Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

It never gets easier to compile our lists and then write this post! We truly wish there was no need for The Weekly Toll anymore. Just know our thoughts and hearts are with anyone affected by a workplace fatality and we are willing to help in any way we can.

July 16, 2014 - Clinton, UT - 21 year old Scott Nathan Johnson died on the job when his heart was pierced by a piece of equipment. He was drilling floors into trailers for Utility Trailer in Clearfield when he apparently tripped while holding the drill. When he fell, the drill bit he was holding pierced his heart.

July 17, 2014 - Seward, NE - 28 year old Marcus Lathon of Chesapeake, VA died on the job when the tractor trailer semi truck slammed into the back of another semi truck that had stopped for road construction. The name is his employer is unknown.

July 17, 2014 - Camden, TN - 58 year old Jack Moody was killed on the job when the forklift he was working under fell onto him. He was a maintenance employee for Jones Plastic & Engineering, Camden Division.

July 17, 2014 - Waldwick, NJ - 32 year old Officer Christopher Goodell died on the job when a tractor trailer semi driver failed to stop or slow down and plowed into Goodell's unmarked police vehicle.  Goodell was in the parked vehicle using radar to check for speeding motorists when the semi driver veered off the road and into Goodell's vehicle. He was employed by Waldwick Police Department. The truck driver was charged with vehicular homicide.

July 17, 2014 - Louisville, KY - 34 year old Anthony Warner died on the job when he fell down an elevator shaft at a construction project near the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus. His employer's name is unknown.

July 17, 2014 - Deland, FL - 47 year old Robert Leslie Wagner of Orange Park was fatally electrocuted as he worked on the roof of Kangaroo Gas repairing their cooling unit. He was an employee for Integrity First Refrigeration.

July 17, 2014 - El Paso, TX - 59 year old Robert Narro was a code enforcement officer for the City of El Paso.  On July 2 he was conducting an investigation when the driver of a car jumped the curb and struck him. He was hospitalized and died on the 17th. The motorist was arrested.

July 17, 2014 - Santa Fe, NM - 29 year old flight nurse Rebecca Serkey of Rio Rancho, 46 year old pilot David Cavigneaux also of Rio Rancho and 46 year old Base Manager Jamie Butler were aboard Careflight 5 medical helicopter on their way to Tucumcari, NM to pick up a patient when the unthinkable happened. Their Tri State Careflight helicopter crashed into a mountainside just miles from their destination. No cause for the crash is known at this time.

July 17, 2014 - Mission Viejo, CA - 23 year old Daniel Pohl of Apple Valley was an electrician for 5 Star Plastering and was helping build scaffolding and put up a banner for an event at Mission Viejo High School when he touched overhead electrical lines and was electrocuted.

July 18, 2014 - Tulare, CA - 37 year old James Heuer was killed on the job when he became pinned under a spray rig he was driving. He was an Ag Specialist for the College of Sequoias working on a campus farm in Tulare when the incident took place.

July 18, 2014 - Stetten, WI - 77 year old Faye Reinhardt died in a tragic accident on a farm. She was standing near where her husband was loading a tractor onto a trailer when the trailer suddenly detached from a truck, pinning her between the trailer and rear of truck. She was life-flighted to an area hospital when she passed.

July 18, 2014 - Lawrence, KS - 54 year old Thomas R. "Dick" Sheppard died on the job when he came into contact with a power line while working to repair guttering on an historic building. He was Vice President of Rain-Man Guttering.

July 18, 2014 - Britt, IA - 62 year old Ron Eisenman died on the job when he became trapped inside a corn grain bin and suffocated. The name of the farm is not known.

July 19, 2014 - Leigh, NE - 87 year old Edwin "Eugene" Bohac died of drowning when he fell into a water tank on his family's farm. He had been working around the tank and fell in. 

July 19, 2014 - Elgin, IL - 47 year old Joel Bork was operating a lightweight tractor on his family farm when the machine flipped, pinning him underneath. His family found him after becoming concerned that they had not heard from him.

July 20, 2014 - Sugarcreek, OH - 34 year old Chadrick C. Cornwell of Dayton was killed when an All Terrain Vehicle he was operating flipped over, trapping him underneath. He was an employee of Tom's Mulch and Landscaping.

July 20, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - 57 year old Robert Lee Lujan was killed on the job when he was struck by a drunk driver in a pick up who veered off the road and into a bus lane that Mr. Lujan was working in.  He was using a concrete saw to repair the bus lane. His obituary says he was a project manager/estimator for Mikon Construction.

