Five York County residents lost their lives last year while working on the job.

Rodney Miller was directing traffic. A hay bale fell on Anne Marie Bathon. Donald Horick's delivery truck crashed. A truck rolled over Steven Kelly. Brian Timothy Jacobs was in an accident on Interstate 83.

They will be remembered next week, along with two others who died in workplace-related injuries in York and Adams Counties.

The York-Adams Central Labor Council AFL-CIO will host the 25th annual Workers' Memorial Day Observance at 6 p.m. Monday at Kiwanis Lake in York City. York County Coroner Pamela Gay will give the keynote address at the event, which is open to the public.

It's held every year on the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

The numbers: The OSHA legislation was designed to protect workers, but nearly 4 million people suffer severe workplace injuries every year. And, every day in the U.S., 13 people go to work and never come home, according to statistics from the OSHA's Harrisburg office.

It's a significant loss to have five work-related deaths in one year, said Alan Vandersloot, AFL-CIO labor liaison for the United Way of York County.

"That's a lot for York County," he said.

It's the most work-related deaths in five years. In 2008, six York County residents died on the job.

About 4,000 U.S. workers were killed on the job last year, according to OSHA.


Investigations: Many of those deaths resulted from motor vehicle accidents, which OSHA doesn't investigate, said Kevin Kilp, director of the agency's Harrisburg office.

But the agency's website,, does provide information about OSHA's outreach programs for distracted driving, texting and cellphone use.

"Those things can impact people on the job. We're very concerned about distracted driving," Kilp said.

Of the seven work-related deaths in York and Adams counties last year, five were caused by motor vehicles. None were investigated by OSHA.

Bathon's death was also not investigated because OSHA doesn't have jurisdiction over small family farms, Kilp said.

But the agency did investigate the death of Sophia Paterakis, a 56-year-old manager of Keystone Diner in New Oxford. She died when a large grill fell on her at the restaurant, which is just east of Hanover.

OSHA issued citations, and the company settled the case and corrected the hazards, Kilp said.

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