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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.