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April 13, 1998

Worker Memorial Garden takes root at agency

TUMWATER - The department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will honor all Washington workers who have died as the result of a job-related injury or illness in dedicating a Worker Memorial Garden at the agency's Tumwater headquarters on April 27.

The garden, located at the front of the building, will be dedicated as part of this year's national Worker Memorial Day commemoration, beginning at 2 p.m. in the agency's auditorium.

"The garden will pay tribute to Washington's fallen workforce," said L&I Director Gary Moore, "and it also will be a vivid reminder of the need for worker health and safety."

In the auditorium, Moore will serve as master of ceremonies and introduce remarks by Fred Stephens, the Governor's deputy chief of staff; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business; Jeff Johnson, research director for the state Labor Council; and Christine Conroy, president of the Self-Insurers Association. The names of workers who have died this year will be read and added to an honor roll in a display case in the L&I building rotunda.

The event will move to the garden, with brief comments before survivors of one of the victims unveils the dedication plaque.

Worker Memorial Day has become a national observance, with more than 15,000 ceremonies across the nation honoring fallen workers. This marks the agency's eighth year of observance, occurring one day before the anniversary of the federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) this year. OSHA was founded in 1973.

Family members of workers who died in 1997 are invited to attend and survivors from past years are welcome as well. The observance will be attended by representatives of business, labor and government, and is open to the general public.

The L&I office building is located at 7273 Linderson Way in Tumwater, (Exit 101 from Interstate 5)


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