WHAT DOES USMWF MEAN :
USMWF is the set of initials for United Support and Memorial for
CARRYING OUT OUR MISSION:
USMWF offers support, guidance and resources to those affected by preventable work-related deaths or serious injuries.
USMWF MISSION STATEMENT
- providing information and contact resources;
- promoting family involvement;
- bringing attention to the lasting effects of workplace
- personalizing workplace fatalities with our FACES campaign;
- raising public awareness and dismissing negative attitudes;
- transforming workplace safety;
- ensuring transparency and fairness in the investigative systems of
both government and business and
- improving the worker compensation system.
USMWF VISION STATEMENT
USMWF will be a highly visible, organized community of dedicated people, and nationally recognized non-profit leader driving the
transformation of the work environment to safe and healthy conditions for all workers – both today and tomorrow.
- 2009 J William Lloyd Award; William Lloyd Award from the United Steelworkers in 2009
- 2008 PHILAPOSH Crystal Eastman Award2007 Tony
Mazzocchi1927-2003) Award Winner; Tony was the most influential labor leader in the Occupational Health and Safety field in the U.S.
Tony played a key role in the legislative struggles of the 1960s and 1970s,including passage of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health
Act (OSHA). A founder of the Labor Party, he continued organizing support for the party's national health care program up until his death.
This award gives recognition to grassroots Health and Safety activists in Local Unions or other local organizations fighting for the
Health and Safety rights of workers.
- 2006 Crystal Award 3rd; For showing that they have something to contribute to the community and
that they share principles of honesty, tolerance, and consideration for others. In this way I hope to play some small part in "improving"
the Internet for the greater good of us all. 2005 (NASP) National Association Of Safety Professionals Award of Excellence; For honoring
loved ones lost and striving for a safer workplaces for all.
- (NASP) National Association Of Safety Professionals NASP/IASP is a nonprofit,
support, training, membership, and certifying agency for those responsible for workplace safety.
- 2005 The National Council for Occupational
Safety and Health; Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health--a federation of non-profit organizations around the United States
that advocate for worker safety and health.
- 2005 World Wide Web Awards-Humanitarian Award; The recipient of this award, must achieve a
score between 60-100 points of our General Criteria. Design, content, navigation and scripting, still applies to receive this award.
The Humanitarian web site consist of the following content: Devotion and promotion of human welfare, "respect and humanistic regard for
all members of our species."
- LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2009/2010/2011 Honorees; Created in January
2007, this compendium of news on death in the workplace is a somber reminder of the tragedy that occurs with workplace safety gone wrong.
Weekly Toll puts a human face on workplace fatality statistics, and gives the worker’s family and friends a chance to honor and grieve for
their loved one as well as to seek answers to prevent further deaths in the workplace. Two years running on the LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for
Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues.
- Workers' Compensation Notable People 2009; Tammy Miser Workers' Compensation Notable People for
2009. For exceptional people have worked tirelessly on behalf of their clients and have made significant contributions this past year to the
workers' compensation system and/or the workplace.
Tammy Miser, Board President
Ms. Miser resides in Lexington, KY and is the Executive Director of USMWF. Ms. Miser started USMWF in 2003 after her 32-year-old brother, Shawn Boone, was killed at Hayes-Lemmerz in Huntington, Indiana.
Tammy has appeared on 60 Minutes, been interviewed and quoted in local and national newspapers and magazines, given numerous congressional testimonies, given feedback to OSHA on several occasions, spoke in many forums, given training and received multiple awards for her grassroots efforts, and is on the USW Tony Mazzocchi Center Advisory Board.
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Ms. Ford resides in Lincoln, NE and is a Legal Assistant for Vince Powers at Vince Powers and Associates. Ms. Ford became an active volunteer for USMWF in 2009 after her 51-year-old Uncle Robert (Bobby) Fitch was killed at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Tonya has testified at Congressional Hearings, OSHA Listens, hosted the first Worker Safety Awareness Expo in NE and hosts a longstanding Workers Memorial Day Vigil.
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Angel Scharenbroch, Board Secretary
Ms. Scharenbroch resides in Ravenna, MI and became an active volunteer for USMWF in
2014 after her husband Russell killed in June 2014 while working at Grand Rapids Plastics, Inc in Morley, Michigan. He died cleaning an injection molding machine when he got caught inside and was killed.
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Mark Miser, Board Treasure
Mr. Miser resides in Lexington, KY and is a Paint and Production Engineer
at Topy America. Miser became involved with USMWF
since its conception and worked at a site that had an explosion early on in his career, so he knows the importance of safety on many
levels. Mr. Miser has co-owned and operated two successful businesses and has extensive experience making financial decisions and a great
ability to lead. He is a certified ISO-14001 Auditor and ISO-TS16949. Mark has vast experience and knowledge of environmental
procedures and industrial operating processes including safety.
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Ms. Berkowitz resides in Washington DC and is currently at National Employment Law Project
(NELP). Previously Debbie was Senior
Policy Advisor at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Ms. Berkowitz has had a long standing interest in the grain industry and has
been a supporter of USMWF.
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John Newquist, Board Member
John Newquist, Board Member, resides in Chicago, IL and has had 29 years in Health and safety. Mr. Newquist became an active volunteer for USMWF in 2012 but had worked beside family-member victims for years previously.
Among a few accomplishments John is was a Assistant Regional Administrator OSHA, founding Member of ANSI Z359 Fall Arrest Standards, Certified Safety Professional and Fire Inspector, created the OSHA Fall Arrest Course 3110 and OSHA PSM Classes 3300 and 3400. John was also as a proud member of the US Navy Atlantic Intelligence Command with an Honorable Discharge.
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Ms. Fergen resides in Las Vegas, NV and is the Outreach Coordinator for USMWF. Ms. Fergen became involved
with USMWF in 2007after her 26-year-old son, Travis Koehler, was killed at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Debi has testified before the Nevada Senate, participated the Nevada Legislative process, given congressional
testimony, spoken in many forums..
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