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TEXA'S FALLEN WORKERS

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

 

peopleMargarito Alvarez, 58

Margarito was killed on the job in January 2015 while working for Harlingen Irrigation in Harlingen, TX. He was working with two other employees repairing a backhoe when the machine's arm swung around and struck him, pinning him between it and the machine. Mr. Alvarez was crushed to death.

This was not in OSHA's jurisdictions.


This photo was sent in by his daughter.

~ 2/22/1956 - 1/8/2015~

 

peopleChristopher Andrew Doughty, 18

Christopher was killed on the job in February 2007 while working for Intech in Antonio, Texas. He was killed when caught in auger.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $7,250.00 penalty. In an informant settlement the penalty was reduced to $3,500.00.  This inspection is closed.

This photo was sent in by his mother Loraine Gonzalez.

~ 7/18/1986 - 2/15/2007 ~

 

peopleTodd Fenton, 48

Todd was killed on the job in October 2013 while working for Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. He was shot and found eight hours later.

This was not in the OSHA's jurisdiction.

This photo was sent in by his daughter Jill Fenton.

---- On October 2, 1213 my father was brutally murdered in his office, at Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD, by a coworker. Where guns are supposed to be prohibited and against the law. The suspect, fled the scene and is still at large. There has to be a lack of security somewhere since my father's body laid there for 8 hours before being discovered. The investigation is on going and this is all the information I can provide at this time. You may find his obituary at www.beanmasseyburge.com

~ 2/22/1965 - 10/02/2013 ~

 

peopleRaymundo C. Gonzalez, 54

Ray was killed on the job in November 2004 while working for BP in Texas City, Texas. He was killed in a super heated steam explosion. Leonard Maurice Moore was also killed in this incident.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $109,500.00 penalty with seven serious and one willful violation. In an informal settlement the penalties were reduced to $102,500.00 for six serious violations and one willful violation. This case is closed.

Inspection: 306482266-Bp Products North America, Inc.

This photo was sent in by his widow Mary Gonzalez.

---- Less than 6 months later, another explosion occurred at this same worksite, killing 15 workers.

~ 1/4/1950 - 11/12/2004 ~

 

peopleTommy Joe Holley, Jr. 53

Tommy was killed on the job in October, 1996 after working on towers for 35 years. He contracted Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) and suffered stochastic effects of radiation.

This is not in OSHA's jurisdiction.

This photo was sent in by his widow Kathy Newman Holley ----Tommy (of Bridge City, TX) passed away from too much radiation exposure working in the tower business. This exposure causes nausea, headaches, and it affects the heart, lungs, and kidneys. He was a “towerdawg” for 35 years. Tommy worked for 11 years on Radio Towers and 24 years on Cell Towers.

~7/5/1958 ~ 10/24 2011~

 

peopleSteven Kyle Jones, 42

Steven was killed while on the job in January 2012 while working for Energy Drilling Company in Longview, TX. Steven was died when he fell 50ft. from a derrick rig.

Federal OSHA investigated and proposed a $6,300.00 penalty for one serious violation. These were not reduced.

Inspection: 316093632 - Energy Drilling Company.

This photo was sent in by his widow Jenn.

----Stevie was born March 20,1970. He died on Friday January 20, 2012. He was working for Energy Drilling Company out of Natchez, MS. According to the only report we have seen (why by the way was in the Longview, TX newspaper) Stevie fell 50 feet from the derrick to the floor of the rig. He was working on Rig number 1, for Energy Drilling Company, Natches, MS on Rig #1 located near Atlanta, TX. My husband and I are working on this together, and we were his brother and sister in law. To view full tribute click here.

~ 3/20/1970 -12/20/2012 ~

 

peopleUndre Deon Jones, 42

Undre was killed on the job in September 2012 while working for FTS International formerly Frec-Tech Services in Cotulla, TX. He was struck by a valve from fracking manifold system that he was working on.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $14,000.00 penalties for two serious violations. The case is still open.

Inspection: 649898.015 - Fts International, Inc.

This photo was sent in by his widow Cordonna Jones

---- My husband Undre Jones was an employee of Fts International formerly known as Frac-Tech. Undre is from Shreveport,Louisiana. My husband was killed September 18,2012 while working. He leaves behind a loving wife Cordonna, two beautiful daughters Di'ana Jones(3 yrs.), Dre'ci Jones(1yr.), step daughter Coreshia Byrd. We all miss him more and more each day, wishing and imagining his presence. Throughout the healing process I've learned to "Live One Day At A Time". No one will ever replace our loving father, husband, friend.

~ 12/03/1969 – 9/18/2012~

 

peopleOrestes Martinez, 29

Orestes was killed on the job in April 2009 while working for J.T. Vaughn Enterprises in Houston, Texas. He was crushed when a two-ton door fell on him while installing it at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $10,000. 00 penalties for two serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $3,500.00 for one serious violation. This case is closed.

Inspection: 311962583 - J.T. Vaughn Enterprises, Inc.

This photo was sent in by his wife Adriana Martinez.

~ 12/9/1979 - 4/22/2009 ~

 

peopleGail Sandidge, 57

Gail was killed in November 2013 while working for Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas. She was stabbed by a visitor while performing her regular duties as a nurse. Harris Teal, a hospital visitor, was also murdered during the attack, and three others were injured.

This is not in OSHA's jurisdiction.*The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that two million American workers experience workplace violence annually, with health care and social services workers at particularly high risk. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that nearly 500,000 nurses are victims of violence in the hospital each year, most of them working in Emergency Departments.

This photo was sent in by her daughter Kacy Sandidge Ellis.

----She was devoted to her family, taking diligent care of her husband, children, and grandchildren. She remembered fondly and greatly missed. To see more about Gail.

~ 03/25/1956 – 11/26/2013 ~

 

peopleDonald Wilcher Smith, 23

 Donald was killed in March 2005 while working for Sanderson Farms in Bryan, Texas. He died when he was electrocuted.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $31,000.00 penalty for seven serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $5,000.00 for one serious violation.

Inspection: 307951350 - Sanderson Farms Inc, Processing Division

This photo was sent in by his father Coit Smith.

---- Mourning father's calling is making workplaces safe. Son electrocuted one year ago at Sanderson Farms. Donald Coit Smith says he has been on a mission to toughen workplace safety laws since the electrocution death of his son, Donald Wilcher Smith, one year ago. By Craig Kapitan Eagle Staff Writer The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

~ 5/27/1982 - 3/26/2005 ~

 

peopleAndreas H. Vionis, 35   

Andreas was killed in April 2006 while working for KMC Oiltools/Helmerich in Newton County, Texas. He was electrocuted.

Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed $0.00 penalties and no citations. Inspection: 308591965 - Kmc Oiltools, Inc.

This photo was sent in by Irene Giles. ----To see more about Andreas.

~ 4/19/1971 - 4/27/2006 ~