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Workers’ Memorial Week was from April 23-30 in 2018. Both AFL-CIO and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health found the week an appropriate time to release reports that highlight workplace safety: “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” and “The Dirty Dozen 2018“, respectively. The statistics in “Death on the Job” prompted AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka to say that the United States is in a “national crisis.” The organization is calling for safety and health improvements from federal agencies such as OSHA and MSHA.
Some of the findings of “Death on the Job” include:
“The Dirty Dozen 2018” is a list of US employers that the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health claim have jeopardized worker safety. The criteria for the list included:
The report also highlights the increase in workplace fatalities in 2016 while also going over the most at risk groups, the dangers of long-term exposure and the unregulated and dangerous flavoring chemicals used in food production.
After the release of both reports, OSHA deputy assistant secretary of labor Loren Sweatt said “American workplaces have become much safer in the decades since [OSHA opened its doors in 1971]. We will continue to work with our partners across the country… to make every workplace safe and healthful.” President and CET of NSC Deborah A.P. Hersman had this to say: “Preventable deaths are tragedies because they should not have happened. Committing to eliminating all preventable workplace deaths may seem like a daunting task, but when you think of the 5,190 families and communities that carry the loss of loved ones for a lifetime, it is the only acceptable goal.”