Workers Memorial Day
Each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases.
Workers suffer approximately 270 million occupational accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160
million incidents of work-related illnesses. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually while
asbestos claims 100,000 lives. Worldwide, one worker dies every 15 seconds and in the U.S., 14 workers die every day due to preventable incidents.
Workers Memorial Day is so much more than a day to honor and remember our loved ones.
Families from across our nation have learned that it is not enough to just mourn our loss .
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Workers Memorial Day 2012
Presidential Proclamation -- Workers Memorial Day, 2013
...Today, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost
a loved one to a workplace accident or work-related illness. But we
owe them more than prayers. We owe them action and accountability.
While we cannot eliminate all risk from the world's most dangerous
professions, we can guarantee that when a worker steps up to an
assembly line or into a mine shaft, their country stands alongside
them, protecting their safety and their stake in the American dream.
Let's celebrate lives lost at workplaces
It has been nine years since I lost my brother, Shawn, in a
preventable dust explosion. Every loss is painful but one that is
tragic, unexpected and unnoticed is devastating. Many people are
affected by just one loss.
I realized fast the issue had to be bigger than one person. We lose
up to 5,000 people — as young as 14 or as old as 70 — in workplace
deaths each year. These deaths often happen one at a time in
vehicles, trenches, falls, suffocation and the list goes on and on;
there is truly no prejudice.
More important are the lives behind the numbers. I speak to people
every day whose lives are forever changed. They share how their
children will never grow up to have a family and how a child should
never go before a parent. They explain how their fathers were never
able to see their grandchildren or walk them down the aisle. They
speak about how their mother is no longer there for guidance and
We reminisce and grieve for our loved ones throughout the year. But
on Workers Memorial Day, April 28, many families from across the
United States are either attending a memorial or creating one.
Send Your Event
Every year USMWF puts together a list of Workers Memorial Day Events. Do you know of any
events or activities that should be shared with our readers? If so please
send Tammy the following information:
- Location (Address):
- Contact Information:
- Agenda (by time):
We have created a tri-fold for the families who chose to print their Workers Memorial Day Event details. It is located here
in a word format so you can edit it to your own needs.
The Waiting List
The Waiting List is a Multimedia story-telling project which tells the story of individuals waiting for organ transplants.
Over the years, our country has enacted laws to protect and ensure the safety
of our citizens and their families in a variety of ways. We have enacted
increasingly stringent seatbelt and child seat laws and fines for
non-compliance. We protect our air travelers, skies, and country with increased
airport security measures. We protect our citizens against criminal acts through increased criminal
penalties, especially against the habitual and/or most egregious offenders. We protect the victims
of crimes through victim rights legislation, registries, release notifications and even protection
programs. We protect our citizens against financial fraud through both the criminal and regulatory
systems. We protect our citizens where and how they live through effective zoning, safe water, clean
air, and manufacturing standards for housing, appliances, furniture, clothing, and seek retribution
against those who jeopardize the safety and well-being of others. We protect our citizens at play
also, from infant toy standards, special licenses and education, rules, regulations, manufacturing
standards and increased safety equipment. We even protect the rights of those who do us harm.
Should we not protect our workers at their jobs and their families in comparable ways? Is not
investing in our workers, investing in the greatest asset of our country? During this Workers Memorial Day we need to not only remember the fallen, but we must call
attention to preventable incidents and combine the efforts of all to gain reasonable and
effective health and safety solutions for workers, employers and families.