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Workers Memorial Service held in South Bend


Over 170 people in Indiana lost their lives last year while on the job.  Sunday South Bend honored them and all who have lost their lives while working.  A Workers Memorial Service was held in Howard Park. 

Dawn Chapla works for United Way of St. Joseph County, she helped organize the service but also knows first hand what it's like to lose a loved one at work.  Her brother passed away on the job nine years ago.  "I have two little nieces who he wasn't there when they learned to drive, he wasn't there at their graduation last year, he won't be there when they get married," said Chapla.

She also witnessed workplace deaths during her 30 years at a manufacturing company.  "One man was electrocuted, one man was crushed, they're not good deaths, they're harsh deaths," said Chapla.  She said it's all very hard on the family.  "They don't go home to their children and their wives and their loved ones."

That's why Sunday's program was called "Safe Jobs, Save lives"  Kay Ball with United Way said, "a time for us to remember how important it is to be safe to have safe jobs and healthy jobs."

Organizers say while they remember lives lost they're also raising awareness that more needs to be done to prevent workplace deaths.  Chapla agrees, "a safe job is a good job."

United Way also says it has resources to help any family currently dealing with the tragedy of a workplace death.  Just call 2-1-1.


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