By Jena Williams

Worker Memorial Bell

The Worker Memorial Bell located in L&I’s Memorial Garden

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. On this date we remember those who died from on-the-job injuries and illnesses the previous year. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will host a special ceremony for family, friends and the general public on Tuesday, April 29 to remember the 65 people lost in 2013.

Earlier this year, Keep Trucking Safe honored the 5 truck drivers who died as well. The link to that story is here: http://www.keeptruckingsafeblog.org/2014/01/13/in-memoriam/. These men will also be honored by L&I tomorrow. Click here to see L&I’s news release on the event: http://lni.wa.gov/News/2014/pr140423a.asp.

It is our mission at Keep Trucking Safe to prevent injuries and fatalities to truck drivers and other industry workers. To this end, all the materials at www.KeepTruckingSafe.org are provided free for you to use to keep workers safe at work.

If you’re wondering if all this safety and prevention stuff works, consider this – in the year 1912, 279 workers were killed on the job in Washington. Now we have a much larger workforce and fewer deaths. It does work. Let’s keep it up until no one is killed by their work.

We hope you will join us in honoring those who went to work in 2013, but never came home.

Washington State’s official Worker Memorial Day information: www.WorkerMemorialDay.Lni.wa.gov

More information on the national Workers’ Memorial Day: https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/workersmemorialday.html

History of Workers’ Memorial Day: http://weeklytoll.blogspot.com/2007/04/history-of-workers-memorial-day.html