Holiday honoring people who died while doing their jobs made official in La Crosse

An event for Workers’ Memorial Day, an international holiday, was held at Green Island Park in La Crosse on Sunday.

At the event, Mayor Tim Kabat officially proclaimed April 28 as Workers Memorial Day in La Crosse.

Labor unions are asking for both companies and workers to make safety a higher priority.

“People really need to take a step back and remember they’re at work to live, not living to work. And they need to take a step back and slow down and maybe ask for help instead of trying to be the hero all of the time,” said Tyler Tubbs, the president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

Every year more than 4 million workers are injured on the job.

The AFL-CIO says many of those are lifelong injuries.

The organization is also reporting an increase in worker deaths. In 2017 5,147 workers died on the job in the United States.

That’s a 7% increase from workplace deaths in 2015.

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