A memorial service this weekend will honor two area men who lost their lives last year while working in York County.

Donald Rexroth died on April 4, 2012, from fatal injuries sustained while working on his Red Lion farm. He was 77.

James Dick, a Maryland resident, was electrocuted on Aug. 21 while relocating power lines in Fairview Township. He was 41.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, the York-Adams Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will host its annual Workers' Memorial Day Observance at Kiwanis Lake, located at the intersection of Parkway Boulevard and North Newberry Street in York. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.

The council hosts the observance every year on April 28, marking the anniversary of the Occupational and Safety Health Act's taking effect on that day in 1971.

"We will remember the workers and encourage the public to support legislative and regulatory efforts to improve strong safety and health protections in the workplace," said Alan Vandersloot, community services liaison and director of labor participation for the AFL-CIO.

Most unions support stricter OSHA laws, he said.

"OSHA is all about safety, and we hold it on that same day every year to recognize those killed, injured or diseased on the job," said Kitty Hake, committee chairwoman of the event.

Sunday will mark the 23rd annual observance held by the council.

This year's theme is "Safe Jobs Save Lives. Make Your Voice Heard."

York County Coroner Barry Bloss will deliver the keynote address, and several public officials, and labor and community leaders will participate in the memorial.


For more information, call Vandersloot at 771-3806.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.