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Event commemorating workers killed in Pittsburgh

Events were recently held commemorating Pittsburgh area employees killed during work-related accidents. It was referred to as "Workers' Memorial Day" that is held annually and organized by the local AFL-CIO. The event was organized both as a remembrance of workers killed and as a call to action to bring attention upon the needs for improvement in worker safety.

The workplace safety has improved from say 50-years ago there is still a great deal that can be done to eliminate many workplace injuries and fatalities. A large number of hazardous conditions at the workplace remain unregulated. This is especially true in the construction industry where a majority of workplace fatalities occur.

If a worker has been injured due to unsafe conditions or if a worker suspects workplace hazards continue to exist, it would be a good idea to contact an attorney experienced in employment related matters. Such attorneys can provide individual counsel and provide options as to what can be done.

Workplace injuries and fatalities have occurred in the Pittsburgh area in a variety of ways during the past two years. These would include:

  • A bus driver struck and killed by a car at a workplace parking lot
  • An assembly worker crushed to death while working with a piece of machinery
  • An armored car driver that was shot to death
  • A steamfitter was severely burned in an explosion

In all, there were 21 workplace deaths that have occurred in this two-year period. This is not as severe as say the 78 people killed in a single explosion more than a century ago. Even so, the death rate is unacceptably high for modern times. Even one workers' death is too many.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Danger in workplace recounted," by Kaitlynn Riely, April 28, 2012

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