Each year, thousands of working men and women die on the job. On April 28, we observe Workers' Memorial Day to remember those men and women who have suffered or died on the job from workplace injuries and diseases. It is our opportunity to renew our efforts for safe workplaces and bring together workers, their families, community-based worker centers, unions, environmentalists, and other health and safety advocates in a unified effort to alert the public and the government to our outrage and our demands for action that leads to better workplace health and safety.
This report will highlight stories of workers killed on the job last year; data about worker fatalities from 2011 -- the latest year for which we have complete records; new and ongoing trends in workplace safety; and our recommendations to keep workers safe on the job.
This report is not intended to be comprehensive. The fatalities depicted here represent only a fraction of the workers killed on the job, and the issues discussed throughout the report only begin to touch on hazards that many workers experience on the job. Additionally, this report does not cover the tens of thousands of workers who develop occupational illnesses every year -- the "silent killers" at many American workplaces.
Information for this report was compiled by using a variety of resources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), documentation from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as well as from news stories and analyses