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April 23, 2009

Worker Memorial Day ceremony set for April 28

TUMWATER – The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will honor the memories of 81 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2008 at a Worker Memorial Day ceremony Tuesday, April 28.

The 2 p.m. ceremony at L&I headquarters in Tumwater is Washington’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many held in communities across the nation. This year is L&I’s 16th year of hosting a ceremony to recognize and honor fallen workers.

“Most people think a serious injury or death at work will never happen to them or to anyone they know – until it does, with devastating impact,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke. “Worker Memorial Day is our opportunity to honor the workers who died and to dedicate ourselves to preventing these tragic events from ever occurring again.”

Schurke will emcee and introduce remarks by Gov. Chris Gregoire, Don Brunell of the Association of Washington Business, Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council, and Bill Johnson of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2008 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of the workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Tumwater Fire Department.

Following the ceremony, families will be invited to participate in ringing a bronze memorial bell sculpture on the grounds of the L&I building.

L&I’s headquarters is at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater (exit 101 from I-5).

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413.

Broadcast version:

A ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 28, at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater to honor the memories of 81 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2008. The 2 p.m. ceremony is Washington’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many held in communities across the nation. Family members of workers who died in 2008 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of the workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Tumwater Fire Department.

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