This Saturday, April 28, is Workers Memorial Day. On this day, we remember the extraordinary sorrow that far too many families still suffer as a result of unsafe working conditions. It is also the 41st anniversary of the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the beginning an era when the basic right to a safe and healthful workplace became the law.
To honor fallen workers and raise awareness of the workplace challenges still faced, the Labor Department is initiating a social media campaign to spread the message of Workers Memorial Day and share stories of those who have been touched by injuries in the workplace.
Today, we changed our social media profile images to the graphic above, and we’re asking our friends and followers to do the same. Through your actions, we hope others in your networks will take the time to explore the significance of Workers Memorial Day and show their support in turn.
In addition, we encourage everyone who posts about Worker Memorial Day on social networks to “tag” us so that we can help recognize as many of these stories as possible. We’re using the hashtag #WorkersRemembered on Twitter (@USDOL). Those using Facebook can tag the U.S. Department of Labor page.
Even if we don’t capture every story of a life touched by unsafe working conditions, it’s important that these experiences are shared. Each story that expresses the human costs of cutting corners on safety can educate others about the vital need to protect every worker in this country.