It seems like we spend a lot of time encouraging readers to reflect by thinking about their lives and the lives of others who are less fortunate. We also encourage folks to advocate for workers’ rights and safety. And yes, this encouragement does sometimes come at the expense of business profits.
One way to reflect, act and help workers is by observing Workers’ Memorial Day on Sunday, Apr. 28.
“Each and every day in this country, on average 13 workers die on the job as a result of workplace injuries – women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones,” according to the AFL-CIO.
It seems especially bittersweet to us that the number of workers killed for one day of the year on average is so close to the number of workers killed at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion. Although it seems the media is much more focused on other news, there is a strong grassroots effort to continue the coverage of the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, especially to figure out what caused it.
By reflecting on the risks that all workers take and acting to promote safety, Workers’ Memorial Day will be even more successful. And most importantly, all of our loved ones will have safer workplaces.
There are many resources to access to find out more about Workers’ Memorial Day events near you. Here are some links, along with the specific information for Nebraska and Iowa:
Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony
Friday, Apr. 26, 11 a.m.
Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines
4th Annual Workers’ Memorial Day
Sunday, Apr. 28, 7 p.m.
Nebraska State Capitol North Steps, Lincoln
According to the Lancaster County Democratic Party, via email, “representatives from State, Federal, United Support Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF), Unions, Co-workers, Employers and the community come together and honor the men and women that have been injured or killed in a preventable work related incident.”
Please see the website below for more details: http://www.workermemorialday.org/WMD2013.htm
- Message from the AFL-CIO about Workers’ Memorial Day, along with information about events for the day that others have posted http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/WorkersMemorialDay
- Message from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health about Workers’ Memorial Day, along with information about events for the day that others have posted http://coshnetwork.org/workers-memorial-day
- Review OSHA’s coverage from last year’s Workers’ Memorial Day at http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/workersmemorialday.html