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April 18, 2000

Worker Memorial Day ceremony scheduled at Labor & Industries

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries will honor the memories of the more than 100 workers who died in Washington as a result of job-related injury or illness in 1999 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies at 2 p.m. April 26 in the agency's central office building here.

The L&I ceremony, Washington's official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, is one of more than 15,000 national observances being held across America. Besides remembering fallen workers, the commemoration focuses attention on the anniversary of the creation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"This is our annual 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. Moore will emcee and introduce remarks by Jeff Johnson of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business; and Rebecca Forrestor of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of workers who died in 1999 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. It will include business, labor and government representatives.

The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of workers who died.

L&I's central office building is located at 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater (Exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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Also see companion op-ed piece from L&I director Gary Moore.

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