Countdown to Zero in 2014

Recommitment to Pursue Zero Fatalities in 2014

 

General President Walter Wise has recommitted his support and resources to continue the “Zero Fatality” campaign in 2014 to help prevent fatalities and disabling injuries to our members throughout the United States and Canada. This campaign is designed to engage our members to “See Something - Say Something” to help recognize and avoid workplace hazards. For many decades, common hazards have been the primary causation factors for fatalities and serious incidents. Our focus on the deadly dozen hazardous activities will continue, and a series of new campaign materials will be provided to district councils, local unions, and apprenticeship training facilities, including new hard hat stickers, gang box stickers and posters emphasizing the importance of recognizing and avoiding workplace hazards in the shop and field.

 

The 2014 Zero Fatality campaign will be expanded to include shop fabrication facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The International Association’s Safety and Health Department and Shop Department are working together to launch a “shopmen’s safety and health campaign to target the deadly dozen shop hazards” that have accounted for the highest percentage of fatalities and disabling injuries to our shop members. Many our signatory contractors employ our members to perform shop fabrication and field installation to meet the market place demands. It is the International Association’s goal to expand our efforts to increase safety performance for our shop members and contractors.

 

John Bielak, director of the shop department is taking many bold steps to increase work opportunities for shop members throughout the United States and Canada, and preventing fatalities and disabling injuries is one of them. Hard-hat stickers, gang-box stickers and posters will be provided to shop workplaces, local unions and training facilities. The campaign will focus on the “deadly dozen shop hazards” and challenge shop members to embrace the “See Something - Say Something” to help recognize and avoid workplace hazards.

 

The Safety and Health Department will publish periodic reports to update our members, contractors, and regulatory agencies on our progress to pursue zero fatalities and help our members to “finish strong and finish safe in 2014.”

 

 

                                          Safe use of overhead cranes and          Use of personal protect clothing and

                                           material handling.                                      equipment.

Source: Data obtained for this chart available at the Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics website.




Finish Safe and Strong in 2014



Eric David Roach

December 5, 1991 — July 25, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Eric Roach of Local Union 10 (Kansas City, Mo.). Eric was killed while working on the job on July 25, 2014.


Eric is survived by his parents, Billy and Anna Roach; brothers: Michael and his wife Darcy, Daniel and his wife Heather, Patrick and his wife Melissa, and Andrew; maternal grandparents, John and Maria Brysky; paternal grandmother, Katherine Smith; nephew and nieces: Clara, Abby, Braxton, Destin and Arwen. He is also survived by the love of his life, Cassidee Sikes and multiple friends, too numerous to mention and several aunts, uncles, cousins and his best canine friend, Brandy. Eric loved his career as an ironworker, joining his father and three of his brothers in the industry. Eric was an avid hunter and fisherman, skier, anything that took him outdoors. Everyone knew him as a loving, loyal and selfless person who always brought a smile to those he was around. 


Eric’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Roach is the eighth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.



Theodore "TJ" Merry

November 17, 1982 — July 21, 2014

 


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Theodore “TJ” Merry of Local 86 (Seattle). TJ was killed while working on the job on July 21, 2014.



TJ is survived by his partner and wife, Christie and two young children, Natalie and Jacob. He was a family man who enjoyed the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Those who knew TJ say they will miss his helpful and caring nature. He was a hard worker who was extremely proud to be an ironworker and member of Local 86.



TJ’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Merry is the seventh fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.



Robert Carrasco

November 2, 1989 – July 9, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Robert Carrasco of Local 433 (Los Angeles). Robert died from injuries sustained while working on the job.



Robert is survived by his 7-year old son Robert “Bubba” Carrasco, 9 month old daughter Scarlett Carrasco, his girlfriend Alyssa, his mother Dolores and his sister Rebecca. He was devoted to his family, full of life and energy and will be remembered for his infectious smile. He was proud to be an ironworker and believed he was helping to build America.


Robert's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Carrasco is the sixth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.




Dennis A. Roth

February 18, 1959 — June 2, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Dennis A. Roth of Local 155 (Fresno, Calif.). Brother Roth was killed while working on the job on June 2, 2014.


A 35-year member of Local 155, Brother Roth formally held many positions within the local, such as; convention delegate, executive board member, recording secretary and vice president. Dennis is survived by Vicki, his wife of 24 years; daughter, Taylor; son, Christopher; parents, Joseph and Nancy Roth; sister, Teresa Hansen and husband Jim, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.


Dennis’ life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Roth is the fifth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.




James Eiflander

October 9, 1962 — May 31, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of James Eiflander of Local 17 (Cleveland). Brother Eiflander was killed while working on the job on May 31, 2014.


Brother Eiflander had been a member of Local 17 since September 1996. He is survived by his children, Jaimee and Anthony of Willoughby; grandson, Gregory Bambic; brothers, John (Sharon), Bill and Dave; a host of nieces and nephews, and former husband to Christina “Tina” Villella. He was a proud ironworker and was devoted to his work. 


