FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2011-09
April 28, 2011

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DIR’s tribute to fallen workers and commitment to workplace safety
Recognizing Workers’ Memorial Day

San Francisco—The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today pays tribute to the men and women of California who died or were injured on the job. On this Workers’ Memorial Day, DIR recognizes the sacrifice made by all employees in California and recommits itself to improving workplace safety.

“While we pause this day to remember those who died simply by trying to earn a living, we must honor their memories by continuing to make workplace safety a priority,” said DIR Acting Director Christine Baker. “We will focus our efforts and resources on identifying and targeting the most serious safety violators, and we will continue working closely with model employers who are making safety a part of their workplace culture.”

California has a long history of improving workplace safety and continues to lead the nation in establishing safety standards:

“We are putting a new emphasis on protecting California’s most vulnerable workers,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess. “We will not tolerate employers who gamble with their workers’ lives. We owe it to the fallen workers, the injured workers and their families.”

In recognition of Workers’ Memorial Day, Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation which can be viewed on the Governor’s Web site.

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes workers who die and are injured each year on the job. The observance is held on April 28, the day Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970.

Employers who want to learn more about Cal/OSHA and how to reduce workplace injuries can get information at the DIR Web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dosh. For assistance from the Cal/OSHA Consultation unit—a free services—employers can call (800) 963-9424. Employees with work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at (866) 924-9757.

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