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INDIANA'S FALLEN WORKERS

These are a few of the men and women that went to work in Indiana 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.

 

peopleJoshua Beam, 33

Josh was killed on the job in August 2016 while working for Pike Lumber Company Incorporated in Osgood, Indiana. Josh was cutting a tree when it fell into a neighboring tree, causing that tree's top to fall, striking him.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $7,000.00 penalty for one serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $5,000.00 for one serious violation. This inspection is closed.

Inspection: 1169286.015 - 105361

This photo was sent in by his Mom, Theresa Beam.

~2/21/1983 - 8/10/2016

 

peopleShawn D. Boone, 33

Shawn was killed on the job in October 2003 while working for Hayes Lemmerz Int. in Huntington, Indiana. He was in an aluminum dust explosion and died the day after the incident.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $42,000.00 penalty for six serious violations. This inspection is closed.

Inspection: 306860461 - Hayes Lemmerz Intl.

This photo was sent in by Hope Mock of Lexington, Kentucky.

~ 6/27/1970 - 10/30/2003 ~

 

peopleBenjamin "Ben, B, Fish" Joseph Wayne Fisher, 29

Benjamin was killed in July 2019 while working at Traffic Control Specialists Inc in Knox, Indiana. He was fatally injured after being struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle that failed to slow, stop, or move over.

IOSHA investigated the incident. This case is closed. 

Inspection: 1435747.015 - 110056 - Traffic Control Specialists Inc.

This photo was sent in by his mom, Jo Fisher

Benjamin was full of life. His attitude was to go to work each day with a positive outlook and "be prepared because you never know who you'll meet that will benefit your future". In his short life of 28 years, B overcame many adversities and shared his testimonies with anyone needing to hear how God has brought him through. He advocated for those with Invisible Illnesses and Victims of Abuse, of which he was a Survivor of both.

Benjamin survived a tragic accident at aged 13, that claimed his oldest brother. Doctors gave no hope of survival and God showed them, He was not done with Ben Life drastically changed but Ben fought through his trials, relied on God and succeeded in his rehabilitation.

Ben worked for TCS over two years, and was LIUNA Local 645, Shop Steward. He fought for his coworkers and suggested changes, mediated and mentored many. Benjamin is a true Hero. As the truck came swftly toward him in his last minutes, Ben yelled, "Laura, Move!" at his coworker thus saving her life, according to on scene Paramedics.

In 2019, Benjamin filed to run for Mayor of Plymouth, IN, as a Republican Hometown Conservative. His slogan was #WorkingTogetherToMakeDreamsAReality. He had many ideas and goals to help his community thrive and wanted to give back to his town that had been there for him. "When people visit Plymouth, I want them to ask themselves, Why don't we live here?" The Benjamin J. W. Fisher Memorial Foundation,  dba "I AM MY BROTHERS KEEPER ", has been set up to further Benjamin's Legacy. Ben's footprints will forever remain within our hearts.

~ 07/25/1990-07/26/2019 ~

 

peopleSteve Forster, 61

Stephen was killed on the job in November 2011 while working for Indy Logistics in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was pinned between a forklift and a building support column.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $17,500.00 penalty for five serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $11,500.00 for three serious violations and two other than serious.  This inspection is closed.

Inspection: 315718981 - Indianapolis Logistics.

This photo was sent in by his son Brian Forster.

~ 12/20/1949 - 11/12/2004 ~

 

peopleGlen Steven Rackley, 51

Glenn was killed in November 2011 while working for Danco Construction in Evansville, Indiana. He died after felling six feet from a scissor lift.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $14,700.00 penalty for six serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $6,000.00 penalty for four serious violations. This case is closed.

Inspection: 315677120 - Danco Construction Inc.

This photo was sent in by his sister Salli Rackley.

~ 7/11/1960 - 11/12/2011 ~

 

peopleKyle Rhodes, 28

Kyle was killed in May 2011 while working for Fairfield Manufacturing in Lafayette, Indiana. He died after being pinned between a forklift and a semi-truck.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $25,000.00 penalty for 9 serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $14,500.00 for three serious violations. This case is closed.

Inspection: 315047316 - Fairfield Manufacturing Inc.

This photo was sent in by his widow Jill Rhodes ---- 22-year-old Gregory Peterson III, suffered injury in the same work accident.


~ 2/14/1983 - 5/19/2011 ~

 

peopleEric A. Rodman, 30

Eric was killed in January 2014 while working for The Anderson Group in Elkhart, Indiana. He died when wen he fell into grain care being loaded with grain.

MIOSHA is investigating and the case is still open.

This photo was sent in by his mother Sherry Roberts. ---- Eric was killed January 24th when he fell into a rail car while grain was being loaded. Eric was a devoted husband and the father of a 9 year old little girl and 18 month old little boy. Eric served in the United States Army and completed two deployments and was forever a Momma's boy.

~ 2/6/1983 - 1/24/2014 ~

peopleZachary Ross Trotter, 26

Zachary was killed in June 2019 while he was working for Bruce Incorporated (Culligan Water) in Seymour, Indiana. He died due to a car accident while driving a delivery van.

Inspection: 1416299.015 - 110017 - Bruce Incorporated

This photo was sent in by his Aunt, Nicole Hercamp .

----Zach was killed in a car accident the morning of June 21 while driving his route for Culligan.   
      Zach had an infectious smile and a hilarious personality.  We miss him every minute of every day.


~ 6/27/1992 - 6/21/2019 ~

 

peopleGabriel Rocha, 53 

Gabriel was killed in November 2011 while working for Mittal Steel formally Insland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. He died when a super heated steam pipe ruptured and burned him.

No information found as of 12/13/2013

This photo was sent in by his Wife, Barbara Rocha.

~ 3/21/1958 - 11/15/2011 ~

 

peopleMichael Samuelson, 39

Michael was killed in November 2013 while working for Pangere Corporation at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West steel mill (No. 3 steel formerly the LTV Steel Co.) in Valparaiso, Indiana. He died when he was struck by fallen debris.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $3,500.00 penalty for one serious violation. The case is still open.

Inspection: 317063949 - Pangere Corporation

This photo was sent in by his widow Stephanie. ~ He was a great husband, father, and friend. Yesterday was his 40th birthday so it is really difficult for me to write this right now. Thank you for taking the time to think of us.

~ 11/13/2013 - 12/2/2013 ~


peopleBob Shonkwiler

Bob was killed in May 2003 while working for Hoosier Energy in Sullivan, Indiana. He was killed when he was crushed in a conveyor belt.

Indiana OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $15,375.00 penalty for six serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $6,465.00 for 4 serious violations.

Inspection: 306153206 - Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative

This photo was sent in by his widow Betsy Shonkwiler.

---- To see more about Bob.

~ 5/7/2003 ~

peopleJay Summers, 53 

Jay Summers, 53 was killed in July 2013 while working for Fairfield Contractors at the Perdue University Campus in Lafayette, Indiana. He was run over by a truck his supervisor was driving.

IOSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $11,000.00 penalty for six serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $7,200.00 for three serious violations and two other than serious violation.

Inspection: 317025112 - Fairfield Contractors

This photo was sent in by his widow Dawn Summers.

----To see more about Jay

~ 12/9/1959- 7/19/2013 ~