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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2006

Contact for more Information:
Judy O’Connor, Northwest Oregon Labor Council, (503) 235-9444

Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA, 503-947-7428

April 28 - Workers Memorial Day

(Salem) The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) urges all Oregon residents to honor those workers who died, or were injured, while performing their work during Workers Memorial Day on April 28.

The annual Workers Memorial Day on April 28th serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job, and the over one million people in the United States who become injured each year while at work. The observance is held on April 28th because on that date in 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"Each name represents a family that lost a loved and valued member," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "These men and women have paid the ultimate cost in the pursuit of financial security for themselves and their family. Workers Memorial Day provides a moment for us to remember each of them and their sacrifice. The value of Workers Memorial Day is to remember we have not reached a stopping point; we cannot truly say the task of making workplaces safer is ever finished."

Through a partnership of organized labor, business and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers’ compensation benefits have been reduced 70 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

The annual Workers Memorial Day observance is scheduled for Friday, April 28, at Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 SE Stark Street in Portland (Map for the location). The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Northwest Oregon Labor Council in Portland coordinates the observance.

Oregon OSHA encourages employers to keep their employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards. Visit Oregon OSHA's web site, www.orosha.org for information on how to request a no-cost consultation, sign up for training, and explore the many workplace safety and health resources that are available.