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May 4, 2005

Labor & Industries’ web site wins ‘The People’s Voice' Webby award

Tumwater — The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, has announced that Labor & Industries’ web site, www.LNI.wa.gov, won The People's Voice Award for Best Insurance web site. Winners will be honored at the 9th Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 6.

L&I redesigned its web site last year to make it easier for employers and workers to use. Since then, the site has attracted 600,000 visits a month, about twice as many as before redesign. L&I web staff have continued to make improvements on the web site based on user feedback and testing.

Called the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, Webby Award winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The 9th Annual Webby Awards received over 4,000 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. This year, more than 200,000 fans cast their ballots for their own personal favorites from among the nominees in each category. A Webby People’s Voice Award indicates the highest level of loyalty and commitment from a site’s visitor base. For more information, visit www.webbyawards.com.

”We appreciate the fact that our customers like the improvements we’ve made to our web site enough to take the time to vote for us,” said L&I Communications Director Kim Contris. “We are continuing to make our site even easier for our customers to use.”

Earlier this year, L&I’s web site received regional and international awards from the Society for Technical Communications. Last year the site was honored by the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds.

L&I’s web site serves employers, workers and health care providers. The agency provides insurance coverage for workers who suffer job-related injuries and illness, helps employers meet safety and health standards, and protects consumers by licensing contractors, electricians, and plumbers.

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For media information: Renee Guillierie 360-902-5410 or guir235@lni.wa.gov.

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The state Department of Labor & Industries' web site has won The People's Voice Award for Best Insurance web site in a contest sponsored by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

L&I redesigned its web site last year to make it easier for employers, workers and consumers to use. Since then, the site has been attracting about 600,000 visits a month, about twice as many as before the redesign.

More than 4,000 web sites from over 40 countries entered the competition.

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