Speeches - (Archived) Table of Contents
• Information Date: 04/17/2007
• Presented To: 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kickoff
• Speaker: Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
• Status: Archived

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Remarks by
Edwin G. Foulke Jr.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA

I am pleased and grateful that representatives are here today from government, education, and industry. Their participation in this event recognizes the importance we all place on American industry, on workplace safety and health, and especially the future of our young people.

I am particularly passionate about promoting safety and health in construction because of something that happened to me many years ago when I was beginning my career. I was working with a law firm in South Carolina, and the firm sent me to a construction company to give some basic instruction on how to keep employees safe and healthy. On that very morning, on that worksite, an employee was injured... and he died! This was a painful, tragic lesson for everyone - for the employers, the employees, and me. This incident changed me forever because it gave me a focus and direction for my career. I knew from that moment on that my life's mission would be dedicated to workplace safety and health.

Very soon these young people with us today, along with the thousands of others across the United States, will become the next generation of working men and women on whom our nation's economy will depend. Like their parents and their grandparents, these young people will look to their jobs to