, Casey Carlson
, Sarah Barkley Raaymakers
and Jason Fox
, and the entire Workmans' Compensation Department
of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett
, would like to remind all our clients that this weekend is Workers' Memorial Day.
The first Workers' Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada.
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.
Each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases. Workers suffer approximately 270 million occupational accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of work-related illnesses. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually while asbestos claims 100,000 lives. Worldwide, one worker dies every 15 seconds and in the U.S., 14 workers die every day due to preventable incidents.
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 to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers.
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