Sixty-nine fallen workers will be honored on April 26 at the 2012 Worker Memorial Day ceremony, including a veteran firefighter, a young construction worker, and a grandmother in a sales position. Family, friends and co-workers of those who died from job-related injuries or illnesses last year have all been invited to attend the Department of Labor & Industries annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony.
The workers to be honored range from the very young (including the 18-year-old worker who died from a construction site injury) to seniors in the workforce (such as the 84-year-old storage manager who was murdered at work). Some worked in hazardous jobs like logging, fishing and construction, while others worked in lower-risk professions like retail management, dry cleaning, or research.
As L&I Director Judy Schurke stated, “A workplace death can happen anywhere and, when it does, the lives of those close to the person who died are changed forever. Worker Memorial Day is our chance to honor those who died on the job or from illnesses that resulted from their work, and let their friends and families know that they will not be forgotten.”
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. at L&I’s central building in Tumwater, 7273 Linderson Way S.W. This will mark the 19th annual observation of Worker Memorial Day by L&I. Speakers will include representatives from Governor Chris Gregoire’s office, the Association of Washington Business, the Washington State Labor Council, and the Washington Self-Insurers Association.
While the relatives of all Washington workers who died in 2011 have been invited, the ceremony is open to all friends, colleagues, and the general public. The ceremony will feature a reading of the names of the lost Washington workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Tumwater Fire Department. Following the ceremony, the family members are invited to ring the brass bell in the Worker Memorial garden at the L&I headquarters. For a complete list of those being honored, visit www.WorkerMemorialDay.Lni.wa.gov.