|IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, right, and IAM Safety and Health Department Director Mike Flynn, left, and students at the IAM Safety and Health Conference mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the IAM Workers’ Memorial to honor IAM members who lost their lives on the job or from work-related injuries.|
Participants at the annual Safety and Health Conference at the IAM William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center marked a special occasion when their class coincided with the tenth anniversary of the opening of the IAM Workers’ Memorial on the grounds of the Winpisinger Center. IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger joined the class to commemorate the anniversary with a special wreath dedicated to the memory of all IAM members who lost their lives on the job or from work-related injuries.
Each year, fallen members are memorialized with bricks with their names inscribed on them. The bricks are placed around the base of the memorial. “It will be a great day when this monument ceases to grow and no more of our members and their families must suffer such great losses,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.
Buffenbarger also acknowledged the work of the IAM Safety and Health Department and the many IAM members who help make workplaces safe. “We are privileged to have the one of the finest Safety and Health Departments in the labor movement. All of the IAM members who work hard every day to ensure our members return home each day are a big part of that outstanding effort.”
“This monument is not only a reminder to always honor our fallen brothers and sisters,” said IAM Safety and Health Director Mike Flynn. “It also serves as a reminder to all of us to work harder to prevent any more of our members from being killed or injured on the job.”
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