July 21, 2014 - Port Ludlow, WA - 61 year old Wayne Eldon Hostetler died when the tractor trailer semi truck he was driving went off the roadway and down an embankment before hitting several trees, crushing the cab. He may have suffered a medical event before losing control of the truck. He was employed by D A Development Co., Inc.

July 21, 2014 - Pine River, MI - 46 year old William Courter was killed on the job while working with a crew on a farm completing maintenance on a barn. He was struck and run over by an unmanned bulldozer.

July 21, 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD - 59 year old David Lee VanVoorst died on the job when he was crushed by a 3,200 pound concrete culvert that fell onto him. He was working underneath the culvert, which was hoisted in the air, when it slipped and came down on him. He was employed by Josten Concrete Products.

July 21, 2014 - Bellevue, WA - 31 year old Theodore Merry of Puyallup died on the job when he fell about 42 feet. After stepping off a ladder, he jumped down on a covered floor opening that gave way under him, causing the fall. He was employed by Evergreen Erectors, Inc. doing work for Bayley Construction.

July 21, 2014 - Summerville, SC - 29 year old Kyle Martin was working with co-workers to pump sand out of a pond when he somehow fell into the pond, drowning. He was employed by Murray Mines, Inc.

July 22, 2014 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 29 year old Jose Alfredo Isagirrez-Mejia died on the job when a beam collapsed, knocking him and two other workers off a ladder and scaffolding. He and the others were working for Miller Construction Co.

July 22, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - 53 year old David Craven of Kearney died on the job when he fell from a bridge after being shocked or for another reason. He was working to repair bridge joints on the bridge deck when the incident occurred. He was an employee for Mar-Jim Contracting of Oak Grove, a subcontractor for a Missouri DOT project.

July 22, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - 22 year old Dylan Joseph Snyder was an employee for an unnamed construction company walking along a pick up truck, handing the others in the back caution cones when a trash truck struck him. The trash truck driver was involved in a multi-vehicle crash before crashing into Snyder. Several others were injured in the crash but survived.

July 22, 2014 - Echo, OR - 54 year old Donald Kendall of Ukiah was working on a road construction project for his employer, Oregon Dept. of Transportation when he was struck by a dump truck that backed over him.

July 22, 2014 - Homewood, PA - 39 year old Glenn G. Walker, Jr. of McKeesport was shot to death after an argument erupted during a discussion about a building rehab project in Homewood. Another person was shot and injured but authorities are not clear at this time who did the shooting. An investigation continues. 

July 22, 2014 - Austin, TX - Ernest Gonzales, a long time employee for the City of Austin/Austin Resource Recovery, was killed on the job when his work vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tractor trailer semi truck.

July 22, 2014 - Van Nuys, CA - 48 year old Francisco Miguel Tomas was part of a private cleaning crew power-washing a Target Stores parking lot when he was attacked and murdered by a known gang member who was later arrested. It appears he was stabbed and shot in a random act of violence.

July 23, 2014 - Battle Creek, MI - 27 year old Nicole Gates, of Hastings, was a mother and station attendant for Citgo Gas in Battle Creek. After being taunted and frightened by a man outside the store, he came into the store and stabbed her to death before robbing the store. The suspect was arrested.

July 23, 2014 - Brooksville, FL - 57 year old Ismael Santana of Spring Hill died after being pinned against the cab of a tractor trailer semi truck by a front end loader. He was exiting the semi truck and was apparently not seen by the loader operator when the incident happened. He was an employee for Cemex Cement plant. 

July 23, 2014 - Brookhaven, MS - 41 year old John T. Johnson of DuPont, GA was killed on the job when he fell from scaffolding on a water tower in Brookhaven. He was employed by the Lake Park, GA based Southeast Tank and Tower.

July 23, 2014 - Galax, VA - 37 year old Benjamin Lee Hancock died on the job when he was trapped inside a piece of machinery and suffocated. No details on how he became trapped are available. He was an employee for American Mirror Co.

July 23, 2014 - Boardman, OR - 64 year old Glen McCoy of Sparks, NV was struck and killed while working for a subcontractor installing rumble strips at a paving project for Oregon Dept. of Transportation.  He was struck by a dump truck driver who backed up over him. 

July 23, 2014 - Lakeland, FL - 44 year old Shelby K. Shull of Eustis was struck and killed by a truck driver that barreled through a construction zone, knocking down several orange traffic barrels before striking Shull. He was wearing relective safety clothing as he worked for Florida Safety Contractors on a Florida Dept. of Transportation project. 

July 23, 2014 - Chelan, WA - 40 year old Tobey Vigil of Beaverton, OR was killed on the job when the helicopter he was piloting crashed either on take off or landing at a refueling site. He was using the helicopter to hover over cherry orchards, using the blades down draft to blow rain water from the cherries of an orchard. He was employed by Applebee Aviation, Inc. of Banks, OR.

