Workers’ Memorial Day 2014

“Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.”

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will join in a webcast at 2 p.m. EDT today, April 28, to mark Workers’ Memorial Day. Safety agencies worldwide will do the same — NIOSH, OSHA, IOSH, and many more.

No one should have to die in order to make a living.

Hundreds of DPW employees from throughout the state line the street at St. Patrick's Church in Natick in early February for the funeral procession of Michael McDaniel, the Natick DPW worker killed on the job at a road excavation site. Daily News Staff File Photo / Allan Jung

Hundreds of DPW employees from throughout the state of Massachusetts line the street at St. Patrick’s Church in Natick in early February for the funeral procession of Michael McDaniel, the Natick DPW worker killed on the job at a road excavation site. Daily News Staff File Photo / Allan Jung

“Michael McDaniel was just doing his job as public works foreman, trying to fix a water main break when he was struck and killed by a backhoe in February. The 48-year-old worked for the Natick Department of Public Works for 26 years. Co-worker Scott Spurling was injured in the accident. Each week an average of 28 municipal workers in Massachusetts alone suffer injuries serious enough to be out of work for five or more days, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Industrial accidents.” Read more on this story from the Patriot Ledger here

For more information and data on workplace deaths and injuries nationwide, visit OSHA.

 

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