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Events put focus on workplace safety

May 1, 2012
The Herald-Star

Many in the Tri-State Area have made an ultimate sacrifice, as they went to work one day and didn't come back home.

For approximately a century, the hard work and dedication of Steelworkers have been the backbone of the Ohio Valley. Thousands and thousands of our residents have spent their days and nights working in the industry.

Unfortunately, there have been tragedies accompanying this proud work and some have not been able to go home at the end of their work shifts.

Those tragedies were remembered last week. In Steubenville, United Steelworkers Local 1190 held its annual Worker Memorial Day service Friday at the union hall on South Third Street. The annual event recalls those killed, injured or diseased on the job, and the sacrifices of workers and their families in improving working conditions. A wreath laying at the foot of the Steelworker statue at the intersection of University Boulevard and state Route 7 is traditionally held after the memorial service at the union hall, and a luncheon is held at the union hall after the events conclude.

The Weirton Steelworker Memorial was the site of a ceremony on Thursday. This memorial, located at the intersection of Main Street, County Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton, includes the names of 117 individuals who have either died in the mill or as a result of a work-related injury.

A great deal of work has gone into honoring the memories of these individuals since the memorial project was started in 2004, and we hope members of the community appreciate the effort and take time to visit the memorial to reflect on its meaning.

We also keep loved ones of those who lives were lost at the workplace in our thoughts and prayers. The men and women who didn't come home from work one day should never be forgotten.

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