L&I to honor fallen workers at Wednesday ceremony

A ceremony to honor the memory of more than 100 Washington workers who died from job-related injury or illness in 2002 will be held tomorrow at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater.

The ceremony, Washington’’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration, is one of the many being held in communities across the nation. This event will mark L&I’’s 10th year of conducting 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 those who have died and to remind ourselves that workplace safety and health is everyone’’s job,”” said L&I’s Paul Trause. ““I can think of no better way to honor these workers than for all of us to rededicate ourselves to our primary mission of protecting workers.””

L&I’’s ceremony, scheduled for 2 p.m. at the department’’s central office, is a simple one. Trause will emcee and introduce remarks by Fred Kiga, the governor’’s Chief of Staff; Rick Bender of the State Labor Council; Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business; and Katrina Zitnick of the Washington Self-Insurers Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2002 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public.

L&I’’s central office building is located at 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater (Exit 101 from Interstate 5).