Families, Gov. Pence to honor Hoosiers who died on the job

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–  Loved ones of those who lost their lives while at work will pay their respects Monday morning during a memorial service at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Indiana AFL-CIO hosts the annual service. This year the names of 171 men and women will be read aloud.

“We think it’s important to honor them as heroes and use that day to dedicate ourselves to eliminating work place death,” said Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott.

The number of deaths during the past year is slightly higher than in previous years. Guyott pointed to the economic recovery putting more people back to work, but said that during the recent recession, some employers cut back on workplace safety initiatives.

The National AFL-CIO will also release a study on workplace health and safety Monday.