Contact: Dave Branson
(MADISON, Wis.) – April 28 is internationally recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to honor workers who were injured or lost their lives on the job. Yesterday, the Senate and the Assembly unanimously passed Joint Resolution 20, declaring April 28, 2019, as Wisconsin Workers’ Memorial Day.
The proclamation language “asks all Wisconsinites to take time to reflect on the men and
women we have lost and to rededicate ourselves to making workplaces safer.”
“Construction is the second-most dangerous occupation, and it’s incredibly moving that the
legislature recognizes the sacrifices that construction workers and their families make in the interest of improving our communities’ infrastructure,” said Dave Branson, president of
Wisconsin Building Trades Council (WBTC).
Nationwide in 2017 — the most recent OSHA statistics — there were 971 fatalities in the
construction trades and mining extraction industry. In Wisconsin, 106 workers died on the job, and many of those fatalities were construction workers.
Annually, WBTC hosts a Construction Workers’ Memorial. Branson said, “We invite all working families and their supporters to join us in Madison on April 25 in remembrance of our fallen brothers and sisters who have helped build this great state and who have sacrificed mightily in that quest.”