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April 27, 2015

Oklahoma community honors Workers' Memorial Day
at candlelight vigil April 28

Oklahomans remember those who were injured or killed on the job

WHO: David Bates, director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Oklahoma City Area Office
State Sen. Susan Paddack
State Rep. George Young

WHAT: Workers' Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil

WHEN: April 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. CDT

WHERE: The Oklahoma State Capitol

Fourth Floor Rotunda
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

Background: In 2014, 25 people lost their lives at work in Oklahoma. Every year, American workers report about 3 million serious occupational injuries and illnesses and more than 50,000 die from illnesses attributable to long-term exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace. A recent OSHA report*, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, illustrates the impact these injuries have on the economy.

"Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home, and every year 3 millions of Americans suffer a serious workplace injury. Tragically, these deaths and injuries are preventable with basic safety and health techniques and practices," said David Bates, director of OSHA's Oklahoma City Area Office. "No job is a good job unless it's a safe job. Workers should not have to risk their lives or their health while working to provide for their families."

For information and additional resources about Workers' Memorial Day, please visit OSHA's website at: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker_memorial_2015.html. For more information on this event please visit www.okworkersmemorialday.com.

April 28th is Workers' Memorial Day

Every year, nearly four million workers are injured or made sick at work, and more than four thousand die from preventable work-related injuries or illnesses. In a series of Workers' Memorial Day events on and around April 28, OSHA's national and regional offices will remember those who have been lost, disabled, injured, or sickened on the job. On this day we also, in their honor, renew our commitment to protecting the health and safety of every worker.

Workers’ Memorial Day events will be updated on the events calendar over the coming weeks. For more information, visit the Workers' Memorial Day webpage or contact your regional OSHA office.

 Workers Memorial

How to File a Complaint with OSHA: Workers' Rights

Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. To help assure a safe and healthful workplace -

(a) Each employer --
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
29 USC 654
(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct. [Sec 5 Duties of the 1970 OSH Act]
OSHA also provides workers with the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace;
  • Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination;
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace;
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Get copies of their medical records

How to File a Complaint with OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gives employees and their representatives the right to file a complaint and request an OSHA inspection of their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or their employer is not following OSHA standards. Further, the Act gives complainants the right to request that their names not be revealed to their employers.
Complaints from employees and their representatives are taken seriously by OSHA. It is against the law for an employer to fire, demote, transfer, or discriminate in any way against a worker for filing a complaint or using other OSHA rights.

OSHA will keep your information confidential. We can help.

If you think your job is unsafe and you want to ask for an inspection, contact us. It is confidential. If you have been fired, demoted, transferred or discriminated against in any way for using your rights under the law, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged discrimination.

Complaint Filing Options

You have these options to file your safety and health complaint:
  1. Online - Go to the Online Complaint Form Written complaints that are signed by workers or their representative and submitted to an OSHA Area or Regional office are more likely to result in onsite OSHA inspections. Complaints received on line from workers in OSHA-approved state plan states will be forwarded to the appropriate state plan for response.
  2. Download and Fax/Mail - Download the OSHA complaint form* [En Espanol*] (or request a copy from your local OSHA Regional or Area Office), complete it and then fax or mail it back to your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. Written complaints that are signed by a worker or representative and submitted to the closest OSHA Area Office are more likely to result in onsite OSHA inspections. Please include your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you to follow up. This information is confidential.
  3. Telephone - your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. OSHA staff can discuss your complaint and respond to any questions you have. If there is an emergency or the hazard is immediately life-threatening, call your local OSHA Regional or Area Office or 1-800-321-OSHA.