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Lifesaving awards honor workplace heroes — nominations open now

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June 14, 2018 #18-016

Tumwater – Many people spend nearly as much time at work as they do at home, so when a life-threatening emergency happens, it's often other workers who must provide critical, immediate aid. That quick action can be the difference between life or death.

The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board presents awards to workplace heroes at its annual conference, and now's the time to nominate people for the 2018 Governor's Lifesaving Awards.

There are several workplace lifesavers in Washington every year; this is a chance to help them get the recognition they deserve for their heroic actions. Last year, Angela Salgado, an Olive Garden server, received the award for saving two customers from choking. John Gabelein, an elementary school teacher, was honored for administering CPR to a mother who collapsed while dropping off her child.

Eligible incidents must have occurred during work hours and must have taken place between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

All workers covered by the state workers' compensation system or by a self-insured employer are eligible. The nominee must have performed "hands-on" aid. For law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other similar professions, the lifesaving action must be above and beyond the call of duty.

A humanitarian award is also available for people who, despite their best efforts, were unable to save the victim's life.

Award recipients will be featured guests at the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries sponsor the event.

Nomination forms are available at www.gishab.org. For more information call 1-888-451-2004 or email info@gishab.org.

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