A ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon in Tumwater to honor the 66 workers who died on the job or as a result of workplace injuries during 2012. The workers covered a swath of industries and occupations across Washington state – everyone from a National Park Service climbing ranger who fell while rescuing others to a long-haul truck driver, a fisherman, a bridge painter and a chiropractor.
The state Department of Labor and Industries, which regulates workplace safety, sponsored the yearly memorial at its headquarters. You can read the names of the fallen – which were read at the ceremony – in the agency’s event program linked here. Speakers included Gov. Jay Inslee and leaders of the Association of Washington Business, Washington State Labor Council and Washington Self-Insurers Association.
L&I also has collected short remembrances of a dozen of the workers – including Nick Hall, the 33-year-old climbing ranger who fell 3,000 feet and died during an effort to rescue four climbers stranded near the top of Mount Rainier.
The Olympian has a story and photos in the works for Wednesday’s print editions. UPDATE: The story is here.
The state Department of Transportation had its memorial for fallen state workers last week.