James life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Eiflander is the fourth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.



David Varga

September 20, 1967 — May 23, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of David Varga of Local 1 (Chicago). Brother Varga was killed while working on the job on May 23, 2014. 


Brother Varga had been a member of Local 1 since July 1987. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia M. Varga; father, Kenneth Varga; stepchildren, Raymond Theodore and Theodora Ann; sister; Charlene Gordon; brothers, Barry Varga and Brian Varga; niece, Chrystal Gordon and many dear friends.


David’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Varga is the third fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.



Daniel Côté

July 13, 1975 – March 5, 2014


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Daniel Côté of Local 711 (Montreal, Quebec). Daniel was killed on the job on March 5, 2014.


Daniel's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Côté is the second fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.




Jose Dario Suarez

March 12, 1958January 28, 2014



General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Jose Dario Suarez of Local 482 (Austin, Tex.) Jose was killed on the job on January 28, 2014.


Jose is survived by his wife, Raquel Soto; children, Ruben Dario, Lucila and Raquel Suarez. He dedicated his earlier days to the ranch, being a young amateur at rodeos. Then by economic necessity emigrated to the United States and was granted citizenship in 1986. In the year 1996, he became very interested in welding and started as an assistant to get his license, which paved the way for his future as an ironworker. He was a kind, big-hearted man who enjoyed every moment and stage in life. He was always full of joy and energy.


Jose's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other. Brother Suarez is the first fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 

 

 

The following are the names of our brother ironworkers who lost their lives on the jobsite in 2013. Let us honor their memory and finish strong in 2014 by always remembering to "See Something - Say Something!"



Michael J. Samuelson

April 20, 1974 — November 13, 2013


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Michael J. Samuelson of Local 395 (Hammond, Ind.). Brother Samuelson was killed while working on the job on November 13, 2013.

  

Brother Samuelson had been a member of Local 395 since April 2007. Michael is survived by his wife, Stephanie Radar Samuel­son of Liberty Township; his children, Jacob Campbell, Mikey Samuelson and Danica Samuelson, all  of Liberty Township; his mother, Melinda  Samuelson of Houston, Tex.; sister, Amy (Joe) Tinnel of Por­tage; brother, Donnie Samuelson of Portage; grandfather, Richard Samuelson of Portage; grandmother, Mary Ann Gulledge of Tex.; and great-grandmother, Bernie Griffin of Tennessee. Mike also is survived by his parents-in-laws, Ron and Bev Radar of Thayer, Ind.; sister- in-law, Samantha (Jason) Bushman of Demotte, Ind.; nephew, Radar Bushman; and niece, Kinley Tinnel, along with a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Mike enjoyed camping and riding his dirt bike . You could always find Mike tinkering in his garage, taking things apart and putting them back together.

 

Mike's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Samuelson is the eighth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 

Grant Edward Cody

April 24, 1965 — July 29, 2013


General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Grant Edward Cody of Local 229 (San Diego). Brother Cody was killed while working on the job on July 29, 2013.


Brother Cody had been a member of Local 229 since August 1999. Grant is survived by his wife, Maria Ramos; children Danielle, Ryan and Carlos Cody; mother, Gwen Hunt (Harvey); father, Bob Cody (Marilyn); sisters, Deanne Tucker and Janice Cody Hibbler; stepbrother, David; and stepsister, Shiloh Hunt.


Grant's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.


Brother Cody is the seventh fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.


Robert Earl DePew
December 29, 1953 — July 15, 2013

 

General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Robert Earl DePew of Local 508 (Detroit). Brother DePew was killed while working on the job on July 15, 2013.

 

Brother   DePew had been a member of Local 508 since March 1995. Beloved hus­band of Linda. Loving father of Melissa (Randle) Snell, Allen (Stacie) and Theresa. Dear brother of Arlinda, Tom, Don, Peggy and Denise. Loving grandfather of Brittany, Brayden and Addison.

 

Robert's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority . No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See  Something,  Say  Something .  Hazard  awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother DePew is the sixth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

Bobby Earl Felty
October 25, 1967 — July 6, 2013

 

General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Bobby Earl Felty of Local 103 (Evansville, Ind.) Brother Felty was killed while working on the job on July 6, 2013.

 

Brother Felty had been a member of Local 103 since  August  2001. He was an Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, who was awarded the Asian Pacific medal for his service during Desert  Storm. He enjoyed hunting, NASCAR and barbecuing. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Tara Felty; children, Lindsey Felty, Tiffany Devins, Dillon Devins and Timmy Pointer, all of Owensboro; a grandson, Carter Lee; his father, Royce Felty of Owensboro; two sisters, Linda Kaye Ralph and her husband, Timothy, and Donna  Lynn Felty  Roberts, both of Owensboro; a brother-in-law, Clint Reynolds of Owensboro; several nieces and nephews and a cousin, Susie Lewis.

