California Honors Workers’ Memorial Day

On April 28th, 2022, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Cal/OSHA officially honored Workers’ Memorial Day. It is a global day of remembrance to honor those who have lost their lives to a workplace accident or occupational disease. Workers’ Memorial Day also serves as an important reminder that we need to do more to ensure workplace safety.

Unfortunately, catastrophic workplace accidents remain a serious problem in California and throughout the nation. The most recent comprehensive report on fatal workplace accidents (December 2021) found that 463 workers in California died from a job-related injury or occupational disease in 2020.

DIR and CAL/OSHA Highlight Recent State Advances in Workplace Safety Regulations 

As part of Workers’ Memorial Day, the DIR and CAL/OSHA are highlighting some of the key changes made to our state’s workplace safety standards in recent years. Regulators emphasize the importance of helping to keep workers safe and reduce the risk of catastrophic incidents. Here are three key state-level workplace safety advances: 

While there have been some important reforms, there is still a long way to go to make California’s workplace as safe as they should be. According to data published by the National Safety Council (NSC), California is far from the national leader in avoiding workplace fatalities. The worker fatality rate in California is 2.9 per 100,000. It is better than the national average, but not quite as good as some of the leaders in workplace safety, such as Washington, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Delaware. 

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