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.
Every year, events are held across the country to remember workers who have died on the job and honor them by continuing to fight for improved worker safety.
In Denver, Colorado, OSHA will hold a Workers' Memorial Day service at the IBEW local #68 to honor those we have lost in the last year. The Regional Administrator of OSHA and several other speakers will provide opening comments. The names of the workers killed on the job will then be read aloud.
In Phoenix, Arizona, in an outdoor ceremony at the Arizona State Capital’s Wesley Bolin Plaza, workers who have been lost in 2016 will be honored by The Arizona Chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, along with Arizona Chapter of the National Safety Council, Arizona Business Association, Arizona Safety Education Center, Kid's Chance of Arizona, City of Phoenix, federal OSHA, Arizona OSHA, Mexican Consulate, AFLCIO, State Elected Officials, and Phoenix Fire Department.
In Boston, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Greater Boston Labor Council, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Community Labor United will gather at the Massachusetts State House to honor those who lost their lives on the job in the past year. Honor workers who were killed, injured or suffered from illness on the job, press for strong workplace health and safety protections for all workers.
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