Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts are with all the families who have to endure the loss of their loved one to a work place incident. "Going to work should NOT be a grave mistake".  Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

December 16, 2011 - Taunton, MA - 28 year old Daniel Collazo died on the job when he was pulled into or fell into a slow turning mixer auger while working at the Tribe Mediterranean Foods Hummus plant. OSHA charged them with 18 violations and have paid a hefty fine for contributing factors in Collazo's death.

May 18, 2014 - Riverside, CA - 56 year old Okesene Faasalele of Long Beach was killed on the job when he fell from a railroad bridge that buckled during demolition.  He was working for Hard Rock and Cal Trans.

May 19, 2014 - Aston, PA - An unidentified dump truck driver died on the job when the fully loaded dump truck overturned on the roadway. Attempts to locate the drivers name or employer have been unsuccessful.

May 19, 2014 - Millersburg, IN - 71 year old John M. Bontrager of Topeka was killed when he was involved in an incident while working on a farm in Millersburg. He was atop a wagon when something spooked the horses and after he grabbed the reins to try and control the animals, he was pulled off, dragged and run over by the wagon.

May 19, 2014 - Arlington, VA - An unidentified construction worker was killed on the job when he was crushed under a large excavator that tipped over at a townhouse construction site. Repeated attempts to locate his name or employer has not been successful.

May 19, 2014 - Union City, NC - An unidentified tractor trailer driver died when his truck went off the roadway, causing his trailer to flip up and come to rest atop the cab. He tried to stop the rig quickly causing it to jackknife. Attempts to locate his name and company have been unsuccessful.

May 20, 2014 - Clearwater, FL - 70 year old Doug Carey was a beloved crossing guard for Clearwater Police Department.  He was killed on the job when a motorist ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle and causing it to careen into Carey.

May 20, 2014 - Dexter, IA - 39 year old David Denger of Panora died on the job after falling 50 feet from a boom truck while hanging power lines. It is unclear who he was employed by.

May 20, 2014 - San Diego, CA - 29 year old Eduardo Lopez was killed on the job when he was crushed under a rebar column that collapsed. He was working on an elevated column of rebar at the San Diego International Airport when it began to collapse and fell onto him as he fell. He was employee/owner of Sundt Construction and Austin/Sundt Joint Venture.

May 20, 2014 - San Mateo, CA - 54 year old Elias Vera of Fairfield died on the job after falling about nine feet from the top of a wall being constructed, hitting his head. He was working for a subcontractor Conco for TRI Pointe Homes in San Mateo.

May 21, 2014 - San Jose, CA - 48 year old Victorino Campos-Tovar was killed on the job after he fell three stories from a lift he was working from. He was attempting to unload drywall from the cherry picker lift when he lost his footing and fell. He was employed by Foundation Building Materials of San Jose.

May 21, 2014 - Monmouth, OR - 30 year old Philip Coward died on the job when a load of rebar fell from a truck being unloaded at his families business. The truck belonged to Gagne & Sons and was making the delivery to Coward's parents business Mid-Maine Foundations.

May 21, 2014 - Winlock, WA - 18 year old Cole Bostwick was working for ENB Logging & Construction, Inc. as a logging chokerman when he was struck by the skyline carriage as it was being lowered down.

May 22, 2014 - Milwaukee, WI - 38 year old Stephen Rauth went to investigate why an alarm was going off at the NUVO Construction cement plant he was working at.  After his boss was unable to locate him via radio, he went looking for him.  Unfortunately he found Rauth trapped in a cement mixing machine. How is became trapped is not clear.

May 22, 2014 - Silver Lake, CA - 20 year old Luis Sanchez died of massive head trauma when his co-worker picked up a hammer and began hitting Sanchez after the two were arguing. He later died at hospital and the suspect was booked on murder charges. The men were working on an apartment construction site in Silver Lake.

May 23, 2014 - Chicago, IL - 46 year old David Varga of Lockport was killed on the job when a crane hoisting a concrete wall dropped it, crushing him. He was employed by Industrial Erectors, Inc.

May 24, 2014 - Harlingen, TX - 35 year old Juan Carlos Reyes of Brownsville died on the job when he fell from an unstable elevated platform. He was standing on a platform holding supplies that was being lifted by a forklift when the platform shifted, causing him to fall. He was working on a Marriott Hotel construction site for an unknown subcontractor.

May 25, 2014 - Corinth, MS - 66 year old Cleo Henderson was found by a coworker, shot to death outside the Liberty Cab stand where he worked. It appears he was murdered during a robbery attempt.

May 26, 2014 - Carroll, NY - 37 year old Michael T. McCray died after being pinned under an overturned farm tractor.

May 27, 2014 - Lakewood, NJ - 67 year old Angel Martinez died on the job when he became trapped in a bulldozer that overturned. He was attempting to drive the machine onto a ramp when it flipped off the ramp and pinning him. He was employed by NJ Advanced Construction LLC.

May 27, 2014 - Everett, WA - 52 year old Anthony S. Purrington died of what has been determined and confirmed natural causes after he was found unconscious inside a confined space (trommel) he was working in.  He was employed by Pacific Topsoils Inc. dba Pacific Topsoils Gray Barn.

May 27, 2014 - Salisbury, NC - 39 year old Kenneth "Scott" Fink of Mt. Utta died after his hand was caught in a piece of machinery and his chest was crushed.  He was an employee for Thermoid Inc.

May 27, 2014 - Mattawa, WA - 45 year old Dale Peters of Selah and 53 year old Bruce Patnode of Yakima were both killed in a fiery collision.  Each was driving a dump truck for Scout Lake Construction, Inc. when one of the drivers crossed into the other lane slamming head on into the other.

May 28, 2014 - Parkside, PA - An unidentified worker in his 30's died of electrocution while performing demolition work in an apartment building. He used wire cutters to snip what turned out to be a live wire. A contractor defied warnings by the city's License's and Inspection Department to stop work and picked up this unidentified worker and others, taking them back to perform the demo. A "make safe permit" was previously issued to Dagan Construction LLC but it is unclear if this is the same contractor who took the workers to the building.

May 29, 2014 - Freehold, NJ - 31 year old Brian Scott Pancoast died after being struck by a piece of equipment while working at the waste transfer station of Freehold Cartage, Inc., a trash hauling company. 

May 30, 2014 - Winters, CA - 25 year old Marcus Zane Powell of Redding and 49 year old Glenn Hodgson of Richmond were killed on the job when a crane hoisted basket they were working from broke free, falling about 80 feet onto timbers. They were employed by Disney Construction working on the Winters Putah Creek Car Bridge.

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