USF SafetyFlorida and OSHA Training Institute Education Center to host event honoring fallen workers

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On April 28, the University of South Florida College of Public Health joins the nation to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day—a national observance honoring workers who have died in the workplace due to unsafe working conditions.

Join local government and safety advocates for the commemoration from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at the City of Temple Terrace, Council Chambers, 11250 N. 56th Street, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://safetyflorida.wufoo.com/forms/z2hfgze1ymj1bm/

Each year nearly 5,000 workers suffer injuries, contract illnesses from overexposure to chemicals and harmful substances, or worse, are killed from on-the-job hazards and unsafe practices.

To raise awareness of the issues affecting America’s workforce, the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program and USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center are collaborating to host the Workers’ Memorial Day Event to evoke change and advocate for better and safer workplaces.

The program includes reading the names of Florida’s fallen workers followed by a moment of silence and candlelight memorial.

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“We can do more about workplace deaths,” said USF SafetyFlorida Program Director Charlene Sitterly. “Recommit yourself and your company to holding workplace safety as a core value.”

USF SafetyFlorida is the state’s official small business safety and health consultation program funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. The not-for-profit program operates out of the USF College of Public Health and provides free and confidential workplace safety consultations to private sector businesses.

In observance of the Workers’ Memorial Day, the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program and USF OSHA Training Institute Education offer the following free training opportunities: OSHA 7115 – Lockout/Tagout, OSHA 7400 – Noise Hazards in Construction Industry, OSHA 7410 – Managing Excavation Hazards, 7505 – Introduction to Accident Investigation and OSHA 7845 – Recordkeeping Seminar.  For additional information and to register, visit http://www.usfsafetyflorida.com/site/Resources/Safety-Training/Workers-Memorial-Day-2016.

Employers interested in receiving a free and confidential consultation visit may contact the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program toll-free at (866) 273-1105, or visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com.

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