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Speak Up For Safe Work

By Graphic Products Editorial Staff

At least 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses occur in the U.S. every year. Most of these stories go untold – until now.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) has launched SpeakUp4SafeWork.org, a bilingual website that tells the stories of American workers facing daily hazards on the job.

The website gives workers a chance to shine a light on the dangerous conditions they face and the daily obstacles they overcome to take home a paycheck. The website also tells the stories of workers who never come home, those who lost their lives, as detailed a Workers Memorial Week report.

“Our fight for safer working conditions has to be grounded in the real-life experience of working people,” said National COSH Executive Director Mary Vogel. “Our local COSH partners and their member activists have done a great service by gathering these important stories. By making sure their voices are heard, we can help workers stay safe on the job.”

Stories featured on the new site include:

  • Henry Johnson, a demolition worker assigned to a temp agency who was placed on a lead abatement site without proper protection from contamination
  • Pedro Covarubia, a construction worker who was denied medical attention on the job after a severe back injury
  • Sharon H., a physical therapist who was attacked by one of her patients
  • Pedro Cosme, an agricultural worker who suffered serious injuries when struck by a tractor
  • Tomas Garcia, fired by his employer after reporting an injury while working in the kitchen of a well-known Boston hotel

Visitors to the site can contribute their own stories about workplace safety and health issues, using an interactive on-line interview tool available in both Spanish and English. The website also features a library of tools for health and safety trainers and organizers, and resources to find the nearest National COSH affiliate or advocacy project.