed by First Astoria/Bas Renovation JV. 

April 14 - Albany, NY - 39 year old Frank Mack of Ballston Spa was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation while employed with Dwight Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

April 14 - Perry, OK - 24 year old Montana Camp died on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was employed by LaMunyon Drilling, LLC and Dorado E&P Partners LLC.

April 14 - Washington, PA - 60 year old James Zablotny was killed on the job after he fell from an unknown elevation, suffering body fractures. He was employed by Casper Construction at the time of his death.

April 14 - Plainville, MA - 69 year old Robert MacDow died on the job when he tripped and fell (same level) while working at Super Stop and Shop. No other details are known.

April 15 - Pennington, GA - 34 year old Samuel E. Southerland, Jr. of Mobile, AL was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while employed by S & S Sprinkler Company, LLC.

April 16 - Orlando, FL - 43 year old Jose Nambo Munoz was employed by MAG Construction Group LLC when he died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation.

April 17 - Fulton, MI - 21 year old William McCalpin was killed on the job from unknown injuries received while working for Graham Lumber Company.

April 17 - Bedford, TX - 27 year old Jose Dimas died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Juan Garcia.

April 17 - Norristown, PA - 41 year old Michael Robinson of Coopersburg was working on the roof of a building at Norristown State Hospital when he fell to his death. He lost his footing and fell three stories. He was employed by Banes Roofing, Inc. 

April 17 - Monroe Township, NJ - 55 year old Edmund Moore III was working at Stencel & Son, Inc. when he suffered a fatal cardiac event.

April 17 - Mesquite, TX - 63 year old Melecio Medina was employed by Madrid Drywall LLC when he died on the job from a fall from an unknown elevation.

April 20 - Rankin, TX - 31 year old Kell de Carlo Mendoza died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object. He was employed by Sidewinder Drilling.

April 21 - Lakewood Ranch, FL - 33 year old Artemio Valdez was killed on the job after he suffered head trauma in a fall from an unknown elevation.  He was employed by Crown Roofing, LLC.

April 21 - Frostproof, FL - 51 year old Gary Allen was at his job working for F.G. Gamez, Inc. when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 21 - South Padre Island, TX - 37 year old Roberto Mendez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation, suffering head injuries. He was employed by Isla Restoration.

April 22 - Hollywood, FL - 55 year old Fernando Cuellar died of unknown injuries while working for Liliana Albrecht, LLC.

April 23 - Paterson, NJ - 65 year old Jose Maletski was working his shift at Paterson Pickle Company when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

April 23 - Montgomery, AL - 35 year old William Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack while at work for Global Auto Processing Services, LLC.

April 24 - Proctorville, OH - 44 year old Bradley D. Jenkins of Otway was working on a drill bit by a bridge when the ground slipped and he fell into a 10 foot hole filled with water, and was covered by rock and dirt debris. He was employed by Complete General Construction Co.

April 28 - Hialeah Gardens, FL - 49 year old Reinaldo Rodriguez died on the job when he was struck by an unknown object. He was employed by Milan Manufacturing, Inc.

April 28 - Tulsa, OK - 46 year old Ronnie Blagg and 48 year old Michael Turner were both working on a traffic light when a motorist lost control of their vehicle and slammed into the men. Both worked for Traffic & Lighting Systems, LLC.

April 28 - Coronado, CA - 29 year old Coll Perske had five years of experience working with the Navy's dolphins and sea lions in San Diego Bay. During a training exercise for the marine mammal program, he did not resurface and his co-workers rushed to help him. He died of salt water drowning. He was employed by Science Applications International Corp.

April 29 - Houston, TX - 35 year old Timoteo Ramirez died on the job after sustaining head injuries during a fall from an unknown elevation. He was employed by Womble Company, Inc.

April 29 - Gloucester City, NJ - 53 year old Clayton J. Benson of National Park was killed on the job in a shipyard incident on the Delaware River.  He was struck by a two ton shipping tray while at the shipping dock at Holt Logistics. He was employed by Gloucester Terminals LLC.

