Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

The Weekly Toll today is comprised of worker's who were not previously known to us by our other means of searching, but obtained through a FOIA request.  We are starting with workers who died in 2013 as we never want to neglect any of our worker's who have died on the job. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these lost workers. We have done our best to locate an online article to link to the incident.

June 22, 2013 - Mouthcard, KY - 35 year old Donald Castor was killed on the job when he was struck by an impaired driver as he was weed-eating along a roadway. He was employed by Blue Ridge Cable Company.

September 3, 2013 - Somerset, KY - 57 year old Louanne Ellis was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a multi-car accident. The vehicle she was in was struck by another motorist and pushed into oncoming traffic. She was working for Bethany House Abuse Shelter, Inc. 

September 9, 2013 - Shelbyville, KY - 33 year old Jamaal Wood was trying to be a good Samaritan on the day he died. He was delivering medical equipment for his employer, SCM True Air Technologies, Inc., when he came upon an accident on the interstate. As Wood was walking back to his truck, he was struck by a semi truck that caused a second accident.

November 25, 2013 - Newport News, VA - 45 year old Tony Mays was an installer for Verizon when he was found on the ground of a private residence by the homeowner.  The circumstances surrounding his death are not clear.

November 27, 2013 - Vancouver, WA - 67 year old Robert Holsinger suffered a medical event on November 7th while working and was admitted to the hospital.  He was an employee for JR Gettier & Associates, Inc. and died of natural causes on the 27th. 

November 29, 2013 - Greenville, SC - 22 year old Bruce Gordon III died on the job as the result of a miscommunication with co-workers. They were on a disposal pick-up route when he was struck and run over by the garbage truck he was working from. He was employed by the City of Greenville Public Works.

December 2, 2013 - August, GA - 42 year old Ryan Eskew suffered an unfortunate cardiac event and died while working for Covidien, in Augusta.

December 2, 2013 - Maybrook, NY - 53 year old Timothy Lang of Saugerties was killed on the job when he was crushed under a retaining wall collapse at a construction site in Maybrook. Two co-workers were injured. He was employed by Halmar International.

December 2, 2013 - Farmington, ME - 62 year old Linda Branville suffered a fatal heart attack while working at Walmart Super Store in Farmington.

December 3, 2013 - Burleson, TX - 45 year old Guillermo Medina of Cleburne was working on a piece of machinery called an "auto-reamer" when his clothing was caught in the high speed machine. He died at a local hospital from traumatic blunt force trauma. He was employed by KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

December 3, 2013 - College Station, TX - 28 year old Angel Garcia died on the job after falling from the fourth level of Texas A&M's Kyle Field Stadium.  He was working for the Dallas based Lindamood Demolition Inc.

December 3, 2013 - Barnhart, TX - 32 year old Brandon R. Allums of Hall Summit, LA died on the job after falling from an elevation while working for Savanna Energy Services Corp. Rig #649. It is unclear how or from where he fell.

December 4, 2013 - New York, NY - 67 year old Jaroslaw Mychajluk was killed on the job when he fell down an elevator shaft. No other details are available. He was working for FM Ring Associates, Inc.

December 5, 2013 - Clewiston, FL - 66 year old Edward Stiles was working for United States Sugar Corp. when he inadvertently came into contact with a swarm of bees. He died as a result of an allergic reaction to the great number of bee stings he endured. 

December 5, 2013 - Cypress, TX - 26 year old Mondale Armstrong died on the job in an unknown incident while working for Municipal District Services, LLC.  No further information has been found.

December 6, 2013 - Henderson, NV - 47 year old Jerry Bondi died on the job after he fell from a ladder, striking his head.  He was climbing the ladder when it slid out from under him.  He was working for Chermac Builders, Inc.

December 7, 2013 - Schaumburg, IL - 43 year old Isidro Garcia-Mendez was killed on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation.  He was employed by Nation Pizza and Foods.

December 8, 2013 - Jackman, ME - 38 year old James Russell Jr. was killed in the job when he was struck by an unknown object and suffered blunt force trauma. He was employed by Sabatis Mitchell.

