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April 28, 2022

Dying for Work in Massachusetts

MassCOSH released the Dying for Work report as part of Greater Boston’s observation of the 33rd annual International Workers’ Memorial Day. At the steps of the Massachusetts statehouse, MassCOSH, labor advocates, and family members of those who lost a loved one at work read the names of those lost on the job over the past year and speakers demanded actions be taken to make work safer and fairer for all.

Occupational Health Clinical Center

Occupational Disease in New York State: an Update

Occupational disease is an epidemic that is largely ” hidden in plain sight.” At the same time, work-related disease is preventable. Since these illnesses arise or are made worse by hazardous workplace conditions, elimination or reduction of those hazards eliminates or reduces disease.

More than 30 years ago, a report by Drs. Landrigan and Markowitz found that more than 5,000 NYS workers died from an occupational disease and at least 35,000 more developed a workrelated illness each year. This new report shows that occupational disease remains a major public health problem in New York State, with little progress made since 1987.

Annually, over seven thousand New Yorkers lose their lives due to preventable exposure to workplace hazards, and at any given time, over two million New Yorkers suffer from a non-fatal work-related disease. Protecting workers from these hazards requires a multi-faceted approach, addressing disease recognition, treatment and prevention, and must involve both governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations and advocates. View the Report

Mississippi Worker Center on Human Rights
April 24, 2021

Webinar – Southern Workers Health & Safety Summit – “Dying to Make a Living”

The Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights and National Employment Law Project hosted a virtual Southern Workers Health & Safety Summit in honor of Workers’ Memorial Day. The summit brought together injured, temporary and other marginalized workers to share their stories and develop strategies for improving workplace conditions and protecting workers from preventable occupational hazards.

April 28, 2021

Dying for Work in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Dying for Work Report Documents Loss of Workers Lives on the Job in 2019 and 2020. Links for the first time working outside the home to a dramatic risk of death due to COVID-19

September 24, 2020

How Safe are our School Buildings

MassCOSH and Boston Teachers Union released a report on the readiness of school buildings to open for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The report makes recommendations for opening based on science and direct inspection of the Boston Public School facilities.

April 27, 2020

The Capital District Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and the Northeast NY Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health along with our affiliated unions and community partners put together this video commemorating all the workers who died in the Capital Region in 2019, and to honor all the essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 efforts.  

April 28, 2020

Dying for Work in California

Worksafe releases Dying at Work in California each April 28th to bear witness to the human toll of unsafe and unhealthy work. The release coincides with Workers Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance for those who have been hurt and killed on the job.

April 26, 2019

Dying for Work in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) released a new report documenting the loss of life taking place at worksites across Massachusetts. Titled Dying for Work in Massachusetts: Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces, the 28-page report details how workers like Williams lost their lives on the job and what must be done to keep workers safe.


April 28, 2019

Dying at Work in California

Dying at Work in California 2019 is Worksafe’s eighth annual report on the state of safety and health protections for California workers. In it, we remember the lives that have been lost, and we highlight opportunities for improving worker health and safety in California.



Dying for Work in Massachusetts:  Loss of life and limb in Massachusetts workplaces
April 26, 2018

Work continues to kill and maime workers in epidemic and alarming numbers. This report has been compiled to recognize the workers and their families and to highlight these tolls….Seventy-four workers in Massachusetts lost their lives on the job in 2017, representing a 11 year high in worker fatality rates in the Commonwealth. Fatal injuries at work killed 64 of these workers.  


Dying for Work in California: Workers’ Memorial Day
April 28, 2018

Last year, hundreds of California workers went to work and never came home. Thousands went to work and returned badly injured. This report
is about these workers…Worksafe releases Dying at Work in California annually to commemorate Workers Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance for workers killed and injured on the job.


Massachusetts, AFL-CIO & Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health

Dying for Work in Massachusetts: Loss of life and limb in Massachusetts workplaces
April 28, 2017

In 2016, 70 workers in Massachusetts lost their lives on the job, a ten-year high in worker fatality rates in the Commonwealth. Report included an “in memoriam” section, as well as a chapter on fatal injuries and death by industry; the Boston trench tragedy; opioid addiction; risks of being a young worker; and data on OSHA investigations and penalties.

South Florida Council on Occupational Safety & Health

Dying for Work in Florida
April 28, 2017

South Florida COSH found that there were 272 fatal injuries in 2014, an increase of 19% from the 228 fatalities in 2014; returning Florida to number three of the top three states for workplace deaths. The report included nationwide and Florida demographic data; stories behind the numbers on workers deaths and injuries and an in memoriam section.


Analysis of Tesla Injury Rates: 2014 to 2017
May 24, 2017

In April 2017, Tesla workers requested copies of the OSHA form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses that companies are required by law to make available to their employees. Worksafe analyzed and interpreted the data to evaluate how the Tesla plant compared to other auto manufacturing facilities. Worksafe’s report found Tesla’s total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 31% higher than the industry-wide incident rate at 8.8 injuries per 100 workers vs 6.7 for the auto manufacturing industry as a whole; Tesla’s total injury rate for 2016 was 8.1 injuries per 100 workers; and the rate of serious injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant – those that result in days away from work, restricted duty or job transfer – was approximately double the industry rate for 2015.


