"Fight for the Living Mourn for the Dead" is the theme of a press conference and worker memorial ceremony April 28 at 10 a.m. in front of the Union Labor Center, 2261 S. Redwood Road.
The sponsors are Ed Mayne, Utah AFL-CIO president, and Patrick O'Connor, president of the Injured Workers Association of Utah.April 28 is the 19th anniversary of passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Mayne said, and the events are designed to focus attention on workplace injuries and diseases and assist the American labor movement to prevent this needless loss of life, limb and health.
"Taps" will be played by the Letter Carriers' Band and the flag lowered to half staff to honor victims of industrial accidents and diseases and note the immediate need for changes in the Utah workmen's compensation laws and the need for a proper rehabilitation law for the state, O'Connor said.
Mayne said that while some catastrophes focus public attention briefly on dangerous conditions in the workplace, the daily toll of work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities are often known only to the families, friends and fellow workers of the victims.
OSHA was enacted to reduce the large number of workers killed and injured on the job, said O'Connor. He said there are more than 65,000 workplace accidents annually in Utah and in addition to workmen's compensation benefits being woefully inadequate, "it is shameful that our state has no rehabilitation to help injured workers get retrained to re-enter the workplace."