December 8, 2013 - Commerce, CA - 59 year old Richard Kulow was the owner of Lacny Logistics, Inc. and was working in the warehouse of his business when he collapsed from natural causes. He was found unconscious by a co-worker.

December 9, 2013 - Boston, MA - 46 year old Marcos Mancilla was working for Boston Bridge & Steel, Inc. when a large beam fell, striking Mancilla. 

December 9, 2013 - Eunice, LA - 34 year old Walter Washington suffered fatal crushing injuries when he was trapped between a truck and garbage truck following a crash between the two vehicles. He was an employee for Progressive Waste Solutions of LA, Inc.

December 9, 2013 - Accomac, VA - 48 year old Perry Simpkins was working for Perdue Farms Chicken Processing plant when he fell ill.  While not work related we still feel he belongs on our list.

December 10, 2013 - Garden City, ID - 50 year old Mark Hatten died on the job when he fell from an unknown elevation.  He was working for Western Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

December 10, 2013 - Mendham, NJ - 49 year old Segundo Pinto was performing his regular duties for Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority when he was injured.  He was climbing onto his recycling truck when he slipped, causing a hip injury.  After his injury he was unable to walk well and was admitted to the hospital.  He died during surgery for his injury from an infection that developed due to the fall.

December 11, 2013 - Elk Grove Village, IL - 38 year old Santiago Cervantes died on the job after becoming caught in or between an unknown object.  He was working for Danco Packaging Supply Company.

December 12, 2013 - Livingston, NJ - 67 year old Gregory Johnston was working at the Livingston Public Works garage when he was struck by a township owned dump truck. He was working at the garage for Fairfield Maintenance Inc.

December 13, 2013 - New Iberia, LA - 33 year old Daniel James Vice of Youngsville was killed on the job when he became caught in or between an unknown piece of equipment.  He was a supervisor for Cajun Sugar Cooperative, Inc in New Iberia.

December 16, 2013 - Putnam, CT - 52 year old James E. Bianchi died of natural causes while working for Putnam Precision Molding, Inc.

December 16, 2013 - Miami, FL - 79 year old Joaquin Gonzalez was killed at work when he was struck against an unknown object while working for Pardel Export Company, Inc.

December 16, 2013 - Boise, ID - 51 year old Todd Wolf died on the job when he was pinned under a forklift as it was being uploaded from a trailer.  He was an employee for Pacific Steel & Recycling.

December 16, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - 45 year old Nicholas Orozco was a freelance, self employed tree service worker who died on the job after falling from a date palm tree at a private residence.

December 16, 2013 - Fairfield, IA - 50 year old Larry Hanshaw died on the job after being struck in the face by a drum that became a projectile after it was thrown into a fire pit. The drum may have contained fuel vapors.  He was a City of Fairfield Wastewater Plant employee.

December 17, 2013 - Moulton, TX - 45 year old Joe Torres died on the job from unknown injuries he received while working for Green Hunter Water.

December 17, 2013 - Belton, TX - 19 year old Cristian Hefner was working for Jasdem, Inc., a company hired by Tarco of Texas, Inc. to clean out an asphalt tank that belonged to the roofing contractor. He was using a power washer inside the tank while dislodged debris that struck him

December 17, 2013 - Reno, NV - 46 year old Garo Gholdoian was a physician at Urology Nevada Ltd. when a gunman walked into an office an opened fire, killing him. The shooter injured two others before turning the gun onto himself.

December 18, 2013 - Preston, CT - 49 year old John Stagg was injured on December 12 when he was caught in or between an unknown object causing asphyxiation.  Details on what occurred were not found.  He was working for both TW Ferguson Corp. and covanta of Southeaster Connecticut at the time of his death.

December 18, 2013 - San Antonio, TX - 36 year old Lewis Winston III was working to pick up road work signs along Interstate 37 when he was struck and killed by a motorist who was attempting to slow down for a vehicle in front of him causing him to crash into Winston. Winston was employed by ISI Construction, Repair & Maintenance, Inc. 

December 18, 2013 - Haslet, TX - 32 year old Ruben Puga Garcia was killed on the job after being struck by an unknown object. He was working for Carlos Bernal Concrete.

