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A Round-Up of Workers Memorial Day Coverage

UPDATE (May 1, 2012): More than a few people took the time to forward us additional links to coverage of Workers Memorial Day events from around the country. We’ve updated our round-up, below, to include these additions.

Michael Florio, executive director of the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, speaks during a ceremony at the Teamsters Local 404′ hall to observe Workers Memorial Day on Friday. Photo by  

In addition to a proclamation from President Obama, Workers Memorial Day drew strong media coverage around the country this year, thanks to the tireless efforts of workplace safety advocates – including the local COSH organizations – organized labor, the faith community and the friends and family of workers who lost their lives on the job.

Below is a round-up of media coverage from around the country. It is by no means comprehensive, nor is it meant to be, but it will give you an idea of the depth of the coverage that Workers Memorial Day received, and if you’ve got a link to a story that we haven’t posted here, send us the link and we’ll make sure to include it.


Sacramento Bee – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced a new campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry. The awareness campaign will provide employers and workers with life-saving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and another 255 workers were killed.


Huffington Post – Workers Memorial Day, in its 23rd year, is an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to workplace tragedies to gather and remember both those that they have lost and the thousands of other workers who have also lost their lives to workplace injuries or illnesses. Across the country, on average, 12 workers lose their lives each and every day. That is more than 87 lives lost each week.

WCTV-TV – Community leaders gathered at Dorothy B. Oven Park Saturday 4-28-12 as part of Workers Memorial Day.


Des Moines Register – Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro said the solemn ceremony each year reminds Iowans that dangers at work can take lives, despite safety regulations and the best common sense efforts of workers. “It serves as a reminder that many times we don’thave any control over events that can change our lives,” Mauro said.

Mason City Globe-GazetteCommunity members, and local city and labor officials gathered at the VFW Post 733 in Mason City Saturday to recognize Workers Memorial Day remembering those who have been killed and injured while working in North Iowa.

An unidentified woman places a flower on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Boston, Massachusetts, on Workers Memorial Day.


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Provincetown Banner – This year’s Workers’ Memorial Day will honor the late Sean Strakele, a Provincetown summer resident, along with 57 other workers from across the state who died while they were on the job. Strakele, 37, was a diver who drowned offshore of Provincetown on May 23, 2011.

Taunton Gazette – “It’s all over the world,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. “On Workers Memorial Day, people come together to honor those workers who” ve lost their lives.” – No one in a workplace, be they management or labor, should let the idea that “it can’thappen to me” stop them from reaching for that safety harness, that hard hat or that reflective orange vest or taking any other step to ensure safety. Michael J. Florio, executive director of the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, gave that warning Friday during a Workers Memorial Day ceremony at Teamsters Local 404 Hall at 115 Progress Ave.

WWLP-TV22 – 12 workers die on the job every day in the United States. In the last year, 58 people were killed on the job in Massachusetts. To remember those whose lives were lost on the job, the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health held one of three Workers Memorial Day ceremonies in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

Worcester Telegram – Labor and community leaders gathered at the Statehouse yesterday to honor 58 men and women who died while working in 2011.

New Jersey – Local officials met on Friday to recognize those who have been injured or killed on the job and to focus on the importance and need for better health and safety conditions in the workplace.

The Daily Record – On Workers Memorial Day, today, April 28, we remember the millions who have been injured at work, killed on the job, or suffered from work-related illness. In the U.S. an average of 12 workers die on the job each day. In New Jersey 72 workers died on the job in 2011. Tragically many of these deaths could have been prevented.

New York

Mid-Hudson News Network – HIGHLAND- Workers Memorial Day was commemorated Saturday as members of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation gathered on the Walkway Over the Hudson.   The day is set aside to remember those who have been killed and injured with working. – April 28th is Worker’s Memorial Day and across Central New York and the Southern Tier Saturday, working men and women gathered to remember those who died on the job.

WETM-TVThis year’s Workers Memorial Day held special meaning for many Schuyler County union workers.

The Amsterdam News – Every year, the labor movement pauses on April 28 to fight for the living and honor the dead. This is Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual remembrance started in 1989 to direct attention to workers who die or are injured on the job.

Middletown Times Herald-Record – Every day, 12 workers die on the job across America. As the nation’s secretary of labor, I am surrounded by numbers about jobs, the labor market and the economy. But the number 12 stays with me. It is a haunting reminder of the hardworking Americans we lose needlessly every day.

North Carolina

News & Observer – More than 50 people gathered in front of the N.C. Department of Labor building Friday to remember people who have been killed on the job and to call on the state to do more to protect workers.

NBC17 – A new report finds job deaths in North Carolina are under-reported and Hispanic workers are particularly at work.

North Dakota

WDAY-TV – Workers are remembering those who lost their lives while on the job. In 2011 twenty-nine workers lost their lives while on the job, more than double 2010’s total of 13.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – A bell rang Downtown Friday afternoon for Timothy Mingo. The 51-year-old assembly worker was killed July 8 when he was crushed by a piece of machinery at a Lawrenceville factory.

York Daily Record –   Michael Selby was a dedicated man. At home, the 60-year-old Hanover resident was the father of three whose joys in life were his seven energetic grandchildren. At work, he was a 42-year veteran employee of SKF USA. Selby had been working as a mechanic at the Penn Township operation most of his life, save for a stint in the U.S. Air Force. But, in September 2011, all that abruptly came to an end.Michael Selby was a dedicated man.


Knoxville News-Sentinel – People should be able to go to work without fear that the place where they make their living will lead to their death, said one of the organizers of the annual Workers’ Memorial Day event Saturday at the City County Building.

West Virginia

Graffiti – The 21 West Virginia workers who died on the job last year were remembered during a ceremony at the Capitol Complex.

Charleston Gazette-Mail – A safe working environment and stronger enforcement of labor laws were called for Saturday by numerous policymakers from across the state.

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