Worker Memorial Day at the University of Washington
The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences annual Worker Memorial Day event is a special ceremony that raises awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington State.
WORKER MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 2020
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and Stay Home orders in place across the country, the UW DEOHS Worker Memorial Day Ceremony took place via zoom webinar on April 27, 2020.
This year's ceremony honored workers in King County, WA, who lost their lives on the job in 2019, and raised awareness about Occupational Health and Safety concerns for frontline workers during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Keynote Address: Sacrificing on the Frontlines During COVID-19
Healthcare Workers at Risk, Bianca Frogner, PhD, Director, UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
Service Workers at Risk, Marissa Baker, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW DEOHS
2020 UW DEOHS Video Honoring King County's Fallen Workers:
Event Agenda - April 27, 2020
11:30am - Welcome
Hilary Godwin, Dean, UW School of Public Health
Masters of Ceremony: Hien Bui and Srivani Kanumuri, UW DEOHS Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center Trainees, and Yasmin Ahmed, UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
11:40am - Keynote Introduction
Kim England, UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
11:45am - Keynote Address: Sacrificing on the Frontlines of COVID-19
Healthcare Workers at Risk, Bianca Frogner, Director, UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
Essential Workers at Risk, Marissa Baker, Assistant Professor, UW DEOHS
12:15pm - Memorial Recognition - Honoring Fallen Workers in King County by a Reading of Names
Lead by Michael Yost, Chair and Professor, UW DEOHS
12:30pm - Moving Forward
April Sims, Washington State Labor Council
Quinn Rao and Guy Oron, UW United Students Against Sweatshops
12:50pm - Closing
Yasmin Ahmed, UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Nancy Simcox, Director of Continuing Education Programs and Lecturer, UW DEOHS
12:55 - Short Video Honoring King County's Fallen Workers, UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs
This webinar event is a join program provided by the University of Washington (UW) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington Environmental Health and Safety (UW EHS), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925, University of Washington United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), Local 1488 /American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 28, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 4121, Washington State Labor Council and UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs.
Worker Memorial Day 2019 Archive
Reversing the Adverse Impact of Opioids on Injured Workers - Click here to watch the ceremony opening and keynote speech
Dr. Gary M. Franklin
Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Professor, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciencs and Department of Medicine (Neurology)
Adjunct Professor, University of Washington Department of Health Services
The 2019 Worker Memorial Day Ceremony was partially sponsored by:
Resources related to Worker Memorial Day 2019:
Opioids and injured workers - Interview with Dr. Gary Franklin, UW DEOHS Blog
Testing strategies to combat the opioid epidemic - UW SPH article on Dr. Gary Franklin research
A Fatal Cure for Injured Workers - The National Safety Council
ITUC announces their 2019 Worker Memorial Day Theme: Taking Control - removing dangerous substances from the workplace. ITUC will focus on Zero Cancer - how to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
Honoring 11 King Count Workers Who Lost their Lives in 2018:
2018 Resources - Worker Rights, Safety and #MeToo Awareness
This special video was made in honor of 12 workers who lost their lives in King County in 2017:
2017 Resources - Workplace Violence
Heartbeat of Health and Safety Podcast, "Worker Memorial Day and the History of Occupational Health and Safety"
Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center 2017 Worker Memorial Day Newsletter
2017 Keynote address: Rais Bhuiyan - Protecting Workers From Violence: A Hate Crime Survival Story
Workplace Violence: Shooting Survivor Becomes Forgiveness Ambassador - Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Blog
New Resource: National Center for Victims of Crime, Workplace Violence Statistics Infographic - View
Other Information and Resources:
- 2016 UW Event Flyer: Download
- 2016 Keynote Address: Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage: View
- ALF-CIO 2016 Worker Memorial Day Fact Sheet: Download
- AFL-CIO 2016 Worker Memorial Day Poster: Download
- National Council for Occupational Safety and Health US Worker Fatality Database: View
- Work-Related Fatalities in Washington State 2015 Report: Download
- University of Washington 2015 Event Program: Download
- 2015 Keynote Speech by Stephen A. Bezruchka: Download
- University of Washington 2015 Event Flyer: Download
- 2015 OSHA Worker Memorial Day Poster - Download
- WA L&I Thoughts and Photos Honoring Washington State Workers who Died in 2014: Download
- WA L&I Workers Memorial Day Website: Visit
- Dr. David Michaels and Joseph Main, “Renewing Our Commitment to Worker Safety”: View
- Dr. John Howard, NIOSH Director, “Workers Memorial Day, 2015”: View
- President Obama, “Workers Memorial Day, 2015”: View
- AFL-CIO’s 2015 “Death on the Job; The toll of neglect” report, April 2015: View
- National COSH, “Not an Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015,” April 28, 2015: Download
- CDC – MMWR, “Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, 2015” (statistics): View
- EHS Today, “4,585 Reasons for Workers Memorial Day”: View
- EHS Today, “Celebrating World Safety and Health at Work Day": View
- Renewing our Commitment of Worker Safety OSHA Blog - View
- Additional OSHA Resource List: Download
In honor of Worker Memorial Day, please view this video from WA L&I.
Presentation of the Colors, UW Air Force ROTC Honor Guard Bagpiper Neil Hubbard accompanies the UW Air Force Honor Guard
Keynote Speaker Rebecca Saldana A moment of silence for King County's fallen workers
Enjoying music from the Seattle Labor Chorus Memorial Recognition, Caitlin Benstead, SEIU Local 925
2015 Workers' Memorial Day Planning Committee Singing "we just come to work here, we don't come to die"
A moment of silence for fallen workers Committee members listening as the names of fallen workers are read.
Jeff Johnson, president of the WA State Labor Council Keynote speaker Stephen Bezruchka, UW Dept. of Health Services
Ramon Torres, president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia recalls a fallen co-worker and friend.