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April 14, 1997

Worker Memorial Day ceremony scheduled at Labor & Industries

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries will honor the memories of the more than 100 workers who died in Washington as the result of job-related injury or illness in 1996 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies at 4 p.m. April 28 in the agency's Tumwater headquarters.

The L&I ceremony is Washington's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, coinciding with the national observance that will see more than 15,000 ceremonies across the nation. This marks the seventh anniversary of the agency's observation that falls on the anniversary of the federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA)

"This is our yearly opportunity for everyone associated with Washington's workforce to remember and remind," said L&I Director Gary Moore. "We remember the workers who have fallen and we remind ourselves that workplace safety and health is everyone's job."

The L&I ceremony is a simple one. Moore will emcee and introduce remarks by Rick Bender, president of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business, and Lori Gilmore of Sellen Construction Co., representing the Self-Insurers Association. In addition, Gov. Gary Locke has been invited.

Family members of workers who died in 1996 have been invited to attend, and the observance is open to the general public. It will include business, labor and government representatives.

The centerpiece of the cerermony is a reading of the names of the workers and the addition of those names to an honor roll in a display case in the main rotunda of the L&I central office building, 7273 Linderson Way in Tumwater, (Exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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