On Workers’ Memorial Day, Remember the Dead and Fight For the Living

On Workers’ Memorial Day, Remember the Dead and Fight For the Living

On April 28, we mark Workers’ Memorial Day by remembering and honoring Vermonters who have been killed or injured at work.

What is Workers' Memorial Day?

In 2022, more than 5,400 U.S. workers died as a result of workplace injuries. Vermont workplaces reported 11 fatalities and 7,400 injuries in 2022. On Workers’ Memorial Day, we pay tribute to these workers and their families and we mark the day the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect in 1971.

Families of injured workers always face a drop in income when a family member is killed, needs to take time off work to heal, or is so severely injured that they can’t return to work at all.

Let's Make a Difference

To support these workers and their families, BFS donates to Kids’ Chance of Vermont, a charity that provides educational scholarships to the children of seriously injured or deceased workers. In addition, attorney Kelly Massicotte serves as the treasurer of Kids’ Chance.

If you know of an injured worker with school-aged children, help us observe Workers’ Memorial Day by putting them in touch with Kids’ Chance at info@kidschanceofvermont.org. Since 2014, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has raised $155,000 to help young Vermonters study physical therapy, education, construction management, physical sciences, welding, culinary arts, hairstyling, and more. If the children are not yet old enough for post-secondary education, Kids’ Chance can stay in touch and help them plan for the future.

BFS also make a difference by spreading information and awareness about workers’ rights and the importance of workplace safety.

See our blog for answers to frequently asked questions about issues like what to do if you get injured at work, how to appeal a workers’ compensation claim denial, and what medical treatments workers’ compensation must pay for. Our attorneys consult with injured workers or their families to help them evaluate their case and decide on the next steps. Knowledge is power, and informing workers or their families about the support and benefits they are entitled to empowers them when they are facing significant challenges.

Biggam Fox Skinner is here to help. Text or call us today at 802-229-5146 or fill out our contact form.