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.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

We hope by writing this blog we are able to bring about awareness to the number of worker deaths suffered in the United States. We know this is not a comprehensive list but several people corroborate to find all those we can. Our hearts and thoughts go to the family members who have lost a loved one.

Worker Struck by Winch

June 24, 1015 - Victorville, CA - 38 year old David Padilla was killed on the job when the 25-ton winch he was operating malfunctioned, catapulting him and the winch across a shored pit. He and other workers were removing a large piece of a micro-tunneling machine from a tunnel when the winch being operated by Padilla broke loose. It appears he was employed by Foxfire Contractors who were working on the Upper Narrows Pipeline Replacement Project near Victorville for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority.

Oil Field Worker Dies Due to Heat

June 30, 2015 - Great Bend, KS - 30 year old Travis Underwood was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site. He was part of a three man crew at the site moving tubing and pipe when he was discovered unresponsive on a hot day.

Trench Collapse Claims Life

June 30, 2015 - Fritch, TX - 30 year old Juan Casteneda was a worker on a crew building a new location for the Allsups chain of gas stations and convenience stores installing fuel tanks. He died in a trench collapse when the dirt walls collapsed bringing the fuel tanks down with them.

Man Buried in Trench Collapse

July 1, 2015 - Apple Valley, MN - 51 year old Gerald Lyle Thompson was working with his brother to install drain tiles at a lot in Apple Valley when the wet sides of the trench he was in collapsed around him up to his shoulders. The weight of the wet soil was so much that he was unable to breath. He and his brother worked for DSM Excavation.

Father and Son Die at Farm

July 2, 2015 - Woodmohr, WI - 47 year old Rodney "Ram" Seibel and his 21 year old son Jeremy Seibel both died on their family farm after being exposed to toxic fumes in a manure tank. According to witnesses, Rodney climbed down a four foot ladder into the manure pit to try to retrieve a wheel that had broken off a manure conveyor. He was quickly overcome by the manure gasses. Jeremy then climbed down to try to save his father but was also overcome by the poisonous gasses.

Construction Worker Shot on Jobsite

July 2, 2015 - New Orleans, LA - A 22 year old unidentified man, who was working on a home construction project, was shot while working for an unknown reason.

Farm Incident Claims Life

July 5, 2015 - Springfield, NE - 72 year old Jerry Norris was using a farm tractor for mowing on the day he died. He had not been seen in several hours so a neighbor went looking for him and found him lying in the field. It appears he fell from the tractor and was then run over.

Worker Struck by Heavy Equipment

July 7, 2015 - Lancaster, PA - 59 year old Bruce Hardy of Bainbridge was working at the Holtwood Dam when he was struck by a piece of construction equipment. Others were attempting to free a loader on a steep bank. Another piece of heavy equipment was brought over in an attempt to free the loader and that is what struck and killed Hardy. He was employed by Walsh Construction.

Trench Collapse at Bridge Construction Kills One

July 7, 2015 - Millville, PA - 37 year old Richard Gold of Unityville was working at a construction site repairing a bridge over Little Fishing Creek near Millville. He was working with a crew from Susquehanna Supply, drilling asphalt and Gold was down in a trench cleaning mud off the wall. The embankment collapsed suddenly, pinning him to the opposite wall of the trench.

Robotic Machinery Kills Worker

July 7, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MI - 57 year old Wanda Jean Holbrook worked in the maintenance department for Ventra Ioia Main, which produces automotive bumpers, trailer hitches and chrome-plated plastics, for 12 years. Many of the machines in the plant are robotic. Holbrook was trapped by one of those robotic machines, but it is unclear how.



Man Dies During Renovation Project

June 7, 2015 - Winston-Salem, NC - 65 year old Dennis Michael Laney of Chester, SC was working on a renovation project in the Wake Forrest Innovation Quarter. Circumstances on how he died are unclear but it involved a cherry picker that he was operating near a walkway. He was an employee of Bonitz Contracting Co. of Concord, a sub-contractor for Whiting Turner.

