Workers’ Memorial Day - April 28
Sun, Apr 28, 2024

Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day is a global day of remembrance for all workers who have lost their lives. In spite of the advanced medicine and occupational safety and health systems in the world today, the number of worker deaths due to workplace injuries or occupational diseases is high. The purpose of this day is to honor those who have died, as well as to take steps to improve working conditions and workplace safety in all industries. It is celebrated every year on April 28.


The history of Workers Memorial Day dates back to 1989, when the first celebration was held. The day was created by the largest American trade union organization, the AFL-CIO. It was formed back in 1955 and today includes many unions in the U.S. and other countries.

Separately, it is worth noting that it was thanks to the activities of trade unions that workers were able to obtain normal working conditions: high wages, reasonable working hours, safe conditions, etc.

The date of the celebration honors the event of 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act came into being. Since then, all employers have been required to comply in order to ensure safe working conditions at work.

Interesting facts

  • More than 50,000 workers die each year as a result of injury or occupational disease.
  • Statistics show that 19% of deaths worldwide are due to industrial accidents.
  • The easiest and most effective way to protect yourself from injury is to use personal protective equipment. According to statistics, more than a third of all accidents are caused by an employee’s own stupidity in neglecting basic protective equipment.

How to celebrate

Study the safety requirements of your workplace. Offer condolences to someone you know if a family member or close friend has died as a result of an occupational injury or disease.

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if their workplace complies with workplace safety requirements.

When is Workers’ Memorial Day celebrated in 2024?

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed on April 28 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday April 28 2024
Monday April 28 2025