A gathering late Friday afternoon at Green Island Park honored people who have lost their lives on the job.
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show an average of 13 American workers a day die of workplace injuries. In 2015, more than 4,800 workers were killed on the job. Each year, between 50,000 and 60,000 workers die from occupational diseases caused by exposures to toxic chemicals and other health hazards, such as silica and beryllium.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 104 workers were killed in Wisconsin in 2015, and many more suffered from preventable, occupational diseases.
“Workplace safety should be a right for every worker, and we will fiercely fight for workplace protections for all,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, in a Workers Memorial Day statement.
“As a nation, we must stop putting profits and politics over the safety and health of workers, too many of which continue to suffer injuries and even death on the job,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, secretary-treasurer of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.