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. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.
Workers' Memorial Day April 28, 2014
In Washington, D.C., OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels introduces Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez at April 28 Workers' Memorial Day ceremony.
Dr. Michaels discusses the need to improve worker protection from chemical hazards and toxic substances with Sean Barrett, a terrazzo worker with silica-related asthma; and Peg Seminario, Director of Safety and Health at the AFL-CIO.
In Trenton, N.J., OSHA participated with day laborers, domestic works and others to honor the dead and fight for the living at a Workers' Memorial Day event April 27, 2014, sponsored by the Work Environment Council and New Labor.
In New Brunswick, N.J., OSHA joined local officials April 25, 2014, for a solemn ceremony to recognize workers injured and killed on the job throughout the state and to call for better health and safety conditions in all workplaces.
Kris LaGrange from Long Island, N.Y., UCOMM Radio 94.3 FM (right) interviewed OSHA Area Director Tony Ciuffo (center) for a special Workers' Memorial Day radio program that aired Sunday, April 27, 2014.
In Lehigh Valley, Pa., OSHA joined a Workers' Memorial Ceremony April 27, 2014, at a monument in Bethlehem Rose Garden to remember more than 700 area workers lost to preventable deaths from job-related hazards.
In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., OSHA joined the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council at a memorial service April 24, 2014, to honor fallen workers.
In Avenel, N.J., OSHA Area Office Director Patricia Jones (second from left) evoked the memory of fallen workers at the town's annual Workers' Memorial Day event. She was joined by New Jersey Commissioner of Labor Harold Wirths (left), New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee President Robert Sagendorf, and New Jersey Turnpike Authority Safety Manager Robert Weisman on April 28, 2014.
In Philadelphia, OSHA representatives from mid-Atlantic regional offices participated in the annual PhilaPOSH/Philadelphia AFL-CIO Workers' Memorial Day event on April 25, 2014. In Philadelphia, labor unions, health and legal professionals, federal agencies and 25 coalitions on occupational safety and health work together to promote and protect the rights of workers to safe and healthful jobs. OSHA's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab (on stage) spoke at the event.
A marching bagpipe and drum band of union workers mark a Workers' Memorial Day event in New York City's St Patrick's Cathedral on April 29, 2014.
Empty chairs with a hard hat and a rose honor the memory of nine deceased construction workers during a Workers' Memorial Day event in New York City's St Patrick's Cathedral on April 29, 2014.
In Niagara Falls, N.Y., on May 3, 2014, OSHA participated in a Workers' Memorial Day observance in Reservoir Park. The park has a memorial for fallen workers that was erected by the Niagara-Orleans Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
In Macon, Ga., on April 27, 2014, OSHA joined a Workers' Memorial Day observance centered on the rededication of a monument recognizing Georgia workers who lost their lives on the job. The monument, originally erected in Macon's City Park in 1996 by the Central Georgia Trades and Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, was moved to Arrowhead Park on Lake Tobesofkee in Macon. Photo courtesy of Georgia State AFL-CIO
In Bay Shore, N.Y., on April 29, 2014, OSHA officials attended a memorial mass at St. Patrick Parish in honor of workers who were killed on the job.
In El Paso, Texas, the city council and Mayor Oscar Leeser presented a Workers' Memorial Day proclamation on April 22, 2014, recognizing the achievements of OSHA and its partners in reducing work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses. During the live broadcast on local TV, the proclamation was presented to (left to right): Acting Director Diego Alvarado and Compliance Assistance Specialist Abraham Arzola from OSHA's El Paso Area Office, and El Paso consultant David Franco from Texas OSHCon.
In Portland, Ore., a state proclamation recognizing the significance of Workers' Memorial Day was presented by Duke Shepard (right), policy advisor for Governor John Kitzhaber on April 28, 2014, at the Fallen Workers Memorial in front of the Oregon Labor and Industries building. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood (left) presided over the ceremony that included an invocation and a reading of the names of fallen workers.
In Tumwater, Wash., family members of fallen workers ring a bell in their loved ones' memory in the Worker Memorial Garden on April 29, 2014. Governor Jay Inslee and local representatives from OSHA, AFL-CIO and Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries spoke at the Worker's Memorial Day ceremony.
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