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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2007
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Oregon workers to be remembered April 27

Workers' Memorial Day observed at the State Capitol

Many of us take for granted that we will come home safely from work each day. However, in 2005, 5,702 people in the United States lost their lives as a result of their work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) urges all Oregonians to honor those workers who died on the job on Workers' Memorial Day.

The statewide observance of Workers' Memorial Day is scheduled for Friday, April 27 on the west steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem from noon to 1 p.m. The memorial service, coordinated by Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature a reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2006.

"We often talk about statistics, but Workers' Memorial Day reminds us that each name represents a worker whose plans and dreams for the future were cut short," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "This day provides a moment for us to join their friends and families in remembering those workers and acknowledge we have not reached a stopping point; we have not yet finished the job of making workplaces as safe as they can be."

The annual Workers Memorial Day on April 28 serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job, and the more than 1 million people in the United States who become injured each year while at work. The observance is held on April 28 because on that date in 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Through a partnership of 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 cut by roughly three-quarters since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.