April 30 - Caldwell, ID - 53 year old Roy Frazier was killed on the job when was crushed under a steel beam. He was moving the 50,000 pound steel beam with a forklift when it fell from the lift, pinning him under it.  He was employed by Rule Steel Tanks, Inc.

























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As always, it is with sadness we even have to make this list. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family members who have been affected by such a tragedy. If we can be of help in any way, please let us know.

October 30, 2014 - Hutchinson, KS - 29 year old Joshua Tacy was working to help load metal on a rail car for Midwest Iron & Metal, a recycling company, when he was struck by the machine being used to load the scrap.

October 30, 2014 - Wallula, WA - James Pugh of Smelterville, ID was driving his Excel Transport, Inc. semi truck when he suffered a cardiac event and crashed the truck into a utility pole. His death was ruled natural causes. 

October 31, 2014 - Boston, GA - 32 year old Victor Chavez was working to unload a large container of cotton seeds, when he fell and was buried under the seeds. He was unable to free himself. He was working for Boston Gin Company.

November 1, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 44 year old Roberto Topia-Gonzales was working for an unlicensed contractor without a building permit on a construction project when he was crushed and buried under a brick wall that collapsed.

November 1 - Muskegon, MI - 54 year old Michael Yell was working for Continental Dairy when he fell from a moving semi truck trailer and was run over. He was helping to unload the truck and climbed onto the passenger side of the truck when he fell, unseen, by the driver and was struck by the trailer.

November 1 - El Dorado Springs, MO - 25 year old Deputy Matt Chism was making a routine stop for the Cedar County Sheriff Department when he was shot during an altercation with the person he stopped.

November 3 - New Orleans, LA - 57 year old Edward Burton was working for Traffic Solutions on the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway when his work vehicle was struck from behind by garbage truck and pushed into the river below.

November 3 - Guntersville, AL - 41 year old Stephen Paul Woods of Albertville was struck in the head by a pile driver as he worked behind a private residence. He had just completed a pier to a boat house and was moving a platform to another location when the incident happened. He was employed by Greg Weaver Construction of Guntersville.

November 3 - Jersey City, NJ - 58 year old Gary Anderson of Somerdale was making a delivery of drywall to a construction site for George Hildebrandt Inc., who he was a contractor for, when a one pound tape measure fell from a worker's tool belt from the 50th story on the construction site. It hit a piece of equipment on its way down and then struck him in the head. He worked for an unnamed New York based trucking company.

November 3 - Charleston, WV - An unidentified lineman for Virginia based David H. Elliot, working at the Murray Energy McElroy Mine was fatally electrocuted while working to replace copper wire that had been stolen from an electrical line.

November 4 - Lapeer, MI - 34 year old Bradley Davis of Millington was working at the Lapeer Industries machine shop when an over-pressurized tank exploded. The specific circumstances are not clear.

November 4 - York, ME - 50 year old James Woodward was working along the York River Bridge when he was struck by a dump truck driven by his co-worker. Woodward was in the blind spot of the dump truck when he was hit. Both worked for Shaw Brothers Construction.

November 4 - Coos Bay, OR - 55 year old Estella Morgan was driving her Bureau of Land Management SUV and came upon a logging operation. As she neared the site a tree that had just been cut fell onto her vehicle, crushing her inside.

November 5 - Decatur, TX - An unidentified man was operating a backhoe during construction at a private residence when the backhoe flipped and he was pinned underneath. No further information is known.

November 6 - Valley Falls, KS - 58 year old Mike Miller was working on the family farm when he fell into a grain bin on the property.

November 7 - Fairfield, OH - 53 year old David Geiger of Cincinnati was performing maintenance at Northwest Bowling Alley, his employer, when his clothing became caught up and tangled in a pin-setting machine causing asphyxia.