Corrections Officer Dies From Fall

July 7, 2015 - Trion, GA - 50 year old Dale Mitchell of Summerville was a 25-year Corrections Officer at Hays State Prison. He died on the job due to a fall. He was performing some maintenance and was knocked off a mechanical cart by a ladder. Further details are not known.


Man Dies in Fall

July 8, 2015 - Danville, PA - 48 year old Stephen Kuchka of Berwick was getting ready to take lunch with his coworkers when he fell from scaffolding as they were lowering it. It had been raised to nine and a half stories. He was working on restoring yellow brick on the western side of the Foss Clinic at Geisinger Medical Center. His employer was Masonry Preservation Services.

Fall From Scaffolding Causes Death

June 8, 2015 - Walker, MI - 53 year old Michael Bloom of Kentwood had worked for Profile Industrial Packaging for about 17 years. He died from injuries due to a fall from scaffolding. According to a relative there was plywood being used on the scaffold but it had a gap between pieces and it was not properly anchored to the scaffold. The scaffold was being used for construction in the facility and was about 20 feet high.

Man Trapped in Burning Semi Trailer

July 9, 2015 - Forsyth County, NC - An unidentified construction worker was killed on the job when he was trapped in a semi trailer that started on fire. He was unloading a delivery of pine straw, pushing it towards the trailer doors, when a spark caught the straw on fire. Further attempts to locate his name were unsuccessful.

Man Falls at Construction Site


July 10, 2015 - Jordan, MN - 69 year old John Albert Dickerman of Mankato came out of retirement, temporarily, to help a contractor on a construction project. He was working with a crew from a Mankato contractor, R.L. Wells Construction, installing trussing for a roof at a height of roughly 25 to 30 feet when he fell to his death. How or why he fell is unknown.

Tow Truck Driver Hit by Car

July 10, 2015 - Port Arthur, TX - 35 year old Frank Amerson was working with a disabled vehicle along the interstate when he was struck by a car. Dozens of fellow wrecker drivers came out a few days after his death to give honor to one of their own. He was an employee for SWAT Towing & Recovery.

Construction Worker Struck by Heavy Equipment

July 13, 2015 - Saginaw, MI - 40 year old Jason Robert Schwartzly was rearranging gravel in a ditch near the campus of Delta College when he was struck by an excavator. The excavator was dumping gravel into the ditch when it slid down the side and struck Schwartzly. He was employed by Bourdow Construction.

Farm Worker Falls From Platform

July 14, 2015 - Vicksburg, MI - 31 year old Marcos Fonseca of Marcellus was killed on the job when he fell from an elevated area. Fonseca was looking at an office area of a mill that is under construction. As he left the office area he stepped down onto a lower platform and fell about 15 feet. He was an employee of H & H Grain and Feed, Inc.


Young Public Works Employee Struck by Garbage Truck

July 14, 2015 - Nashville, TN - 19 year old Chandler Harris was riding on the back of  a garbage truck when the truck got too close to the wall near the Christian Life Center and pinned him in between the truck and the wall. He then fell to the ground and was run over by the truck. The driver was unaware that Harris had fallen from the back. He was a Tennessee Public Works employee.

Highway Worker Struck by Motorist

July 14, 2015 - Merrill, WI - 50 year old Marcus Wydeven of Tomahawk was a 20 year employee of Lincoln County Highway Department. He was flagging traffic at a work site when an elderly motorist lost control of her car. She struck Wydeven before leaving the road and flipping her car.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Today's post is a listing of workers lost on the job in June 2015 that we previously did not have information for.
If we can be of any help to family or friends, please contact us.

Maintenance Worker Trapped Under ATV

June 1 - Murfreesboro, TN - 24 year old Cody Ryan Thorp was a ground maintenance worker for Thor Sport Farm in Murfreesboro. He was operating an ATV when it flipped and pinned him under the machine.

