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construction workers on scaffoldHeld each year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans who lose their lives on the job each year. But beyond honoring the working men and women who tragically lost their lives, this day of remembrance serves as a reminder of the critical need to prioritize occupational safety and protect the individuals who keep our economy moving.

There is a particularly crucial need to reinforce safety protections for individuals working within industries that present heightened occupational risks. Here in New York, construction workers across the state experience on-the-job deaths and serious injuries at an astonishingly high rate, exemplified by a string of fatal incidents earlier this month. And yet, despite the clear need for stronger regulatory enforcement and controls, business interests are spending millions of dollars on misinformation campaigns to weaken and derail legislative safeguards for construction workers.

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