AUGUSTA — Maine is marking international Worker Memorial Day on Sunday by remembering those who’ve been hurt or killed and committing to prevent workplace injuries.
Gov. Paul LePage says many of last year’s 20 workplace deaths and thousands of injuries in Maine could have been prevented with reasonable precautions and safe practices on the job. LePage says events like the recent tragedy at the fertilizer factory in Texas are sobering reminders to employers and workers to not take safety for granted.
In 2012, Maine led New England states in the number of businesses and public entities certified as safe facilities under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
The Bureau of Labor Standards has created a new, searchable database of worker injuries that’s available on the Labor Department’s website, www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/workinjuries.html.