265 Workers Lost, But Not Forgotten...
Over 13 years USMWF has established connections with family member victims that know firsthand the problems of our workers/family member victims and are the voice of change. Together we continue to grow and improve workplaces for all workers. We have a proven track record and these are just a few of our accomplishments:
USMWF collaborated with Federal OSHA creating a directive explaining communications with victims' families;
Establishing a new Crane and Derrick standard;
Collaboration in HB406 and HB1171 (New Hampshire) OSHA coverage for all workers;
Supported LB963 (Nebraska) changing Workers' Compensation provisions for injuries to first responders and frontline state employees and increased burial expenses;
Aided in enacting HB1341 (Indiana) any standard resulting in an employee fatality will be assessed $9,472 and up to $132,598 for civil penalties;
Family member victims testified at multiple hearings, quoted in articles and interviewed both statewide and nationally.
Sadly, there are thousands and thousands of family member victims each year left behind to deal with the everlasting devastating, unexpected, tragic loss and this year we have the added unforeseen COVD-19 pandemic affecting our front-line/essential workers. We know and understand the devastation which takes place in the mind, body and soul and we strive to help families from having to go through both the grieving and investigative process alone.
With the recent Covid-19 pandemic essential workers are being affected at an alarming rate. The fact is that they are being exposed in the work environment just to make a living. We are trying to ensure that Covid-19 is recognized as a workplace illness by contacting local governments and inquiring about workers compensation benefits.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given our mission an opportunity to have a greater reach. USMWF hosted our first Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony and Safety Awareness Conference via Zoom on April 28, 2020. This allowed us to connect with people nationally honoring and recognizing our fallen workers and offering free educational tools to prevent workplace incidents.
USMWF has taken families to Washington, DC to speak about important safety and health issues with their representatives, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and to also attend and participate in hearings.
A key component of our theory of change is educational programming focused on prevention. USMWF hosts free Safety Awareness Conferences educating workers on safety issues, such as confined spaces, trench safety, workplace violence, respiratory safety, distracted driving, and more. We have assisted over 50 workers in becoming certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED.
“I never thought I would need to render [first] aid or use the knowledge I gained from your classes, but I just rendered [first] aid to a gentleman who had a really bad head wound from a car accident. Thank you for the opportunity to help out... You are giving people the tools to help others in need.” -United States Postal Worker, Kelli Sue Taylor Reed.
Additionally, USMWF is organizing a virtual monthly safety conference called “Striving for Workplace Safety with USMWF” with guest speakers, experts, and family member victims. Including someone that has experienced what unsafe conditions can do to a family and the surrounding community on the call creates an impactful and unique training. Our social media presence has grown and allows us to connect with a diverse group of individuals from across the United States. We have nearly 5,000 individual followers on our social media platforms.
Every dollar counts in protecting all workers and supporting families affected by work related incidents. We are asking for your help this #GivingTuesday to reach our goal of $10,000.00 as we continue our efforts to offer support, guidance and resources to those affecting by work related illness, diseases and injuries.
Together We Can Make a Differences and We Thank You for Your Support!