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ASSE President Observes Worker Memorial Day

Posted in on Tue, Apr 28, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (April 28, 2009) — American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM noted, “On the observance of today’s Worker Memorial Day, we take this time to remember those who have lost their lives from on-the-job injuries and the thousands more who have been injured each year and reflect on how we continue to work to make sure everyone who goes to work returns home safely to their families every day. Our members assess hazards and risk with employers and workers to assure everyone has the right to make a living without impacting their safety and health.

“Workplaces are safer today. For instance, between the years of 1906 and 1911 13,228 miners were killed in U.S. coal mines. In 1910 the Bureau of Mines was established to improve the safety of miners by conducting research and to reduce incidents in the coal mining industry and was given inspection authority in 1941. In 1911 nearly 150 people died tragically during a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City due to locked exits and inadequate fire extinguishing systems,” Brown said. “Things have changed, but we need to continue to do more.”

Workers and businesses should turn to their occupational safety, health and environmental safety professionals for workplace safety information, guidance, training, and more. And more businesses should adopt safety into their business culture and strategy. This works, Brown noted.

We know that due to the efforts of many people, millions of people go to and return home safely from work every day. In the U.S. alone, 5,840 workers died from on-the-job injuries in 2006 and millions more suffered workplace injuries and illnesses,” Brown said. “These can be prevented. When someone dies on the job, we all hurt. Families, friends, and co-workers of victims of on-the-job incidents suffer intangible losses and grief. This grief lasts a lifetime. We can and do work to prevent these incidents from occurring.”

“We remember those workers who lost their lives and the families they leave behind,” Brown said.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members. For more information please go to or to

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