In memoriam:

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued a statement about Workers’ Memorial Day, which was observed yesterday, April 28th. Perez states in part: “Each year, Workers’ Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of a day’s work, and to recommit to keeping workers safe on the job. In 2015, as we mark the five-year anniversaries of three tragedies – the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which 11 workers lost their lives, the Upper Big Branch mine disaster which took the lives of 29 miners, and the Tesoro refinery explosion which killed seven workers – we are reminded that while we have made great strides in worker safety, we must do more.” In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the U.S.

Read Secretary Perez’s full statement via WorkCompWire here. Read Comp Blog’s coverage of the Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony in Baton Rouge here.

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