 

Bobby's life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to "Zero Fatalities" with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Felty is the fifth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 

Carroll “Star” Wills
February 20, 1956 — May 23, 2013

 

General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Carroll “Star” Wills of Local 5 (Washington, DC). Brother Wills was killed while working on the job on May 23, 2013.

 

Brother Wills had been a member of Local 5 since February 1980. He is survived by his long time love, Yvette; mother, Yvonne Wills; children, Miguel, Carol Ann and Cameron; and a host of other family and friends. Star enjoyed drag racing his fathers car, motorcycles and especially being an ironworker.

 

Star’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority.  No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Wills is the fourth fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 Michael Kerr

January 28, 1956 — May 16, 2013

 

General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Michael Kerr of Local 1 (Chicago). Brother Kerr was killed while working on the job on May 16, 2013.

 

Brother Kerr had been a member of Local 1 since January 1980. He is survived by his love, Mary Tarne; children, Michael, Pete and Nikki; three grandchildren, Alyssa, William and Stella, sisters; Jacquelyn Rowels, Eileen and Maureen Kerr; brother, Pat Kerr, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Mike loved being with family and friends. He also loved boating and motorcycling. He was a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan.

 

Michael’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Kerr is the third fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 

Antonio Corona

June 13, 1974 — May 13, 2013

General President Wise is saddened to report the death of Antonio Corona of Local 416 (Los Angeles). Brother Corona was killed while working on the job on May 13, 2013.

 

Brother Corona was 39 and a 13-year member of Local 416. He is survived by his wife, Miriam and his five children, Charissa, Stephanie, Anthony, Katherine and Evelyn. Antonio is remembered as a family man who put his family and his work first above everything.

 

Antonio’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority.  No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Corona is the second fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

Wade Walters

October 30, 1988 — March 31, 2013

 

General President Walter Wise is saddened to report the death of Wade Walters of Local 469 (Jackson, Miss.). Brother Walters was killed while working on the job on March 31, 2013.

 

Brother Walters had been a member of Local 469 since December 2011. He is survived by his father, James Keith Walters; mother, Susan Allen and husband, Rusty Allen; sister, Chelsy Walters; stepsister, Brittany Allen; grandparents, Tom Underhill and wife Bonnie, Wade Walters and wife Shirley and Dana Caldwell; the love of his life, Alyssa Alvey; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Wade enjoyed bodybuilding, bow fishing, hunting, shooting, canoeing, playing with his dogs and working hard at his job.

 

Wade’s life and death should serve to inspire us in our continued commitment to “Zero Fatalities” with safety as our number one priority. No brother or sister ironworker should die at work. See Something, Say Something. Hazard awareness and intervention is how we can protect ourselves and each other.

 

Brother Walters is the first fatality suffered by our union this year. In his memory, let us commit ourselves to preventing another tragedy.

 

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Deadly Dozen Activities and Hazards

  1. Falls through unprotected or inadequate floor opening covers.
  2. Collapse of unsecured open web steel joists.
  3. Lack of fall protection and inadequate use of fall arrest equipment.
  4. Falls during installation of floor and roof decking.
  5. Material handling injuries during steel erection and reinforcing steel activities.
  6. Column collapse due to anchor bolt failure and/or insufficient concrete strength.
  7. Structural collapse of unsupported reinforcing steel columns, walls, and decks.
  8. Struck-by injuries from falling objects, tools, and materials.
  9. Caught between injuries during hoisting and rigging operations.
  10. Impalement from unprotected reinforcing dowels or other vertical projections.
  11. Electrical hazards and injuries from high-voltage power lines.
  12. Heat illness and toxic exposure to chemicals and air-borne contaminants.

Shopmen’s Safety and Health Campaign to Target “Deadly Dozen Hazards” 

 

  1. Exposure to toxic welding fumes that create serious health hazards.
  2. Striking hazards during material handling, loading and unloading trucks.
  3. Dismemberment pertaining to machine guarding of shear presses, punch presses and other equipment.
  4. Rigging failure and use of chains, slings, plate dogs and other rigging equipment.
  5. Hazards pertaining to use of overhead rail cranes, gantry cranes and other cranes.
  6. Hazards pertaining to use of forklifts and my jacks.
  7. Exposure to toxic paints and chemicals through inhalation and skin absorption.
  8. Exposures to airborne metals, dust and compounds during grinding and hot work operations.
  9. Electrical hazards, de-energizing equipment, and lock-out tag-out systems.
  10. Improper signals, communication and clearances.
  11. Exposure to heat illness and dehydration.
  12. Lack of protective eyewear, leathers, gloves, hearing conservation and other personal protective equipment.