Several organisations, including the United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, NENYCOSH, the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health and Global Worker Watch have compiled the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities collected in the United States to date.
Also published is a listing of the details of 1,600 of the approximately 4,000-5,000 workers who die every year from a work-related injury in the United States.
Did you know that 44 Australians have been killed at work already this year?
In NSW, in the past twelve months alone, over 100 workers have lost their lives on the job while someone suffers a major workplace injury every five minutes. More
Congress, alongside trade unions around the world, has for many years celebrated Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28th. The Health & Safety Committee of Congress has, in recent years, called for official government recognition of this important memorial. It is therefore significant that our marking of the day in 2015 will be the first time such official backing has been given. More
Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28th) is a powerful reminder to people in positions of influence and power about their vital role in fostering safe and healthy workplaces, says the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.
More than 287 work-related deaths have been reported to WorkSafe since 2010. “But the actual death toll is much higher because that figure doesn’t include deaths from work-related road crashes, occupational illnesses or maritime or aviation deaths,” says Forum Acting Executive Director Frances Martin.
Virginia Pawsey says she still thinks about this day 20-years-ago, as the one that changed everything forever.
Her son, Kit Pawsey was one of 14 people who died when a poorly constructed Department of Conservation viewing platform gave way in the Paparoa National Park on the West Coast. More
90 minutes before he was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee, 21-year-old Day Davis texted a selfie to his girlfriend, excited for their future. Now Day’s younger sister Antonia searches for answers. An investigation reveals how the $100B temporary staffing industry endangers American workers. The company hiring temps does not consider them “real” employees, while the temp agency may not take responsibility for thorough training. The screening of this film at Reel Work 2015 will be its world premiere.
4/28 Santa Cruz Workers Memorial Day With Film “A Day’s Work
Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm
Resource Center for Nonviolence, 6112 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
In commemoration of Worker’s Memorial Day
Speakers include: Dave DeSario, filmmaker; Gail Bateson, Executive Director of Worksafe; Eric Berg, Cal/OSHA Acting Deputy Chief for Health; Alejandro Rayburn, Organizer for Teamsters Local 890
(Dave DeSario & David M. Garcia, 2014, 54 min, USA)
Link to the trailer for A Day’s Work.