NH AFLCIO - NH Working Families to Join National Observance of Workers Memorial Day

Call for "Good Jobs, Safe Jobs"

Yesterday, on April 27th working families from the New Hampshire area gathered to commemorate Workers Memorial Day in honor of workers who were injured or killed on the job in NH last year and to call for stronger laws protecting workers' health and safety. Local community leaders and elected officials joined the NH COSH Workers Memorial Day dinner to call for the good, safe jobs that unbridled corporate recklessness has cost our country. This event was one of hundreds around the world as working families and union members commemorate sisters and brothers who have died on the job.

OSHA Region 1 Administrator Marthe Kent was the guest speaker at last night's event co-sponsored by the NH Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health, Manchester CLC, and the NH AFL-CIO.

"Just weeks after 29 miners were killed at the Massey Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, it's clear that workers' safety and health remain in serious danger," said Mark MacKenzie, "New Hampshire's working families need good, safe jobs now, so we're coming out here to raise our voices and call on Congress to create jobs and strengthen job safety laws."

Since 1970 when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed, more than 410,000 workers' lives have been saved due to improvements in job safety protections. Yet nationally, more than 4 million workers were injured and 5,214 workers were killed due to job hazards in 2008. Another 50,000 - 60,000 died due to occupational diseases.

On an average day, 14 workers lose their lives as a result of workplace injuries. Latino and immigrant workers are dramatically more likely to experience work-related fatalities.

The 2010 AFL-CIO Death on the Job report is available today at
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