WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today released the following statement to commemorate Workers Memorial Day:

“Today we remember generations of workers who have died on the job or were injured or disabled because of their labor,” Brown said. “We’ve made progress towards keeping the American worker safe in the workplace, but new threats to worker safety and workers’ rights have emerged. From confronting insidious attempts to stifle workers’ voices to stopping blatant efforts to strip teachers, sanitation workers, police officers, and fire fighters of the right to collectively bargain for fair pay and safety equipment, we must continue the fight to protect our workers.”

Workers Memorial Day was first observed on April 28, 1989 – the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act (OSHA), which went into effect on April 28, 1971.

OSHA protects workers by instituting occupational safety and health standards that cultivate safe working environments and remove recognized hazards that may cause death or serious harm to workers.

Today, memorial events will be held in Akron, Cincinnati, Elyria, Lima, and Mansfield. For more information, please click here.

According to the AFL-CIO, some 4,340 workers were killed on the job in 2009. More than 4.1 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in private and state and local workplaces.