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April 21, 1999

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 a result of job-related injury or illness in 1998 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies at 2 p.m. April 28 in the agency's central office building here.

The L&I ceremony is Washington's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, coinciding with the national observance that will include more than 15,000 ceremonies across America. Besides remembering fallen workers, the commemoration focuses attention on the anniversary of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"This is our annual opportunity for workers, employers and surviving family members to join with L&I 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."

L&I's ceremony is a simple one. Moore will emcee and introduce remarks by Rick Bender of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business; and Christine Conroy of the Washington Self-Insurers' Association.

Family members of workers who died in 1998 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. It will include business, labor and government representatives.

The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of workers who died.

L&I's central office building is located at 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater (Exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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A statement by Gary Moore, director of Labor & Industries, on the occasion of Worker Memorial Day

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