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April 20, 2005

Worker Memorial Day scheduled at Labor & Industries

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will honor the memories of more than 100 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2004 during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies on April 27 at 2 p.m. at the L&I headquarters in Tumwater.

The L&I ceremony is Washington state’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many being held in communities across the nation. This event will mark L&I’s 12th year of hosting 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 the workers who died last year,” said incoming L&I Director Gary Weeks. “It is a somber reminder of the importance of workplace safety and health.”

The simple ceremony will include a welcome by Weeks, who will introduce remarks by Tom Fitzsimmons of the Governor’s office, Don Brunell of the Association of Washington Business, Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council and Brian Earl from Washington Self‑Insurers’ Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2004 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public.

The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of the workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Washington State Council of Firefighters.

L&I’s headquarters building is located at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater (exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413 or nele235@LNI.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.lni.wa.gov/News.

Broadcast version:

The Department of Labor & Industries will hold its annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony April 27 at 2 p.m. The ceremony honors more than 100 Washington workers who died from on-the-job injuries or illnesses in 2004. Family members of the workers have been invited, and the observance is open to the public.

New L&I Director Gary Weeks will speak, along with representatives from business, labor and government. The ceremony includes a reading of the names of the workers who died, accompanied by ceremonial bell-tolling.

It will be held at L&I’s headquarters building in Tumwater at 7273 Linderson Way SW.

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