The news is full of stories about law enforcement officers being injured and even murdered on the job. This is horrible and my heart goes out to all of them and their families. Nobody should die at work. I respect our police and firefighters and appreciate that they have a difficult job, without a doubt.
I would, however, like to take to point out a group that gets very little recognition for their contributions to society and the high price they pay.
Construction workers are killed on the job at a rate higher than the police, firefighters and the entire U.S. military combined. They suffer serious life-changing injuries with little recognition or assistance. Again, at a rate higher than any other profession.
Though Labor Day has passed, I’d ask that anyone out there who knows a construction worker, be sure to thank them. Statistics on OSHA’s site support this statement, but here is a quick link you can check out if you’re interested. http://www.peoplesworld.org/construction-workers-more-likely-to-die-on-the-job/
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Carl Walter Patten, Meridian