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AFL-CIO DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES STATEMENT ON BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS INJURY REPORT

AFL-CIO DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
    ISSUES STATEMENT ON BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS INJURY REPORT
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Peg Seminario, director of the AFL-CIO Department of Occupational Health and Safety, made the following comment on the annual report on occupational injury and illness released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    The message from today's data is that our nation's job safety law is failing to protect workers.  The simple fact is more workers were injured and became ill from workplace hazards in 1990 than at any other time in the past decade -- and that makes a strong case for passage of the OSHA reform legislation now before Congress.
    In manufacturing and construction, there is no comfort in the injury and illness rate holding steady, because it's a time of recession and widespread layoffs.
    And it is truly alarming to see increases among workers in the service and finance sectors because it shows clearly all workers have cause for concern -- serious health and safety hazards are present in all industries.
    Twenty years after the passage of OSHA, it's time to make good on the promise of a safe job for every American worker.
    -0-               11/19/91
    /CONTACT:  Colleen M. O'Neill of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/ CO:  AFL-CIO ST:  District of Columbia IN: SU: MH -- DC012 -- 4982 11/19/91 13:23 EST
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