Never forgetting workers killed on the job is something officials in Ohio don’t take for granted.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) recently held the fourth annual Fallen Workers Memorial honoring workers who died in the past year due to workplace injuries. The annual service commemorates these workers and recognizes their service and sacrifice. The names of 118 workers were read aloud during this year’s ceremony.*
“Each life lost represents a hardworking Ohioan who left behind grieving loved ones, friends and colleagues,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “One workplace death is too many and a sad reminder of the tremendous sacrifice workers make in the course of their labor.”
The ceremony was held in BWC’s William Green Building in downtown Columbus. Buehrer was joined by members of the BWC Board of Directors, including Chairman Nicholas Zuk, Peggy Griffith and David Caldwell, along with labor and business leaders, including Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO, and Andrew Doehrel, president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.