Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our hearts are with the families who have endured the loss of a loved one.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We are here to listen and help if we can.

March 4, 2013 - Springfield, MO - 35 year old Jason Taylor was killed on the job when he was struck by an earth mover while working for All Metal Recycling.

April 15, 2013 - Waco, KY - 39 year old Kevin Turpin was killed on the job in a tree cutting incident.   It appears he was working for his brother Matthew's company, name unknown.

April 22, 2013 - Kettle Falls, WA - 48 year old Carl Barnfield, of Grand Forks, British Columbia, died while working on the job for DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd in Kettle Falls.  He was struck and run over by a vehicle while attempting to disconnect a semi from its trailer for unloading purposes. 

April 23, 2013 - SeaTac, WA - Ayenachew Taddese was killed on the job after fell from and was run over by a baggage tug he had been operating.  He was employed by Primeflight Aviation Services, Inc.

April 29, 2013 - Yakima, WA - 25 year old Jose Alcazar Ochoa of Cowiche was killed on the job when he fell from a tractor and was run over by it.  He was employed by Sundquist Fruit & Cold Storage, Inc.

May 1, 2013 - Albuquerque, NM - 47 year old Glenn "Bo" Martin was found dead on the job while working for Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.  Authorities say an apparent vehicle mishap occurred while performing routine maintenance on a waste water lift station.

May 2, 2013 - Jefferson City, MO -  51 year old Alan J. Spaulding was killed on the job when the grain truck he was driving was sideswiped by another truck, sending his truck over an embankment and over turning.  His employer is not named. 

May 3, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY - 40 year old Inunion Tursunov was killed from a fatal fall while working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  The elevator he was riding in stopped mid-ride and although rescuers were en route to free him, he pried the door open and apparently lost his footing and fell in the dark shaft.  

May 4, 2013 - Canton, OH - 50 year old Mark R. Tovissi of Magnolia and 38 year old Brian Black of Clinton were killed on the job while working at Timkim's Faircrest plant.  The men were preparing to lift a load with a crane when the cable snapped, causing the load and boom to fall onto the men.  They were employed with Beaver Excavating.

May 5, 2013 - Fayetteville, AR - 20 year old Brannon Rhine of Springdale died on the job due to a trench collapse.  He was working at a Parkcrest Builder construction site for the Vue Apartments in Fayetteville when equipment struck a sewer line.  He jumped in to clear debris and the hole collapsed around him. It is not clear who he was employed by.

May 6, 2013 - Magalia, CA - 43 year old Abraham Cuevas of Live Oak was killed on the job when he was struck by a piece of a falling tree.  He was in the air, using a safety harness when part of the tree fell.  It is unclear who his employer was.

May 6, 2013 - Karnes Co, TX - 25 year old James Dean "Jimmy" Burnett of Goliad suffered fatal head injuries while working on a BHP Billiton Petroleum construction site in Eagle Ford Shale.  He died when a large pipe fell, striking him on the head and neck.  He was an employee for Jet Maintenance. 

May 7, 2013 - Jacksonville, TX - 42 year old James Anthony Lucas died on the job when he fell inside a silo-type structure, hitting his head.  He was employed by Longview Asphalt, Inc.

May 8, 2013 - Myton, UT - 28 year old Tyson Boren of Neola, UT was killed on the job when an oil tank exploded during routine maintenance at the Newfield Exploration Company's wellsite near Myton.  Two other workers were injured in the explosion.  Boren was a welder for S. Boren Services contracted to Newfield.

May 8, 2013 - Rothbury, MI - 43 year old Kevin W. Dilts of Muskegon was killed on the job when he fell 30 feet to the ground.  He was employed with Shoreline Metal Fabricators and was taking measurements at Rothbury Steel plant when he tripped and fell through a skylight. 

May 9, 2013 - Fayetteville, AR - 44 year old Jess Wilson of Jolin, AR was fatally electrocuted when his head touched a high voltage power line while working at Parkcrest Builders construction site of the Vue Apartments.  His employer is not named. 

May 10, 2013 - Chattanooga, TN - 61 year old Rick Beck suffered fatal head trauma while working when the lower half of a silo he was attempting to attach to the upper portion shifted, striking him in the head.  He was an employee for Astec.  

May 11, 2013 - North Charleston, SC - 53 year old Kenneth Drayton of Hollywood, SC was killed on the job of traumatic asphyxia when he was buried inside a trench/hole that had been excavated.  He was a temporary worker and his employer is not listed.

May 13, 2013 - Miami, FL - 29 year old Corence Lawrence Gumbs died on the job when he fell from the seventh floor of a building at the BrickellHouse construction site.  It is unclear if he worked for BrickellHouse or was a subcontractor.  

