The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) first established Workers’ Memorial Day in 1970, the same year that the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect. Philaposh, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of injured workers, provides training and technical assistance to unions and workers on a variety of safety and health topics and fights for the creation of stronger laws to protect workers and their rights, is hosting its 33rd annual breakfast program and memorial service this April 22nd. Galfand Berger is proud to support Philaposh’s upcoming event, which honors American men and women who died from work-related traumatic injury or illness.
The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO is a sponsor of the event, which is the longest-running and largest workers’ memorial of its kind in the country. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 4,764 workers died and 2.7 million sustained injuries in workplace-related incidents in 2020. The number of injuries and deaths was slightly lower that year than in previous years; several occupational safety and health experts believe that the decrease resulted primarily from fewer individuals working on-site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the lower number of injuries and deaths, 13 workers died each day in 2020, or approximately one every 111 minutes. There is no question that making strides towards improving workplace safety and health efforts need to be one a national priority.
Some workers face higher risks for occupational illness and injury than others do. The BLS reports that individuals in the following industries sustain the highest rate of work-related illness and injury:
Since 1975, Philaposh’s mission statement has been “the prevention of injury, disease and death on the job through information, education, technical assistance and political action”. The non-profit is comprised largely of unions, health and legal professionals who work together to secure the organization’s goals. Over the years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has bestowed numerous grants upon Philaposh to aid in the continuation of the organization’s critical work.
If you were injured in a workplace accident, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP today. Call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Allentown and Harrisburg.