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[CA] Gilbert Vargas died in the line of duty (LA Times story)

[Pacific Palisades, CA] Gilbert Vargas was operating a backhoe on a city public works project in Pacific Palisades on March 14 when the U-shaped trench he was working on caved in. Mr.Vargas was buried chest-high in dirt in the 15-foot deep pit. Read more...

[CA] Wendy Shurelds on the Crucial Nature of Workplace Safety Protections

[CHULA VISTA, CA] My mom, Yvonne Shurelds, died at DTR Industries in Bluffton, Ohio, operating a lift truck - and she was not properly trained to operate a lift truck. It was not part of her regular job duties - she was told that she had to operate this... Read more...

[IL] Fines Slashed in Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths (National Public Radio story)

[Mount Carroll, IL] On July 28,2010 Will Piper and Alex Pacas strained to breathe as wet corn piled up around them in Bin No. 9 grain storage facility. Read more...

[MO] Diane Lillicrap on the Importance of Workplace Safety Standards

[ST. LOUIS, MO] My son Steven was 21 years old when he was involved in a fatal injury in St. Louis. He was working for a contractor - at the time, he was disassembling a 100-ton crawler crane. Read more...

[NE] Tonya Ford on the Importance of Workplace Safety Protections

[LINCOLN, NE] I'm speaking for twenty-five nieces and nephews for my uncle Bobby. He was employed and fell from a belt-operated man-lift on January 29th 2009. Read more...

[NV] Debi Koehler-Fergen on the Importance of Workplace Safety Standards

[LAS VEGAS, NV] I lost my 26 year old son, Travis Wayne Koehler, to a workplace accident that should never have happened. It was completely preventable. Read more...

[NV] Marychris Rodriguez on the Crucial Nature of Workplace Safety Protections

[LAS VEGAS, NV] I am speaking on behalf of my son, Vicente Rodriguez. On May 20, 2009 my son was hired by subcontractor to do the load out for the Tom Jones show inside a theater at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Read more...

[NY] At chicken plants, chemicals blamed for health ailments are poised to proliferate (Washington Post story)

[South Fallsburg, NY] Joe Navarro's death triggered a federal investigation that raised questions about the health risks associated with a rise in the use of toxic, bacteria-killing chemicals in poultry plants. Read more...

[PA] Holly Shaw-Hollis on the Importance of Workplace Safety Protections

[PHILADELPHIA, PA] On September 7, 2002, my husband Scott Shaw was working on a barge on the Schuylkill River, in Philadelphia. He was walking from one barge to another, on old tires, with no life vest - and fell in. Read more...

[TX] Catherine Rylatt on Protecting Young Workers from Tragedy

[HURST, TX] I'm here today to talk about an incident that happened in Mt. Carroll - it's a small town in northwestern Illinois where my 19-year-old nephew, Alex Pacas, was engulfed in grain and suffocated, along with 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread. Read more...

[TX] Jennifer Ornelas and Katherine Rodriguez on the Importance of Workplace Safety

[SAN MARCOS, TX and LEAGUE CITY, TX] Our father, Ray Gonzalez, died on September 2, 2004, in a work-related incident. He and two other coworkers were on a scaffold, working on a water pump, when the seal on the pump ruptured, and all three of them were severely burned.... Read more...