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June 17, 2014

Tumwater – If you know a real-life hero or heroine who saved a life while on the job this past year, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to hear from you.

The board is accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor's Lifesaving Awards, presented to workers in Washington state who saved a life in the past 12 months. All Washington workers covered by the state workers' compensation system or a self-insured employer are eligible for the lifesaving nomination.

The heroic act must have been performed during work hours and taken place between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

The nominee must have performed "hands-on" aid in saving a life. For law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other similar professions, the lifesaving action cannot be part of their normal job responsibilities; it must be above and beyond the call of duty.

The board also presents humanitarian awards to people who, despite their best efforts, were unable to save the life of the victim. 

Last year, 40 people were recognized with lifesaving and humanitarian awards. For a nomination form and more information on qualifications, contact Laura Glover, lifesaving award coordinator, at 360-902-5533. Nomination forms are also available at www.wagovconf.org.

Award recipients will be featured guests at the 63rd Annual Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 25 at the Spokane Convention Center. The conference is sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

For more information about the conference, call toll-free 1-888-451-2004. TDD users may call 360-902-5797.

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Washington workers who through their hands-on effort, saved a life while at work during the past 12 months, are eligible for the 2014 Governor's Lifesaving Award. Nominations are being accepted now. For first responders, the lifesaving action must be above and beyond the call of duty. The deadline to nominate someone is June 30. Winners will be featured guests at the 63rd Annual Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane on Sept. 25. Visit www.wagovconf.org.

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