Washington's Worker Memorial Day Ceremony Set for April 23

April 18, 2003
A ceremony to honor the memory of more than 100 Washington state workers who died from job-related injury or illness in 2002 will be held Wednesday, April 23, at the Department of Labor and 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 10th year of conducting a special ceremony to recognize and honor fallen workers.

"This is our annual opportunity for workers, employers and surviving family members to join with L&I to remember those who have died and to remind ourselves that workplace safety and health is everyone's job," said L&I

Director Paul Trause. "I can think of no better way to honor these workers than for all of us to rededicate ourselves to our primary mission of protecting workers."

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 Fred Kiga, the governor's chief of staff; Rick Bender of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell of the Association of Washington Business; and Katrina Zitnick of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

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.

Family members of the workers who died in 2002 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. L&I's central office building is located at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater (exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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