Nursery Worker Dies in Fall From Tractor

June 1 - Oxnard, CA - Soledad Villanueva was operating a tractor for Skyline Flowers in Oxnard. He died on the job when he fell from the tractor.

AAA Subcontractor Stabbed in Random Attack



June 2 - Pico Rivera, CA - Raymond A. Zabala III was working to help his mother with a dead battery when a transient randomly attacked him with a knife. He was stabbed in the neck. He was an employee for Petra Towing, Inc.




Street Sweeper Driver Killed in Crash

July 3 - Randlett, UT - 25 year old Steven Chet Goodrich of Bluebell was driving a street sweeper vehicle when it was struck from behind by an SUV. The impact of that event pushed the street sweeper off the road and into a ditch where it rolled and Goodrich was partially ejected. He was an employee for Staker & Parson Co. of Randlett.

Worker Crushed Under Mower

June 3 - Concepcion, TX - Nicolas Garza was working for Sorgente Ranch Properties Ltd when he died on the job after being crushed under a mower he was operating. No further information is known.

Construction Worker Dies From Fall

June 3 - Syracuse, NY - Michael DeFio was killed on the job when he fell from a ladder-jack scaffold that he was working from. He was an employee for S.G.V. General Contractor.

Worker Dies During Museum Construction

June 3 - Washington, DC - 35 year old Ivan Smyntyna of Roswell, GA was working at a construction site for the new National African American History Museum in DC. He was crushed between a block wall and a falling counterweight of a suspension scaffold. He was employed by Miller-Clapperton Partnership, Inc. of Washington, DC.

Guam Worker Crushed

June 4 - Tamuning, Guam - An unidentified worker was fatally crushed by marble slabs that shifted in a container during loading.

Worker Drowns in Pool

June 4 - El Paso, TX - An unidentified employee for Ricardo Gonzalez drowned after falling into a swimming pool.

Electrician Touches Live Wires 

June 4 - Heath, OH - 24 year old James "Jimmy" Wolfe Jr. of Newark was workingon a junction box from a scissor lift when he was electrocuted after coming into contact with the electrified wires. He was an employee for Weekley Electric, LLC of Heath.



Maintenance Worker Electrocuted

June 4 - Bossier City, LA - 26 year old Demarcus Hall was working at the Alexis Park Apartment complex when he was fatally electrocuted. He was conducting maintenance to a flagpole at the entrance of the apartment complex. He was apparently electrocuted when the flagpole touched a neighboring power line. He was employed by Fairfield Property Management of Bossier City.

Demolition Worker Dies on Job

June 4 - Edelstein, IL - 59 year old Edward Hartwig of Henry had been hired by a property owner to demolish a house and dig out the basement. He was found dead on an incline of the property with a jack-knifed truck and trailer nearby with its engine running. An excavator was also found nearby. He suffered head trauma but the circumstances are unknown. He was self employed by Ed Hartwig Trucking and Excavation Inc.

Bakery Worker Suffers Fatal Burns

June 4 - Lewisville, TX - 50 year old Cardell Anthony Randle of Dallas died on the job after he was burned by scalding water. It is not known how he was burned. He was employed by Bakery Express.

 


Helicopter Incident Kills Man

June 5 - Hudson, IA - 51 year old Jeffrey Lee Graham of Waverly was performing maintenance on a stationary helicopter near a farm in Hudson when something went very wrong. He was working on the tail rotor when the  rotating rotor struck him. He was an experienced pilot and employed by Ritel Copter Service, Inc.

Worker Struck by Train

June 5 - Colt's Neck, NJ - An unidentified employee of the Navel Weapons Station Earl was killed on the job when he was struck by a train. No further information was found.

Worker Falls From Crane

June 5 - Chattanooga, TN - 64 year old Richard Randolf "Randy" Daughtery Sr. was a crane operator for Jake Marshall Company. He died on the job when, for an unknown reason, fell from the crane.

