Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap starts on a somber note as we observe Workers’ Memorial Day, with the announcement from the US Department of Labor of its ceremony for the day.
The DOL noted that on average, 13 workers die as a result of workplace injuries every day in the US. While far fewer than before the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 laid the foundation to better protect worker safety and health, the nation continues to confront the enormous challenge of making sure every worker ends their shift safely.
We hope you will take a moment, as we have, to acknowledge those we’ve lost across the country, and to remember that behind each statistic and report that comes across our desks are real people, who have other good people (like you!) out there working to keep them safe and able to return to their families, and to help them get back on their feet after injury or illness.
To mark the observance, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will be joining with OSHA and some of those scarred by workplace tragedies at the department’s headquarters in Washington for an online national Workers Memorial Day ceremony at 1 pm ET today.