|For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2003
For More Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428
or AFL-CIO of Oregon, 503-585-6320
Workers Memorial Day observance planned for Salem on April 28
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) urges
all Oregonians to honor those workers who died, or were injured, while
performing their work. The annual Workers Memorial Day on April 28th nationwide
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, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
A memorial service honoring Oregon's workers will be held on Monday April
28 at the State Capitol Building, 900 Court Street in Salem. The service
will begin at 12:00 Noon near the western wing of the Capitol and feature
a reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2002.
"Workers Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity to pay tribute
to the workers of Oregon who are no longer with us," says Peter De
Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "Oregon's employers can truly
honor their workers every day by making a commitment to provide a safe
and healthy workplace."
Annual observances of Workers Memorial Day alternate between Portland
and Salem. The AFL-CIO of Oregon, (503) 585-6320, coordinates the Workers
Memorial Day observances in Salem.