Saturday East Idaho Central Labor Council held its fifth Workers Memorial Day Service at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls as a dedication to all the Idahoans who have lost their lives on the job. Summer Joy was there to see what this memorial meant to the families.
"He worked out at the site and he was killed in an industrial accident there while saving the lives of other co-workers," said Lyn Austin, a Dedication Participant.
This dedication holds the names of Louis Archuleta, Dennis Grant, Kerry Austin, and Jimmy Westwood. One son who lost his father said that his father's life helped become a part of why OSHA was started and to show the importance of why OSHA is needed.
"By losing his life, he gave life to others becaue OSHA was a direct result. He was one of their test cases and now there is a law that protects workers," said Louis Arculeta, a Dedication Participant.
Workers Memorial is observed nationwide on April 28th to commemorate the signing of OSHA into law. Officials say that OSHA has worked well to cut down on injuries and death, but there is still an average of 16 workers killed on the job each day in the United States.
"It's a real honor, this memorial presentation, for my husband who was killed a little over a year ago in the line of work. This means a lot to us as a family, to know that he is still remembered and that people recognize the hard work he did and who he was," said Kathie Westwood, a Dedication Participant.
The service included a welcome, pledge of allegiance, and speakers from the one of the families.
"He died before any our children were married, he never got to know any of his wonderful granchildren and it so sad because their here today and it's great for us to have this and you'll always remember that you have someone out there who loves your family as much as you do. I like to consider he is just one breath away all the time and that if you just listen he can be close," added Austin.
Overall, families said they are thankful that OSHA is in place, for this memorial of their loved ones, and they all hope that those statistics can continue to decrease.