April 28, 2019: Worker's Memorial Day

WHEREAS, every year on April 28th communities and worksites around the world honor friends, family members, and colleagues who have been killed or injured on the job; and,

 

WHEREAS, The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 5,190 workers were killed by traumatic injuries. On average, 150 workers were killed on the job every day; and, 

 

WHEREAS, in 2017, there were 153 workplace fatalities in Michigan; and, 

 

WHEREAS, it is important to honor the memory of the courageous and dedicated members of Michigan's labor force who have been injured, disabled or have died as a result of workplace accidents; and, 

 

WHEREAS, we remember those who have died in workplace catastrophes, suffered occupational-related diseases, or have been injured due to dangerous conditions; and,

 

WHEREAS, recognition of the integrity of Michigan's workforce and its achievements is necessary; and,

 

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan wishes to pay tribute to the workers who have died, suffered injury or disabled in workplace accidents. We honor the contributions of Michigan's workforce and call for increased workplace safety;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2019, as Worker’s Memorial Day in Michigan.