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Governor and L&I to honor fallen workers at April 29 ceremony

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April 23, 2014

Tumwater – A cell tower climber, a lab worker, a chef, a school superintendent, truck drivers, mechanics, firefighters, loggers, farm workers — these are among the 65 people who will be honored this year at the 2014 Worker Memorial Day ceremony April 29.

The parents, spouses, children and other relatives of those who died from a job-related illness or injury last year have all been invited to the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony. The observance is also open to their friends, colleagues, and the general public.

The ceremony is Washington state's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many held in communities across the nation.

"Worker Memorial Day is a somber reminder of the importance of workplace safety and health. Where workplace hazards exist, workers are at risk," said L&I Director Joel Sacks. "There's no better way to honor these workers than by dedicating ourselves to making sure these tragedies don't happen again."

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at L&I's main building in Tumwater, 7273 Linderson Way S.W.

Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to attend, as well as representatives of the Association of Washington Business, the Washington State Labor Council, and the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

The ceremony includes a reading of the names of the workers who died, accompanied by bell ringers from the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. After the ceremony, the families are invited to ring the brass bell in the Worker Memorial garden on the grounds of the L&I building.

For a complete list of those being honored, visit


For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413

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The Department of Labor and Industries will host its annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony on Tuesday, April 29, at the agency's main building in Tumwater. The service will honor the 65 Washington State residents who died in 2013 due to work-related accidents or illnesses. The service begins at 2 p.m. and includes a formal reading of the names of the fallen workers. Surviving family members, friends and co-workers are invited to the ceremony, which is open to the public. More information can be found at

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