Fallen OR Workers To Be Remembered April 28

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - Sadly, a number of families across Oregon are coping with the loss of a loved one killed on the job. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, urges all Oregonians to honor those workers on Workers Memorial Day.

The statewide observance of Workers Memorial Day is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem. The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature a dedication of the newly constructed Fallen Worker Memorial and the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2008. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Senator Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), and Senator Margaret Carter (D-Portland) are scheduled to make remarks at the event, among others.

"Every day, working people in Oregon put their lives on the line," said Tom Chamberlain, president of Oregon AFL-CIO. "We will take a moment to recognize the needless sacrifice that they and their families made in 2008 and in years past. In their memory and in their honor, we should take every possible step to ensure that all Oregonians are safe on the job."

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 one million people in the United States who are 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.

"As we work to push injury, illness and fatality rates lower, it's sometimes too easy to lose sight of the faces behind the numbers," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "Workers Memorial Day is a reminder that each death was a life cut short – a worker who left behind family and friends who grieve their loss. And Workers Memorial Day is a reminder that we can do better."

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.

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.

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