Today is national Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring those who lost their lives at work.
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on Workers’ Memorial Day:
“Each year, Workers’ Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of a day’s work, and to recommit to keeping workers safe on the job. In 2015, as we mark the five-year anniversaries of three tragedies — the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which 11 workers lost their lives, the Upper Big Branch mine disaster which took the lives of 29 miners, and the Tesoro refinery explosion which killed seven workers — we are reminded that while we have made great strides in worker safety, we must do more.
In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job. That number has fallen dramatically since the Occupational Safety and Health Act passed in 1970, but it’s still 4,585 too many. It’s 4,585 too many men and women who lost their lives trying to earn a paycheck. It’s 4,585 too many workers — mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers — who went to work but never came home.
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