OPA News Release: [04/27/2012]
Contact Name: Egan Reich or Jesse Lawder
Phone Number: (202) 693-4960 or x4659
Release Number: 12-0836-NAT
Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Workers’ Memorial Day
WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the observance of Workers' Memorial Day:
"Tomorrow, April 28, is Workers' Memorial Day, an occasion for reflection and remembrance of the thousands of workers who needlessly have suffered fatal injuries on the job every year. We also think of those workers who have been seriously injured or sickened as a result of preventable workplace hazards.
"We are never prepared to say goodbye to the people we love, but we are even less so when we send our loved ones off for a day's work. It is our duty to ensure that all workers come home safely at the end of each workday, and we stand behind our firm conviction that workplace injuries and fatalities are entirely preventable.
"On this day, I urge all Americans to raise their voices in support of workers' right to a safe and healthful workplace. In the 41 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted, we have made tremendous progress, but our steadfast mission to make every job in America a safe job must continue. One workplace death is too many.
"Making a living shouldn't include dying."