Office of the County Commission
P R O C L A M A T I O N
For Douglas County, Kansas
WHEREAS: Every year thousands of American workers are killed by workplace injuries and occupational disease; and
WHEREAS: Millions more are injured and thousands are permanently disabled; and
WHEREAS: April 28 falls on the anniversary of the enactment of federal legislation creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on April 28, 1971; and
WHEREAS: Since its inception, OSHA has assisted employers and employees to create better working conditions, and has helped to cut workplace fatalities by more than 60% and occupational injury and illness by 40%; and
WHEREAS: Concerned citizens are determined to prevent future tragedies by renewing efforts to seek stronger safety and health protections, better standards and enforcement, fair and just compensation, and to recognize those who do make workplace safety a priority; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, that we remember workers in our community and across the country that have been injured, disabled or killed on the job by proclaiming April 28, 2011 as "Workers' Memorial Day."
Dated this 27th day of April, 2011.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS
Jim Flory, Chairman
Mike Gaughan, Vice-Chair
Nancy Thellman, Member