Virginia Workers' Memorial Day


WHEREAS, there were thirty-two work-related fatalities in the Commonwealth last year investigated by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, which is thirty-two too many; and

WHEREAS, the cost of workplace accidents can be devastating to workers and their families, and may mean financial ruin, placing significant costs on our society and economy; and

WHEREAS, for businesses that suffer a tragic workplace accident, a fatality or serious injury can cause bankruptcy or closure and the loss of jobs due to increased workplace costs such as workers’ compensation, health care, property damage, insurance premiums, production downtime, investigation, training, and legal fees; and

WHEREAS, it is the right of every Virginia worker to return home safe and healthy at the end of each day; and

WHEREAS, if we work together, we can make a difference and create a better future for Virginia’s talented, driven and highly effective workforce;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 28, 2015, as VIRGINIA WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.