The 2nd Annual Workers’ Memorial Day program was held today in Baton Rouge at the Labor Union Hall. The event, organized by Corey Gaines, Director of OSHA Consultation with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, focused squarely on the national holiday’s message: “Mourn for the dead, fight for the living.” The keynote address, by Michael Darrough, EHS Director at SAPA Extrusions of Delhi, Louisiana, brought the crowd together with a reflective message – prioritizing safety is both about the workers themselves and their loved ones.
Last week, HB 575, seeking to change the status of workers’ comp judges from classified to unclassified, was deferred. The same day, SB 44, a bill delineating certain subrogation rights for employers, won approval from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. This week, the group self-insurance fund financial bill faces another Committee hearing and the measure mandating the licensure of workers’ comp adjusters moves to the House. Also, Workers’ Memorial Day will be recognized with a program at the Labor Union Hall in Baton Rouge.
The Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony at the Labor Union Hall on Tuesday, April 28th, marked the 45th year that the AFL-CIO-created event commemorated the lives of those workers who have lost their lives in accidents. The program featured a variety of labor and regulatory representatives that spoke on the importance of workplace safety in an effort to raise awareness about dangerous jobs and our responsibility to keep employees in Louisiana safe.