In Honor of Workers’ Memorial Day, Pledge to Work Safely
Each day, when we leave for work, we assume we will be coming back home. We have
spouses, children, pets, friends, aging parents or significant others who rely on us
remaining safe and healthy. Unfortunately, for 5,147 families in 2017 that wasn’t the
case. Over the past decade, even as workplace injuries decline, the number of workplace
fatalities has remained relatively flat, even increased in some years. The National Safety
Council is calling on Americans to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 by
pledging to prioritize safety at work, as well as participate in a virtual candlelight vigil to
remember workers who have died on the job.
Please see the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information
on this topic and to take the pledge.
As you are aware, one of our six organizational goals in FREAS is to develop a
safety program for our employees that promotes safe working conditions to ensure
the wellbeing of all employees, students and campus visitors. In cooperation with
our friends in the Environmental Health & Safety Department, we will be sending
out a new safety message each week. The intent is that you share these
messages with your teams at your various meetings & discussions throughout the
Peter Krawchyk, AIA, AUA, LEED-AP
Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate, and Auxiliary Services
University Architect