Dairy Worker Thrown into Pond

June 5 - Okeechobee, FL - 18 year old Gilberto Cax-Chiliel was most likely unable to swim when he was thrown into a pond. He had been riding a horse at C & M Rucks Dairy when he was thrown off the horse and into the pond.

Man Electrocuted on Job

June 6 - Santa Maria, CA - 21 year old Cesar "Toker" Montelongo-Pulido was an employee for M&W Pumps in Santa Maria. He was fatally electrocuted when he came into contact with power lines.

Worker Struck by Semi

June 7 - Springfield, OH - Daniel Walker was killed on the job when he was struck by a semi truck. He was employed John R. Jurgensen Co. Further information was not found.

Worker Drowns When Mower Enters Lake

June 7 - Vero Beach, FL - Antonio Gasper was operating a riding lawn mower for Austin Outdoor LLC when the machine slid into a lake. Gasper was unable to get out of the water.

Farm Worker Dies in Silo

June 8 - Mansfield, PA - 26 year old Jason Andrew Kingsley of Mainesburg was asphyxiated when he fell into a silo. He and another man were working near four covered silos holding grass silage at Gor Wood D Holsteins Farm. They were at the top of one of them trying to unplug an air cleaner used to improve air quality in the silo when both men slipped into the silo. Kingsley struck his head causing him to fall the furthest.

Employee Dies in Fall

June 8 - Homestead, FL - An unidentified employee for Commercial Cool-Temp Corp. died on the job when he fell from an elevation while welding.

Construction Site Death

June 9 - Old Forge, PA - 62 year old Robert Ream was working on a construction paving project when he was killed on the job. He was struck by a milling machine during the road construction. He was employed by E.J. Breneman L.P. in Old Forge.

Worker Falls From Roof

June 9 - Bonne Terre, MO - Delfino Ramirez died on the job when he fell from a roof while working for Williams Contractors LLC.

Fall From Roof Kills Worker

June 9 - Salem, VA - An unidentified worker fell to his death from a roof while working for Amos Roofing.

Construction Worker Dies in Fall

June 10 - Fayetteville, GA - An unidentified construction worker at a residential site was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation.

ATV Collision Causes Death of Worker

June 10 - Madera, CA - 19 year old Isaac Rey Barrientos was a farm hand when he was killed in an ATV collision. It is not clear how the incident took place. He was working for Lion Farms.

Worker Electrocuted

June 10 - Buffalo, TX - Charlie Crownover was an employee for BRG Energy, Inc. of Buffalo when he was electrocuted as a forklift boom contacted an energized power line. No further details are known.

Logger Struck by Machinery

June 11 - Deary, ID - Douglas Cook was working at a logging site near Deary when hew as killed on the job. He was struck by the carriage of a line machine. He was employed by Pine Creek Logging, LLC.

Man Struck by Car

June 11 - Cucamonga, CA - Charles Hinz was killed on the job when he was struck by a car. It is not known the nature of his job but he was employed by AFS Investments, LLC of Cucamonga.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help in any way we can. Please know we understand and our hearts go out to you.

June 22, 2015 - Augusta, GA - 44 year old Mike Hill was operating a large overhead crane when he fell almost seven stories to his death. For an unknown reason the cab was found dangling down by the grappling hook, and not up on the tracks and he fell from the cab as it collapsed. He was employed by International Paper Augusta mill.

June 23, 2015 - Rochester, NY - 54 year old Mark Keehley of Spenceport was killed on the job while working on the completion of a children's hospital in Rochester. He was in a mechanical room and was struck by a metal pipe fitting that he was working on. Keehley was an employee for Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Company out of Rochester.


July 24, 2015 - Lincoln, NE - 41 year old Michael Snider of Sedlia, MO was working on a construction site when he was killed on the job. A piece of metal rebar fell 130 feet striking him directly on top of his hard hat. He died at the scene. He was employed by CBS Piling Solutions, Inc.



