On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job. As we remember workers who have died in workplace accidents, suffered diseases due to exposure to toxic substances, or been injured because of dangerous conditions, we rededicate ourselves to the fight for safe workplaces. Each year, nearly 6,000 workers are killed at work, 50,000 die from occupational diseases, and millions more are injured.
According to the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation office, 54 workers died last year from workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. Six suffered a job-related lung disease, including four who died from asbestos exposure. This list is not a incomplete, since not all deaths result in the payment of death benifits.
On April 28, we honor these fallen workers. And we will keep on fighting until the promise of safe jobs is a reality.
If you, or someone you know, have lost a loved one to occupational illness or a death in the workplace and are looking for some help figuring out what to do and who to contact the United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities may be of help. This web site and the caring people who run it can provide support, awareness, tributes, memorials, article, self-help, workers comp. laws, wrongful death attorneys and safety resources. And most of all they care! They listen!
If you have a name of someone who died on the job, or from occupational disease, in 2002, please forward it to WisCOSH so that we may include it in our memorial. Please include the date, cause of death and city/town, if you know it.
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