NSC Remembers Workers Who Died, Calls on Companies to do More to Protect America's Workforce

Statement attributable to Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

April 28, 2020

Itasca, IL – National Safety Council President and CEO Lorraine Martin issued the following statement to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, and urge business leaders across the country to prioritize safety at work today and in a post-pandemic world. With 5,250 workplace deaths in 2018, work-related fatalities in the U.S. have reached the highest number reported since 2008, when they totaled 5,214. The pandemic has further complicated employers’ role in keeping their workers safe.

“Every year on April 28 we observe Workers’ Memorial Day to remember and honor those who lost their lives on the job. This year, our hearts are especially heavy as the safety of so many loved ones working on the front lines is impacted by this pandemic. I am calling on my fellow business leaders across the country to ask what more we can do to make sure our workers get home safely at the end of the day.

“For more than 100 years, NSC has been a partner to employees to address safety challenges in times of great uncertainty. Now, more than ever, we remain committed to help businesses protect workers from all hazards, all the time.

“That commitment is what led to the formation of SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns, a comprehensive, multifaceted effort to help employers ensure that safety is at the core of all business decisions. Comprised of nonprofit organizations, businesses, medical professionals, government agencies and trade associations, the SAFER task force will develop guidelines and recommendations to help employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations.

“NSC is able to remain steadfast in our mission of eliminating preventable injuries and deaths so people can live their fullest lives because of generous philanthropic support. Thanks to this support, NSC is able to stay nimble and address the safety of all of our partners in new ways in response to the world’s current landscape. I challenge other businesses and individuals to make a donation to NSC today, either in honor of Worker’s Memorial Day or #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, so we can continue our efforts to keep people safe.

“We need to keep our workers safe today so we can have a healthy workforce when it comes time to return to our usual work environments and routines. So, today, let’s honor those lost and commit to do more to protect the workers of tomorrow.”

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