Monday, June 03, 2013

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our hearts go out to the families and friends who have suffered the loss of their loved ones!

 September 5, 2012 - Grayson, KY - 47 year old Dru Gay of Olive Hill was killed on the job when he suffered an apparent electric shock while working for Smithfield Foods in Grayson.

October 27, 2012 - Buffalo Lake, MN - 28 year old Andrew "Brooski" Burnett of New Ulm  was killed on the job when he fell approximately 60 feet from a grain elevator.  He was employed by Valley View Electric, a sub-contractor to the grain elevator

November 23, 2012 - Fairhope, AL - 47 year old Scott Ward was shot to death while on duty as a deputy for Baldwin County Sheriff.  Ward responded to a call and when he arrived at a trailer, the man inside opened fire on him.  

November 27, 2012 - Sarasota Springs, UT - 31 year old Nicholas Blatnick was killed on the job while working on a construction project as a subcontractor for Questar Gas. His crew was laying new asphalt on top of a new gas line when he was pulled into an asphalt zipper.  It is unclear who he worked for. 

November 28, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV - 26 year old Michael Angelo Garcia was killed on the job while working along Interstate 15.  He was helping to load heavy guardrails onto a truck when they fell onto him, crushing him.  He was a sub contracted employee for Nevada Dept. of Transportation. It is unclear who his employer was.

November 29, 2012 -  Hope, AR - 40 year old Tracey Tyrone Harris died at work when he became pinned between a gate/railings and a cow.  He was working for Hope Livestock Auction.

November 30, 2012 - New Bedford, MA - 55 year old Carlos Tabares was killed on the job when he was pinned by a Bobcat bucket when the hydraulics failed.  He was employed by the city of New Bedford.

November 30, 2012 - Delphi, IN - 30 year old Arthur Kerns died on the job when an excavation trench he was standing in collapsed around him.  He was employed by T.J. Lambrecht Construction doing work on a Hoosier Heartland Highway bridge.

November 30, 2012 - Pocahontas, WV - 27 year old Steven O'Dell of Mt. Nebo, was killed on the job while working for Alex Energy's Pocahontas Mine.  He died when he became pinned between a scoop and a continuous miner (equipment).

December 2, 2012 - Santa Cruz Island, CA - 34 year old Terrell Horne III, of Redondo Beach and a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, died of head trauma when his inflatable boat was rammed by suspected smugglers near Santa Cruz Island.

 December 3, 2012 - Lexington, SC - 21 year old Nicholas Johnson was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist.  He was employed with SCDOT and was struck when he was walking along a section of Broad River Bridge when he was struck by a drunk motorist.  

December 3, 2012 - Memphis, TN - 50 year old Daniel Tittle died on the job and another worker was injured when the sight glass on a piece of equipment ruptured, causing a release of hazardous chemicals inside the Valero Refinery in Memphis.  He was employed by Valero.

December 4, 2012 - Bronx, NY - 35 year old Michael Mananghaya was killed instantly while working for Agrekko, an energy serving company, at Bronx Lebanon Hospital after a chain on a crane snapped which sent an air conditioning unit crashing onto Mananghaya.  The a/c unit was temporary and was being removed from the hospital.

December 5, 2012 - Lower Providence, PA - 31 year old Jason Schmidt of Jacobus was killed on the job and a co-worker injured while working at an Audubon Water water tower for Corrosion Control Corporation.  An equipment malfunction occurred and Schmidt fell to the bottom of the empty water tank.

December 10, 2012 - Rochelle, IL - 65 year old Andy Olesen, pilot; 40 year old Jim Dillow, RN and 48 year old Karen Hollis, RN, were all killed from a helicopter crash while flying between two Illinois hospitals.  All three worked for Rockford Memorial Hospital.  (photos in link)

December 11 - Kansas City, MO - 33 year old Kevin Edmondson died on the job when he was struck by a semi truck due to miscommunication between the driver and spotter.  He was working at the YRC Freight operation.  

December 11, 2012 - Augusta, ME - 64 year old John Pearl died on the job when he apparently suffered a medical condition, causing his state vehicle to strike a pole.  He was employed by Department of Administrative and Financial Services Bureau of General Services.  

December 11, 2012 - Kiryas Joel, NY - Anastacio Vasquez of Spring Valley was killed on the job when he was struck by a hit & run motorist while picking up trash for Kiryas Joel Sanitation.

December 14, 2012 - Memphis, TN - Martovia Lang was killed on the job and her partner injured, when she was shot to death in an exchange of gunfire with a 21 year old suspect when attempting to serve a drug warrant. She was an officer for the Memphis Police Department.

December 15, 2012 - Mineral Point, MO - 31 year old Deputy Christopher Parsons was killed on the job when he was shot by a man who ambushed him.  The Deputy had just helped the local EMS load a patient into an ambulance when the suspect came up and shot Parsons.  Parsons worked for the Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

December 16, 2012 - Topeka, KS - 50 year old Cpl. David Gogian and 29 year old Officer Jeff Atherly were shot to death by an armed suspect while investigating possible drug activity in a grocery parking lot.  The suspect was later shot to death by police.

December 18, 2012 - Fort Payne, AL - 57 year old Glen Scott was killed on the job when he fell after a scaffold collapsed.  He was working at the construction site for the new Crossville Elementary School.

December 14, 2012 - Following are those brave workers who were killed at the Sandy Elementary School shooting.
29 year old Rachel Davino
47 year old Dawn Hochsprung
52 year old  Anne Marie Murphy
30 year old Lauren Rousseau
56 year old Mary Sherlach
27 year old Victoria Soto

December 24, 2012 - Hampton, NH - 32 year old Merle R. Wilbur IV died on the job when he fell to the ground from a tree he was working in and a branch fell onto him.  He was employed by Plante's Tree Removal Take-down. 

December 24, 2012 - Webster, NY - 43 year old Lt. Michael Chiapperini and 19 year old Tomasz Kaczowka were shot to death when they responded to a house fire.  The occupant of the house, and responsible for setting the fire, opened fire onto the men responding.  Chiapperini was a volunteer firefighter and police office and Kaczowka was a 911 dispatcher. 

December 24, 2012 - Wauwatosa, WI - 30 year old Jennifer Lynn Sebena, an officer for the Wauwatosa Police Department, was found shot to death outside of a fire station after other officers could not get a response from her.  Officers later arrested her husband for her murder.  He had been stalking her for days. 

December 27, 2012 - Westfield, NY - 49 year old Billy Johnson II of Crown City, OH was killed on the job and a co-worker injured, when he was struck by a motorist.  Johnson and his co-worker were standing next to their work truck when the motorist drifted off the road during a storm and struck the men. Both worked for CTS Telecommunications of Orville, OH. 

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