Every year on April 28th, Workers' Memorial Day is marked around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
According to a report released on April 21, 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of fatal injuries occurring in workplaces in the U.S. is still a cause of serious concern. Data from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicate that 4,679 workers lost their lives because of injuries sustained in the workplace.
This year's CDC report shows that hearing impairment is on the rise. It was established that at least 22 million workers in the U.S. work in places that expose them to occupational noise. In fact, it was found that occupational hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise is the most-common workplace illness in the country.
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Business owners can mark Workers' Memorial Day in different ways. One is to find out which activities have been organized by state and workplace safety agencies and have workers participate in them. The day can also be remembered at the workplace with a brief gathering. Employees can observe a minute of silence in honor of those who lost their lives. Managers and supervisors must allow workers to raise any concerns they have about their work environment. Also, employees should feel encouraged to submit suggestions that can help strengthen workplace safety.
Businesses can make or purchase purple Workers' Memorial Day ribbons and distribute them around the workplace to create awareness. This can be concluded with an event such as planting a Workers' Memorial Day tree at a park. Employees can also dedicate a painting, sculpture or even a bench to the day.