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April 25, 2017

OSHA recognizes Workers' Memorial Day
Renews commitment to making safety a priority

LINCOLN, Neb. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will recognize Workers' Memorial Day by participating in various events throughout the country.

American workers are the backbone of our nation's prosperity and a focal point of President Trump's "America First" agenda. With the recent increased growth in manufacturing, mining and construction industries, OSHA renews its commitment to making safety a priority through education, training and collaboration with American workers, businesses and state partners.

In Nebraska, OSHA will honor those who have been injured or lost their lives in the workplace, helping to support and strengthen our nation with a candle light vigil.

Friday, April 28, 2017
7 p.m. CDT
State Capitol Building
1445 K. St., North Side
Lincoln, NE
Jeff Funke, area director, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Omaha Area Office
Tonya Ford, board vice president, United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities
Occupational safety experts, employers, workers, family members and federal, state and local officials will host Nebraska's Eighth Annual Workers' Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil to remember and honor fallen workers or those who suffered injury in Nebraska.
"OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, and helping companies and employees develop effective safety and health programs. Together, we can ensure that Nebraska workers return home safe and healthy at the end of every shift," said Jeff Funke, OSHA's area director in Omaha.

For more information, visit OSHA's Workers' Memorial Day webpage. All local events are free and open to the public. You can also learn more about OSHA by visiting

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727,
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976,

Release Number: 17-507-KC

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