Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gary puleio killed 7 years ago today at Meadville Redi-Mix

Every year I receive a tribute and reminder of Gary Puleio's tragic demise. Donna has taken it upon herself to make sure no one forgets her brother or the incident that took him and changed her life.

Some people come in and out of my realm but Donna has been a constant always doing everything in her power to make a difference for others. Donna hosts a Workers Memorial Day yearly, writes to congressmen/women, and insures no one forgets Gary and her loss as she informs the news papers and blogs all while holing down a successful practice.

I have watched as Donna's children have grown without the influence of their uncle Gary and know first hand some of the emotions she and her children have experience. I will not get into that right now because this is Gary's Day. A day to remember the power and impact Gary had on those around him.

I never met Gary but feel like I know him so take the time to honor a friend.

Gary Puleio, , a cement truck driver was killed at Meadville Redi-Mix Concrete on 8/15/2001 after falling from a concrete tower. OSHA accepted the implausible excuse offered by Redi-Mix that Gary just "wandered up there on his own" at the end of the driving shift rather than, as a new employee, being assigned the dangerous task of cleaning the tower without any safety equipment. Redi-Mix had been cited for numerous serious violations only months before Gary was killed. Years passed before this facility was inspected again. The company paid a $6000 fine for REPEAT violations and accepted no wrongdoing.


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