Monday, September 29, 2014

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Our goal is to reach family members of workers we have lost and provide them with support and guidance where possible. We are keenly aware of how difficult this time is and our hearts and thoughts are with you. Please contact us if we can be of any help to you.

We make every effort to identify and find a link to each fatality.

June 16, 2014 - Houston, TX - An unidentified 58 year old worker was crushed to death under falling rig equipment. 

August 9, 2014 - Lancaster, PA - 15 year old Jonas King died on the job, at a farm, when the skid steer he was operating overturned into a manure pit.

August 28, 2014 - New Castle, DE - An unidentified 47 year old man was killed on the job when he was struck by a skid steer and pinned under it.

August 31, 2014 - Savannah, GA - 58 year old Ricky Salter was a maintenance worker for International Paper, Riverside Paper mill when he was killed on the job. It is unclear how he died, but one report states he was working around an elevator and another says he was in the paper roll handling area. 

August 31, 2014 - Brooklyn Park, MD - 47 year old Luzviminda Monreal was shot and killed by a coworker who was attempting to rob the Popeye's restaurant they were working at.

September 5, 2014 - Detroit, MI - 24 year old VonDre Gordon of Romulus died on the job while working as a baggage handler at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. He suffered leg and other body trauma involving the ramp of a bag belt loader. He was an American Airlines contract worker employed by Prospect Airport Services.

September 5, 2014 - Denver, CO - 52 year old Abel Maldonado died on the job after being struck by a recycling machine. He was attempting to free a jam when the machine lurched, striking him. He was employed by Atlas Metal and Iron Corp.

September 5, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL - An unidentified worker was killed on the job when the ATV he was operating flipped into a lake and he drowned.

September 5, 2014 - New Albany, IN - An unidentified contract worker from North Carolina was killed on the job when he was struck in the head when a pulley failed. He was helping to assemble electrical towers when the incident occurred.

September 6, 2014 - Bridgeton, MO - An unidentified employee of Hussmann Refrigeration died on the job from an incident involving equipment.

September 6, 2014 - Fairbanks, AK - An unidentified worker from Malaysia died when the bus he was operating crashed on a slick road. He was a tour bus driver for Princess Cruises, taking people on a tour.

September 6, 2014 - Houston, TX - 52 year old Marty Carroll was found shot to death at the Keith, Inc. chemical plant where he worked. He also lived on the property.

September 7, 2014 - Bakersfield, CA - Carson Peter-Contesse of Sultan, WA, who was in his 20's, died after attacking his co-workers. He was working with a crew for Railworks Track System near Bakersfield. The other crew members were able to hold him down until police arrived, but it was determined he wasn't breathing so was taken to an area hospital where he died.

September 8, 2014 - Charleston, SC - 58 year old Larry Britton suffered a fatal heart attack while working to communicate information to police officers during an active police situation. He was an employee for Charleston County.

September 8, 2014 - Caledonia, MI - 42 year old Timothy Eugene Dougherty died on the job after being struck by a road grader on a construction site. He was employed by Kent County Road Commission.

September 9, 2014 - Charleston, SC - 45 year old Deputy Joseph Matuskovic was shot a day before while responding to a call at an apartment. He was taken to an area hospital. He was employed by Charleston County Police Department. 

September 9, 2014 - Portland, ME - 56 year old James Laurita was a co-founder of Hope Elephants, a place that cared for retired circus elephants. He was killed when he accidentally fell and was then stepped on by one of his beloved animals.

September 9, 2014 - Gratiot, MI - An unidentified employee for Gratiot Central Market was murdered by an angry co-worker who he was involved in a fight with. He was shot.

September 10, 2014 - Broken Arrow, OK - 52 year old Richard Jones died on the job after he fell under the tires of a vehicle he was attempting to exit. He was an employee for the City of Sand Springs, OK.

September 10, 2014 - Mannsville, OK - 42 year old Ernesto Rodriguez of Gainesville, TX was killed on the job after he was struck by a pipe that came shooting up a well hole while working for XTO Energy near Mannsville.

September 10, 2014 - Columbus, OH - 76 year old Jack L. Martin of Troy died on the job when the front end loader he was operating somehow fell into a sand hopper. He was employed by Snyder Brick & Block Co.

September 12, 2014 - Madison, AL - 47 year old Jason Buckley of Union Grove, AL died on the job after he fell from an elevated bucket. He was working from the bucket to trim a tree, when a limb fell onto the bucket, knocking him to the ground. It is unclear who he was employed by.

September 12, 2014 - Brooks Lake, WY - 31 year old Adam Thomas Stuart of Virgin, UT was working for an ecological assessment service, Nature's Capitol of Boise, ID and was making his first trip into the back country. He was working alone. He went missing on September 7th and was found having been killed by a bear.

September 13, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - An unidentified FedEx employee was killed on the job when his truck rolled into him, pinning him.

September 13, 2014 - Arkansaw, WI - 56 year old John Unser was working in a trench at a home construction site when the trench collapsed. He was looking for a plugged drain tile. Unfortunately, also in the trench was a two year old boy, who according to reports wanted to give "Big John" a hug. Another young man was also in the trench but escaped.

September 14, 2014 - Scranton, PA - 38 year old Cpl. Byron Dickson, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, was killed and another injured when they were ambushed outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. The man who ambushed the officers is still on the loose at this writing, somewhere in Pennsylvania.

September 14, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - 62 year old Arthur Louie Gaulden of Alabaster was a subcontractor for Allstate Motor Club and was helping a motorist change a flat tire. It was then he was struck by a motorist on the roadside.

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