April 27, 2007
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WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr., today issued the following statement regarding Worker Memorial Day, April 28, 2007:
"On Worker Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have died as a result of job-related hazards. No one should have to risk their life while trying to earn a living. Even one job-related fatality is one too many. We honor their memories and rededicate ourselves to our purpose: to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women.
"We have made steady progress since that day, 36 years ago, when OSHA was first created. The overall workplace injury and illness rate, at 4.6 per 100 employees in 2005, is the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began collecting data in 1973. Since 2002, the injury and illness rate has decreased by more than 13 percent. The overall fatality rate has fallen by 7 percent and by 18 percent among Hispanics since 2001.
"The dedicated men and women of OSHA take pride in these achievements, yet we remain steadfast in our mission to bring every working man and woman home safe and healthy every day -- they and their families deserve no less."
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