May 13, 2013 - Lapaz, IN - 61 year old Rick Pertic died on the job when his clothing became entangled in irrigation equipment as he was tending to his crop of blueberries during cold weather.  He was owner of Pertic's Blueberry Plantation.  

May 15, 2013 - Columbus, MS - 24 year old James Meyers died on the job while working on a runway project at the Columbus Air Force Base.  He was cleaning a finishing concrete machine when his vest became caught and he was pulled into the machine and crushed.  He was employed by RC Construction Co. 

May 15, 2013 - Florissant, MO - 55 year old Mach V. Nauyen died of probably electrocution when he was found slumped over an electrical box, unconscious and not breathing.  He was employed by St. Louis Cold Drawn Inc. 

May 15, 2013 - Baggs, WY - 32 year old Don "Carl" Jordan of Worland, WY died on the job when he was struck by equipment on a drilling rig.  It appears he worked for Winchester Well Service, Inc. 

May 16, 2013 - Plainfield, WI - 26 year old Robert Losey of Adams was killed on the job when he apparently fell from a semi truck he was working on and ended up under the trailer of another semi truck that was backing out next to him.  He was working at an unnamed potato farm. 

May 16, 2013 - Dyer, IL - 57 year old Michael Kerr was killed on the job when a crane knocked a sixth floor beam out of place causing it to strike Kerr in the head and chest.  He was employed by Power Construction Co., LLC. 

May 17, 2013 - Moundsville, WV - an unidentified sanitation worker for the city of Moundsville was killed on the job when a tree limb was dislodged by the sanitation truck he was riding on and struck him in the head.  

May 20, 2013 - Owensboro, KY - 35 year old Nett Gonzales of Houston, TX died on the job as the result of electrocution while working on Blue Bridge in Owensboro. He was found unconscious in the safety netting.  It is unclear who he was employed by. 

May 20, 2013 - Virginia Beach, VA - 41 year old Christopher Lorek and 40 year old Stephen Shaw died on the job of unknown causes.  Both were part of the FBI CIRG's Hostage Rescue Team. 

May 20, 2013 - Cougar, WA - 28 year old Kyle Schlesser of Rochester was killed on the job when he was struck by a falling tree.  Another logger felled a tree, which hit another tree causing it to fall onto Schlesser.  He was employed by Jim Schlesser, Inc.  

May 21, 2013 - Bath, PA - 28 year old Paul Daniel Mast of Columbia, PA died from fall injuries while working to erect a barn of the property of Seiple Farms in Bath.  He was employed by JDS Construction of Manheim, PA.

May 21, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ - 23 year old Brad Harper, a firefighter, was killed on the job when he was pinned between an ambulance and fire truck that were trying to pass each other on a narrow road.  He was a Phoenix Firefighter.  

May 22, 2013 - Pocatello, ID - 23 year old Derrick E. Martinez of Garden City, KS died of toxic chemical exposure while working at a Simplot fertilizer plant near Pocatello.  He was found unconscious inside a mobile testing trailer.  He was employed with Blick's Phosphate Conversion.

May 22, 2013 - Chattanooga, TN - Allen Phillips was killed on the job when the taxi he was driving was struck by another vehicle.  Phillips was employed by Nation Taxi. 

May 25, 2013 - Bardstown, KY - 33 year old Jason Ellis of Chaplin was a member of the Bardstown Police Department when he was killed by someone who ambushed him as he left work in a department vehicle. 

May 28, 2013 - Mexico, MO - 30 year old Kenny Baker of Auxvasse was killed on the job when a loading dock plate he was repairing fell onto him.  He was employed by Home Decorators, a subsidiary of Home Depot.

May 28, 2013 - Hanover, PA - 22 year old Trevor DePugh died of severe head injuries when he was struck in the head by a hydraulic cylinder that fell from an earth mover.  He was employed with AKM Machinery.

May 29, 2013 - LaGrange, AL - 42 year old Teresa Weaver Pickard of Wadley, AL died on the job from heat related stress while working on a project weld line for Sewon America in LaGrange.  Sewon supplies auto parts for Kia.  

May 31, 2013 - Houston, TX - 35 year old Captain Matthew Renaud, 41 year old Engine Operator Robert Bebee, 29 year old Firefighter Robert Garner and 24 year old probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan all died during a massive fire at a Southwest Inn which collapsed.  All were members of Houston's Fire Department. 

May 31, 2013 - Everett, WA - 38 year old Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O'Connell  of Marysville was killed on the job when his motorcycle collided with a box truck

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