Melissa King

Having lost her father on the job, Melissa has become a key leader on MassCOSH's Board and has helped the organization become what it is today. Below, she shares her presepective.

When my family started volunteering with MassCOSH, I never thought that I would become highly involved with the organization. I didn’t want my father’s death at the workplace to define the rest of my life. Now over six years later, I could not be more surprised with my commitment to occupational health and safety. Instead of defining me, I have defined what my father’s death means to me. Volunteering with MassCOSH has given me the opportunity to find something good in the worst thing that ever happened to me.

I have had the opportunity to meet many people through my volunteer work at MassCOSH and USMWF whose lives have also been impacted by occupational injuries. Many of these people are fighting to ensure that the particular circumstances surrounding their loved one’s injury or death never happens again.  While I’m obviously moved by stories similar to mine, I am outraged and motivated by each and every workplace safety issue and violation.

I’ve learned how far workplace safety has come over the years, but I also know how much more work is needed. I know now that no matter where I go, MassCOSH and workplace safety issues will be a part of my life forever. I look forward to helping in any way I can.