Thousands of workers lose their lives while on the job each year. For this reason, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, we acknowledge Workers Memorial Day and the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
What is Workers Memorial Day?
Workers Memorial Day honors workers who lost their lives “to largely preventable fatal injuries and illnesses.”
This year, Workers Memorial Day will also recognize the many frontline workers who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals include healthcare workers, grocery workers, meatpackers, nurses, delivery drivers, farmworkers, law enforcement officers, teachers, and sanitation workers.
In addition, this day of remembrance seeks to “renew the fight for strong safety and health protections.”
Across the country, in observation of this day, OSHA and other organizations will host memorial services, candlelight vigils, and educational opportunities.
Moreover, a national Workers Memorial Day program, hosted by the Department of Labor, will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 2 pm ET via YouTube. This event is open to the general public and can be watched here.
What is OSHA?
Many workers know of OSHA, the administration behind Workers Memorial Day. But, few know exactly what this administration does.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA, as part of the United States Department of Labor, strives to “ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
For example, OSHA presides over the majority of private-sector employers and employees. Furthermore, OSHA creates standards or regulations “to serve as criteria for measuring whether employers are in compliance with the OSH Act laws.”
This year, OSHA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Hurt on the Job? We Can Help.
In short, as showcased by Workers Memorial Day 2021, workplace injuries are very common in the United States. If you sustained an injury on the job you may qualify for workers’ compensation.
Keches Law Group’s skilled and experienced workers’ compensation lawyers are prepared to assist you. Contact us today.