November 8 - Tilden, TX - 50 year old Roel Rodriguez was working at Pioneer Natural Resources Eagle Ford oil rig when it caught on fire and exploded on October 24th. He and other workers were severely hurt in the explosion and he died on November 8th. The condition of the other workers is unknown. 

November 9 - Erie, PA - Jacob Schwab was an Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority employee when he was struck in the head while working. He was repairing a bus when something on the bus exploded, striking him in the head.

November 10 - Huntington Station, NY - Julian Castellanos was working for an unnamed construction company on a project in Long Island when he was killed. He had built two retaining walls and was working on the steps when one of the walls collapsed onto him. 

November 11 - Ocean Springs, MS - 42 year old Gerald Moran of Gulf Park Estates fell to his death from a balcony while working construction on an Ocean Springs home. Apparently he was pulling a board from the roof and it slid faster and more easily than expected, causing him to lose his balance. His employer is not known.

November 11 - Phoenix, AZ - An unidentified man was working under a truck when it fell from the jack, crushing him.  He was a private contractor working at Fred Terry's Contracting. Attempts to locate the worker's name has been unsuccessful.

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November 11 - New Albany, OH - 23 year old Kevin Harris of Jenison, MI was a diver who was working to clean out a retention pond in New Albany when something went wrong under water and he drowned. An investigation continues to find out what happened to cause the incident.  He was working for the Chicago based company U.S. Aqua Vac, a company specializing in cleaning various bodies of water.

November 11 - Bridgeton, MO - 31 year old Marreo Travis was doing some testing at Ferro Magnetics, a battery charging plant, when he was electrocuted. The circumstances of the incident are not named.

November 12 - Sarahsville, OH - 48 year old Norman Butler of Newport News, VA was working at a fracking oil well site on a pump for Blue Racer Midstream when an explosion and fire occurred and he was killed. He was employed by Buffalo Gap Instrumental & Electrical.

November 12 - Warwick, RI - 45 year old Paul Matos of Fall River, MA was working on a construction project when he was struck by a large piece of equipment. He died at an area hospital. He was working for AGI Construction on the Apponaug Circulation project.

November 12 - Zelienople, PA - 54 year old Paul Reece of Harmony was working from an elevated bucket trimming trees when he fell or was thrown from the bucket to the ground. He was working at English Lutheran Church in Zelienople for American Tree Service.

November 12 - Staten Island, NY - An unidentified employee for Flag Container Service Company was working to unload a dumpster at Richmond County Country Club in Todt Hill when the container fell, crushing him underneath.

November 12 - Everett, WA - Silvestre Mitra was working at Good Samaritan Adult Family Home, a residential care facility, putting away laundry when he went into cardiac arrest. His death was ruled natural causes.

November 13 - Mead, CO - 36 year old Matthew Smith of Brighton was working with two others trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line when something went wrong, causing the line to rupture. He was struck by a highly pressurized stream of water.  He was employed Halliburton working on the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's well site.

November 13 - Raleigh, NC - 42 year old Jose Luis Rosales-Nava was part of a crew working on a pedestrian bridge at Wake Technological Community College in Raleigh when the bridge collapsed. He was trapped under part of the frame structure that collapsed while pouring concrete for the bridge.  He was employed by Central Concrete of North Carolina, a subcontractor for Skanska Construction.

November 13 - Avon Lake, OH - Larry "Gomer" Heczko was working construction on an upscale home near Lake Erie when he was killed as a concrete wall collapsed. The name of his employer is not known, but he was also a beloved member of the Avon Lake Fire Department.

November 15 - LaPorte, TX - Four Dupont Chemical Refinery workers were killed when a lethal gas was released and they were asphyxiated. Crystal Wise, a newer employee, called for help after she had gone to check on a line. Robert Tisnado, 38, and Wade Baker, 60, rushed inside the space without masks and were overcome by the toxic gas. After losing radio contact with his three co-worker's, 48 year old Gilbert "Gibby" Tisnado grabbed a mask and ran in to help. He removed his mask and put it on his little brother Robert but he was overcome as well. An investigation continues.















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