Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our thoughts are with all the families who have lost a loved one at work. Please know we are here for you if you need anything.  USMWF.org

June 3, 2014 - Covington, WA - 72 year old Cyntia Lyman was teaching a yoga class when she collapsed and died of a heart related medical event.  She was employed by Fitness International LLC dba LA Fitness.

June 11, 2014 - Stockton, CA - 33 year old Scott Hewell, an officer for the Stockton Police Department was seriously injured in a car accident on May 28 as he and his partner headed to help a fellow officer who was dealing with a dangerous suspect. He was initially released from the hospital was had to be rushed back, and he died on the 11th.

June 26, 2014 - Seattle, WA - Freed Aguilar of Bothell was an employee for Metropolitan Building Maintenance and was working a night shift at a location in Seattle. He was working overnight and discovered the next morning having died of a medical event.

June 26, 2014 - Auburn, WA - Leanne Siverson died on the job of natural causes when she was found slumped over her work station. She was an employee for FedEx Trade Networks Transport Inc.

June 28, 2014 - Seattle, WA - John Murphy was working for AAA Auto Club of Washington during the night and was found slumped over the steering wheel of his work vehicle. He died of a coronary medical event. 

June 30, 2014 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Jim Brennan was killed on the job when he was shot by robbery suspects at the restaurant he owned named Brennan's Colony. One of suspects worked for the tavern owner. 

July 1, 2014 - Livonia, MI - 44 year old John Bieniewicz of Westland was assaulted by a player who had been ousted from a soccer game where Bieniewicz was a referee.  He was struck in the head and rendered unconscious by the player. He died later at an area hospital.

July 2, 2014 - Marion, IN - 48 year old James L. Gibson was killed and five others were injured during a chemical explosion that occurred at General Motors Metal Stamping plant in Marion. He was a contractor at the plant but it is not clear who, specifically, he worked for.

July 2, 2014 - Sharonville, OH - 54 year old Kevin Roberts of Clarksville died on the job when his tractor trailer semi truck overturned in a fiery crash. His employer is unknown.

July 2, 2014 - Cynthiana, KY - 28 year old Joel Metz of Plainfield, IN was killed on the job as he worked atop a Verizon cell tower for Fortune Wireless.  A report states a heavy antennae fell and a cable struck him.

July 2, 2014 - Memphis, TN - 19 year old Chandler Warren was a college student who had just taken a job at FedEx's World Hub in Memphis when he was injured as a loader that lifts containers fell onto him. He suffered upper body trauma and died later at a local hospital.

July 2, 2014 - Quincy, WA - Scott Engelmohr was a maintenance worker for Quincy Foods, LLC when he felt ill at work. He passed out in the shop and later died of natural causes at a hospital.

July 3, 2014 - Comanche, TX - Dr. Russell Reynolds was helping to set up a Fourth of July fireworks display at Comanche High School when something caused an explosion in a trailer, killing him and injuring others. He was a licensed pyrotechnician and started the communities fireworks display.

July 3, 2014 - San Angelo, TX - 34 year old Roy Michael Jaynes of Rising Star died on the job when he fell from an oil field tower. It appears his harness was not properly functioning. He was employed by Heartland, Inc.

July 4, 2014 - Louisville, KY - 35 year old Jewan Turner was a tow truck driver working along a roadway to help a motorist.  He was killed by another motorist who, while drunk, struck Turner. The motorist was later arrested and charged with his murder.

July 4, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN - Officer Perry Renn was a 21 year veteran officer for Indianapolis Police Department. He was gunned down while involved in a shoot out in an alley.

July 4, 2014 - Morehead, KY - 47 year old Lonnie "Curtis" Davis was working on Williams Farm when the tractor he was using to pull a tree out with, flipped up, trapping him underneath.

July 6, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY - Lt. Gordon Ambelas was a firefighter for the Fire Department of New York. His team responded to a fire in a public-housing high rise building and while looking for people who may have been trapped he became trapped and died in the fire.

