Category Archives: 2019 USA

USA: Worksafe 28 April commemoration event in Oakland, CA

Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living!

Join Worksafe on Friday, April 26th in Downtown Oakland to observe Workers Memorial Day 2019.

Workers Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured on the job. It is observed around the world by surviving family members, friends, coworkers, and health and safety activists in workplaces and communities.

Let’s gather together in Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza to honor fallen workers and recommit ourselves to the struggle for safe and healthy work in California.


12 PM – 12:10 PM – Remarks
12:10-12:30 P.M. – Chief Juliann Sum, Cal/OSHA
12:20 PM – 1 PM – Reading of Names

Lunch will not be provided, but feel free to bring your own or support local restaurants.

Please RSVP and help spread the word in your networks by sharing this link:

USA: Heat campaign toolkit for Workers’ Memorial Week

HomePublic Citizen, the US public interest advocacy organisation, has published a Heat Campaign toolkit for Workers’ Memorial Week (#iwmd19 / #workerssmemorialweek) that includes graphics, sample Tweets, hashtags, handles, links and a sample letter. You can view the kit below and also download it here.

Heat Campaign Toolkit for Workers Memorial Week

Campaign Background

Excessive heat exposure endangers outdoor and indoor workers, as well as vulnerable populations. Heat is the leading weather-related killer, and it’s intensifying with climate change. Despite these warnings, the U.S. does not require workplace heat protections.

This #WorkersMemorialWeek, we’re raising awareness around workers who have died or suffered on the job as a result of dangerous heat, and we’re pushing for action and policy change to prevent future fatalities. Because a safe job is every worker’s right!



Handles (please add your org’s handle)


Action Links

Grassroots Petition to OSHA:
Letter to the Editor Tool:
Alert for FL Heat Legislation:

Organizational Sign-On Letter

Add your organization to the following sign-on letter by 2:00 pm ET on 4/26, for OSHA to issue a heat standard for Workers Memorial Week:


Heat fatalities can affect everyone exposed to hot temps — from workers laboring in the hot sun to those who lack ventilation indoors. We need a national heat stress standard so employers are required to make worker safety a priority. #WorkersMemorialWeek

18 of the 19 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. While we desperately need bold action to stop climate change, @OSHA_DOL must move now to protect workers from the dangers of heat stress. #WorkersMemorialWeek

Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S. As greenhouse gas pollution increasingly warms the planet, the toll that heat takes on workers is getting worse. #WorkersMemorialWeek

From 1992 through 2017, exposure to excessive environmental heat killed 815 U.S. workers and seriously injured over 70,000. With accelerating climate change, worker injuries and deaths due to excessive heat exposure are projected to increase in the coming years. #WorkersMemorialWeek

260,000 U.S. workers are at risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths with no standard in place to protect them. This #WorkersMemorialWeek, we’re urging @OSHA_DOL to enact national heat stress protections that would keep our workers safe:

On our current greenhouse gas emissions path, by 2100 nearly the entire southeastern U.S. will experience on average more than 85 deadly heat days per year. @OSHA_DOL must act now to protect workers from dangerous heat exposure. #WorkersMemorialWeek

The current epidemic of heat-related injuries and deaths will worsen in the coming years, as record-breaking summers become the norm. We need action to stop further climate change and protect workers from the temperature rise that’s already locked in. #WorkersMemorialWeek

The solutions to heat-related injuries are common-sense: hydration, shade, and rest breaks. But most employers won’t implement them voluntarily. @OSHA_DOL must enact a national heat stress standard to protect workers in danger. #WorkersMemorialWeek

Heat fatalities can be prevented by access to water, shade and rest breaks. But many employers deny workers these basic needs — causing countless people to needlessly die every summer. Take action this #WorkersMemorialWeek to protect workers:



Shanna Devine
Worker Health and Safety Advocate
Public Citizen | Congress Watch
TEL: +1 202-454-5168
215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Twitter: @safeworkers

USA: National COSH – Worker Memorial Week, 2019 Fatality List Resources

Thank you to the worker health and safety activist community for all the work going on around the world to remember those who were injured, made ill or killed on the job. This annual activity fuels our work to fight for more prevention programs to stop the daily physical and emotional toll that work has on so many workers.

Below are some links to specific information about workplace fatalities that may be helpful as we try to highlight specific recent fatality cases.

Other resources are available on the COSH Website and AFL-CIO’s toolkit

If you have additional information on fatality cases that should be included in the COSH Fatality Database, please let us know.

Peter Dooley,MS,CIH, CSP
Senior Project Coordinator, National COSH
3360 E 25th ST
Tucson AZ 85713
734-320-5160 [c]

USA: AFL-CIO 28 April toolkit

Safe Jobs, Every Worker's RightIf you’re planning last minute remarks, events or publications for Workers’ Memorial Day, don’t forget about the AFL-CIO’s toolkit.

