Workers' Memorial Day events around the country


Regional Administrator's office – The Regional Administrator and Concord area office management staff attended a Celebration with the New Hampshire COSH group and their invitees on April 26th at 5:30pm in Hooksett, NH at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Hall.

Hartford Area Office – On Saturday April 28, 2012, at 8:00 a.m., the Assistant Area Director attended the Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO at Washington Park, in Groton, CT, in honor of those workers who were killed, injured or diseased on the job. On Saturday April 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., the Hartford Area Director attended a Workers Memorial at Bushnell Park, in Hartford, CT. The AFL-CIO Community Services, Connecticut AFL-CIO, and the Health and Safety Committee were present to honor the men and women who were killed or injured on the job. The ceremonies recognized the 25th Anniversary of the L'Ambiance Plaza tragedy and paid tribute to those who died and to the rescuers.

Maine Area Office – The Area Director participated in a Worker's Memorial Day Observance sponsored by the Maine Labor Group on Health, (which is an extension of the Maine AFL-CIO). The 8:00 AM breakfast meeting was held to remember the Maine workers who died on the job in 2011 and to “…focus more attention on workplace safety, stricter enforcement of safety laws, improved safety education and training and financial support and strengthening of the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).”

Springfield Area Office – On April 26th the Area Director attended the Hampshire Franklin CLC Worker Memorial Day Event at the Northampton City Hall Steps at 12 pm. The sponsor was the Hampshire Franklin Central Labor Council. The Mayor read a proclamation at City Hall steps and attendees walked to the memorial with a short procession down the street where a ceremony took place. The Area Director spoke and the Compliance Assistance Specialist read the names of deceased workers. On April 27th at 1pm, the AD and the CAS attended a Worker Memorial Day event sponsored by the Teamsters Local 404 and Western MASSCOSH.

Andover Area Office – Carol Bates, the Andover Compliance Assistance Specialist represented OSHA at an event entitled “Mourn for the Dead, FIGHT for the living”. This was a public commemoration on Thursday April 26th, in front of the Massachusetts State House. This event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and the Greater Boston Labor Council.

Providence Area Office – The Providence Area Office sent cards and letters to the families of the three fatality victims from 2011 in recognition of Worker Memorial Day


Avenal Area Office – The Area Director spoke at the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Workers Memorial Day, Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12 noon- New Brunswick, NJ. The Area Direct also visited the April 27: New Jersey Turnpike Authority ceremony held at the Turnpike offices 581 Main Street, Woodbridge at 10:00 a.m. and participated in the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Worker Memorial Day brunch on Sunday April 22.

Albany Area Office – The Albany Area Director spoke at the Capitol District Area Labor Federation (CDALF) along with the Mayor (invited), Congressman Paul Tonko, representatives from Momentive, the New York State Department of Health and a Labor/Religion leader. The Workers Memorial Day event was held at the James Connolly Memorial Monument near the Riverfront Park in Troy.

Hasbrouck Heights Area Office – Hasbrouck Heights Area Office officials participated in a ceremony recognizing workers on completing their OSHA 10-hour training. [Read news article]

Long Island Area Office – On Saturday, April 28th, the Long Island Area Director spoke at the Annual Worker Memorial Day service in Hauppauge, N.Y. at the site of a permanent memorial. [see photos] The Long Island Area Director also taped a radio spot for UCOMM radio, a labor-oriented radio station to promote worker memorial day. The Area Director and compliance officers attended a memorial mass on Monday, April 30th sponsored by UCOMM where a special prayer was said for them and the work they do protecting working men and women.

Manhattan Area Office – The Manhattan Area Director, Labor Liaison and the Northeastern Secretary of Labor's Representative participated in a Memorial Service for Construction Workers. This annual mass is sponsored by the NYC BCTC and union contractors and is held at the St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The OSHA representatives read the names of workers who have died in the past year. Labor leaders, NYC DOB Commissioner and family members read the intercessions. Over 2000 construction workers, contractors and family members attend the mass every year. Hard hats were worn at the mass to commemorate the fallen.

Syracuse Area Office – The Syracuse Area Director participated in a Worker Memorial Day breakfast on Friday April 27th at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY. The Syracuse Occupational Health Clinical Center organized the 2012 commemoration activities for Workers Memorial Day. The theme was WORKER HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORKER'S RIGHTS.

Marlton Area Office – The Marlton Assistant Area Director participated in the annual Philaposh breakfast on Friday, April 27, 2012 for all the families who have lost someone as a result of a workplace incident or injury, followed by a march down to Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. The march included family members, union representatives and others active in the occupational safety and health community.

Tarrytown Area Office – The Tarrytown Area Director will be participating in the Annual Workers' Memorial Day Vigil on May 3, 2012 at 5PM. Other Tarrytown area office staff will also be participating. Names of all who have died in this jurisdictional area which will be read during the service. The Tarrytown Area Director was also invited to participate in the Worker Memorial Day event at the Movimiento Inmigrante in Jackson Heights, NY on April 28, 2012.

Parsippany Area Office – The Parsippany Area Director held a small ceremony in the OSHA Office commemorating the day with a moment of silence as well as distributing the worker memorial day fact sheet and poem to staff.

Puerto Rico Area Office – The following is from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus, an Alliance Program participant, on outreach it conducted for Workers’ Memorial Day.

"As part of the Worker Memorial Day activities conducted on April 28, we sent 1, 778 e-mails with a potential to reach 5,334 people. We prepared flyers with a proclamation and the poem of which 30 were distributed to the Institute of Labor Relations (Continued Education Division) with potential to reach 90 people. In addition, we provided 90 flyers to the members of the University of Puerto Rico Union - HEEND (Hermandad de Empleados Exentos No Docentes), expecting to reach 700 people.

The total amount of people directly impacted was 1,898 and the potential people to reach would be 6,214."

[Como parte de las actividades del Día de conmemoración de los trabajadores celebrado el 28 de abril, se enviaron correos electrónicos a 1,778 personas, con un potencial de impactar 5,334 personas. Se prepararon hojas sueltas con la proclama y el poema y se repartieron en el Instituto de Relaciones del Trabajo, en la División de Educación Continuada un total de 30 hojas con un potencial de impactar a 90 personas. Además se entregaron hojas en la reunión de delegados de la Hermandad de Empleados Excentos No Docentes (HEEND) de la UPR un total de 90 hojas con un potencial de impactar 700 personas.

El total de personas impactadas directamente es de 1,898 personas y el potencial de personas impactadas serian 6,214 personas.]

Railroad Construction Company, Inc. – This employer participated in Worker Memorial Day this year to commemorate fallen and injured workers.

Railroad OSHA Safety Day


Philadelphia – The Region III Acting Regional Administrator attended Philadelphia 24th Annual Workers Memorial Day Breakfast and Memorial Service on April 27th, sponsored by PhilaPosh (Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety & Health). The event included a walk from the Sheet Metal Workers Hall to Penns Landing, to recognize workers killed on the job.

Allentown – The Allentown Area Office attended the Worker Memorial Ceremony held annually in Bethlehem, PA on April 29, 2012 (Sunday), from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The central labor council and the PA Federation of Injured Workers, Lehigh Valley Chapter, held a service to honor those who were killed in the workplace and their names were read by a friend, family or a loved one.

Charleston – The Charleston Area Office attended AFL-CIO Worker Memorial Day Event at the State Capitol building on Friday, April 27. The event included ringing of a bell for each worker killed in West Virginia over the preceding year.

Erie – The Erie Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist spoke at the Worker memorial service in Venango County on Saturday, April 28 at noon. The event was sponsored by the Venango County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and AFSCME 1050. Venango County had a worker death from an on-the-job incident in Fiscal Year 2012. The Area Director also attended a separate ceremony in on Saturday, April 28 at 2:00pm at the Erie City Council Chambers sponsored by the Central Labor Council AFL-CIO and the United Way of Erie County. The event included a procession to lay a wreath at the Perry Square Monument, downtown Erie.


