On Tuesday, thousands gathered in services across the country as part of the annual Workers Memorial Day remembrance. The day was established 46 years ago by the AFL-CIO to honor all workers who are killed on the job each year.
Construction led all other industries in workplace deaths in 2013, according to the most recent data available. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found 796 construction workers died on the job in 2013.
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Below is a small list of just some of the many services held around the U.S. on Tuesday.
- In Pittsburgh, a crowd gathered to remember 9 local workers killed in the last year, according to KDKA.
- In Indianapolis, 99 Indiana workers were honored, according to the Star.
- The City Club of Cleveland held a luncheon and the Plain Dealer published an editorial to honor workers killed on the job while calling for safer conditions.
- A ceremony in Charleston honored 17 West Virginia workers killed in 2014, according to a report from MetroNews.
- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet honored 91 workers killed on the job in the state between 1963 to 2011, according to the AP.
- Wyoming held its fourth Workers Memorial Day service at the state capitol in Cheyenne to honor the more than 30 workers that died on the job in the state, according to a report from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
- In Des Moines, Iowans remembered 38 workers who died on the job there last year, according to a report from WHO TV.