house resolution no.229

Reps. Haadsma, Breen, Fitzgerald, Glanville, Hill, Koleszar, Liberati, Rheingans, Rogers and Weiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 28, 2024, as Worker Memorial Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Both federal and Michigan law promises every worker the right to a safe workplace. Michiganís Occupational Safety and Health Act declares that all employees shall be provided safe and healthful work environments free of recognized hazards; and

Whereas, Still, workplace hazards kill and disable workers each year. U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimated that there were 5,486 workplace fatalities in 2022, meaning a worker died every 101 minutes from an occupational injury; and

Whereas, The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics reported 139 Michigan workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2022. Untold more suffered disabling injury and illness. As recently as April 18, 2023, a young Michigander only 19 years old was tragically killed in a workplace accident when he was fatally crushed by heavy machinery; and

Whereas, It is appropriate to honor the memory of the courageous and resolute members of Michigan's labor force who have been injured or disabled or have died because of workplace accidents; and

Whereas, We remember those who have died in workplace catastrophes, suffered occupational-related diseases, or have been injured due to dangerous conditions; and

Whereas, Recognition of the integrity of Michigan's workforce and its achievements on behalf of the economic growth of our state is necessary; and

Whereas, Michiganís workforce is the backbone of this stateís economic growth. Every effort needs to be made to improve workplace health and safety conditions, to increase workplace safety standards and enforcement, and to provide hardworking Michiganders with fair and just compensation; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 28, 2024, as Worker Memorial Day in the state of Michigan. We join communities and worksites across the world and our state to honor friends, family members, and colleagues, who have been killed or injured on the job and honor the contributions of Michigan's workforce and call for increased workplace safety.