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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2002
Contact Information:
Kevin Weeks, 503-947-7428

David Sparks (OR-OSHA), 503-378-3272

Workers Memorial Day observance planned for Portland on April 26

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) is urging Oregon residents to honor those workers that have lost their lives, or have been injured, while performing their work. The annual Workers Memorial Day on April 28 nationwide recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who perish each year on the job, and the over one million people who become injured each year while at work.

A memorial service honoring Oregon’s workers will be held on Friday April 26 at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 NE Failing Street in Portland. The service will begin at 11:30am and feature a reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2001.

“Workers Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by Oregon’s workers,” says Peter De Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. “Oregon’s employers can truly honor their workers every day by committing to provide a safe and healthy workplace.”

The Workers Memorial Day observances in Portland are coordinated by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, (503) 235-9444.