Every worker deserves to make it home safe every day
The father of one of my best friends in college was killed in a coal mine in southwest Virginia when she was a young girl. She carries that loss with her every day of her life. I was in her wedding party and while she did not dwell on it, I know her walk down the aisle was bittersweet because her dad was not there. (Deborah Hersman is president and CEO of the National Safety Council)
At National Steel City we believe we can eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime. Workers’ Memorial Day (observed on April 28 ) reminds us that our mission is far from over. This day also reminds us that for every worker lost, there are many more people affected than we count in the statistics.
Preventable deaths are tragedies because they should not have happened. For 14 families every day, someone leaves for work and says goodbye or heads out before the sun comes up – not realizing it may be the last moment they share with the people they love.
This Memorial day let’s remember those who have lost their lives on the job and to remember those men and women who have died in military service for the United States.
Please continue to work safely and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend!