April 28 is Workers' Memorial Day. It’s an occasion for reflection and
remembrance of the workers who have needlessly suffered fatal injuries on the
job, as well as the suffering that their friends, families and communities have
endured. We also think of those workers who have been seriously injured or
sickened as a result of preventable workplace hazards.
Nevada, 19 workplace fatalities were reported and investigated by Nevada OSHA
"We aren’t ever prepared to
say goodbye to the people we love, but even less so when we send our loved ones
off for a day's work,” said NV OSHA Chief Administrative
Officer John Wanamaker. “The intent of the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration Act is to ensure that all workers come home safely at the
end of each workday. We at Nevada OSHA firmly believe that workplace injuries
and fatalities are entirely preventable. In the 41 years since the Act was
enacted, we have made tremendous progress, but our steadfast mission to make
every job in America a safe job must continue.”Employers,
employees, business leaders, trade organizations and communities all have a
responsibility to do their respective parts to ensure that workplace practices
promote safe and healthful working conditions.
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the Division of
Industrial Relations provides free safety consultation services to employers to
address areas of concern.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the
families and friends that have lost a loved one on the job. At SCATS, we work
diligently to ensure that all Nevadans that work to earn a living can do just
that. We partner with employers to
identify areas of concern to prevent serious illness and injury. I encourage all employers to utilize our
services, which are provided free of charge,” said Todd Shultz, SCATS CAO.
this day of remembrance, the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health
Administration and the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section, honors
the 19 fallen workers and their families.
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