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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.

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The Faces Campaign

How many words does it take to peer into the eyes of tragedy or feel the heartache and pain that is set in motion after our loved one was lost?

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.


Giving Tuesday

United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities needs
your help to reach our $50,000 goal this GivingTuesday.
Your generous donation directly funds our life-changing programs in communities around the U.S. We need your help to provide support to family member victims, honor our fallen workers and to prevent and educate the importance of a safe workplace.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!!!!

Thank you for your support!


Follow these easy steps to host a fundraiser for USMWF:

Step 1: How do you want to fundraise for USMWF and truly make a difference?

There are three ways you can participate with USMWF this GivingTuesday:

1) Fundraise on your own: Take on the challenge solo and see how your simple decision inspires others around you! (PS: If you decide you want to join a team later, you’re able to simply add yourself to a team later on through the team’s unique url).

2) Join a Team: Joining a team is a great way to find support, share ideas and offer encouragement to others along the way. View a list of current teams to join or…

3) Start your own team: Rally some friends together and come up with a great team name.

Step 2: Personalize your individual page and make it yours! Tell your loved ones story and reach out to your family, friends, coworkers and everyone you know to help reach your goal!!

Fill in the form to create your campaign page. Be sure to use your real first and last name and email as this is how we will communicate resources to you during the campaign!

Set a fundraising goal for you and your team that you would like to reach. The sky is the limit so dream big and reach that goal. Together we can make a difference.

Step 3: Make your plan as we know you can reach it.

You are officially registered to help USMWF reach their goal of $50,000.00 but, with your help I am sure we can exceed our goal. Thank you for joining the cause and truly making a difference.

What do I do next? Get the word out to your family, friends, coworker and all your contacts about the great cause and why USMWF is important to you. Share your story through email, social media and through word of mouth and invite them to join and help you reach your goal.

We are always here to help so do not hestiate to contact us with any questions or guidance in helping you reach your goal and truly make a difference with USMWF.


Mark Your Calendars!


Tis the Season!
Add the finishing touch to your decorations with a fresh, long lasting, beautiful wreath and/or garland this upcoming holiday season and support United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities.

Click Here to support USMWF

Every sale makes a difference! Thank you for your continued support!


What: 35th Annual Safety & Health Summit;
When: November 8, 2018
Where: Ramada Plaza* | 3321 S 72 nd Street | Omaha, NE

November 27-29
2018 MRASH Conference, Council Bluffs, IA;

April 28, 2019
Worker's Memorial Day

May 2019
Beat the Heat



Jim Spencer

Families In The News..

Families find few answers to “why?”-Equipment World: By: Marcia Gruver Doyle

“They weren’t trained properly”-
Equipment World: By: Marcia Gruver Doyle

“What were they blocking out?”- Equipment World: By: Marcia Gruver Doyle

“There is nothing we could do” - Equipment World: By: Marcia Gruver Doyle
"Organization aids family members of those killed on job"-News and Tribune.
by: Chris Morgan

"Nebraska Firm and Its Owners Hit With Criminal Charges in Blast That Killed 2 Workers" By Stuart Silverstein on August 24, 2018


Supporting USMWF

USMWF invites you to STAND STRONG and BRAVE together.

Support USMWF with a purchase from Bravelets, 25% of your purchase will be donated to USMWF.

Your support will help USMWF strive to support, honor, prevent and educate our community of workplace safety.

We know and understand the devastation which takes place in the mind, body and soul and we help family member victims from having to go through both the grieving process and investigative process alone.

Going to Work Should Not Be A Grave Mistake and together we can make a difference.


Jim Spencer

Keep Up with USMWF 



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. 

 Safety Resources

Grain handling fatalities were up in 2016 despite extensive outreach from originations such as USMWF and OSHA's emphasis program. The leading causes of fatalities are engulfment, falls, and entanglement.

With the support of The Public Welfare Foundation and CS-CASH USMWF has created a Grain Handling Safety video to help review procedures and the importance of grain handling safety. 

Grain Handling Fatalities Up in 2016, Purdue Study Finds By Bruce Rolfsen

Workplace Fatalities In The News


  • 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

Lost Workers Highlighted

Forever Remembered


Dallas Prokopis, 31


Keith Everett, 53

Oscar Rivera, 53