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April 28, 2008

Worker Memorial Day ceremony set for April 29

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will honor the memories of 82 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2007 at a Worker Memorial Day ceremony Tuesday, April 29.

The 2 p.m. ceremony at L&I headquarters in Tumwater is Washington’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many held in communities across the nation. L&I has hosted a ceremony for 16 years recognizing and honoring fallen workers.

“The workers we are honoring this year show that no workplace is safe from hazards,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke. “I can think of no better way to honor these workers than by dedicating ourselves to making sure these tragedies don’t happen again.”

Schurke will emcee and introduce remarks by Cindy Zehnder, chief of staff for Gov. Chris Gregoire, Richard Walter of the Association of Washington Business, Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council, and Sherri Phillips of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2007 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 Tumwater Fire Department.

Following the ceremony, the families will be invited to participate in ringing a bronze memorial bell sculpture on the grounds of the L&I building.

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

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

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