June 25, 2015 - Irrigon, OR - 57 year old Lenard "David" Abercrombie was fatally crushed by a partly raised tilt bed of a truck. Family became worried when they had not heard from him and after searching, they found him. It is not known who he was working for. 

June 25, 2015 - Stratford, CT - 57 year old Antonio Simoes of Naugatuck was working on a construction site at Sikorsky Airport when he was killed on the job. He had been operating a gas powered saw to cut threw a water main on the airport runway project when the saw kicked back striking him in the neck. He was an employee for Manafort Brothers.



June 25, 2015 - Beltsville, MD - 62 year old Randy Jury of Halifax, PA died on the job during a road construction project near Beltsville. A tractor trailer driver failed to follow a bend in the road. It crashed into an attenuator truck with a flashing arrow on it, pushing it into another construction vehicle and then into Jury. He was an employee for L.S. Highway Construction Company.

 June 25, 2015 - San Jose, CA - 38 year old Jose Macias, Jr. of Watsonville was an employee for ABM Electrical & Lighting, a subcontractor to OpTerra Energy Services. He was helping to retrofit San Jose street lights with LED lighting. He died on the job when he fell from the boom truck he was working from.

June 26, 2015 - Athens, GA - 25 year old Allen Michael Brown was killed on the job when he was struck and run over by a piece of machinery. He was walking in front of a forklift, possibly to secure an empty barrell at Federal-Mogul, an auto parts manufacturer, when for an unknown reason was run over by the machine.


June 26, 2015 - Conway, SC - 49 year old Mark Anthony Perino was electrocuted while working on a construction project on Highway 57.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died. He was an employee for Quality Electric.



June 27, 2015 - Lowell, MI - 30 year old Jared Ross Looyenga of Hudsonville died in a fall from a silo at King Milling. He had been power washing a silo roof, working from a "skytrack" lift. At some point the lift touched a power line and its wheels caught fire. Looyenga was electrocuted and made it onto a nearby silo, but then fell about 60 feet to the ground.


June 29, 2015 - Pike Twp, OH - 46 year old Paul G. Vaughn of Canfield died after another truck struck the bucket portion of his aerial lift truck while he was working on a traffic signal. He was harnessed into the bucket when a semi truck struck the lift truck. He was employed by Thompson Electric of Munroe Falls.



June 29, 2015 - Emerson, NE - 53 year old Todd A. Martin was a long time independent farmer. He was found deceased inside a grain bin. Details to how or why he was in the bin are unknown.




June 29, 2015 - Granite Falls, NC - 55 year old Steven George Dolgas died on the job after being struck by a forklift he had been operating at Jordan-Holman Company. While there were no witnesses, authorities say the lift was moving backwards when it struck Dolgas.

June 29, 2015 - Ball Ground, GA - 22 year old Thomas Williams of Tennille was working to install a new roof on a new building for Custom Floral Design when he fell to his death. He apparently fell through insulation. It is not clear who he was employed by.

June 30, 2015 - Plymouth, MA - 66 year old Charles Pace of Whitman was operating a front end loader when a 150 ft wall of sand collapsed and buried him and the machine. It was ten minutes before another worker found him. He died on the scene. He was working for P.A. Landers Construction Company.



June 30, 2015 - Bacliff, TX - 20 year old Edson Alaniz Manzano was killed on the job when he was struck by a semi truck driver. He was weed-eating along a highway when a semi failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the side, striking Manzano. He was employed by BIO Landscape Company.

June 30, 2015 - Great Bend, KS - A 30 year old unidentified man who was working in a Kansas oil field was found unresponsive in the afternoon heat. He was a member of a three-employee crew moving pipe and tubing at the site and was employed by Klima Well Services, Inc. Attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Weekly Toll:Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts and hearts are with all the families who must endure the loss of a loved one at work. If we can help you in any way, please contact us. 

