Release Number: 08-579-NAT
April 28, 2008
Contact: Sharon Worthy
WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. today released the following statement on the observance of Workers Memorial Day, April 28, 2008:
"On this day, we remember and honor those who were injured or lost their lives as a result of job-related hazards. One fatality is one too many. We pay tribute to them and will continue to remain steadfast in our mission of promoting a safe and healthy workplace for all employees."
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been quite successful in improving workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. Injury and illness rates have continued to decline to record lows. The injury and illness incidence rate of 4.4 per 100 employees in 2006 was the lowest that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. The 2006 fatality rate, at 4.0 per 100,000 employees, remains at an historic low. OSHA will continue to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safe to his or her family every day."
"On our 37th anniversary, we remember those employees who are no longer with us, and because of their sacrifice, we remain firm in our commitment to improving safety and health in all workplaces."
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