July 24, 2014 - Darby, PA - 53 year old Theresa Hunt, a case worker, was shot to death and a doctor wounded when a patient pulled a gun in an office of a psychiatric clinic and began firing. After killing Hunt, the gunman shot and wounded the doctor who then pulled a weapon and shot the patient. After running into the hallway, the patient was wrestled to the ground and arrested by police.

July 24, 2014 - SeaTac, WA - 68 year old Ronald Sperry of Woodinville was at SeaTac Airport loading and unloading animals for his employer, Dog Gone Taxi, LLC, when he was seen collapsing on security video. He died of heart related natural cause.

July 26, 2014, Henderson, NV - 53 year old Harry Lentz, Jr. of Las Vegas died after falling through a roof skylight at Ocean Spray's Black Mountain Distribution Center in Henderson. He was an mechanical and electrical technician for 20 years for the company.

July 26, 2014 - Napoleon, ND - 83 year old Marvin Grenz was killed on the job when he was trapped inside a grain bin on his farm. He was in the bin trying to get the grain to loosen up when he was partially engulfed.

July 26, 2014 - Old Forge, PA - 52 year old James Joseph "Jimmy" Talariso suffered fatal head trauma when he fell from a lift inside a Family Dollar Store under construction.  The name of the company he worked for is not known.

July 27, 2014 - Barneveld, WI - 71 year old Kenneth Powell was killed on the job when a tractor fell through an upper level of a barn, crushing him.

July 28, Moss Point, MS - 25 year old Jerry Lee Taylor II of Helena, AL was killed and three co-workers were injured when a tank they were repairing exploded. At least one worker was inside the tank welding, and Taylor was on top of the tank when the explosion occurred. He was struck in the head. Taylor and the other workers were employed by Omega Protein plant in Moss Point.

July 28, 2014 - Mobile, AL - 53 year old Denise Bowen was killed on the job when she was struck by a motorist as she worked in and along a roadway. She was using a leaf blower, wearing a bright yellow safety vest, when she was struck. She was an employee for the University of Alabama.

July 28, 2014 - Stone Mountain, GA - 29 year old Robert A. Rust of Snellville was a maintenance employee for Smoke Rise Country (golf) Club. He died on the job after the tractor he was operating overturned on a slope. He was working alone and was found by fellow co-workers.

July 28, 2014 - Airway Heights, WA - Donald Bradley, of Spokane Valley, was working at his desk when he experienced a heart related medical event.  He was an employee for Northstar Sea Foods, Inc.

July 29, 2014 - Redmond, WA - Kenneth Andrews was a general property manager for Property Maintenance Service Co., Inc. when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was completing cement work to repair a sidewalk in front of the property and the exertion caused his collapse.

July 29, 2014 - Selinsgrove, PA - 57 year old Elias Hoover died on the job when the front end loader he was using to move hay bales overturned on a steep hill, crushing him.

July 30, 2014 - Ocala, FL - 42 year old Jeffrey Earl Phillips of Anthony was killed on the job when he fell about 50 feet out of a bucket truck while attempting to cut a piece of a tree. He was in a Conrad Tree Surgeon truck but the owner said Phillips worked for himself and was a subcontractor.

July 30, 2014 - Everett, WA - John Snedeker of Shoreline collapsed at his desk and died of a heart related medical event. He was a supervisor for Snohomish County Planning & Development Services Department.

July 30, 2014 - Waterbury, CT - David Shand was murdered on the job when a robbery suspect entered the Buck's Hill Market on July 20th and shot him. Shand died 10 days later at an area hospital. The suspect who shot Shand was arrested for his murder.

July 30, 2014 - Burlington, VT - 61 year old Robert Stanhope of Richford was killed on the job when he was struck by a young motorist as he was removing fog line markers at a road construction site. He was an employee for Whitcomb Construction Company. 

July 30, 2014 - Artesia, NM - 21 year old Fabian Martinez died on the job while working for Diversified Oilfield Services. He and other workers were working on Kincaid Ranch cutting a pipe line when an explosion occurred. All workers except Martinez were able to scramble away but Martinez was trapped by the pipe and exposed to hydrogen sulfide gasses while caused his death.

July 31, 2014 - Morea, PA - 66 year old William R. Hoffman of Pottsville was a tree service worker, working along a road way when he was struck by a motorist in a van.  It is not clear who he was working for.

July 31, 2014 - Carlsbad, NM - 47 year old William Welchhance of Bowie, TX was crushed under a load of pipes being off-loaded by a forklift at an oil field production site. He was working as a truck driver for Star Trucking.

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