July 6, 2014 - Augusta, GA - 51 year old Chester Wright was working at the Kellogg's Factory in Augusta when he suffered a neck injury believed from a fall on June 24. Doctors discovered he had a fracture in his neck and scheduled surgery. Unfortunately, due to complications during surgery, Mr. Wright died on July 6th. 

July 6, 2014 - Seattle, WA - Jason Keum of Mukilteo was an employee for Korean Air Lines when he was attacked by a contract worker at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle. During an argument, the contract worker struck Keum in the face causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground. The contract worker was arrested for Keum's murder. 

July 7, 2014 - Plymouth, MA - 53 year old Chester Flattery was the head custodian at Manomet Elementary School.  The search continues for the cause of his death. What is known is that he died, and 13 others were sent to the hospital, in a hazardous materials accident.

July 7, 2014 - Duball, WA - 19 year old Bradley Hogue of Lake Stevens was killed on the job when he was crushed after being caught in a large auger that he was feeding bark into.  He was employed by Pacific Topsoils, Inc. of Everett, WA.

July 7, 2014 - Lakewood, WA - Steve Posler of Maryland Heights, MO was working on a golf course renovating at American Lake Veteran's Golf Course in Lakewood when he suffered a medical event. The golf club owner found him slumped over the steering wheel of his work truck. Posler was employed by Landscapes Ltd, LLC of Nebraska.

July 8, 2014 - Point of Rocks, MD - 38 year old Tyrone Cameron of Hagerstown was killed on the job when he was struck in the neck and head by a metal spool he was attempting to load onto a crate at Canam Steel Company.

July 8, 2014 - Spokane, WA - 30 year old Sheena Henderson was working her usual shift at Deaconess Medical Center/Oncology Department (Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center) in Spokane when the unthinkable happened. Her husband, who was not an employee, came into her workplace and shot her several times before committing suicide. Her husband had made previous threats to kill his wife. 

July 9, 2014 - Toledo, OH - 35 year old Ricky Arnez Layson was the owner of R & D Auto Sales and was working inside his business when an armed man burst into the building and opened fire on Layson. He died later in the hospital. The person has been arrested for his murder.

July 9, 2014 - Kingwood, TX - 46 year old Daniel Groover was a Houston Fire Department firefighter collapsed and died inside a vacant home in Kingwood after battling a fire.

July 10, 2014 - Haltom City, TX - 28 year old Julio Menendez of Dallas was killed on the job when a ceiling collapsed inside a vacant building that was being remodeled. The building was owned by Blackmon Mooring and Menendez worked for an unknown subcontractor for Southlake General Contracting. 

July 11, 2014 - Hamden, NY - 68 year old Duane Merrill, a well known farmer and former Town Justice, was baling hay on his farm when the tractor's seat detached causing him to fall backward onto the ground between the tractor and baler. He then became entangled in the machine.

July 13, 2014 - Jersey City, NJ - 23 year old Melvin Santiago was an officer for the Jersey City Police Department. He responded to an armed robbery call and was unfortunately shot to death. Other officers returned fire and the suspect was killed.

July 13, 2014 - Pasadena, CA - 24 year old Robert Carrasco of Covina suffered severe head trauma a week earlier when he fell about 15 feet at a construction site in Pasadena. He was an ironworker for Local 433.

July 14, 2014 - Kansas City, KS - 48 year old James Breedlove was a contractor for BNSF - Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.  While working to transfer grain from a rail car to a smaller semi-trailer, he fell into the rail car and suffocated in the grain.

July 14, 2014 - Kings Mountain, NC - An unidentified man died on the job from a crushed skull while working for Hi-Tex, Inc. which is part of Crypton Fabrics. No other information has been found.

July 14, 2014 - Tampa, FL - 31 year old Bryan Hagan of Mulberry fell to his death on the job while working at a Tampa Electric Power Plant. He fell about 50 feet through a metal grate on a catwalk.  He was employed by Southeastern Construction & Maintenance.

July 14, 2014 - Moses Lake, WA - Eusebio Garza was loading a corn truck for National Frozen Foods Corp when he collapsed. It was determined that he died of natural causes.

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