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Workers’ Memorial Day a time to remember those who have died on the job

Observances held April 28

Posted April 25, 2018

Workers’ Memorial Day is an annual observance held on April 28 to honor workers who have died on the job. OSHA says the solemn occasion is a time to acknowledge the grievous suffering of families and communities and to recommit to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for everyone.

OSHA is sponsoring hundreds of events around the country to mark the occasion.

April 28 is also the date OSHA was established in 1971. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees. OSHA ensures these conditions for working men and women by creating and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance to workers and employers.

Many worker advocate groups, including union groups such as the AFL-CIO, are also observing the day with events around the country. The AFL-CIO created a Workers’ Memorial Day toolkit with fliers, posters, and stickers. Further, the AFL-CIO plans to release its “Death on the Job Report, 2018,” in late April.

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