Workers’ Memorial Day

By Lois Bentivegna

Every day in the US, 12 people go to work and never come home.

Despite this sobering number, according to Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), we’ve come a long way in creating safer workplaces. Before OSHA was established 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. While this is a significant reduction in the number of lives lost, more must be done. 

Workers’ Memorial Day – April 28
This day is set aside by OSHA to honor those workers who have died on the job and acknowledge the suffering experienced by families and communities.

On Friday, April 28, employees are encouraged to take a moment to think about the people who went to work one morning and never made it home. Reflect on the small measures of safety that might have made a difference, and recommit to your personal safety and that of your co-workers. You can start by practicing basic safety procedures.

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Always follow policies and procedures and don’t take short cuts!
  • Ensure you are up to date on training
  • See Something – Say Something. Every employee from the most junior to senior,  has the right and responsibility to speak up, ask questions and call a safety stop when something doesn’t look right.

By working together we can create a safer and injury free workplace for all.

For more resources visit:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/pages/safety-at-work.aspx

https://www.osha.gov/dep/fatcat/dep_fatcat.html

 

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