As a supporter of workplace safety and health protections for employees and employers in the Commonwealth, we wanted to make you aware of a dramatic increase in workplace related deaths investigated by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program so far this year, and ask for your assistance in spreading the word about simple and proven methods for preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
On August 3, 2017, the attached Public Service Announcement (PSA) will be released to the media. It communicates that 19 Virginia workers have died of job-related injuries and illnesses through the end of July, 2017:
“For the second year in a row, there has been a surge in workplace fatalities in July. Seven Virginia workers have lost their lives in workplace accidents versus eight in July, 2016, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses”, said Commissioner Davenport. “I strongly encourage Virginia’s employers and workers to become familiar with and comply with Virginia’s occupational safety and health laws and regulations”.
No industry or job classification is immune from workplace hazards. In 2017 alone, VOSH has investigated fatal accidents at not only manufacturing and construction worksites, a school, a farm, a HVAC installation, a car dealership, and a tree trimming operation.
Because of your interest and concern in the safety and health of Virginia’s workforce, we ask you to make every effort to reach out to your stakeholders and other interested associations, groups and individuals to emphasize the importance of employers and employees working together to develop and implement injury and illness prevention programs. Employers are strongly encouraged to review work place safety and health procedures with employees and supervisors to reduce this tragic trend.
Thank you for your continued support of one of our most valuable assets, the men and women in the Commonwealth’s workforce.