The prosperity of America has always depended on the ambition and work ethic of our labor force. Over our nation's history, American workers have built cities, manufactured innovative products, and built an economy that remains one of the strongest in the world. Though we've made great strides as a society in improving worker safety, we still have more work to do to ensure health and well-being in the workplace. In order to recognize the work ahead and to honor those who have lost their lives on the job, Governor Mark Dayton declared April 28, 2012, as Workers' Memorial Day.
In the last few decades, we've come a long way. In the past, workers had to brave dangerous working conditions without protective equipment or the right to a safe workplace. Through consistent and dedicated advocacy, we secured that basic right over 40 years ago, helping protect Americans in the workplace. Committed Minnesotans before us worked to ensure that no worker ever has to choose between life and livelihood.
But our work in securing the health and welfare of workers is not complete. Tragically, Minnesotans still die in work zones around the state each year. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry are dedicated to continually reducing this number, so that no Minnesotan will ever lose his or her life on the job. As we diligently pursue this goal, we remember those who lost their lives in the workplaces of the past and look forward to a future in which no worker will have to suffer the same fate.
Governor Mark Dayton is committed to protecting the health and welfare of hardworking Minnesotans across the state, and honors the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our state. With road construction season under way, Workers’ Memorial Day refocuses efforts by MnDOT, MnDLI, and the public to ensure safe work conditions for all Minnesotans.