Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) honored the memories of 81 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2008 at a Worker Memorial Day ceremony April 28.
The ceremony held 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. This year was L&I’s 16th year of hosting a ceremony to recognize and honor fallen workers.
“Most people think a serious injury or death at work will never happen to them or to anyone they know — until it does, with devastating impact,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke. “Worker Memorial Day is our opportunity to honor the workers who died and to dedicate ourselves to preventing these tragic events from ever occurring again.”
Schurke emcee dand introduced remarks by Gov. Chris Gregoire, Don Brunell of the Association of Washington Business, Rick Bender of the Washington State Labor Council, and Bill Johnson of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.
Family members of workers who died in 2008 were invited, and the observance was open to the public. The centerpiece of the ceremony was a reading of the names of the workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Tumwater Fire Department.
Following the ceremony, families wereinvited to participate in ringing a bronze memorial bell sculpture on the grounds of the L&I building.
Was this article valuable?
Here are more articles you may enjoy.