June 11, 2015 - Maramec, OK - 53 year old Jerald Warden died on the job after being struck in the head by a sign. He was directing a coworker driving a dump truck with a load of asphalt to fill a sinkhole. A bungee cord securing a stop sign in the bed of the truck broke, causing the sign to fall and hit Warden in the neck. He died at a local hospital. He was an employee for Oklahoma Department of Transportation.


June 12, 2015 - Waco, TX - 51 year old  Jeffrey Lee "Jeff" Thaemert was working on a construction site at Baylor University when he was struck by an elevator. Details as to how or why are not clear. He was an independent electrician for Rosendin Electric out of Dallas.




June 12, 2015 - Malvern, OH - 24 year old Michael E. Straight was working at Minerva Enterprises, a construction landfill, when he was struck by one vehicle and between two vehicles. Details of the incident are not clear. He died after being taken to an area hospital.


June 12, 2015 - State College, PA - 29 year old Jarod Chapman of Union Town was killed on a construction site at Penn State's campus. He was breaking down a crane at the Burrowes Building to move it when another worker reportedly removed a pin. That action caused the crane to swung around and strike Chapman. He was an employee for Maccabee Industrial of Belle Vernon.

June 12, 2015 - Coralville, IA - 20 year old Andrea Farrington of Cedar Rapids was working her dream job at a children's museum at Coral Ridge Mall. She was also just days away from her 21st birthday. There she encountered a mall security officer who began stalking her. She was working at the mall's information center when this man, who had earlier been fired from his position, walked up to her and started shooting. She was struck in the back several times. The man was apprehended and charged with her murder.

June 15, 2015 - Winter Garden, FL - 43 year old David P. Rossman was crushed to death while trying to clear a jam in a machine. He apparently was trying to clear the jam from a massive cardboard compactor when he fell into the machine from the six foot platform which required a ladder to reach it. He was employed by Robert Wallick Associates, Inc., a recycling center.



June 12, 2015 - Calumet City, IL - 56 year old Andrew Brundidge died at hospital after falling into a silo full of toxic material. Is is unknown how or why he fell into the silo. He was working at Horsehead Resource Development Corp., a chemical refinery and recycling plant that processes electric arc furnace dust, a steel industry hazardous waster product, into zinc.


June 15, 2015 - Elgin, NE - 58 year old Sarri L. "Sam" Stecki was killed on the job after being run over by a truck. It appears she exited her vehicle when then began to roll. She attempted to stop the vehicle and most likely fell under the truck. She was an employee for Richard Amusements, a touring carnival.



June 15, 2015 - Harlan, KY - 23 year old Brandon Cloud was a civilian contractor working at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort when he died from a fall. He was working in an extension lift that collapsed and fell. He was employed by Davis Roofing.


June 15, 2015 - Henrico, VA - A 42 year old unidentified employee for Breedlove Masonry was killed on the job while working at Collegiate School. He was placing a joint on the roofing and his saw misfired and he was cut by the saw. Attempts to locate his name have been unsuccessful.


June 16, 2015 - Washington Twp, OH - 20 year old James "Jimmy" Bradley Brown of McComb died on the job of toxic exposure as he and another man were working on a septic tank at a home in Washington Township. For an unknown reason Brown crawled into the septic tank and was overcome by the fumes. The other worker was unable to pull him out. Obtained from another source he was employed by Siferd Plumbing and Heating.

June 16, 2015 - Fairbury, NE - 42 year old Scott Roker was fatally injured when he became pinned in a piece of machinery at a clay products manufacturing facility. It is unclear how or why he was caught in the machine. He was working for Endicott Clay Products, a brick making facility.


June 16, 2015 - Anchorage, AK - 23 year old Samuel Adam Morgan was killed on the job when he was buried in a trench collapse. He was part of a crew helping to build a road in South Anchorage working inside the trench. Coworkers were unable to dig him out. He was employed by Hartman Construction and Equipment, Inc.


