More than 4,000 workers lose their lives and even more are injured each year while on the job according to the government agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Of those that died in 2012, nearly 20% of the fatalities were in the construction industry where the leading cause of death was falls. OSHA’s mission is to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, enforce safety standards, and provide training, outreach, education and assistance.
But, there is 1 health and safety inspector for every 6,000 workers. In an effort to draw attention to the dangers of the workplace, each year on April 28, OSHA holds a Workers’ Memorial Day to honor those who have been killed or severely injured on the job as well as to promote better working conditions for all employees.
The memorial is an international event established in 1984 by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The USA began recognizing the event in 1989.
Please take a moment today to recognize our fallen and severely injured comrades and how important it is to make safety a priority in all you do.