A vigil was held Tuesday night for the many people who have tragically lost their lives in Massachusetts in workplace accidents.
The Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety And Health held the vigil in front of the State House where family members remembered their loved ones.
The parents of Colleen Ritzer, a Danvers High School teacher who was murdered, were in attendance.
“She was an innocent math teacher,” said Chandler Creedon Jr., the Ritzer family spokesperson. “We need to make sure schools are safe so we don’t find ourselves in those situations.”
The vigil honored 4 men who were recently killed — one while inspecting a water tank in Braintree, one in a construction accident in Duxbury, and two while working in a trench in Boston's South End.
Ronald and Mona Morse attended the vigil and said they still can’t believe it will be their second Christmas without their son Ronald. The 40-year-old was killed in June 2015 in Somerville after being crushed by a construction type of elevator.
“He was all about love and laughter every day. He was a gigantic kid – he was 390 pounds, 6’4” but he was still my baby boy,” said mother Mona Morse.
The Morse family now wants Massachusetts lawmakers to extend OSHA regulations to public sector workers.
“He didn’t deserve to die the way he did but accidents happen and all we can do is mourn his death,” said father Ronald Morse.