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Governor Commemorates "Workers' Memorial Day"

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Issues proclamation to remember fallen and injured workers

Governor Janet Napolitano today proclaimed April 28 as "Workers' Memorial Day," to honor Arizonans who died, were injured and/or disabled on the job.

"Workers are the backbone of a healthy economy," said Napolitano. "Every day, these Arizonans put in a full day on the job and deserve to be safe at work. While we are making strides in the area of workplace safety, there is still some improvement to be made."

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, Arizona ranks 23rd among the states in workplace death and injury rates. The 2004 report indicates more than 100 Arizonans were killed on the job, and another 80,000 were injured or contracted workplace-related illnesses.

AFL-CIO Arizona executive director, Michael McGrath, commended Napolitano for her dedication to Arizona workers. "We are fortunate to have her in our state," he said. "She understands how hard people in Arizona work, and that reducing the number of injuries and deaths on the job is an important goal."

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