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.