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Welcome to United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities

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USMWF is a support group made up of empathetic families who have been there and understand the emotions and questions you may have regarding the loss of your family member. We know and understand the devastation which takes place in the mind, body and soul and we strive to help you and others from having to go through both the grieving process and investigative process alone.

It is important that you know you are not alone.

*If you have received our postcard please visit our Family Welcome Page

 

 

Our Fallen Workers Forever Remembered

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Raven Cole, 19

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Scott Winkler, 50

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Alex Pacas, 19

 

Our Services

 

Mark Your Calendars

May 6-10: OSHA Fall Stand Down Week;

May 2019: USMWF's Beat the Heat Campaign

Please email us your safety event or conference at tonyaford@usmwf.org

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Grain Safety

With the support and funding of AgHealth Central States, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) and the Public Welfare Foundation, USMWF has been able to gain awareness to work related incidents and created a presentation regarding Grain Safety. This grain presentation highlights agriculture incidents that forever impacted families across the U.S. due to agriculture incidents. We invite you to review and share this educational tool.

Faces Campaign

The "Faces Campaign" was launched January 1, 2009 and is intended to give workplace fatalities a face, gain awareness and educate workers, employees, organizations and our government.

For details on how to add your loved one visit here.

2019 Worker's Memorial Day

USMWF wants to sincerely thank every organization, company, family and individual that took the time to recognize April 28 as Workers' Memorial Day to honor and remember our fallen workers.

Sadly each day there are approximately 14 workers lost due to a preventable work related incident, leaving thousands of family member victims behind to live with the everlasting pain and suffering after their loved one's tragic incident. 

To know that people care and that our loved one's life is remember each year means so much to each of us.  Thank you again for honoring our loved ones. 

-USMWF Family Members

USMWF's Workers' Memorial Day

Nebraska WMD

USMWF held the 10th Workers' Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil in Lincoln, NE bringing over 100s family members, Union Members, State Representatives and Members of our Community Together to honor and remember our fallen workers.  This year, USMWF announced that USMWF have found a forever home to honor and remember their Nebraska Fallen Workers at the USMWF Nebraska Workers' Memorial Monument. Click Here to see the preliminary design and to support the monument today.   

BEAT THE HEAT

Beat the Heat

USMWF invites you to join our annual BEAT THE HEAT campaign.
Last year we were able distribute water bottles and informational tips and information regarding heat related illnesses and injuries.

We need your help to continue educating the public of the importance of workplace safety when working in the hazardous heat this May.

Do you have water bottles that you would like to donate to USMWF to distribute to workers in your community this May.  Please contact us at tonyaford@usmwf.org for more information and to join our Beat the Heat campaign.

USMWF Safety Training Conference

2019 Conference

Together We Can Make A Difference!

A special thank you goes out to all of our experts that joined the cause and came and trained at this year's USMWF's Nebraska's Safety Training Conference.

This year everyone became certified in First Aid and became educated on important safety topics, such as Core Elements of Safety Leadership, Stop the Bleed, Beat the Heat, Communicating With Family Member Victims of Fallen Workers and Workplace Violence

Mindi Jo Boettcher- NRP- Bryan Education;
Andra Buckley-Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator;
Jeff Funke, Area Director of OSHA, Omaha, NE;
Kristy Weddington, USMWF Family Member;
Tammy Miser, USMWF Founder and President;
Nicholas Senior, OSHA Representative , Omaha, NE;
Stash Dwornicki, Consultant, WSS Training- National Safety Council-Nebraska;

Thank you to all that joined us and made this year a great success and we hope that you learned a lot.

 Mark your calendars now April 27-28, 2020.

Thank you IBEW Local 265 for allowing us to host our conference at your hall this year as your support truly means so much to USMWF.

Click Here to see all of our great photos from our training courses


GAINING ATTENTION ACROSS THE U.S.
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Families In The News

"A legislative bill aimed to help families who lose a loved one due to a work incident" - By Pierce Georlett on January 20, 2019

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"A Critical Protection for Plant and Factory Workers Is Eroding" - By Jeff Johnson on January 17, 2018

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Volunteer

USMWF is always looking for Volunteers to help us gain awareness about workplace fatalities and injuries and offer support to family members across the United States. We have a wide range of activities such as speaking, writing letters, helping with events, hosting events and much more. We already have some Wonderful Volunteers. 

Watchlist

H.R.1074 - To amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers, to increase penalties for high gravity violations, to adjust penalties for inflation, to provide rights for victims or their family members, and for other purposes.

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Our Fallen Workers Forever Remembered

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Patrick Bachtell, 31

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Barry Sloan, 37

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Hoyt Ferguson, 46

What People Say

  • As young children in preschool or even as a toddler we learn consequences. If a teacher does not do their best to keep the students in their class safe and learning parents and even state officials step in and change policies. Why is it as adults in a workplace our employers not made to keep their workers safe. They can be as simple as protective equipment or extensive training on regulations.

     
    – Nicole Holmes Boone
  • I lost my brother simply because fixing a dangerous boiler was in CVR's 5 year plan. Yet that boiler had been in operation since 1959. We lost a great man because they didn't want to spend the money to fix it. There should be no acceptable risk in the workplace. Russell Mann 1967-2012.
    – Genevia Mann-Haley
  • When I lost my son, Zach in 2013 I was contacted by Mr. Wally and told about USMWF. The people are wonderful and understand what you are going through. Through them I have talked to and stay in touch with other families and they help and I hope I help as well. Thank you all!
    – Linda Clanton McCardle
  • Still have problems with the reality. After this happened I knew from experience where the investigation was going and the "penalties" as well. I am grateful for the work USMWF does and how Tammy and crew have provided support. DCS
    – Donald Coit Smith
  • Special thank to Tammy for all the times you took to listen to me. Want to share with Brittany will be graduating from college on Thursday. One of many milestones in life - bittersweet moment that her dad is not her to see but happy that life goes on. Those taken too soon will always be remembered forever more with their footprints left on our hearts.
    – Sharon Nichols
  • I can never say enough about how wonderful this organization is and how much I admire Tammy and her staff for this deeply meaningful service. On behalf of the National Association of Safety Professionals and its thousands of members I salute the USMWF.
    – Tom Hardin, President NASP
  • If nothing else USMWF opened my eyes. Of course I knew people died on the job. What I didn't know until my husband Doug died and I joined the ranks is how many. I honestly had no idea. To also have someone who shared my outrage that the news of Doug's accident was somehow kept out of the papers and off the news. Shared in my frustration at how the employer can reduce the fines imposed by OSHA. And understood my anger about the number of times employers are permitted to appeal. It's nice to have someone who listens and understands. It still breaks my heart how the size of this group grows daily and the continued lack of regard for safety companies continue to have.
    – Tina Tout
  • USMWF has helped me get through a tough time. I lost my son's father/ex husband, and USMWF showed me that I wasn't alone. I love how every year they light up the page during Christmas to keep loved ones, lost in a work accident that could've been prevented, alive! I've also met some great people!
    – Michelle Dunn

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