U.S. Department of Labor recognizes Workers Memorial Day
(April 29, 2013)
- Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, welcomed Labor Department employees and safety advocates to an event commemorating Workers' Memorial Day on April 29, 2013.
- Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris delivered remarks at an event commemorating Worker' Memorial Day at the Labor Department's Frances Perkins Building.
- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joe Main spoke about improvements in mine safety in the U.S., and stressed that we have much work to do.
- Danielle Dole spoke about her father, Sherman Lynn Holmes, who was struck and killed by a tree in 2011 while working for a logging company in Michigan.
- Dr. Bridgette Hubble Hester spoke about her husband, Jonce Hubble, a telecommunications tower climber in Alabama. Hubble and a coworker were both killed in 2010 when a bucket truck backed into the guyed wires of a communications tower on which he and his coworkers were working.
- As part of a panel discussion, Michaels joined Alma Couverthie, director of the Welcome Center and Education at CASA de Maryland and Chris Owens, executive director of National Employment Law Project, to discuss the importance of protecting temporary workers on the job.
- The ceremony ended with a moment of silence as the families, guests and Department of Labor staff gathered around the tree planted in Washington, D.C., two years ago as a memorial to America's fallen workers.