Peoria march remembers victims of workplace accidents

By Corey Spencer

April 23, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 5:01 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The sound of bagpipes filled the streets of downtown Peoria Monday.

This in part of a memorial walk hosted by the Labor Council of West Central Illinois to remember members of the workforce who have died in workplace accidents.

Event coordinator Michael Everett says that there are 12 people killed daily due to workplace accidents in the United States. While many of these accidents could be preventable, sometimes money gets in the way.

"There are also a lot of people that put safety and health second to profit; second to the bottom line," Everett said. "If they can find a cheaper way they'll do it, and a lot of times that means they won't have the safety checks and balances in place that put people at risk."

Everett also said that if you see something potentially dangerous in your workplace, notify management immediately.

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