Labor leaders honor late union members at annual conference in Holyoke

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts labor leaders honored the memory of union members who died on the job during the past 16 months on Friday. 

The nearly 100 men and women who died from work-related causes were remembered on Friday, during the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO annual conference in Holyoke. 

They include firefighters, construction workers, and tow truck drivers. Labor Council President Fiore Grassetti is an ironworker by trade.  

“There was a trend when the list was going down and I’m hoping we still continue that trend,” Grassetti told 22News. “I can actually say for the ironworkers union no one was killed for about four years in a row.”

The labor leader said with OSHA’s help increased job site safety will hopefully continue to reduce the number of work deaths in the future. 

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