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Workers' Memorial Day Pays Tribute to Fallen Employees

By Matt Wastradowski

Workers' Memorial Day 2016

Roughly 4,600 United States workers were killed on the job in 2014. That number is dramatically lower than when OSHA was established in 1971—roughly 14,000 workers were killed that year—yet work remains to be done. American workplaces must continue to take steps toward reducing risks and ensuring the number of deaths continues to fall.

Every year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day is observed in remembrance of the thousands of workers who have died on the job. The day serves as a tribute to their lives and a call to create safer facilities throughout the country.

Understand the OSHA General Duty Clause

The OSHA General Duty Clause states that employers must provide safe workplaces. The pivotal clause sets safety expectations for employers and is crucial to the health and well-being of workers throughout the United States. Learn what’s involved in a General Duty Clause violation, when this rule might be invoked, and the limitations of the clause.

Brush Up On Fall Protection

Ineffective or missing fall protection is a safety epidemic. It has been OSHA’s most-cited violation every year since 2011, and falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

These deaths are easily preventable, and OSHA’s guidelines for fall protection help employers establish a safer workplace. Learn more about fall protection, including relevant standards and guidelines, different forms of effective equipment, requirements specific to the construction industry, and more.

Learn More About Common Violations

Workplaces are safer than in the past, but preventable deaths continue to occur.

Graphic Products’ guide to OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2015 breaks down the hazards that inspectors see time and time again. Hazard communication and lockout/tagout violations are among the most common citations each year, and the free guide looks at how employers can keep employees safe.

Mines, meanwhile, are notorious for high-profile accidents, explosions, cave-ins, and other catastrophes that have claimed far too many lives. Mining deaths decreased in 2015, but they remain dangerous workplaces. MSHA’s Top 10 Mining Safety Violations of 2015 break down the most common violations and provides insight on how mine operators can take steps toward a safer environment.

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