Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

USMWF is a community of people who have experienced the loss of a loved one at work. We understand the pain and grief this type of loss is about. We are here to help in any way we can.

May 5, 2015 - New Haven, CT - 61 year old Arthur Hilario Jr. of New Milford was working on road construction in New Haven as a crane operator. A long time employee for O & G Industries, and a member of Local Union 478, died after he fell from the crane he was operating. He died at an area hospital of head trauma.

May 5, 2015 - Bothell, WA - 53 year old Kevin Iverson of Ravensdale was sitting at his desk at Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp. in Bothell when he suffered a fatal heart attack. His death is ruled natural causes.

May 5, 2015 - Morgantown, WV - 34 year old Douglas Michael Peterman of Fairmont  was working in a bucket truck when he came into contact with a wire and he was electrocuted. He was an employee for Westside Communications.

May 6, 2015 - Zion Crossroads, VA - 46 year old Sean Marcos Lucas of Palmyra was working to fill his tractor trailer full of the tiny wood particles when he stopped and got back into his truck thinking all of the sawdust had come down, but it had not. A spokesman said a large amount of sawdust suddenly started falling after Lucas got back into his truck. He then got out of the cab of his truck to try to escape, but the sawdust fell too fast. He was an employee for Chips, Inc. Sawmill.

May 7, 2015 - Spokane, WA - 64 year old Richard Runyon (left) of Cheney and 60 year old Lyndon Amestoy (right) of Spokane were both experienced pilots were performing a late afternoon text flight when something went wrong and the plane went down into the Spokane River above the Upriver Dam. Runyon was the owner and manager of the Flying R Ranch Airport in Cheney and Amestoy was employed by Rocket Engineering Corp. Runyon may have worked for Rocket Engineering as well.

May 8, 2015 - Chicago, IL - 52 year old Michael Yates of Carol Stream was a baggage handler for Southwest Airlines working at Midway International Airport when the luggage hauler he was operating collided with another luggage hauler, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle. He died after being taken to an area hospital.

May 10, 2015 - Hattiesburg, MS - 34 year old K9 Officer Benjamin J. "BJ" Deen (left) and 25 year old Officer Liquori Tate were part of the Hattiesburg Police Department. They were on a routine traffic stop when they were shot to death those being stopped. Three suspects were arrested and charged in the murders of Deen and Tate. 

May 11, 2015 - Ypsilanti, MI - 38 year old Jeremy W. Burd of Maybee was a construction worker at the Ypsilanti Thompson Block on a building that was being renovated. He and three others were working in the basement when an upper floor gave way and crashed down onto them. The other workers escaped. Thompson Block was owned by Thompson Block Partners but it is not known who his employer was.

May 11, 2015 - Louisville, KY - 26 year old Christopher Cook was working on the paint line at Cardinal Aluminum, Okolona, Plant when he was killed on the job. Authorities say he was reaching for a piece of equipment when something went terribly wrong but did not give a specific cause of death except to say blunt force trauma.

May 11, 2015 - Glen Ellen, CA - 23 year old Cody McBride of Santa Rosa was operating an excavator at a home in Glen Ellen for construction of a swimming pool when he tried to escape from an excavator as it was tipping over. He tried to jump outside of the machine but suffered fatal injuries. He was employed with A Plus Pool & Spa. 

May 12, 2015 - Rostraver, IN - 34 year old Drew James Molinari of Belle Vernon was the victim of a targeted shooting at his place of employment.  He was a sales clerk at Minniti Motor Sports auto store when a gunman walked into the store and shot Molinari several times. At this time, police are still looking for the gunman and trying to discern a motive for the murder.

May 13, 2015 - Cle Elum, WA - 34 year old Scott Lee Rhodes was working in Cle Elum for KJR Trucking when he tripped while walking beside heavy equipment and was run over by the tracks of the machine while it was backing up. No further information was found.

May 15, 2015 - Tacoma, WA - 68 year old Bernard Cordova of Roy, WA was the owner and dispatcher for BLC Trucking, Inc. He was found unresponsive by others. It was determined he died of natural causes due to heart disease.

May 15, 2015 - Clarksville, AR - 42 year old Reserve Officer Sonny Smith died in the line of duty as he and other sheriff’s deputies were searching for a burglary suspect. As deputies were searching an area outside of Clarksville, Smith confronted an individual who shot him. The deputy was taken to an area hospital where he died. The suspect was arrested. Smith was an 11 year veteran for the Johnson County Sheriff Department.

May 20, 2015 - Omaha, NE - 29 year old Kerrie Orozco was a 7 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, and scheduled to take a late maternity leave a day after she was gunned down in the line of duty. Orozco went to help officers who went to serve a felony arrest warrant on a convicted felon and known gang member. Gunfire erupted just before she arrived and in a second round of shots she was just above her protective vest. The suspect was killed in the exchange with police.

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