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April 19, 2004

Governor and L&I to honor fallen workers

TUMWATER — A ceremony to honor the memory of nearly 100 Washington workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in 2003 will be held Wednesday, April 28, at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in Tumwater.

The ceremony, Washington’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, is one of many being held in communities across the nation. This event will mark L&I’s 11th year of conducting a special ceremony to recognize and honor fallen workers.

“Worker Memorial Day is a somber reminder of the importance of workplace safety and health. Where workplace hazards exist, workers are at risk,” said L&I Director Paul Trause. “There’s no better way to honor these workers than by dedicating ourselves to making sure these tragedies don’t happen again.”

L&I’s ceremony, scheduled for 2 p.m. at the department’s central office, is a simple one. Trause will emcee and introduce remarks by Gov. Gary Locke, Rick Bender of the State Labor Council, Gary Chandler of the Association of Washington Business and Linda Maw of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of the workers who died in 2003 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. Visitors are also invited to view the worker memorial garden in front of the L&I building.

L&I's headquarters building is located at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater (exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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For media information: Steve Pierce, L&I Public Affairs, 360-902-5412 or piet235@Lni.wa.gov.

Radio broadcast version:

The Department of Labor & Industries will hold its 11th annual Worker Memorial Day April 28 at 2 p.m. The ceremony is in honor of the nearly 100 Washington workers who died from on-the-job injuries or illnesses in 2003.

Family members of the workers are invited, and the observance is open to the public.

Governor Gary Locke will speak at the event, along with L&I Director Paul Trause and representatives from business and labor organizations. Names of the workers who died last year will be read, accompanied by ceremonial bell tolling.

The ceremony will be at L&I’s central office in Tumwater at 7273 Linderson Way S.W.

 

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