Living in Ohio, it might be easy to forget about those who have suffered at their jobs from accidents that injured them or took their lives. There are many people in Ohio who work dangerous jobs, and a wrongful death isn’t unheard of when it comes to unsafe workplaces. Workers’ Memorial Day was created to remember those who have died on the job, and it also honors those who have been injured while at work.
The day is a solemn occasion, but it’s taken seriously by the families, workers and local leaders. The day helps remind people of those who have passed away and serves as a reminder that there is still work to be done when it comes to making workplaces safe. In 2012, for instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 154 fatal occupational injuries within Ohio.
Each year, an estimated 5,000 people die on the job in the United States. That doesn’t include the tens of thousands who allegedly pass away from illnesses they contracted while working. What seems to be the most dangerous industry? Construction.
The construction industry accounts for around 19 percent of the fatalities each year, and falls are reportedly the leading cause of death for workers. With that said, the Workers’ Memorial Day has been a way to recognize that these statistics haven’t been forgotten. The day is held in some ways to recognize the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970.
The communications director for AFL-CIO in Ohio reported that there is still work to be done, and he will be working and focusing on the importance of collective bargaining. This is an important step in maintaining and establishing workplace safety, according to his interview.
Public News Service, “Solemn Reminder of Need for Workplace Safety in Ohio” No author given, Apr. 28, 2014