Governor Mitch Daniels and leaders from Indiana’s workforce remembered Hoosier workers who died in the past year at a Statehouse ceremony Monday.
115 Hoosiers lost their lives on the job in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available. That’s down from 2009’s numbers. While Indiana’s rank among U.S. states improved from 2009 to 2010, it is still in the bottom half of the country. Union president Nancy Guyott says Monday’s ceremony is not just about remembering those who have been lost.
“Reach for your neighbor and help to shoulder his or her loss today,” Guyott says. “Tomorrow, join hands with your neighbor by joining the fight for safer workplaces in Indiana and across the nation.”
Governor Daniels says constantly improving workplace safety is one of the state’s top priorities.
“It’s no real consolation that the numbers keep going down because one’s too many and zero’s the only acceptable goal,” he says.
Guyott says the passage of right-to-work will hurt the fight for safer workplaces. But Daniels says when he was considering the issue, data showed no relationship between right-to-work and worker safety.