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Welcome to United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities



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USMWF is a national 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




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Henry Nelson, 51

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Nicolas Van Dyke, 28

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Margarito Alvarez, 58


Our Services



SUMMER 2019: USMWF's Beat the Heat Campaign

Please email us your safety event or conference at a

CLICK HERE for more upcoming conference calls and events.



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.

Safety In The Heat

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USMWF's Workers' Memorial Monument



Future Home: IBEW Local 265| 1409 Old Farm Rd| Lincoln NE

It took the hard work and dedication of all the men and women that we have lost to make Nebraska what it is today and what it will become in our future. Our fallen workers will forever have a footprint and be remembered in our great state of Nebraska with this memorial. After 10 long years we have found a future home for Nebraska's Workers' Memorial Monument.

Please be advised we are in the preliminary stages of creating this amazing monument and site and changes to the overall surrounding landscaping and design is being considered per a special thank you to IBEW Local 265 for honoring and remembering our fallen workers on their property. 

Artist: Benjamin Victor 

Please consider donating to honor, remember and recognize our fallen Nebraska workers by clicking here. Thank you for your support. 


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 Summer.

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

Sponsor A Voice In DC

Washington DC
(Photograph by: David Y. Lee)

With the sponsorships of many USMWF each year invites a group of family member victims to join us in Washington, DC to share their loved one's incident with their Representatives and many other important entities gaining attention to current issues and concerns in the workforce.
The average cost per family member is approximately $1,200.00. We have added several sponsorship options, every little bit helps the families fight the good fight, gaining awareness to workplace safety and turning something so negative into something positive. 

You can show your support by either a one time donation or year round with very little effort?

Every donation means so much.

Our Fallen Workers' Names?

We as family members of USMWF know and understand the importance of having fallen worker's name recognized in documents, reports, and articles.  We strongly disagree with the decision of many investigating organization, that believe fallen worker names' should be eliminated in any recognitions in any investigation reports because it is considered inappropriate as it may appear to be blaming a company/someone for what happened that caused the work related incident. 

The truth is that any organization that completes an investigation in regard to any work-related incident that took the lives of an individual worker(s) should respectfully acknowledge the lives that were tragically lost due to said incident. His/her name will not change the determination of the cause of said incident.

We know and understand firsthand the importance of every fallen workers’ name. A workers’ name to a family is NOT just that day, that moment, or that incident. Their name's meant so much more and should not go unacknowledged.

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USMWF and Families In The News

"CSB urged at meeting to resume policy of naming victims’ names"- Industrial Safety & Hygiene News • June 27, 2019

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"Safety Watchdog Stops Including Names Of Dead Workers In Its Investigative Reports"- By: Dave Jamieson • June 14, 2019

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"Every Day, Missouri Farmers Face Hazardous Work Conditions and Potential Injury"- By: Seth Bodine & Dylan Sherman & Kacen Bayless • Jun 3, 2019

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"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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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. 


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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Zach Roberts, 25

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Eric Gohagan, 44

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Chelsea Small, 30

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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