Workers’ Advocates March From Site of Fatal Raleigh Construction Accident
Information About the March
According to WRAL, the march took place on Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina in response to an accident in which three construction workers were killed. The workers were fatally injured when scaffolding collapsed at the Charter Square high-rise in downtown Raleigh.
Members of the AFL-CIO, the North Carolina Council of Churches, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, the North Carolina Justice Center, and Student Action with Farmworkers marked International Workers' Memorial Day by praying for the three deceased workers. Participants also honored the 109 North Carolinians who passed away by holding up placards containing their names.
The march started at the site of the aforementioned accident, then moved up to Fayetteville Street to the state Department of Labor offices.The group said Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry hasn't addressed issues such as child labor and contract workers.
Labor spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry called such accusations “irresponsible” claiming that “There is no validity to these accusations. This event is clearly sponsored by organized labor, and the motives behind their accusations speak for themselves. Both state and federal statistics clearly show a consistent decrease in workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities since Commissioner Berry took office.”
On the Job Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013, averaging to 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
- This marked the second lowest total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.
- 817 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2013–on average, more than 15 deaths a week or two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long.
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013.