Workers’ Memorial Day: Report Urges Safety Reforms to End Preventable Deaths

In a report detailing the personal stories of workers who lost their lives on the job in recent years, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) pairs personal stories with government data to highlight the need for worker health and safety reforms. The report, “Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities,” was released just days before Workers’ Memorial Day, which is held April 28 every year to commemorate the workers who were injured or killed on the job. According to the latest complete data available, more than 4,600 workers were killed on the job in 2011 – workers who spanned many ages, industries and causes of death. […]

President Obama Tells West, Texas: ‘We Do Not Forget’

President Barack Obama told the mourners at an April 25 memorial service for the victims of the West, Tex., explosion: “No words adequately describe the courage that was displayed on that deadly night. What I can do is offer the love and support and prayers of the nation.” Thousands gathered for a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., to honor those killed in the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. “While the eyes of the world may have been fixed on places far away, our hearts have also been here in your time of tribulation,” Obama said. “And even amidst such sorrow and so […]

Workers’ Memorial Day: 25 Years of Commemorating Fallen Workers

April 28 marks the 25th anniversary of Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States. This worldwide day of reflection was designated to honor the workers who died of occupational injuries or illnesses. In 2011, nearly 4,000 employees suffered fatal workplace injuries. Up until 3 years ago, these fatalities were improving, but have since remained flat, according to the National Safety Council. Additionally, an estimated 53,000 illness fatalities occur each year from exposure to occupational health hazards. “The National Safety Council has been dedicated to keeping workplaces safe since its inception a century ago. While progress has been made, our ultimate goal is zero injuries, illnesses and deaths,” said NSC President […]