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Labor Secretary Solis speaks at memorial monument ceremony; reveals OSHA plans for Recovery Act funds (4/29)

April 29, 2009
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During a groundbreaking ceremony for a workers’ memorial monument held at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis paid tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives on the job, according to an OSHA press release.

“The bricks and mortar of the monument we build today remind us that we are all connected in this life, and the loss of a single worker is profoundly felt by families, neighbors, friends and communities across our nation,” said Secretary Solis. “As we dedicate the building of this monument to fallen workers, we must also rededicate ourselves to defending and enforcing every man and woman’s rights to a safe and healthful working environment.”

Secretary Solis also said that, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve America’s infrastructure and put Americans to work, OSHA will receive economic recovery funds it will direct toward enhanced and targeted enforcement; technical assistance, guidance, training and outreach; and construction data collection.

OSHA has identified the leading causes of injuries, illnesses and workplace fatalities in construction and manufacturing. The agency has used these data to develop information products that support its enforcement efforts while also educating and training employers and workers about workplace hazards. The materials, available on OSHA’s Web site at www.osha.gov in English, Spanish and other languages, include advice on avoiding falls, electrocutions, struck-by and caught-between hazards, trenching and construction work zone safety.

Additionally, in her remarks, Secretary Solis said that as part of OSHA’s efforts to provide compliance assistance and outreach, the agency will continue to communicate with the nation’s immigrant workforce through places of worship, community organizations and consulates. For example, OSHA’s Region II has been working with the consulates of El Salvador, Columbia and Brazil to provide information on workplace safety and health.

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