Our Condolences

A Message to the Families of Our Fallen Workers.

Tonya Ford

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Your loss is immense, and there is no other loss that compares to your family's loss.

At a time in which you are remembering, honoring, recognizing, and mourning your loved one, you may be overwhelmed with many questions and concerns.

I too lost someone dear to me in a work incident in 2009 and although I will never compare my loss to yours, please know that I understand the overwhelming emotions and questions you may have. For nearly 15 years I have been honored to connect with parents, spouses, children, and many others affected by a variety of occupational incidents offering them guidance, resources and support in their time of need. Please know that you and your family are not alone during this time.

Below you will find information and resources that I hope you will find helpful. I also invite you to contact me at a time that is convenient for you as I hope to ease some of your concerns by assisting you in finding the answers to the questions you may have in regard to your loss.

Please do not hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time, as I am here for you. Again, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family as my heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Tonya Ford
Family Liaison
USDOL/OSHA
ford.tonya.e@dol.gov
(531) 893-3409

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Wisconsin

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Minnesota

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OSHA has created a Workers Memorial Wall to honor and recognize all of those who lost their life due to an occupational injury, illness, or disease.

If you have lost a loved one due to a work-related incident last year or 50 years ago, we invite you to share their photograph with OSHA at remembrance@dol.gov as we will recognize them on our virtual Workers Memorial Tribute Wall.

Help us honor your loved one (Whitney Gardner, 30 | Chad Weller, 21 | Michael Fernandez Haith, 37 | Adrian LaPour, 44 | Serman Holmes, 55 | Yvonne Shurelds, 58 | Ronald Gene Bruce, 29 | Arturo Zarazua Jimenez, 20) Workers Memorial Wall - osha.gov/workers-memorial

Family Resources

Losing a Loved One on the Job

Fallen Workers Brochure

(2023) English (PDF)

Perder a un ser querido en el trabajo

Fallen Workers Brochure

(2023) Español (PDF)

Available in multiple languages.


Support Groups

United Support & Memorial For Workplace Fatalities (USMWF): www.usmwf.org

National COSH: www.nationalcosh.org

Kids' Chance of America: www.kidschance.org/for-families

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call 988


OSHA Establishment Search

Use OSHA's Establishment search to search for OSHA enforcement inspections by the name of the Establishment.

Use OSHA's inspection information search to search for an inspection by the inspection number.


Other Agencies

Wage and Hour: (866) 487-9243 | www.dol.gov/agencies/whd

Office of Whistleblowers: (202)551-4790 | www.whistleblower.gov

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Department of Justice: (202) 514-2000 | www.justice.gov

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