The Vermont Department of Labor recognizes today, April 28, 2021 as National Workers’ Memorial Day, which is celebrated each year on the anniversary of the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Workers Memorial Day serves as an opportunity to remember all individuals who have lost their lives as a result of an incident in the workplace.
Across the country there have been more than a half million deaths from COVID-19, with many in the U.S. coming from people getting sick at work. We in Vermont have been lucky, as no COVID-related deaths have been linked back to the workplace. This is in no small part due to work done by our employer and worker community, who have come together to ensure the mutual safety of Vermonters in the workplace during this once-in-100-years pandemic.
Today we remember all the people across our country and our state who have lost their lives while on the job and recognize that we must continue our work to ensure all Vermonters are able to return home, safe and healthy.
More information on Workers Memorial Day can be found from the U.S Department of Labor at https://www.osha.gov/workers-memorial.