OLYMPIA – Every year the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries hosts a memorial ceremony for workers who lost their lives on the job.
L&I records show 26 people passed away in 2021 after contracting COVID-19 while working in hospitals, prisons, manufacturing jobs, or other workplaces. Another 15 workers died following long battles with other occupational illnesses. This makes COVID-19 fatalities the highest work-related deaths for the second year in a row.
A total of 106 fallen workers were lost. They were all honored in L&I’s annual Worker Memorial Day this week.
“Even as we believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, we find ourselves looking back on another year where COVID was the leading cause of job-related deaths,” said Joel Sacks, L&I director. “We will not forget those who lost their lives to COVID or other causes. We all need to do everything in our power to ensure every worker goes home safe at the end of the day.”
You can view the memorial service and learn more about the fallen workers.