A total of 5,250 workers died on the job last year, most often from falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, or being caught in machinery, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Each April 28, those workers, along with workers disabled, injured, or sickened by their work, are remembered during the Workers Memorial Day.
The day of remembrance is recognized around the world as an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and promote campaigns and union organizations that are fighting for improvements in workplace safety.
“As we memorialize workers who have lost their lives, we are mindful of the U.S. Department of Labor’s important role in working with employers and workers to create a national culture of safety,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “We are dedicated to working diligently every day to keep American workers safe and healthy on the job.”
April 28 was first declared “Workers’ Memorial Day” on 1989 by the AFL-CIO. It also marks the anniversary of the day the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 went into effect, and the day, in 1971, that the OSHA was formed. Since then, Workers’ Memorial Day events have been held around the world in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
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Beasley Allen handles a variety of cases related to workplace safety. While all workers should be guaranteed a safe working environment, all too often we handle cases of serious injuries and deaths resulting from a hazardous work environment. Many times our investigation reveals defective or dangerous machinery was involved, or employers failed to provide adequate protections or ignored safety regulations.