Workers’ Memorial Day a time to remember workers who have died on the job
Posted April 21, 2017
Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) on April 28, 1971, establishing OSHA as a federal agency. Ever since then, April 28 has been observed as Workers’ Memorial Day. Each year, OSHA, state labor agencies, and various labor organizations hold events across the country to remember workers who have died on the job.
OSHA marks the day as one to honor those workers, to acknowledge the suffering of those left behind, and to recommit to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all. Under the OSH Act, employers are required to furnish to each employee employment and a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. In addition, employers must comply with the occupational safety and health standards written under the Act.
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