Cincinnati, OH – The Area Director spoke at the IAM Local Hall in Middletown, Ohio outside of AK Steel and at UAW Local in Cincinnati, Ohio on 4/27/2012

Peoria, IL – On 4/23/2012 the Peoria, Illinois Area Director presented at an event organized by the Central IL AFL-CIO. The event consisted of a march and a short memorial service. On 4/28/12, the Peoria Area Office CAS, participated in a Worker Memorial Day in East Galesburg, Illinois at the Laborers International Union of North America.

Cleveland – On 4/27/12, the Area Director and a CSHO spoke at a Workers Memorial Day event hosted by the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC) in Akron, Ohio. Several different unions were present, including the Steelworkers, Laborers and Ironworkers. On 4/28/12, the Area director worked with the Akron, OH Mayor to draft a proclamation [PDF 51KB].

Milwaukee – On 4/28/12, OSHA attended a workers Memorial Day (sponsored by WICOSH) vigil in downtown Milwaukee where the names of all workers who died on the job were read. Representatives from the Mayor's office and local congressional members were present.


Austin, Texas Area Office – Austin participated in an event put on by the Workers Defense Project (Alliance).

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Office – On Thursday, April 26, 2012, representatives from the Baton Rouge Area Office and AFL-CIO, Louisiana Building Trades met at the state capitol. During the legislative session there was a presentation and reading of a legislative resolution, declaring Saturday, April 28, 2012 as “Workers' Memorial Day” in the state of Louisiana.

Dallas, TX Area Office – On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the Compliance Assistant, Elias Vela from the Dallas Area Office attended the Confined Space Boot Camp offered by the Hispanic Contractors.

Houston South, TX Area Office – On Thursday, April 26, 2012, representatives from the Houston South Area Office, Worklife Institute Houston – Houston Council on Occupational Safety and Health, Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, Conroe Hispanic Task Force, United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, and AFL-CIO, met for a Workers' Memorial Day Vigil at the Southwest Multi-Service Center.

Oklahoma City, OK Area Office – On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Oklahoma City Compliance Assistant, Jorge Delucca attended the UTA Fall Hazards in Construction seminar offered in Oklahoma City. He shared his experiences as a compliance officer on the Construction Team at the Dallas Area Office investigating fatalities in construction.

San Antonio, TX Area Office – For Labor Day activities The Hispanic Contractors Association conducted free Fall Protection Training on Friday, April 20 (in English) and Saturday, April 21 (in Spanish) from 8am-4pm.

OSHA Education Center – University of Texas at Arlington – The Dallas Regional office in cooperation with the OSHA Ed Center at UTA Arlington offered free OSHA safety training around Region 6 on April 28 as follows:

Workers Memorial Day 2012
Worker's Memorial Day is held on April 28th every year. Workers and their representatives around the world conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day. UTA planned free seminar training events in every state throughout Region VI at the following locations on that Saturday:

Code Course Name City DatesFee
OSHA 7405Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry Oklahoma City April 28, 2012 0.00
OSHA 7205 Health Hazard Awareness Albuquerque April 28, 2012 0.00
OSHA 7205 Health Hazard Awareness New Orleans April 28, 2012 0.00
OSHA 7000
OSHA Ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes Little Rock April 28, 2012 0.00
OSHA 7300
OSHA'S Permit-Required Confined Space Standard Arlington April 28, 20120.00
OSHA 7005 Public Warehousing and StorageHouston April 28, 20120.00


Kansas City, Missouri – On Friday, April 27, 2012, a Workers Memorial Day event was held at the Builder's Association Education and Training Center in Kansas City, MO. In attendance were representatives from the Kansas City, Missouri Mayor's office, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, OSHA Regional and Area office staff, the president of the Greater Kansas City, AFL-CIO, families of victims from the Bartlett grain explosion, and Mr. Ron Hayes, founder of the FIGHT project.

Lincoln, Nebraska – On April 11, 2012, the Assistant Area Director spoke briefly at the Nebraska state capital building as Governor Heinemann signed a proclamation declaring April 28th as Workers Memorial Day for the state of Nebraska.The Area Director worked closely with Ms. Tonya Ford to prepare activities for this year's Workers Memorial Day, including the Nebraska's First Annual Safety – Awareness Exposition. This program took place in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, April 28th, 2012. In attendance were representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Nelson and Johanns, unions of the AFL-CIO, family members of victims, and the OSHA Omaha Area Director. The program included educational programs, a family dinner and a march to the state capitol. After the march, the Third Annual Workers' Day event was held at the state capitol.

