More than a dozen people gathered outside Monday afternoon, despite the gloomy weather, to remember and honor those who lost their lives while performing their jobs.
According to Robert Krajnovich, of the Clinton Labor Congress, an average of 12 workers in the nation die each day on the job. He continued that in 2012, a total of 4,400 workers died in the country and 229 were killed on the job in Illinois and Iowa combined. A total of 61 workers died on the job in 2013 in Iowa.
A Workers Memorial Day event was began at 1 p.m. Monday at Riverview Park. The Rev. Ron Lott, who serves as a chaplain with the Clinton Police Department, led the group in an opening prayer for workers who have risked or lost their lives in the service of their jobs.
“Everytime they go out the door, they risk that they may not come home,” Lott said. “God bless our nation and God bless the workers that make it great.”
Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt has known those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. However, he said this day is not just about police officers, but also about other employees.
“Every other employee that gets up every morning goes to work, gives everything they’ve got and wants to come home safe,” Greenwalt said.
This year celebrates the 43nd anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Jared Mullendore, from U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack’s office, attended the event in the legislator’s place, reading a letter written by Loebsack. In the letter, Loebsack emphasized the importance of maintaining OSHA standards.
“We must continue to fight and make sure that the protections we have worked for are not rolled back and that we do everything possible to ensure that workers are safe on the job.”