It includes many tools for you to use:

  • fliers on Workers’ Memorial Day and workplace violence (English and Spanish)
  • sample talking points for your workers’ memorial day events
  • statistics and other information on job injuries, illnesses and deaths, nationally and state by state
  • Trump administration’s record on worker safety and health
  • sample press advisories and op-eds (English and Spanish)
  • sample events — large or small
  • other resources

This year, AFL-CIO is  pushing Congress to cosponsor the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (HR 1309, S 851), especially in the House. So please urge individuals and organisations to support these bills.

USA: USMWF to mark 28 April with conference and vigil

Read the message from United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF) director Tonya Ford:

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I hope this message finds everyone well.

We wanted to reach out to everyone as we know there are many amazing Worker’s Memorial Day Events happening around the United States this month and we want to help also in getting the word out about each event to the public too.

We also want to make sure that our USMWF family members are aware of any events that may be happening near them so that they may be able to join and attend the event.

If you know of an event or are hosting an event near you please let us know as we will be happy to share with our family members, on our social media pages and on our website.

Also, we are pleased to invite you, other workers and other advocates to attend our upcoming Workers’ Memorial Day events that USMWF is hosting in Nebraska in memory and honor of our fallen workers as we strive to honor and remember our fallen workers, support our family member victims, educate our workers of workplace safety and prevent workplace incidents.

Workplace safety should always be a top priority because going to work should never be a grave mistake.  Part of USMWF’S mission from the very beginning was to provide information and resources; raise public awareness; transform workplace safety; promote family involvement; bring attention to the lasting effects of workplace injuries and deaths; and to personalize workplace fatalities.

With the help of many USMWF has hosted these events FREE for over seven years.  We are proud to offer top-notch training to the community covering some of the upmost workers’ safety issues and concerns.

USMWF’s Nebraska’s Annual Safety Training Conference: April 29 (7:30am-4:30pm) to April 30, 2019 (7:30am-12pm) at IBEW Local 265, 1409 Old Farm Rd, Lincoln, NE 68512-1805

A full day of educating our workers on important safety issues and concerns to prevent workplace incidents. Our safety topics this year are as follows:

  • Beat the Heat-Nebraska OSHA Representative;
  • Core Elements of Safety Leadership-Jeff Funke, Area Director of OSHA, Omaha, NE;
  • How to Communicate with Families of Fallen Workers- USMWF Family Members;
  • Lessons from Our Fallen Workers- Steve Sallman of United Steel Workers;
  • First Aid- Bryan Education;
  • Workplace Violence-National Safety Council, Nebraska;

Registration for our free training is open until April 5, 2019. This training event is free to the public because of the kind donations of many in our community. Upon completion of the course, Certifications are available for the First Aid course to be purchased by individuals for $20.00.  Register Today at Donations are greatly appreciated and welcomed.  

We also welcome you to join us at our upcoming USMWF’s Nebraska’s 10th Annual Candlelight Vigil on April 28, 2019 at 7pm Nebraska State Capitol Building, 1445 K St, Lincoln, Nebraska.  A time to come together as a community and honor the men and women that have been injured or killed in a work-related incident.

Please help us get the word out about our upcoming events and share with your co-workers, family members and friends. Together we can make a difference.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the undersigned if you have any questions.

Thank you all for your time and dedication to workplace safety.

Tonya Ford, Executive Director
USMWF.ORG, Inc (A 501 c3 non profit)

USMWF Family Reunion/Support Group

333 W. Chadderton Drive

Lincoln, NE 68521

Because going to work shouldn’t be a grave mistake!

USA: AFL-CIO 28 April materials

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)  has posted 2019 Workers Memorial Day materials on their website that can be downloaded and ordered.

Materials, in English and Spanish, include posters, fliers, factsheets, stickers, WMD kits and their Death on the Job report (available late April). 



Safe Jobs, Every Worker's Right

USA: Informational webinar for Workers’ Memorial Week – February 14, 2019 (National COSH)

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is holding an informational webinar on 14 February to start planning for International Workers’ Memorial Day. In the US a week long series of actions and events  will commence on 22 April and build up to the nationally recognised day of 28 April.

Join with individuals and groups across the country who are hosting events and taking action to remember workers killed on the job and drive home the message of the need to fight for the living.

The webinar will include an overview on how to mobilise your community, families, and co-workers; how to build a memorial and tell worker stories; media outreach; empower worker leadership, highlight your campaigns, and much more.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR  February 14, 2019 2pm ET-3:30pm ET/11am-12:30pm PT

Join the webinar from your computer (preferred) or
by phone: (669) 224-3412 passcode: 128-431-613

Watch out for news of a Spanish webinar!

National COSH: