Everyone plans to come back home at the end of the day when they step out of the door each morning to go to work. For most Americans that is the case, but a recent event sponsored by a local union helps remember those workers who couldn't return home. Last Saturday, over 75 people turned out at the United Steelworkers, Local 105, union hall in an event sponsored by the Alcoa Davenport Works joint safety and health committee to observe Worker's Memorial Day.
The goal of the event is to draw attention to the fact that at least a dozen people are killed while on their job each day. Events such as this one highlight the need to remain constantly vigilant about workplace safety. There is a stone in front of the Union hall on which the names of eight members of Local 105 are etched on its face. They are a painful reminder that there are some that don't return home at the end of the workday.
According to 2012 statistics from the Department of Labor, 229 workers died while working at their jobs in Illinois and Iowa that year. Another 170,000 reported being injured at work. At the event, the widow of a man who died at a nearby plant sang a memorial song along with her daughter in remembrance of those who died.
As these statistics demonstrate, workplace deaths, industrial plant accidents, toxic exposure, etcetera, are all unfortunate realities of modern labor. The good news is that wrongful death lawsuits and other legal actions often hold companies accountable which choose to engage in unsafe work practices. If you have a loved one who has been killed or injured as a result of a preventable workplace accident you should know that there may be legal assistance with recovering money for your loss.
Source: Quad-City Times, "Event remembers workers killed on the job" Ed Tibbetts, Apr. 26, 2014