Worker Memorial Day 

DEOH's annual Worker Memorial Day event is a special ceremony will raise awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington State. 

This page is dedicated to resources associated with Worker Memorial Day.



This annual event is a time to honor and remember workers who lost their lives due to work-related injuries and illnesses in the past year, and to recommit ourselves to creating safe and healthy workplaces for all workers.

This year's speakers will focus on the safety and health implications of sexual harassment and gender disparities in the workplace. We will hear from speakers including Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the ML King County Labor Council, and Alice Lockridge, Washington Women in Trades. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 11:30am | University of Washington Seattle Campus, Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum Room 

Keynote Speaker: Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, ML King County Labor Council

Raising the Bar: Worker Rights, Safety and #MeToo Awareness

All are welcome, no registration required.

Click here to download the 2018 ceremony flyer.

Click here to view the ceremony program.

Further details will be posted on this page, as well as the UW DEOHS CE social media channels: facebook.com/uwdeohsce and @UWDEOHSCE on Twitter and Instagram

Let your networks know you're attending, and invite friends - RSVP on Facebook!


This special video was made in honor of 12 workers who lost their lives in King County in 2017:




2017 New Resources

Download the 2017 event flyer 

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

Survivor of Workplace Violence Calls for Empathy on Workers' Memorial Day - UW SPH News

UW DEOHS CE Workplace Violence Resource Page - NEW!

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.


Photo Gallery:




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.