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CALIFORNIA'S FALLEN WORKERS

These are a few of the men and women that went to work in California and were fatally injured never going home to their families at the end of their shift. We remember, honor and recognize these men and women for their dedication and hardwork. We would like to sincerely thank the families that shared their loved one's picture and their tragic loss with USMWF.

peopleKevin Scott Noah, 42

Kevin was killed in August 2001 while working for Himmick/Obayashi/Golden Gate Bridges Seismic Retrofit in San Fransico, California. He died when he fell off the Golden Gate Bridge.

CalOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $26,025.00 penalty for three serious violations and three other than serious. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced $0.00 and no violations.

Inspection: 125613836 - Shimmick Obayashi.

This photo was sent in by his soul mate Mary Vivenzi.

To see more about Kevin.

~ 7/5/1960 - 8/13/2002 ~

 

peopleGregory Piper, 61

Gregory was killed in October 2011 while working for Boat Grotto in Santiago, California. He died with a Pulmonary Aneurism which was the direct result of a workplace injury.

Cal/OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $260.00 penalty for two other than serious violations. There was no reduction. Inspection: 315342477 - The Boat Grotto.

This photo was sent in by his widow Michele Piper and daughter Nichole Wesson.

~ 4/15/1950 to 10/15/2011 ~

 

peopleOscar Rivera, 53

Oscar was killed in August 2013 while working as a subcontractor for Hillpointe Construction Incin in Goleta, California. He died falling through an unprotected skylight while painting outside of MOOG INC.


CalOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $15,600.00 penalty for two serious and four other than serious violations. This case is still open.

Inspection: 316671064 - Hillpointe Construction Inc.


This photo was sent in by his sister Mary Rivera.

----*IN LOVING MEMORY OF Oscar Rivera* OSCAR RIVERA -July 17, 1960 - August 30, 2013 ~53 years old~ Oscar Rivera was killed on the job on August 30, 2013. He was painting the outside of MOOG INC. in Goleta, ca. He was on the roof when he fell through a skylight. He fell 25 feet down to his death. The contractor that he was working for did not provide Appropriate Guarding and Fall Protection, when working around skylight. He was a Son, a Brother, a Uncle, a Cousin, and a Father. He left to do a job and he said he would be back in 2 weeks. He never return home. I find my self looking for him, then I realize he is no longer here. His death could of been prevented. His death has change me. my brother was not the first or the last. I will be my brother's voice and for other's that was killed on the job. I remember when we were little and played in the yard and went inside to sit and play cards. You'd look at me and smile, your smile stretch a mile. I look at the door and wait for you to appear, then i realize you are no longer here. I tell myself that i should of told you not to go. Who would of known it would of been the last time I would see you. "YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN MY BROTHER" LOVE YOU MY BROTHER! YOUR SISTER MARY RIVERA

~ 7/17/1960 - 8/30/2013 ~

 

peopleSheri Sangji, 23

Sheri was killed in January 2009 while working for University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. She died in an explosion caused by the reactive compound t-butyl-lithium.

CAL-OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $31,875.00 penalty for three serious violation and one other than serious violation.

This photo was sent in by her best friend Zahra Khan.

----To view full memorial click here. For USMWF/NIOSH Face to Face connection click here.

~ 11/2/1985 - 1/16/2009 ~

 

peopleAustin J. Sawicki, 26   

Austin was killed in 2008 while working at Whillock Construction in Chula Vista, California. He died after being struck by a steel beam.

CAL-OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $13,950.00 penalty for one serious violation and one other than serious violation. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $5,150.00 for two other than serious violations.

Inspection: 310816962 - Whillock Contracting Inc

This photo was sent in by his mother Mary Aloi.

----Austin J. Sawicki, 26 was Killed when a steel beam was dropped on him while working for Whillock Construction. We were waiting for him to come to the hospital as his sister was giving birth to his nephew Wesley Austin Zimmer. He is missed so much. We will miss you forever and for always. )He was a part-time seasonal day-laborer).

~3/24/1982 - 5/29/2008 ~