Nationwide ceremonies recognize those who died while working

A ceremony remembering Vermilion County workers who died while on the job will be held in Danville – continuing a call for greater safety measures for all workers.

The Workers Memorial Day ceremony took place at 2pm April 28 at the Workers’ Memorial on North Hazel Street, just south of Cherry Street (beside the Kruger Coan Pape Funeral Home) in Danville.

Workers Memorial Day has taken place each year since the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect more than 50 years ago. While labor unions are leading the fight for greater workplace protections, the day honors all of those whose lives were lost on the job, regardless of whether they were union members.

“We want to recognize those we’ve lost to ensure they are never forgotten,” said Kevin Sage, Building Trades President. “Far too many friends, family members and colleagues have died due to situations that could have been prevented. We must continue to work together to ensure workplace safety is a fundamental right and that everyone goes home safely at the end of their workday.”