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Labor council honors fallen workers, calls for stronger safety laws

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, and folks all across the state of Iowa gathered to honor those who lost their lives on the job in 2013.

The service in Sioux City was somber, as the dozens gathered honored the memory of the more than 60 people who lost their lives because of work place dangers.

John Hamm, president of the Northwest Iowa Labor Council, read the names of all those who lost their lives, as those presiding over the service rang a bell and extinguished a candle for each lost life.

The multiple speakers at the service called for stronger laws to protect worker health and safety, and stronger action by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in Iowa.

"We need more OSHA inspectors. They need the opportunity to be able to get around and get to the workplaces. There needs to be more funding put into OSHA to help the workers," Hamm said.

Hamm says the number of work place related fatalities in Iowa is actually up this year, when those numbers should be going back down.

He says if stronger work place safety rules aren't enforced, and soon, it's going to mean more lives taken on the job.

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