This is our final blog remembering those workers who died in 2013 that we were previously unaware of. It saddens us to know that so many workers die, and yet nothing is covered in the news. Families need to know their loved one doesn't just become a statistic somewhere, but that others know what happened and that, for most, the incident was preventable.
Please join USMWF and others around the country who are observing Worker Memorial Day on April 28th. You can search for an event near you at www.usmwf.org.
October 10, 2013 - Trinidad, CO - 58 year old William Martinez died on the job after being struck by an unknown object while working for Sun Construction, Inc.
October 11, 2013 - Houston, TX - 29 year old Oscar Chavez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Texas Stud Welding.
October 19, 2013 - Athens, AL - 20 year old Jesus Teran (aka Cesar Vallejo) was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Christopher Professional Enterprises, Inc.
October 19, 2013 - Minnetonka, MN - 57 year old John Stopski died under unknown circumstances when he was found next to a short ladder while remodeling a business. Others said he did not look well before he was found. He was owner of Stopski Construction, Inc.
October 20, 2013 - Avenel area, NJ - 49 year old William Paterson died from falling from an unknown elevation. No further information was found.
October 22, 2013 - Franklin, LA - 55 year old Bart Barrilleaux died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for DDA Construction, Inc.
October 25, 2013 - Kennebunk, ME - 57 year old Stephen Gardner was killed after he fell from the roof of a porch he was working on. He was employed by DJS Building & Restoration, LLC.
October 28, 2013 - Bunnell, FL - 43 year old Roberto Martinez died on the job after slipping and falling from the roof of a building while unloading roofing materials. He was employed by Wildkatz, Inc.
October 28, 2013 - Tonopah, NV - 38 year old Melfred Parrish was found dead inside a porta-potty after complaining of chest pains and heartburn. He was working for Brahma Group, Inc.
October 28, 2013 - Pagosa Springs, CO - 52 year old Kenneth Wilson died of head injuries after falling when a scaffold collapsed while working on a home. He was a self employed contractor.
October 29, 2013 - Bass River, NJ - 46 year old Donald Tomaio of Bayville died on the job after being struck by a dump truck while working for an unknown subcontractor on the Garden State Parkway.
October 31, 2013 - Haddonfield, NJ - 36 year old Cameron Lyons of Barrington was killed on the job when he fell from a tree while working for his company, Lyon and Son Tree Service.
November 1, 2013 - Laredo, TX - 53 year old Darrell Austin was killed on the job after he was struck in the head by a large metal drainage pipe that was being offloaded from a truck. A forklift was being used to remove a top pipe, but the forks caused the other to fall and strike Austin. He was employed by Ronny Little Trucking, Inc.
November 6, 2013 - Yorktown, TX - 75 year old Dennis Webster, Sr. was killed on the job after he was struck by a tar truck driver who did not see him as he backed up. Webster, a co-owner of Cummings Paving & Recycling, LLC was working on a paving project.
November 8, 2013 - Newnan, GA - 42 year old Jaimes Tobias died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for RJE Services.
November 14, 2013 - Stockbridge, MA - 51 year old Francis Bona of South Lee was killed after suffering a fatal head injury during a fall. He was employed by Fairview Contractors, Inc.
November 15, 2013 - New York, NY - 57 year old Jaime Sillart of Bergenfield, NJ died after he fell about 70 feet from scaffolding while working on a construction site at NYU. He was employed by BDB Masonry Corporation.
November 16, 2013 - Boulder, CO - 51 year old Jesus Chavez Rodrigues was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Twin Peak Erectors Company.
November 23, 2013 - Winslow, NJ - 58 year old Edward Heilman died on the job after falling from a ladder in an unknown event at work. No further information was found.
November 23, 2013 - Menomonee Falls, WI - 29 year old Joseph Barth died after being injured the day before when he suffered asphyxia from being struck by an unknown object while working for Applied Flooring Solutions, LLC.
Novemberr 23, 2013 - Tampa, FL - 32 year old Michael G. Pavlack died after being struck by a dump truck while working with a crew on the Crosstown Expressway. He was employed by Blackrock Milling, LLC.
November 26, 2013 - Marlton area, NJ - 49 year old Robert Freyginber was killed on the job when he fell through an opening in a roof. His employer is unknown.
December 3, 2013 - Cleveland, OH - 55 year old Jacob Tholl died after receiving an electric shock on November 15th when the elevated bucket he was working from touched an electrical power line. He was employed by Donley's Inc.
December 3, 2013 - DePere, WI - 31 year old Adam Tilkens of Appleton was injured on November 21st when he was caught between an excavator bucket and 30 inch pipe. He was employed by Advance Construction, Inc.
December 5, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - 70 year old Ernest L. Wilson suffered a fatal cardiac event while stocking shelves using a step stool at a Target store and fell from the stool. He was employed by Mondelez Global LLC dba Nabisco.
December 5, 2013 - Boston, MA - 37 year old Paul Devine was killed on the job when he was caught in a scissor lift and was crushed. He was employed by East Coast Fireproofing Co., Inc.
December 12, 2013 - Livingston, NJ - 67 year old Gregory Johnston was struck and killed by a Livingston Public Works vehicle at their complex. He was an employee for Fairfield Maintenance where he serviced diesel and gas pumps.
December 13, 2013 - New Jersey - 49 year old Segundo Pinto, a New Jersey Public employee, died on the job after slipped on ice under unknown circumstances.
December 14, 2013 - New York, NY - 36 year old Margarito Hernandez-Moreno was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for Accurate Elevator Fire Door Corporation.
December 15, 2013 - Corpus Christi, TX - 19 year old Colter Wane Huff from Temple and 57 year old Andres R. Olivarez from Mathis were killed on the job while working at Corpus Christi's Trifigura plant when an oil storage tank collapsed. Both men worked for Tarsco, Inc., a California based company.
December 20, 2013 - Houston, TX - 50 year old Cruz Martinez died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for C R Structural.
December 23, 2013 - Mission, TX - 47 year old Juan Gonzalez was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation while working for Texas H&H Contractors, LLC.