FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2005-18
Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini
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Governor Schwarzenegger proclaims April 28, 2005 Workers' Memorial Day

SAN FRANCISCO - John Rea, acting director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today announced that Governor Schwarzenegger has proclaimed April 28, 2005 as Workers' Memorial Day, and would like to encourage all citizens of California to remember and pay tribute to those workers who have lost their lives or were injured on the job.

"On this day, it is important to not only honor workers who have died on the job, but protect those who are living and working in the state," said John Rea. "Our experience shows that the best prevention comes from labor and management working together on the job to identify hazards, provide training and correct unsafe conditions."

Unfortunately, each year, there are thousands of workplace-related fatalities occurring throughout the United States. Prevention is the key to California's businesses and workers reducing the number of workplace-related injuries and fatalities. The California Department of Industrial Relations offers free consultation assistance to California businesses to help protect their workplaces and their workers from safety and health hazards. The Cal/OSHA consultation service will visit your place of business, provide telephone technical assistance, or mail publications to you on positive practices for workplace safety and health.

California's underground economy threatens our vital industries, drives down wages, exposes both young and seasoned workers to greater workplace risks, and undercuts legitimate businesses with reduced operating costs. The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency is creating the Economic & Employment Enforcement Coalition, a multi-agency coalition that will leverage their resources collectively to target underground economy businesses that are violating California's Labor Laws, including workplace safety and health laws and regulations.

California Workers' Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember the courage and integrity of America's workers. It is also a time to walk around your business to identify and correct any health or safety hazards.

For more information on Cal/OSHA's consultation services visit our website at www.dir.ca.gov.

Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims April 28 "Workers' Memorial Day"

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