Remembering Fallen Workers on Workers Memorial Day

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April 26, 2019 – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is urging employers and employees to renew their commitment to workplace safety in honor of all workers who lost their lives at work. 

Every year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day is observed across America to remember those who lost their lives while on the job and to renew the goal to make workplaces safer and healthier. These men and women worked hard at an honest living, supported their families and their communities, and yet passed as a result of a job-related hazard.

“It’s important for us to look back and reflect on the lives lost in the workplace and the enormous impact those losses have had on individuals, families, communities and our entire state,” said Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks. “As an organization and larger statewide workplace community, it’s imperative to work relentlessly and collaboratively to reduce workplace deaths In Michigan.”

Every worker has the ultimate right to return home safely from their job. In 2018, there were 38 MIOSHA-related deaths in the workplace, which is slightly lower than the 39 in 2017 and 43 in 2016.

A comprehensive safety and health management system is the best framework to help employers protect their workers and comply with MIOSHA standards.

The key elements are:

  • Management commitment
  • Employee involvement
  • Workplace analysis
  • Hazard prevention and control, and
  • Safety and health training.

Also available at no cost to employers, is MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division. CET consultants are available to help employers develop and implement long-term safety and health programs, and comply with current MIOSHA regulations. For free statewide assistance, companies can call the CET division at 517-284-7720; toll-free at 800-866-4674, or visit the website at www.michigan.gov/miosha.

“MIOSHA's goal is to ensure that effective tools and training are available to employers and to help prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Together we can make a difference to protect the lives of Michigan's working men and women.”

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