The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is sponsoring two Workers’ Memorial Day events today in Lincoln. Rhonda Burke is an OSHA spokesperson and says on average, 12 people die on-the-job each day due to work related injuries and three million employees report serious job related injuries and illness.
According to a recent OSHA report, “Adding Inequality to Injury; The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers On-The-Job”, the impact of work related injuries has a $2 billion impact on our economy each year. Burke says, “They have found that workers injured on the job seldom regain their earning potential. We really want to take this opportunity on Workers’ Memorial Day to talk about the workers who have lost their lives and to remind employers and workers simple things they can do to stay safe on the job.”
OSHA is hosting Nebraska’s 3rd Annual Safety Expo today at the Country Inn & Suites, just off the I-80 airport exit in Lincoln until 3:30.
They are also holding a candlelight vigil on the north steps of the Nebraska State Capitol at 7 pm to remember and honor those who lost their lives on the job.