Workers' Memorial Day

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.

Presidential Proclamation – 2013

Congressional Resolution Supporting Workers' Memorial Day

OSHA launches initiative to protect temporary workers
Workers' Memorial Day remembers those who died on the job

Workers' Memorial Day remarks by Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels

Remarks by acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris

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Harris addresses OSHA employees in Washington, D.C.
Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris addresses OSHA employees during a Workers' Memorial Day ceremony in the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., honoring workers across the nation who have been killed or injured on the job.
Harris addresses OSHA employees in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Michaels at the Workers' Memorial Day program
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels speaks at the Workers' Memorial Day program held at the Csar E. Chvez Memorial Auditorium in the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Michaels at the Workers' Memorial Day program
Joseph Main at the 2013 Workers' Memorial Day program
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph Main delivers remarks at the 2013 Workers' Memorial Day program hosted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Main at the 2013 Workers' Memorial Day program
Danielle Dole shares the story of her father
Danielle Dole shares the story of her father, Sherman Lynn Holmes, 55, who was killed in 2011 when he was struck by a tree.
Danielle Dole shares the story of her father
Danielle Dole speaks to audience.
Danielle Dole speaks to audience.
Danielle Dole speaks to audience
Dr. Bridgette Hubble Hester shares the story of her husband
Dr. Bridgette Hubble Hester shares the story of her husband, Jonce Hubble, 41, who was killed in 2010 when a tower collapsed after a bucket truck struck a supporting wire.
Dr. Bridgette Hubble Hester shares the story of her husband
Discussing safety and health protections for temporary and contingent workers
Assistant Secretary Michaels (left), Director of Education and Welcome Centers at CASA de Maryland Alma B. Couverthie (center), and Executive Director of National Employment Law Project Chris Owens (right) discuss the importance of safety and health protections for temporary and contingent workers.
Discussing safety and health protections for temporary and contingent workers
OSHA's Region 2 Administrator Bob Kulick addresses group at Workers' Memorial Day ceremony April 29 in New York City.
OSHA's Region 2 Administrator Bob Kulick addresses group at Workers' Memorial Day ceremony April 29 in New York City.
OSHA's Region 2 Administrator Bob Kulick addresses group
Denver Region Labor Liaison Chris Matthewson rings a bell after the names of 60 workers killed
Denver Region Labor Liaison Chris Matthewson (left) rings a bell after the names of 60 workers killed on the job in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah were read by Jennifer A. Casey, trail attorney with the Labor Department's Solicitor's Office (right), at a Workers' Memorial Day ceremony April 26 at the Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colo.
Denver Region Labor Liaison Chris Matthewson rings a bell after the names of 60 workers killed
OSHA Region 8 Deputy Administrator Nancy A. Smith (right) speaks at a Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony
OSHA Region 8 Deputy Administrator Nancy A. Smith (right) speaks at a Workers Memorial Day ceremony April 26 at the Red Rocks Community College, Rocky Mountain OTI Education Center in Lakewood, Colo. She is accompanied by Denver Region Labor Liaison Chris Matthewson (left), who rang a bell after names were read of 60 workers killed on the job in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
OSHA Region 8 Deputy Administrator Nancy A. Smith (right) speaks at a Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony
OSHA Kansas City Area Director Barb Theriot and Region 7 Administrator Charles Adkins present a flower to a family member
During a Workers Memorial Day program April 26 in North Kansas City, Mo., OSHA Kansas City Area Director Barb Theriot (center) and Region 7 Administrator Charles Adkins (right) present a flower to a family member who lost a loved one in a work-related tragedy.
OSHA Kansas City Area Director Barb Theriot and Region 7 Administrator Charles Adkins present a flower to a family member
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