Every year on April 28, we gather to pay respects to our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job -- and to fight for safe workplaces for all workers. The observance is known as Workers' Memorial Day, because just as we owe a debt we can never repay to the men and women who died defending our nation and our freedom, we owe a similar debt to those who died while laboring to create the prosperity we enjoy as Americans.
Falls are by far the leading killer of construction workers on the job. Falls from height have claimed more than 3,500 lives in the past decade. That's why I am asking everyone I know in the construction industry to join OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR starting May 4 in a nationwide "Safety Stand-Down" on our nation's construction sites.
Between May 4 and May 15, contractors, unions, and government agencies across the nation will direct attention to this killer that claims the life of a construction worker somewhere in America nearly every working day. Will you join us?
The Campaign to Stop Construction Falls has provided a resource page full of ideas how to take part: toolbox talks, streaming videos, handouts and apps - and even a 10-day plan of suggested activities. This Workers' Memorial Day, make a pledge to do your part to help stop construction falls.
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