Working for Safe Jobs
WYOMING — On April 28, local unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those workers who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy and pays fair wages. We will celebrate the safety victories won by working people and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.
But our work is not done. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Some workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Some employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.
More Than Twelve Worker Deaths a Day Nationally
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 4,679 fatal work injuries were reported nationwide in 2014. That is an average of greater than 12 workers killed on the job every day. In addition, an estimated three million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2014.
Almost One Worker Death a Week in Wyoming
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, 37 workers died on the job in Wyoming, an increase from 26 in 2013. That is equal to almost one worker every week. One worker with parents, siblings, friends and, most likely, a spouse and children who loved them and depended on them. Almost one worker a week.
The Southwestern Wyoming Central Labor Council reminds ALL workers to work safely. Insist on, and follow, safe work practices; wear your personal protective equipment; don’t take shortcuts and never let anyone pressure you into doing something unsafe. Make it your goal to return home safely every day, and remember: Keep Working For Safe Jobs!
Paid for by the Southwest Wyoming Central Labor Council