Wichita, Kansas – On Thursday, April 19, OSHA's Wichita Area Office attended the Wichita/ Hutchinson, Kansas Labor Federation's Workers Memorial Day 2012 Observance / Dinner at the Machinist Hall in Wichita, Kansas.

Des Moines, Iowa – On Friday, April 27, 2012, a Workers Memorial Day event was held with Iowa Workforce Development and the unions of the AFL-CIO. In attendance were Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, along with other state and local dignitaries. The Governor made opening remarks.


Denver Second Annual Workers' Memorial – On April 27, 2012, Region VIII held a Workers' Memorial event for fallen workers. It was held at Denver City Park in Denver, CO. A non-denominational prayer opened the ceremony, followed by brief speeches by OSHA personnel. The special guest speaker was Dusti Gurule, the Regional Representative of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Compliance Officers from the Denver and Englewood Area Offices, who investigated the fallen worker's fatality, acknowledged the fallen worker's name, age, and location of incident. After each fallen worker's name was read, a bell was rung. The fallen workers' names, from the other states in Region VIII, (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) were read by the President of the Colorado building Trades, the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO of Colorado, and President of the Eastern Slope Associated Builders and Contractors. The ceremony closed with a few words from the Regional Administrator.

Bismarck Area Office (North Dakota and South Dakota) – On April 26th at 5:30 PM on the steps of the Capitol building, Bismarck held a ceremony for Worker Memorial Day. The ceremony consisted of an introduction from the labor council, a speech from the Area Director, a bell-ringing to acknowledge the names of each who lost their lives and roses for each of the family attendees.

Billing Area Office (Montana) – On April 27, the United Steelworkers, Local 443 in Laurel Montana hosted an awareness dinner. They had guest speakers and memorial services for employees.


Action Summit on Worker Safety and Health – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis spoke about worker safety and on how to engage with government for worker protection and announced the 2012 Fall Protection in Construction campaign. April 26, 2012 - Time: 1PM – 4PM East Los Angeles College, Foyer Room Auditorium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099. Co-sponsored by USDOL-OSHA, Cal-OSHA, University of California Los Angeles-Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program UCLA-LOSH), the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCal COSH).

Workers Memorial Day Commemoration and Reception – Local community leaders and elected officials joined together to honor workers who have died or have been seriously injured on the job, and to rededicate themselves to the shared vision of safer and healthier workplaces for all workers. Special Guests & Speakers included Marty Morgenstern, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, Ellen Widess, Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and California State Assembly member Michael Allen (D-Sonoma County) April 27, 2012 - Time: 12 Noon – 1:30PM

12th Biennial Governors Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference 2012 – On April 17, 2012, as part of the Governor's Pacific-Rim Safety and Health Conference in Honolulu, HI, Mr. Jim Newberry, Risk Management Administrator for Island Insurance Companies, provided a presentation on workers who were killed on the job in the past five years. There were several slides, each with the name of the deceased, date of incident and family members left behind. An empty table with chairs and flowers was set up on the main conference stage to commemorate the deceased throughout the conference. There were about 480 people in attendance. The keynote speaker was Jim Newberry, Risk Management Administrator for Island Insurance Companies. Co-sponsors included ASSE, HIOSH. April 16-18, 2012, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI


Washington – The Department of Labor and Industries hosted an event at its Tumwater headquarters on April 26. In addition to the families of fallen workers, Governor Christine Gregoire was invited. Director Judy Schurke and the Assistant Director for DOSH, Anne Soiza, were there as well as other OSHA representatives.

Oregon – The Department of Consumer and Business Services hosted an event at its Salem headquarters on April 26. Director Patrick Allen and OR-OSHA Administrator Michael Wood attended, along with our Portland Area Director Randy White.

Idaho – Staff from OSHA's Boise office attended two events– one in Lewiston and the other in North Idaho, both sponsored by unions.