Central New York Occupational Health Clinic

At All Costs: Workers’ Memorial Day 2017
April 28, 2017

In 2016, 42 workers died in Central and Northern New York. Another 16 died, but their information is still confidential, bringing the year’s totalt to 58. About 3,000 people died from lingering occupational diseases and illnesses. The report included an in memoriam chapter; a Workers’ Memorial Day Resolution; workers’ comp issues; inequality at work; work-related suicides; and the hazards of food flavorings.  

New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health

List  of Worker Fatalities
April 28, 2017

Report on worker fatalities in New York showed that from January 2016 to April 28 2017, there were 48 worker deaths in New York City, including workers who died due to 9/11 illnesses. In 2015 there were 162 deaths in NY State and  74 in  NYC.  

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

Dirty and Dangerous: Worker Safety and Health in New York City’s Scofflaw Commercial Waste Industry
May 3, 2016

Report  reveals that commercial waste work is among New York City’s most dangerous jobs. Researchers found that non-union commercial waste companies routinely violate legal requirements with impunity, with high rates of preventable injuries and fatalities.  The report includes eight case studies of recent worker fatalities, chemical exposures, and amputations in New York City’s commercial waste sector.


Knox Area Workers’ Memorial Day Committee

Tennessee Workers: Dying for a Job
April 28, 2016  

The report on worker fatalities in Tennessee for 2014 and 2015 includes an in memoriam section; positive developments for workers in Tennessee; areas of concern; and recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, as well as public and private employers.



MassCOSH and Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Dying for Work in Massachusetts
April 28, 2016

63 workers lost their lives in Massachusetts in 2015. This report includes an “In Memoriam” tribute, as well as chapters on workplace violence; climate change; transportation deaths; “workplace wellness” programs; unequal job protections for municipal workers; and the role and effectiveness of OSHA.

South Florida COSH

Workers’ Memorial Day Report for Florida
April 28, 2016

South Florida COSH’s analysis found that workplace fatalities in Florida have dropped slightly from 239 deaths in 2013 to 228 deaths, causing Florida to slip to number four in the list of states with the highest number of workplace deaths for the first time in many years.

Construction; administrative & waste services; and transportation & warehousing remain the three industries with the highest number of workplace fatalities in Florida.

Houston COSH (Fe y Justicia)

Worker Memorial Day Report 2016: Workplace Fatalities in the Houston Area
April 28, 2016

Report includes an analysis of worker deaths in the Houston area; overall worker fatality trends in Texas; a report on OSHA activities in Houston and in Texas; a section on heat hazards; and an “In Memoriam” section with remembrances of local workers who lost their lives on the job. This report is also available in Spanish.

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health

Fatal Falls: The Downside of the Construction Boom
January 26, 2016

Findings of the report revealed that 83% of OSHA inspections led to a violation, the vast majority of them defined as “serious.” But the average penalty was $1,963, which advocates state is too low to deter violations effectively. Because of OSHA’s severe budget constraints, inspections are limited, which leaves construction workers at risk at a time when the construction industry is booming.

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

Health and Hardship: Stories from 9/11’s Unsung Heroes
September 11, 2015  

A compilation of first-person accounts from responders who recall their experiences on 9/11 and subsequent World Trade Center-related illnesses. This report was written in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Price of Life: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC
May 2015

The construction sector represents 20% of occupational fatalities in the state of New York. This report memorializes the dead, and details the risk factors and causes of preventable deaths.

Knox Area Workers’ Memorial Day Committee

Tennessee Workers: Dying for a Job
April 2015

A report on worker fatalities in Tennessee in 2013 and 2014, in honor of Workers’ Memorial Day. Includes information on 172 known Tennessee worker fatalities, eleven in-depth stories on individual workers, positive developments, on-going concerns, and recommendations.

South Florida COSH

Workplace deaths in Florida with a focus on Southeast Florida
April 28, 2015

Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 report on the 239 deaths in Florida in 2013, with specific workers’ stories, and recommendations for employers, employees, elected officials, and community members.

New Jersey Work Environment Council

Danger in the Dark: How Gov. Christie Helps Oil, Chemical, and Railroad Companies Cover Up Potential Catastrophes
December 2014

Under federal law, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is responsible for ensuring that the state’s counties and municipalities have an up-to-date Emergency Response Plan, and that they make these plans acccessible for public review.

The report finds that Gov. Christie has failed to ensure the public availability of these plans, and that this failure places the public at significant risk for chemical fires, explosions, and other toxic emergencies.

Workers Memorial Week 2014

The Knox Area Workers Memorial Day Committee has released “Tennessee Workers: Dying for a Job- A report on worker fatalities in Tennessee, 2012 & 2013,” focusing on unnecessary deaths on public works projects, the high fatality rate among immigrant and Latino workers, and the lack of enforcement- according to the report “at current staffing levels, it would take 69 years to investigate every covered worksite in Tennessee.” The report gives 24 recommendations for federal, state, and local government, as well as public and private employers.

The Fe y Justicia Worker Center‘s Workers Memorial Day Report: Deaths at Houston Workplaces in 2013 lists 47 Houston-area workers who lost their lives on the job in 2013; provides the personal stories of some of those workers; identifies trends; and reports on local occupational safety and health initiatives.

Finally, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers of New York released “Low-Wage Work in Syracuse: Worker Health in the New Economy.” The authors surveyed 275 workers in central New York, and concluded that “Low-wage jobs have become fundamental to the economy… those who work these jobs face the worst working conditions and are at serious risk of occupational injury or illness.”

Workers’ Memorial Week 2013

Workers’ Memorial Week 2012

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