April 20, 2015
Tuesday, April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in workplace accidents. Workers Memorial Day is also about recommitting to the goal of improving safety and health in every American workplace.
A ceremony to honor those lost to workplace deaths will be held at noon at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem. Speakers include Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood, and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. The service will also feature the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2014.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees started Workers' Memorial Day in 1984 to bring attention to the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and to promote campaigns to improve workplace safety. In the U.S., Workers Memorial Day has been recognized since 1989. April 28 is also day the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective (in 1971) and is the official "birthday" of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Review Commission, and NIOSH.
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