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OSHA News Release: [04/22/2014]
Contact Name: Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke
Phone Number: (312) 353-6976
Email:
Allen.Scott@dol.gov or Burke.Rhonda@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-0631-KAN

US Labor Department's OSHA to co-host Workers' Memorial Day Events April 25 in Springfield, Mo., and April 28 in North Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Workers' Memorial Day 2014 will be commemorated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Kansas City Area Office with two events to remember those who have been injured or have died on the job.

The first event will be held on Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m., at SRC, 531 South Union Ave., Springfield, Mo. The second event will be held Monday, April 28, at 10 a.m., at the Builders' Association Education and Training Center, 105 West 12th Ave., North Kansas City. The events are open to the public and the news media.

"Workers' Memorial Day is held annually to remember those who have lost their lives on the job. Every day in America, on average, 12 people go to work and never come home, and each year nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover," said Marcia Drumm, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Kansas City. "Since OSHA's founding, common-sense standards and strong and fair enforcement have saved thousands of lives and prevented countless injuries. OSHA is committed to educating employers and workers about preventing injuries and illnesses and keeping workers safe on the job."

The April 28 event will feature a video tribute to workers who have died on the job, and the reading of proclamations by Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Alicia G. Kerbek Palma, consul titular of the Consulate of Mexico, Kansas City, and Pat "Duke" Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, will also deliver remarks. Drumm will speak on behalf of OSHA.

The event is co-hosted by OSHA, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, and The Builders' Association.

Members of the media planning to cover the event should contact Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke in the Labor Department's Office of Public Affairs, using the information above.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.