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Broome and Tioga Residents Honor On-the-Job Lives Lost

Labor crews, family and friends are remembering workers who lost their lives while on the job.
Saturday, the Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor teamed up with Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition and Occupational Health Clinical of the Southern Tier.

The groups held a ceremony at the Binghamton Factory Memorial Plaque featuring speeches and poems read in honor of victims of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

According to Broome-Tioga officials there were more than 160 workplace fatalities and more than 146,0000 injuries reported in 2013 alone.
Therefore, officials want to call for stronger working conditions.

"Often times, to save money, we find that corporations will try to cut costs and maybe cut back on safety regulations and that can be very dangerous," said President of Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor Council Kate Murray.

The event also included a bell-ringing commemoration for those workers in the region who have lost their life in the past year.

International Workers' Memorial Day is on April 28th.