Remembering the Dead and Fighting for the Living!

Remembering the Dead and Fighting for the Living!

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, New Labor held a march through the streets of New Brunswick. 55 people participated to remember those that died or got hurt on the job. The march concluded with a “know your rights” session and personal protective equipment demonstration at “Parque Oaxaca” at French and Handy Streets. Members also held up photos and stories of workers from Edison and New Brunswick that died on the job.

The march came at the heels of the West Fertilizer Co. explosion in Texas that resulted in 14 deaths, and the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that resuted in over 1,000 deaths. Both accidents could and should have been avoided. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,609 workers died on the job in 2011 in the US. Latinos accounted for 729 deaths, or an average of two deaths every day.

At the same time, employers are contracting other parties to avoid responsibility for conditions. Latino workers, including those employed through temp agencies, are exposed to these conditions. That’s what happened to Janio Salinas Valerda de Edgewater park, NJ who was working for AccuStaff (or Accustaffing) at CSC Sugar, when he fell to his death in a hopper. CSC had previously been cited by OSHA.

On Workers’ Memorial Day, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, stated, “Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs have limited English proficiency and are not receiving the training and protective measures required. Workers must be safe, whether they’ve been on the job for one day or for 25 years.”

If you think your warehouse/agency is in need of training please contact New Labor (732) 246-2900.

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