We talk a lot about the business benefits of safety: lower insurance premiums, fewer lost-time days, greater productivity. And while those are essential, the reason we do what we do is because of people. We want every single worker to go home at the end of the day in one piece.
Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, said, “No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people.” It’s easy to get lost in the statistics. Thousands of life-changing injuries and fatalities. But these workers have names—and families. Here are just a few of those workers:
- On 11/13/2015 in Oklahoma, Roberto Garcia Ochoa killed in trench collapse.
- On 11/19/2015 in Maryland, Robert Mathias Sr. died from exposure to diesel additive.
- On 11/26/2015 in Colorado, Ronald Weisbart died after being buried under feed and hay.
- On 11/27/2015 in Kentucky, Richard Schrader died from inhalation of dust from construction project.
- On 12/1/2015 in Texas, Rosemary Arreola asphyxiated while cleaning tank that held Petroleum Distillate.