(MADISON, Wis.) – As one of the most dangerous occupations, International Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 honors the industry by recognizing construction workers. The 6th annual Construction Workers’ Memorial Service is hosted by Wisconsin State Building Trades Council (WBTC) and Construction Business Group (CBG) to honor those individuals who lost their lives in construction accidents in Wisconsin.
The service will be held at 4 pm Thursday, April 28, at St. Patrick’s Church and serve as a sign of comradery as well as pay tribute to the honorable men and women who work to improve our communities’ infrastructure. Before the service, construction workers, family members and friends are invited to participate in a Hard Hat Processional from Monona Terrace to the Church starting at 3:30 pm.
“It is important to us that we take the time to honor not just the workers lost on the job but their families as well these last two years,” said Jac Weitzel, President of WBTC. “With the pandemic, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to commemorate these losses for two years, so we invite all working families and their supporters to join us to remember those that have helped build up Wisconsin.”
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry had the highest number of fatal work injuries totaling 2,258 in 2020. And there were 108 fatal injuries in Wisconsin in 2020 on the job, and many of those fatalities were construction workers.
“We would like to thank Governor Tony Evers for proclaiming April 28, 2022, as WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY throughout the State of Wisconsin,” said Robb Kahl, Executive Director of CBG. “The proclamation demonstrates the Governor’s unwavering support for the hand-working working men of women of Wisconsin.”