National Workers Memorial Day

On April 28th, communities and workplaces across the country recognized National Workers Memorial Day.  The first Workers Memorial Day was recognized in 1989 and was assigned its date because it marks the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act signed in 1971.

The day is recognized every year to memorialize workers injured or killed performing work duties.  Workers Memorial Day was honored by the United Nations in 2001 as World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

According to the latest U.S. worker injury and fatality figures, 4,340 were killed on the job in 2009.  In addition, 50,000 people were estimated to have passed away from occupational diseases. Furthermore, 4.1 million people reported being injured or becoming ill in workplaces.