December 18, 2013 - Tuckerman, AR - 61 year old Roy Easley died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation while working for Riceland Foods, Inc.

December 19, 2013 - Mechanicsville, OH - 46 year old John Fasig was killed on the job when he was struck by an unknown object while working for The Carrollton Farmers' Exchange Co.

December 19, 2013 - Panhandle, TX - 21 year old Joe Dylan Spears was killed on the job when he was struck by a train causing massive body trauma. He was working for Robinson Grain Company, LLC and was standing near the grain elevator when he was struck.

December 23, 2014 - Billerica, MA - 48 year old Kenneth Schirl of Saugus was an electrical engineer for Nuvera Fuel Cells in Billerica when he died on the job from an unknown cause.

December 24, 2013 - Coulee City, WA - 62 year old Holger "Hal" Jensen of Boise, ID, was a civil engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation/Pacific Northwest Regional Offices.  He was performing an inspection of a construction project at the Pinto Dam in Washington State when he fell onto a concrete surface suffering head trauma and died in the hospital a day later.

December 24, 2013 - Bridgewater, NJ - 50 year old William Cotton of Easton, PA received an electric shock on November 23 while working on ground transformers in Bridgewater. He was hospitalized until his death on December 24th. He was an employee for Scholes Electric and Communications of Piscataway.

December 25, 2013 - Chelsea, MA - 41 year old Thomas Archie Ford of Manchester died after being injured on December 20 when he was struck by an unknown object.  He was employed by D'Arrigo Brothers Co. of MA and also a member of the Teamsters Union.

December 26, 2013 - Vernon Hills, IL - 25 year old Patrick O'Reilly of Palos Park was killed and two other workers injured when they were struck by falling concrete outside the Westfield Hawthorn mall.  They were part of a demolition crew for P.S. Demolition Inc.

December 26, 2013 - Kingsburg, CA - 54 year old Mack Moody suffered a fatal cardiac event while driving a utility vehicle causing him to be thrown from the vehicle into a pond. He was an employee for Kings River Golf & Country Club.

December 27, 2013 - New Providence, NJ - 41 year old Jose Llibicura Lala died on the job after falling from an unknown elevation. Our information states he worked for Heras General Construction, LLC and Four Winds Construction, LLC. No other information was found.

December 28, 2013 - Sauk Village, IL - 63 year old David Miller of Sumava Resorts, IN was killed on the job when he was struck, suffering fractures while working in Sauk Village. He was a truck driver for ABF Freight Systems, Inc.

December 29, 2013 - San Angelo, TX - 49 year old Jose S. Uriegas III died on the job after being caught in or between an unknown object suffering body trauma.  He was a truck driver for Blue Line Drilling Company, LLC.

December 30, 2013 - Erie, PA - 32 year old Ryan Kunzler of North East was killed on the job when he was trapped under a semi truck trailer. He was working on separating the truck from an attached trailer when the truck fell on him and trapped him underneath. He was employed by Five Star International, LLC. 

December 30, 2013 - Springfield, OH - 55 year old Larry Grierson collasped and died of a heart attack while he was working for FED Excavating, Inc. and Empire Building Co. LLC

December 30, 2013 - 59 year old Herbert Upton of Melrose was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was working near a plane on the tarmac at Logan International Airport. The driver of the vehicle that struck Upton was driving in reverse. Upton was an employee for Signature Flight Support Corp.

December 31, 2013 - Gonzales, TX - 22 year old Matias Pruneda died on the job after suffering trauma due to thermal burns he received while working for Nabors Drilling USA LP.

December 31, 2013 - Palestine, TX - 32 year old Mario Macias was killed on the job after he fell from an elevation from a roof. He was employed by Anchor Roofing Systems, Ltd.

December 31, 2013 - Norfolk, VA - 27 year old John McCullen of Barco, NC was working at the Lyons Shipyard (his employer) in Norfolk moving equipment from a barge when he was struck by a heavy piece of equipment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Segundo Pinto was a very hard worker and a great family man , it is unfortunate what happen to him ,but we all feel that the M.U.A over worked him and there employees.

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