IN SUPPORT OF WORKERS'MEMORIAL DAY
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E570]
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                  IN SUPPORT OF WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY

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                         HON. ELIZABETH H. ESTY

                             of connecticut

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Ms. ESTY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to observe April 28 as Workers' 
Memorial Day. Every year on this date, remembrances are held around the 
world to honor men and women who have lost their lives or were injured 
in the workplace.
  In Connecticut, the CT AFL-CIO will hold a ceremony at our State 
Capitol Building and then lay wreathes in Bushnell Park at the Workers 
Memorial.
  Workplace fatalities and injuries have decreased over the years, but 
even one worker not going home at the end of their shift is one too 
many.
  On average across our nation, 13 workers die on the job each day.
  According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, about 40 workers in 
our state lose their lives each year due to workplace injuries.
  Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the tragic and avoidable 
accident in Bridgeport at L'Ambience Plaza.
  We will always remember the 28 construction workers who did not 
return home to their families and loved ones that sad day.
  And we will never forget December 14, 2012 when an unconscionable 
horror happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
  This unimaginable tragedy took the lives of six educators who gave 
their lives to protect their students.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join together in recognizing 
Workers' Memorial Day.

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