L&I will hold ceremony April 28 to mark Worker Memorial Day

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TUMWATER Parents, spouses, children and other relatives of those who died from a job-related illness or injury last year have all been invited to the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony, being held April 28.

The 92 fallen workers being honored will include the seven killed in the Tesoro petroleum refinery explosion as well as many workers in hazardous jobs, such as logging, construction and fishing. But the list of names also includes a surgeon, a school teacher and a minister.

"A workplace death can happen to anyone in any job, changing families forever, and traumatizing co-workers and colleagues," said L&I Director Judy Schurke. "This ceremony allows us to honor the memories of these fallen workers and is a reminder that more needs to be done to prevent future workplace tragedies."

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at L&I's central building in Tumwater, 7273 Linderson Way S.W. The agency has hosted a ceremony for Worker Memorial Day for 18 years.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to attend, as well as representatives from the Association of Washington Business, the Washington State Labor Council, and the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

While the relatives of all the workers who died in 2010 have been invited, the observance is open to their friends, colleagues, and the public at large.

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, the families will be invited to participate in ringing the brass bell that makes up the Worker Memorial sculpture on the grounds of the L&I building.

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For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

Broadcast version: The Department of Labor & Industries will host its annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony on Thursday, April 28, at the agency's building in Tumwater, south of Olympia. The service will honor the 92 Washington State residents who died in 2010 due to work-related accidents or illnesses. The service begins at 2 p.m. and includes a formal reading of the names of the fallen workers. A number of families of the deceased are expected to attend.

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