Safety and Health in the Workplace--Workers Memorial Day 2010
April 29, 2010
Our California Employment Attorneys reported in a blog earlier this month about the devastating tragedy in West Virginia, where 29 miners died after a massive mine explosion. In the shadow of these deaths and the many other preventable deaths, injuries and illnesses in the workplace that happened across the country over this past year--yesterday was proclaimed by President Obama to be Workers' Memorial Day, 2010.
Workers Memorial Day 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and the 39th anniversary of the creation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This day of observance, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is important to encourage employers, lawmakers, and the public to continually achieve better health and safety in the workplace, to prevent unnecessary disasters, and to save the valuable lives of workers around the country. The theme for this year is: "Good Jobs. Safe Jobs NOW."
According to U.S. Department of Labor, 5214 workers in this country died from occupational injuries in 2008, and every year around 49,000 deaths are attributed to work-related illnesses.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, claimed that over than 4.6 million workers endure serious personal injuries sustained by work every year, with over 14 men and women experiencing wrongful deaths daily-- losing their lives in incidents that are preventable.
President Obama proclaimed yesterday that all workers have the right to a safe workplace, that requires employers to provide safe working conditions--and we remain, as he said, "too far from fulfilling that promise."
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Presidential Proclamation - Workers Memorial Day, White House.gov, April 28, 2010
United States Department of Labor: Statement of US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Workers Memorial Day, OSHA Press Release, April 28, 2010
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