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April 16, 2002

Worker Memorial Day ceremony scheduled at Labor & Industries

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries will honor more than 100 workers who died in Washington as a result of job-related injury or illness in 2001 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies April 24.

Washington's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration is part of the national observance that will include thousands of ceremonies across America. Besides remembering fallen workers, the commemoration focuses attention on the anniversary of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The L&I observance will be held at 2 p.m. in the agency's central office building in Tumwater.

"This is our yearly 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 built around the family members of the fallen workers. Moore will emcee and introduce remarks by Rick Bender of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business; and Dave Kaplan of the Washington Self-Insurers' Association. Gov. Gary Locke has indicated that he will attend as well. The centerpiece of the ceremony, which is open to the public, 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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