Baron and Budd Recognizes International Workers’ Memorial Day, Urges US Asbestos Ban

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‘Day of Mourning’ Commemorates 107,000 Workers Lost Annually to Mesothelioma, Asbestos Cancers, Other Workplace Injuries.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day, or “Day of Mourning,” is commemorated worldwide each April 28 in remembrance of those killed, injured, diseased or disabled by negligent conditions in the workplace. WMD was initiated by Congress four decades ago when it passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and sanctioned in 2002 by the United Nations (UN). This year’s theme is Safe Jobs Save Lives: Make Your Voice Heard. (

WMD is observed around the world in most every country according to respective traditions, typically with action rallies, speeches, multi-faith services, government recognition, ritual tributes and other awareness events. One prevalent custom is lining up empty shoes to symbolize those who can no longer fill them. In 2006 the universal theme expressly spotlighted the a global ban on asbestos, which, at last count, has been passed by approximately 55 countries, including all members of the EU. (

The U.S. has not passed a ban on asbestos and continues importing chrysotile (blue) asbestos from Brazil— nearly 1,200 metric tons in 2012 used in manufacturing chlorine and roofing materials (a small percentage was unaccounted for). Scientists, physicians, health professionals, and advocates find these facts appalling. (

Meanwhile, each year workers worldwide suffer from an estimated 270 million incidents of work-related diseases, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO): 440,000 from exposure to hazardous substances. (

National mesothelioma law firm Baron and Budd supports International Worker’s Memorial Day and efforts to ban the use of asbestos.

“It’s sad that, even today, this day is needed to specifically remember workers who have suffered because of negligence in the workplace,” said Russell Budd, President and Managing Shareholder of Baron and Budd. “We hope that this day helps honor those we have lost, and helped raise awareness in the fight to stop this from continuing to happen.”

About Baron and Budd, PC

Baron and Budd’s mesothelioma attorneys have defended mesothelioma patients since 1977. It has prevailed in some of the largest mesothelioma verdicts in the nation, including a $48 million verdict for a California mesothelioma patient and his family last year against Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, and others (Bobbie Izell, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Los Angeles County, Case No. 4674). It was the largest of its kind in 2012 and recognized among the National Law Journal’s “Top 100 Verdicts.”

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