Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council
is recognizing Workers’ Memorial Day on Sunday, April 28, by remembering all
workers who have died on the job and reaffirming its commitment to collaborative
efforts to promote employee safety.
In 2011, nearly 4,000 workplace injury fatalities
occurred, according to Injury Facts,
2013 edition. Up until three years ago, these fatalities were improving, but
have since remained flat. Additionally, an estimated 53,000 illness fatalities occur
each year from exposure to occupational health hazards.
“The National Safety Council has been
dedicated to keeping workplaces safe since its inception a century ago. While
progress has been made, our ultimate goal is zero injuries, illnesses and
deaths,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety
Council. “This Workers’ Memorial Day our thoughts go out to the families who’ve
lost loved ones. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to save lives and
prevent injuries and illnesses.”
Workers’ Memorial Day is observed
annually to coincide with the date of the establishment of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971. The Council has maintained an
alliance with OSHA since 2003 to improve workplace safety and health practices
and provide American workers with safety information, guidance and access to
training resources. The alliance particularly emphasizes helping small
businesses and minority and youth workers become aware of information and strategies
for staying safe on the job.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by
Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is
a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries
and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through
leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by
partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the
public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen
driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.