More than four thousand workers lose their life on the job each year in the U.S. That's according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.
Tonight, two workers who lost their lives are in our area are being remembered.
A ceremony was held this evening in Erie City Council Chambers, honoring local workers that lost their lives on the job over the last year.
The most recent death happened on December 30, 2013, at the Five Star Trucking Company on Wattsburg Road. According to Millcreek police, 32-year-old Ryan Kunzler of North East was killed after a truck he was working on fell on top of him. The other fatal accident involved 17-year-old Jacob Byler of Saegertown, who died in a forklift accident last September.
Local workers placed a wreath in Perry Square in their honor. Those at the ceremony say it's a chance to reflect and spread a message of safety.
"I've lost a union member, and I think about it often," said UE 506 President Scott Duke. "I would just like to say that this day is special and it should be for everyone."