Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families who have lost a loved one to a workplace incident. We are here to help if you need us. 

October 9, 2013 - Port Angeles, WA - Benjamin Lopez Santana of Puerto Rico, died of natural causes while working for Factory Sales and Engineering. He was found unresponsive inside a port-a-potty. 

November 26, 2013 - Yuma, AZ - Ana Maria Barrera-Bogarin of San Luis, died on the job when she was run over by a tractor while harvesting on a farm in Yuma.

December 12, 2013 - Lyon County, KY - 44 year old Brian Lee Schuetz of Goreville, IL died on the job from a massive heart attack while driving his tractor trailer semi in KY.  The truck ran off the roadway and struck a tree.

December 17, 2013 - Seattle, WA - 61 year old Don Johnson, a truck driver for HMB Enterprises, was found dead of natural causes inside the truck he had been driving. 

December 18, 2013 - Fort Worth, TX - 32 year old Ruben Pugo Garcia of Denton was killed on the job when he was struck by a motorist while outside his truck and inspecting a manhole of a road in Fort Worth.  It is unclear who Garcia was working for at the time of his death.

December 18, 2013 - Williston, ND - 26 year old Daniel Okyere of Colorado was killed on the job when his jacket became lodged in a forklift and it somehow overturned onto him.  He was employed by the Canadian company, United Pulse Trading, based in Williston.  

December 25, 2013 - Everett, WA - Charles Eschbach died when the work van he was working on fell onto him, crushing him.  He was owner of Chuck's Home Remodel. 

December 30, 2013 - Bloomington, IL - 37 year old Darrin Conder died on the job after he fell from the roof of a home under construction. It is unclear who he was working for.

December 31, 2013 - Williston, ND - 30 year old Keith Munro of Harrisburg was killed on a Nabors Drilling Rig site near Williston when a piece of drilling rig pipe dislodged and struck him

January 2, 2014 - Falls Township, PA - 51 year old Gustav Propper of Mount Laurel died of ashyxiation on the job when he was buried under a 100 foot pile of rock salt. He was using an excavator to move the rock salt when the pile collapsed onto the vehicle. He was employed by International Salt. 

January 2 - Lincoln, NE - 61 year old Cheryl A. Graham collapsed and died of natural causes while working as a staff member at the University of Lincoln, NE. 

January 3 - Fort Worth, TX - 54 year old Curtis Anderson of Grapevine died on the job under unknown circumstances while delivering liquid food waste at Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility.  He was employed by Liquid Environmental Solutions. 

January 4 - Lovell, WY - 28 year old Anfesa Marie "Ky" Galaktionoff of Deaver and Lovell died on the job when she fell into a lift station that carries beets into the Western Sugar Cooperative factory.  She was a mechanic's helper there and often worked alone.

January 6 - Seattle, WA - 34 year old Aaron Adair died on the first day of his job with North Coast Iron Corp. when he fell from a scaffold after unclipping his safety gear in order to move to another place on the scaffold at the top of a building.

January 6 - Jeffersonville, IN - 38 year old Robert C. Bonee of Louisville died on the job after the taxi he was driving left the roadway and crashed.  He was employed by Best Cab Company of New Albany.  It is unclear what caused the crash.

January 6 - Louisville, KY - 50 year old Norman Kiper of Frankfort was killed on the job when he was struck by a vehicle as he sat at his desk.  An employee in the service department started to move a vehicle and it accelerated, striking Kiper from behind as he sat at his desk at Bill Collins Ford.

January 6 - Clinton, IA - 63 year old Charles M. Wilson, Sr. died after he fell from a ladder on January 1 while working in a storage room at a Clinton Walmart.

January 7 - San Antonio, TX - 62 year old Pedro Almeida was working with his son when he was struck and killed by a motorist who did not see him working to turn on equipment near the front of their Tiger Sanitation truck.

January 8 - Montgomery, AL - 63 year old David Lee White of Montgomery and 53 year old Lomax Phillips of Birmingham were killed on the job when the elevated manlift they were working from detached from the side of a bridge and fell about 90 feet to the ground. Both were employed with R.R. Dawson Bridge Company of Bessemer.

January 10 - Valparaiso, FL - 31 year old Jonathan "JD" Lord died on the job, and three others injured, when fire suppression foam was dispensed inside a hanger at Elgin Air Force Base.  He was a Defense Support Services contractor. 

January 10 - Maria Stein, OH - 43 year old Robert L. Meier died on the job when the bucket of a skid loader he was working on fell, pinning him between the bucket and the loader. He was working on a farm.

January 11 - Mingo Junction, OH - 34 year old John Devereaux of Weirton was killed on the job when his clothes became caught in a moving conveyor belt at the FEX facility.  He was employed by Tyvek.

January 13 - St. George, UT - 57 year old Eduardo Gayoso died on the job after falling from the roof of Dixie Middle School while unloading insulation.  He was employed by Skyline Roofing.

January 13 - West Jefferson, OH - 52 year old Nick Yurevich, Jr. of Bergholz was killed on the job when a co-worker, who did not see him, backed a truck over him as he unloaded materials at a power line installation site. He was employed by Moorehead Brothers.

January 13 - Madison, WI - 40 year old Robert Lund of Cambridge fell to his death while working at the Edgewater Hotel construction site.  The lead contractor is Findorff, but it is unclear who he was employed with.

January 15 - Riverdale, IL - 59 year old Bruce Camp was killed on the job when he fell into wood grinding equipment while working at Riverview Materials Plant. 

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