June 16, 2015 - New Haven, CT - William Kiemenz, who was in his 50's died on the job when he drowned after falling into the water.  He had been on a raft, working on putting a barge, dock and moorings at the Magellan Terminal Harbor fuel deposit site in New Haven. It is not clear how he fell from the raft but coworkers pulled him back onto it. He was a long time employee for Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman.

June 16, 2015 - Ottawa, MI - 40 year old Dale Berkompas of Dorr was fatally electrocuted while working on a job at Brink Truck Lines. He was an electrician foreman preparing to wire a fire pump to the electrical supply when he received an electrical shock. It is not clear if he worked for Brinks or another company.



June 17, 2015 - Crossville, TN - 38 year old Rowdy Gene Kivwitch of Picayune, MS was a member of a crew working to clear debris left by the ice storm that devastated an area of Tennessee in February. He was operating a construction loader stacking brush. The drive shaft of the loader broke, causing the equipment to lose its brakes and steering. The loader traveled down a hill, crossed a driveway and overturned, ejecting him. Kevwitch was working for a construction company contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through Cumberland County. Locating the name of his employer have not been successful. 

June 17, 2015 - Sun Valley, CA - A 21 year old unidentified man died on the job after being crushed by heavy equipment at a concrete and asphalt recycling company in Sun Valley. A front end loader was being moved to another area of the facility when it backed up and ran over him. We have been unable to locate the man's name or his employer. 

June 17, 2015 - Omaha, NE - 42 year old Jeffrey Glup received an electric shock at the site of the new Papillion Public Works Department facility. He was connecting downspouts on a sewer line when workers struck an electrical line with a backhoe which exposed an electric line. He was employed by TSI Mechanical of LaVista. 

June 17, 2015 - San Juan, TX - 55 year old Roberto Alvarado of Santa Rosa died on the job when he reportedly slipped and fell, and made contact with a live transformer. There are no details as to how or why he fell. He was employed by Magic Valley Cooperative.


June 17, 2015 - Leland Grove, IL - 44 year old Daren Cox of Springfield died on the job after being involved in a lawn mowing incident. He was driving a commercial mower that overturned on a slope next to a creek, pinning him underneath the machine. He was seasonal employee for Leland Grove Public Works.

June 17, 2015 - Dalton, GA - An unidentified man died on the job when a car he was working under slipped off the jack, crushing him. He was employed by Cedar Creek Trucking. 

June 19, 2015 - Ames, IA - 35 year old Javier Hernandez and Alfredo Jarez were working on a building under construction across the street from the ISU Memorial Union. Both men died from trauma after falling three stories off scaffolding. As one of the workers was falling, the other tried to grab him but couldn't stop and they both died. The safety harnesses worn were not tied off to the scaffolding. It is unknown who their employer was.

June 20, 2015 - Denver, NC - 43 year old Lisa Wilkerson of Sherrills Ford was making her usual deliveries for the United States Postal Service when a large tree fell on the vehicle, crushing her. She was making deliveries in an area that had experienced a thunderstorm.

June 21, 2015 - South Holland, IL - 42 year old Sergio Varela was doing electrical work for the rehab of a vacant home with his brother on the day he died. Three men walked up the site and apparently asked if there was any work. When they were told no, they barged into the home and shot Varela multiple times. He fell at his brother's feet. It is not known who the men were working for.

June 23, 2015 - Ballinger, TX - 67 year old Jose Carmona-Rico of Tye was working for a company that was repairing beams under a bridge in West Texas when a load of metal rods fell onto him. He was working for J.H. Strain & Sons, Inc. for Texas DOT.

June 23, 2015 - Cumberland, NC - 63 year old Sherion Boden Winfrey of Fayetteville died of probable heat related illness while working for Purolater Filters in Cumberland. She worked in a part of the factory that does not have air conditioning. She was taken to an area hospital where she died.

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