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Recognizing Worker’s Memorial Day

Worker's Memorial Day

Every American knows that Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a time for honoring those members of our military who lost their lives in service to our country. But there is another lesser-known Memorial Day that isn’t as ubiquitous but is likewise important to recognize: Worker’s Memorial Day.   

What is Workers’ Memorial Day?

Workers’ Memorial Day, which occurs every year on April 28th, is an international day of remembrance for those workers who were killed or injured at work. It was on this day in 1971 that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, “to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”1

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Why Is Workers’ Memorial Day So Meaningful to Plakas Mannos?

Our firm has walked with so many families who have suffered unimaginable loss from workplace injuries or deaths. Every worker has the right and expectation to return home from work alive and unharmed.   

Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Over our more than 65-year history, our firm has handled workplace injury and workplace wrongful death cases ranging from workplace explosions to heavy equipment failures (crawler cranes, overhead cranes, scissor lifts, excavators), chemical exposure, falls, amputations, burns, and other life-changing and preventable injuries.   

We have had the privilege of encountering some companies who truly believe that Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility, and, unfortunately, companies who take shortcuts that put the lives of their employees in harm's way. 

We have worked closely with OSHA to understand the cause of countless workplace incidents, with the goal of trying to uncover what went wrong to prevent it from happening again in the future. While OSHA is a regulatory body that attempts to both identify hazards preventatively and investigate causes of injuries, its primary enforcement is limited to issuing fines. OSHA is not able to compensate the families of workers who were injured or killed at work. This highlights why the civil justice system has a critical role in protecting workers and compensating their families when there is a workplace injury. We take pride in helping families win compensation from those whose negligence caused the injury or death which also protects other workers from needless injury in the future.  

No one should lose a family member at work.

Why Is Workers Memorial Day So Meaningful to Plakas Mannos

What Makes Plakas Mannos Uniquely Qualified to Handle Workplace Injury and Death Cases?  

Our industrial accident lawyers have the training and experience that enable us to identify dangerous safety failures that cause tragic injuries.  Our team of attorneys includes two who are among the few attorneys in Ohio who have earned an OSHA 10 Certification in Construction (Maria Klutinoty Edwards) and General Industry (Collin Wise). This special training on the Department of Labor’s Federal Regulations helps identify dangerous conditions and causes of accidents.



Meet our Industrial Injuries Lawyers

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Meet our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

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