Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual international observance to pay tribute to workers who have died or experienced exposures to hazards on the job.
Thanks to the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and talented risk management and safety professionals across the nation, U.S. employers maintain very high standards when it comes to safe working conditions. Nevertheless, unforeseen accidents happen, and regrettably 4,679 U.S. people died in 2014 from work-related injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Because of Sedgwick’s role in the workers’ compensation arena, we know all too well the life-changing impact that a catastrophic injury or fatality has on the fallen employee’s extended family and team of colleagues. Managing claims that involve loss of life is some of the toughest work that we do. Because of our caring countsSM philosophy, our clients entrust us with the responsibility of dealing compassionately with employees who have experienced a loss at work and families who have lost a loved one. These interactions can be painful, and our colleagues are charged with making these unspeakably difficult situations a bit easier for those turning to us for assistance during a time of grief.
A meaningful way that Sedgwick gives back to the industry and honors workers killed on the job is by supporting Kids’ Chance, a national organization founded to ease the burden of families who face loss of income due to death or disability as the result of a workplace injury. Kids’ Chance provides educational scholarships to the children of fallen workers, and we are proud to join them in this worthwhile endeavor. Click here to read more about our special partnership with Kids’ Chance.
I am proud to be part of the most caring claims team in the business. At Sedgwick, caring counts.
Chief Claims Officer