WORKERS MEMORIAL WEEK HONORED IN ArtRage WINDOWS
April 23 – April 30, 2017
Workers Memorial Week is a time to remember those who have suffered and died because of a job, or were hurt or got sick because of one. Focused around April 28 — Workers’ Memorial Day — it’s also a time to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities and a time to renew the fight for healthy and safe jobs. April 28th is the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces for those they employ.
Featured in our windows are workers of Central New York, the North County and the Southern Tier who were killed or died because of work in 2016. One was seriously injured. There were many more that are not accounted for, especially people who died because of illnesses or diseases related to work. Names, dates, photos and text were provided by the New York State Department of Health with assistance from the Syracuse Occupational Health Clinical Center.
On April 4th, President Donald Trump signed legislation loosening the time requirements for employers keeping accurate records of injuries and illnesses reported to them. Workplace health and safety experts warn that rolling back the OSHA record-keeping rule will enable unscrupulous companies to fudge their injury data and conceal ongoing hazards from regulators. In turn, that could make it harder for OSHA to identify recurring problems at particular employers and in broader industries. (Source: Huffington Post 4/4/2017)
The Trump administration also wants to erase an important worker training fund, do away with the Chemical Safety Board, reduce enforcement and increase “consultation” activities, and delay regulations that would protect farm workers, the construction industry, those working with beryllium, and miners (a rule requiring mines be safe before people start working in them).
Be sure to spend some time with this display when you visit ArtRage during the month of April!