Memorial march honors those fallen in workplace accidents

By Chad Weber

April 29, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, every year thousands of people die from workplace accidents across the United States.
Monday, local union members took to the streets, to march in remembrance of those who have fallen.

The march was sponsored by the Labor Council of West Central Illinois.

Around 75 people marched across Jefferson street in downtown Peoria, ending at the Workers' Memorial Monument near city hall.

Union members say recent events like the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, are a reminder of the dangers possible in the workplace.

"Any loss of a life," said executive vice president of West Central Illinois Labor Council Ronald Cox, "I don't care what the state. It hits home. You never know. You want your loved ones to go to work and come home back to you. When that doesn't happen, it affects everyone's lives."

After the march, a memorial service was held in remembrance of those who have passed this last year.

Roses were left at the memorial site, and attendees listened to a bagpipe performance.

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