Worker Memorial Day Ceremony Scheduled in Washington State

Washington state honors more than 100 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in 2001 on Worker Memorial Day.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will honor more than 100 workers who died as a result of job-related injury or illness in 2001 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies tomorrow.

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).

"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 plans to attend. The ceremony will include a reading of the names of workers who died.

by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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