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

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2005

Workers Memorial Day is April 28

The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) urges all Oregonians to honor those workers who died, or were injured, while performing their work. Oregon OSHA also encourages a public remembrance of workers during a ceremony to be held in Eugene on April 29th.

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.

"Workers Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity to pay tribute to the workers of Oregon who died while at work," says Peter De Luca, administrator of Oregon OSHA. "Without a day set aside, it would be too easy to forget the people who die in workplaces every year. Oregon's employers can honor their workers every day by making a commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace."

The statewide observance of Workers Memorial Day is scheduled for Friday April 29th, during the "Workplace Health and Safety in the Global Economy" conference presented by the University of Oregon. A memorial service honoring Oregon's workers will be held from Noon to 1:15 pm in the Bonus Room of the Student Recreation Center building on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The memorial service will feature a reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2004.

Additional information about the memorial service in Eugene, including directions to the University of Oregon and details about the "Workplace Health and Safety in the Global Economy" conference, is available on the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center's Web site, http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~lerc


For more information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer


University of Oregon
Labor Education and Research Center