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April 18, 2001

Governor and L&I to honor fallen Washington workers

TUMWATER - A ceremony to honor the memory of more than 80 Washington workers who died in occupational fatalities in 2000 will be held April 25 at the state Department of Labor & Industries. Gov. Gary Locke is scheduled to attend.

The L&I ceremony, Washington's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, is one of thousands being held in communities across the nation. Besides remembering fallen workers, the commemoration focuses attention on the anniversary of the creation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"Worker Memorial Day provides a somber reminder that we still have much work to accomplish in our quest to make sure that every worker in Washington returns home safely at the end of the work day," said L&I Director Gary Moore. "This ceremony offers an opportunity to honor the memory of those workers who have fallen and to remind ourselves that workplace safety and health is everyone's job."

L&I's ceremony, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 25 at the department's central office here, is a simple one. Moore will emcee and introduce remarks by Gov. Locke, Rick Bender of the State Labor Council, Glen Hudson of the Association of Washington Business and Don Scoville of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2000 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public.

The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of workers who died accompanied by ceremonial bell tolling.

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

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